Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research (CMSER) coordinates research, teacher education, curriculum development and implementation, and dissemination efforts in mathematics and science education, and fosters rich partnerships with educational institutions and organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
About the Center
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research (CMSER), founded in 1985, works to advance the Milwaukee Idea and the urban mission of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee by:
• Coordinating research, teacher education, curriculum development and implementation, and dissemination efforts in mathematics and science education.
• Fostering rich partnerships with educational institutions and organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
• Focusing attention on the issues of teaching and learning mathematics and science from preschool through college.
The Center Focuses its Work in the Following Areas
Research in Mathematics and Science
• Examine effectiveness of curriculum and instruction on student learning.
• Study teacher instructional strategies and content knowledge.
• Evaluate school districts' curricular programs.
Developing and implementing professional development programs which:
• Focus on instruction, content, national standards, and reform-based curricula.
• Foster professional learning communities through team-based programs.
• Allow teachers to earn college credit while upgrading their subject knowledge and expanding their repertoire of instructional practices.
• Offer courses in local schools and at the university.
Enhancement of teacher preparation programs:
• Create networks for collaboration among university departments.
• Unify programs through cross-disciplinary projects.
• Ease the transition into teaching by strengthening professional links.
Curriculum Development and Implementation
• Support schools and districts with curriculum implementation through strategies for instruction, assessment, and leadership.
• Develop materials and design experiences that support teaching and learning mathematics and science with reform-based curricula.
• Implement and support field-tests of new curricula.
• Coordinate development of instructional technology for mathematics and science teaching and learning.
• Disseminate new knowledge, innovations, and best practice to increase learning effectiveness.
• Inform and update educators on the national, state, and local standards in mathematics and science.
• Serve as a clearinghouse of information and learning opportunities.
• Sustain links to professional organizations in mathematics and science education.
Many different partnerships have added to the value of the work of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research. Some of those partnerships include:
• American Geosciences Institute
• Association for Science Teacher Education
• Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
• Community-based Science Education Centers
• Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1
• Milwaukee Public Schools
• National Science Foundation
• Southeastern Wisconsin School Districts
• T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology
• UWM colleges, departments, and schools, including Architecture, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction, Physics, and Educational Psychology
About the Director
DeAnn Huinker is director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research. She is actively involved with the Milwaukee Public Schools as principal investigator with the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership, a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Huinker teaches courses in mathematics teaching methods and curriculum. She conducts research and writes about math and science education, preparation of math and science teachers, and math assessment.
Dr. Huinker is the author of "Teaching Math, a Video Library, K-4: Guidebook." She is involved in mathematics instruction as past chair of the Editorial Panel of Teaching Children Mathematics, past president of the Milwaukee Area Mathematics Council and past journal editor of Wisconsin Teachers of Mathematics.
Dr. Huinker earned an M.A. at the University of Northern Iowa and an Ed.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Craig Berg, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Thomas Holme, Department of Chemistry (email@example.com)
Dr. William Kean, Department of Geosciences (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Henry Kepner, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (email@example.com)
Dr. Kevin McLeod, Department of Mathematics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Robert Moore, Department of Mathematics (email@example.com)
Dr. Richard O'Malley, Department of Mathematics(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Tracy John Posnanski, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (email@example.com)
Dr. Phil Smith, Department of Educational Psychology (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Meghan Steinmeyer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (email@example.com)
Dr. Richard Stockbridge, Department of Mathematics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Cindy Walker, Department of Educational Psychology (email@example.com)
Center Support Staff
Hillary Gilles, Associate Administrative Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Student Support Staff