Dana Center Role
Michael 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 elementary level. He develops and refine tools and resources for educators and leaders to advance evidence-based practices in leadership, content, instruction, assessment, and learning. Michael designs, plans, and facilitates development experiences for teachers and leaders—both in person and virtually.
Before Joining the Dana Center
Michael spent more than 10 years with the Polk County School District in Florida, serving as an elementary school teacher, school-based mathematics coach, and district mathematics coach. In the latter position, he created, coordinated, and facilitated district-wide professional developments on teaching math conceptually, cooperative learning in math, writing in math, making math vocabulary memorable, mathematics formative assessment system, differentiation and math centers, and standards of mathematical practice. In 2013, Michael was named his school’s Teacher of the Year.
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
B.S., Elementary Education, Florida Southern College
Teaching elementary students to speak the language of mathematics through mathematical discourse. Presented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual conference, San Diego, CA (April 2019), and the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), San Antonio, TX (July 2019).
Using critical areas of focus in mathematics to strengthen instruction toward deeper mathematical understanding. Presented at the NCSM annual conference, San Diego, CA (April 2019).
Developing mathematical fluency: From direct modeling and invented strategies to standard algorithms. Presented at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) annual conference, Daytona, FL (October 2018).
Connect and capitalize on social media as a professional learning tool. Presented at the NCSM annual conference, Washington, DC (April 2018), and CAMT, Houston, TX (July 2018).
Instructional practice guide: Coaching in mathematics. Presented at the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers annual conference, Orlando, FL (November 2015).
Using 5E instructional model to change math instruction in the elementary classroom. Presented at the FCTM annual conference, Orlando, FL (October 2015).
Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics