Mathematics and Science Teaching For English Learners (MAST-EL)

Project Description

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and its four consortia partner schools will conduct a five-year project for the National Professional Development Program through the US Department of Education. The goal of Mathematics and Science Teaching for English Learners (MAST-EL) is to prepare pre-service elementary teachers to deliver high-quality mathematics and science instruction to K-5 English learners (ELs) in Colorado schools. In order to do this we will:

  1. Prepare and graduate a cohort of 30 MAST-EL Scholars (UNC Elementary Education and English-as-a-Second Language dual endorsed majors) to effectively teach mathematics and science to K-5 ELs and support them through their first year of teaching.
  2. Engage and mentor 32 MAST-EL classroom teachers in how to effectively teach mathematics and science to ELs.
  3. Develop long-term relationships with administrators and teachers at four partner schools where exemplary mathematics and science teaching for ELs is modeled and researched.
  4. Increase K-5 EL achievement in mathematics and science as a result of the implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and assessment practices.

Partner schools

  1. Archuleta Elementary School, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
  2. Dunn Elementary School, Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
  3. Centennial Elementary School, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6, Greeley, CO
  4. Dos Rios Elementary School, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6, Greeley, CO

Project Staff

Elizabeth Franklin, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Beth is Professor in ESL and Bilingual Education in the School of Hispanic Studies at UNC. She speaks Spanish fluently, has been a chair of Elementary Education, a chair of Curriculum and Instruction, and a director of a School of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has extensive experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers in linguistically diverse schools and has published articles in this area.

Lori Reinsvold, Ph.D., Project Director

  • Lori is Associate Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute at UNC. She has a strong backgrounds in science, science pedagogy, and working with teachers and children in linguistically diverse schools. Lori also brings extensive experience serving as project director on federal and state grants.

Jenni Harding Dekam, Ed.D., Co-Project Director

  • Jenni is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Teacher Education. She directs a teacher education program at UNC, and has researched the instruction of student teachers working in linguistically diverse schools.

Youngjin Song, Ph.D., Co-Project Director

  • Youngjin is an Associate Professor of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She brings a strong backgrounds in science, science pedagogy, and working with teachers and children in linguistically diverse schools. Dr. Song speaks Korean as her first language.

Teresa Higgins, Ph.D., Co-Project Director

  • Teresa is an Associate Professor of the School of Biological Sciences. She brings strong backgrounds in science, science pedagogy, and working with teachers and children in linguistically diverse schools.

This project is administered through the MAST Institute at UNC.