Joan Zoellner, M.A.
Course Program Specialist, Postsecondary Mathematics
Dana Center Role
Joan develops curricula for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, a transformative redesign to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states, systems, universities, and colleges. She has worked extensively with the development and revision of the DCMP’s Quantitative Reasoning, Reasoning with Functions 1, and Reasoning with Functions 2 courses.
Joan also supports the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of innovative professional learning offerings in both virtual and face-to-face settings. She serves as the project lead for the Corequisite Research Design Collaborative, a national initiative designed to dramatically increase the number of racialized and low-income students enrolled in and completing corequisite supports that are based on sound, research-informed design principles.
In addition, Joan presents findings at national and regional conferences of professional mathematics organizations to inform the mathematics community about best practices in teaching gateway mathematics students.
Before Joining the Dana Center
Joan taught mathematics at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington for 8 years. During her time at Clark, she taught a range of precollege math courses,College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Math in Society (quantitative reasoning), Finite Math, and Calculus I, II, and III. Joan created and facilitated several professional learning workshops including a 10-week professional development course in how to incorporate active learning in community college classes. Joan also served on several campus-wide committees, and helped launch the math department’s pre-college math redesign process.
M.A., Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., Mathematics, Humboldt State University
Codeveloped and Cofacilitated Professional Learning
Deepening student understanding: Promoting effective student discourse through active and collaborative learning (Focused Online Collaborative Interactions series)
What’s all this fuss about growth mindset and other psychological factors? (online webinar)
Strategies and resources for implementing and improving math pathways. Presented at the Washington State Student Success Institute, Seattle, WA (October 2018).
Are we compromising higher ed values? Presented at Clark College’s Focus on Learning: Guided Pathways meeting, Vancouver, WA (March 2017).
Active learning tools that you can use on Monday. Presented at the National Association for Developmental Education annual conference, Anaheim, CA (March 2016).
Teaching and research at the community college. Presented at the University of Portland’s Mathematics Colloquium, Portland, OR (November 2015).
Guided inquiry in mathematics. Presented at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges 40th annual conference, Nashville, TN (November 2014).