Contact Information:
Gentry  413B
Phone: (860) 4862097 Fax: (860) 4860280
Email: megan.staples@uconn.edu
Office Hours:
appointment only
Mailing Address:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction Neag School of Education 249 Glenbrook Rd, Unit 3033 Storrs, CT 062693033
Current Courses Taught:
EDCI 4210W: Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Secondary School (Fall Semesters)
EDCI 5450: Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Secondary School (Spring Semesters)
EDCI 5455: Curricula in Mathematics Education: Focus on Common Core (Spring 2013, West Hartford)
Honors/Awards:
James and Viola Quillen Fellowship, Stanford University, CA. 19992000
Joseph Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship, Teachers College, NY. 1995
Associations/Committees/Outreach:
Member, NCTM  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and ATOMIC  Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut
Board Member, CCLM  Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics
Member, AMTEC  Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Connecticut
Member, AMTE  Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
Member, AERA  American Educational Research Association
Member, Tracking & Detracking Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association
Member, Research in Mathematics Education, Special Interest Group. American Educational Research Association
In the News:
Math Ed Podcast with Sam Otten  Episode 1202  Justification as a teaching and learning practice: Its (potential) multifaceted role in middle grades mathematics classrooms
Vision For New Neag Math Academy: Content + Pedagogy = Leadership (UConn Today Math Leadership Academy)
Making Math a Priority: The State's Strides (Manchester Patch  Math Leadership Academy)
Neag Math Duo Decodes Language Barriers to Math Reasoning (UConnHartford Math ACCESS Project)
Neag Math Faculty Train Teachers to Help Kids Solve Verbal Math Problems (UConnHartford Math ACCESS Project)

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics Education
Classroom Discourse
Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Student Groupings
Funded Research:
JAGUAR  Justification in Algebra: Growing Understanding of Algebraic Reasoning (2009  2013)
Math Leadership Academy (MLA) (20112012)
ACCESS: Academic Content and Communication Equals Student Success (20082009)
Selected Publications/Presentations:
Staples, M. E., & Truxaw, M. P. (2012). An initial framework for the language of higherorder thinking mathematics practices. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 24(3), 257 – 281.
Staples, M. E., Bartlo, J., & Thanheiser, E. (2012). Justification as a teaching and learning practice: Its (potential) multifaceted role in middle grades mathematics classrooms. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 31, 447462
Staples, M., & Truxaw, M. (2011, Fall). Using language objectives to support linguistically diverse students in mathematics classes. The Connecticut Mathematics Journal, 1835.
Hodge, A., Gerberry, C., Moss, E., & Staples, M. (2010). Purposes and perceptions: What do university professors see as their role in the education of secondary mathematics teachers? PRIMUS 20(8), 646663.
Staples, M. E., & Truxaw, M. (2010). The Mathematics Learning Discourse Project: Fostering written and verbal discourse in urban mathematics classrooms. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 3(1), 2756.
Bochicchio, D., Cole, S., Ostien, D., Rodriguez, V., Staples, M., Susla, P., & Truxaw, M. (2009). Shared Language. Mathematics Teacher, 102(8), 606613.
Staples, M. (2008). Promoting student collaboration in a detracked, heterogeneous secondary mathematics classroom. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 11(5), 349371.
Boaler, J., & Staples, M. (2008). Creating mathematical futures through an equitable teaching approach: The case of Railside School. Teachers College Record, 110(3), 608645.
Staples, M., & Colonis, M. (2007). Making the most of mathematical discussions. Mathematics Teacher, 101(4), 257261.
Staples, M. (2007). Supporting wholeclass collaborative inquiry in a secondary mathematics classroom. Cognition and Instruction, 25(2), 161217.
