Searching for Better Mathematics Education
Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education since 2003 as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics / Applied Science (Computer Science) in 2000 and earned his Masters of Education in 2005.
He has presented and conducted professional development at across the United States and Canada. His work has been published by Education Week (2012 | 2015) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He has consulted for major publishers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson. Robert is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), California Mathematics Council (CMC), Orange County Math Council (OCMC), and Greater Los Angeles Mathematics Council (GLAMC). He also co-founded the Southern California Math Teacher Specialist Network, a group that includes over 170 math teacher specialists from more than 5 counties.
In 2011, Robert was awarded the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) Superintendent’s Vision Award in the area of Student Achievement and in 2007 he won Raytheon MathMovesU Math Hero Award. He is currently working as Teacher Specialist in Mathematics in DUSD.
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Thank you for the Podcast and letting me know about OpenMath.com. I cannot wait to share with my pre-service math teachers!
I enjoyed listening to your podcast for the first time most especially as it featured one of my favorite folks in the Math Blogosphere, Robert Kaplinski. One of the richest “veins” in thinking about math instruction there is, Robert Kaplinski is balm in an often weary and, as he states in the podcast, often lonely land. Since meeting him a few years ago at an NCTM conference I’ve come to admire Robert’s mind and generous spirit and to value the varied tools he produces including his work on Behavioral Economics. I just wonder and marvel at the generous nature of his work at creating tools for teachers to use and imparting a profound ethos of care to the profession. Robert is a wonderfully human and accessible thinker and educator whose work with students and teachers has at its foundation the objective of making meaningful connections – humans connecting meaningfully to math along with humans connecting to humans.
Thanks for this episode – I look forward to listening in again soon.
Thanks for the message, Carole. Glad you enjoyed the episode. And, yes, Robert is a great guy and amazing contributor to the world of math ed!