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Nov. 17: Mathematics education lecture

FREDERICK, Md.—A mathematics specialist will give a talk focused on English language learner students in secondary mathematics as the seventh annual mathematics education lecture Nov. 17 at Hood College.

Karen Ross, Ph.D., from the Maryland State Department of Education, will speak at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. She will focus on the impact of mathematical language on instruction and assessment of ELL students in middle school and high school, professional development for in-service mathematics teachers of ELL students, preparation of mathematics teacher interns to effectively teach ELL students and instructional strategies.

In her role with the MSDE, Ross coordinates the transition from the Maryland State Curriculum to the College- and Career-Ready Standards for middle school mathematics. Ross represents Maryland on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career’s Mathematics Operational Working Group and assists PARCC in setting mathematics assessment policy and practices.

Ross comes to the department of education from Baltimore County Public Schools where she was a middle school mathematics teacher. Prior to her career in teaching, she was a writer and public affairs consultant in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, Ross earned her doctorate in instructional leadership for changing populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her dissertation topic was “Professional Development for In-Service Mathematics Teachers: A Critical Connection to English Language Learner Students in Mainstream Classrooms.”

For more information about the lecture, contact Christy Graybeal at 301-696-3838 or