Clinical Professor; Chair of Elementary Teacher Education
Tim Boerst is professor of clinical practice at the University of Michigan School of Education, where he serves as chair of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. The aim of his work is to support the development, and appraise the progress, of beginning teachers who are pedagogically skilled, subject matter serious, and professionally committed to the learning of every student.
At the School of Education, Boerst has been heavily involved in the redesign of the Elementary Teacher Education programs, first serving as coordinator of settings for teaching learning in the Teacher Education Initiative, later serving as assessment coordinator for Elementary Teacher Education programs. He studies teacher preparation and professional development through engagement in program design, teaching mathematics methods courses, and leading projects funded by NSF and IES focused on the development of professional development materials and the assessment of teaching practice. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and on the Certification Council of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Prior to taking a position at U-M, Boerst taught in elementary classrooms for 15 years. His early teaching happened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he taught at a National Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. Later, he earned and renewed National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist teaching in Redford, Michigan (a suburb just west of Detroit). While teaching, he held multiple leadership positions in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. For five years, Boerst engaged as a practitioner scholar with the Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics and the Carnegie Foundation, blending daily classroom teaching, research on practice, and work as a mathematics teacher educator.
Boerst earned a PhD in teacher education and a master’s in mathematics education from U-M. In 2012, he received the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Service, and Scholarship from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.
Timothy is chair of the Elementary Teacher Education program.
- Investigating Relationships Between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and High Leverage Teaching Practices
- Strengthening the Quality, Design, and Usability of Simulations as Assessments of Teaching Practice
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