Amanda Milewski

Assistant Research Scientist

Amanda  Milewski, School of Education

Amanda Milewski joined the University of Michigan School of Education after completing her PhD in Mathematics Education from Michigan State University. Dr. Milewski’s research is largely about the study of teaching and the extent to which practice can be learned and improved incrementally with practice-based professional education. Her work inspects the ways in which particular instructional practices might make a difference for students' mathematical opportunities to learn as well as investigating pedagogical approaches that enable teachers to see and intervene in those instructional practices to improve their own teaching.

While at Michigan State, Dr. Milewski designed and studied a yearlong intervention that engaged secondary inservice teachers in cycles of action research that included both pedagogies of investigation and enactment. Using mixed methods, she examined the ways teachers’ practices of responding to students' mathematical contributions shifted across the intervention. A central contribution of that work is a framework for describing teachers’ practices of responding that she developed collectively with teachers.

Once at the University of Michigan, Dr. Milewski worked collaboratively with others to develop an innovative form of professional development called StoryCircles that enables teachers to learn from one another by collectively scripting, visualizing (using an online storyboarding tool), and arguing about alternative ways a lesson could unfold. Using the StoryCircles model of professional development, Milewski supported facilitators to engage with a network of secondary mathematics teachers across the state of Michigan to discuss and implement a set of novel tasks. Along with continuing her work with supporting secondary mathematics teachers to see and intervene in their own instructional practices, Milewski’s work has expanded to include work with university mathematics instructors. Building on her work and experiences with secondary mathematics teachers, Dr. Milewski recently secured funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an inter-institutional system of support to assist university instructors improve the undergraduate geometry course for secondary teachers.

Milewski teaches courses in the following program(s):
Mathematics Education

 

Selected Publications

Milewski, A., Frohardt, D. (forthcoming). Seeing Algebraic Structure & Solving the Rubik’s Cube. Accepted for publication in Mathematics Teacher.

Milewski, A., Herbst, P., Bardelli, E., Hetrick, C. (2018). The role of virtual spaces for professional growth: Teachers’ engagement in virtual professional experimentation. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. 26(1), 103-126

Milewski, A., Strickland, S. (2016). "(Toward) Developing a common language for describing instructional practices of responding: A teacher-generated framework. Mathematics Teacher Educator.

Milewski, A. (2012). "Exploring teachers’ practices of responding.PhD dissertation, Michigan State University.

Hawkins, A. and Sinclair, N. (2008). "Explorations with Sketchpad in Topogeometry.International Journal of Computers of Mathematical Learning 13 (1), 71 - 82.

Articles in Refereed Proceedings

Milewski, A., Gürsel, U., Herbst, P. (2017). Working collectively to design online teacher education curriculum: How do teacher educators manage to do it? Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the PME-NA, October 2017. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Herbst, P., Boileau, N., Clark, L., Milewski, A., Chieu, V., Gürsel, U., Chazan, D. (2017). Directing focus and enabling inquiry with representations of practice: Written cases, storyboards, and teacher education. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the PME-NA, October 2017. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Herbst, P., Chazan, D., Milewski, A., Gürsel, U., Amidon, J. Buchbinder, O., Walkoe, J., Wieman, R. (2015). Representations of mathematics teaching and their use in transforming teacher education: Studying pre-service teachers’ learning from work with representations of practice working group. Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the PME-NA, October 2015. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University.

Milewski, A., Erickson, A., Herbst, P., Dimmel, J. (2015). When mathematics teachers consider acting on behalf of the discipline, what assumption do they make? Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the PME-NA, October 2015. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University.

Book Chapters

Herbst, P. & Milewski, A. (2018). What StoryCircles can do for mathematics teaching and teacher education? In R. Zazkis & P. Herbst (Eds), Mathematical Dialogue: Scripting approaches in mathematics education research and practice. Springer Publications.

Herbst, P., Chazan, D., Chieu, V., Milewski, A., Kosko, K., Aaron, W. (2016). Technology mediated mathematics teacher development: Research on digital pedagogies of practice. In M. Niess, S. Driskell, & K. Hollebrands (Eds), Handbook of Research on Transforming Mathematics Teacher Education in the Digital Age. IGI Global.

Star, J., Strickland, S., & Hawkins, A.M. (2008) What is mathematical literacy? Exploring the relationship between literacy and content learning in middle and high school mathematics. In Conley, Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Literacy: Research We Have, Research We Need. New York: Guilford Publications.

Affiliations

Research Affiliations

Grants


9/1/2017 - ongoing GeT Support: An Online Professional Learning Community to Support the Geometry Course for Teachers
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

6/1/2015 - 8/31/2017 Embracing Mathematics, Assessment & Technology in High Schools through LessonSketch Story Circles
Granting Agency: Macomb ISD/MDE

3/1/2015 - 6/30/2016 LessonSketch Online Modules for Implementing the Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice
Granting Agency: East Detroit, Dearborn, Charlotte, Woodhaven and Orchard View public school districts

3/1/2015 - 8/31/2015 LessonSketch Online Modules for Implementing the Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice in Gaylord Community Schools
Granting Agency: The Gaylord Community Schools/MDE


Contact

Room 2405
734.615.1270 amilewsk@umich.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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