Denise A. Thornton, M.A.Ed., Professional Learning Facilitator, Mathematics, K–12 Services

Denise Thornton
Phone: 512.232.2250
Email: denisethornton@austin.utexas.edu

DANA CENTER ROLE

Denise provides professional learning opportunities and resources for teachers and leaders to catalyze school and district improvements that increase student success in mathematics and advance college- and career-readiness goals, with special emphasis at the secondary level. She develops and refines tools and resources for educators and leaders to advance evidence-based practices in leadership, content, instruction, assessment, and learning. Denise designs, plans, and facilitates development experiences for teachers and leaders—both in person and virtually.

BEFORE JOINING THE DANA CENTER

With over 15 years of experience in public education at the secondary level, Denise’s compassion for educators is evident through her active role in creating and delivering professional development at the district, state and national levels.

Prior to joining the Center, Denise spent 10 years coaching tennis and teaching both middle and high school mathematics in diverse settings throughout Texas and California. During her recent tenure in Round Rock Independent School District, Denise served as a campus teacher-leader as well as a district level instructional coach where she supported students, teachers, and administrators to improve mathematics curriculum and instruction.

EDUCATION

M.A.Ed., Secondary Mathematics Education, California State University—Northridge

B.S., Secondary Mathematics/Kinesiology Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Intentional coaching and planning: Using teaching practices in content instruction.  Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (July 2016).

Place value: So much more than naming digits. Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (July 2016).

Math talk: Promoting student communication in the secondary classroom. Presented at the California State University –Northridge math conference (October 2006).

Math projects that work! Integrating project based learning in the math classroom. Presented at the California State University –Northridge math conference (October 2005).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

California Mathematics Council Conference

California Teachers Association

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Region 13 Instructional Coaching Network

Region 13 Teacher-Leader Network

Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics

Texas Classroom Teachers Association