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Raffaella Borasi

Raffaella Borasi

Dean and Frederica Warner Professor
Deans Office

LeChase Hall 322A
Office Phone: (585) 275-0880
Fax: 473-7598


PhD, State University of New York - University at Buffalo (mathematics education)
MEd, State University of New York - University at Buffalo (mathematics education)
Laurea, University of Torino, Italy (mathematics and education)

Raffaella Borasi was installed as the sixth dean of the Warner School in 2001. Under her leadership, the Warner School has experienced significant growth, more than doubling student enrollment and research funding. She has taken leadership roles in four recent National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded grants from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (for a total of over $6.5 million), spearheaded the launch of online courses at Warner (achieving 61 online offerings in the first two years), and has been the driving force behind the 2013 opening of Raymond F. LeChase Hall, the new state-of-the-art facility that houses the Warner School on River Campus. Most recently, she has been instrumental in forging the University of Rochester's new partnership with East High School.
Borasi, who joined the Warner School faculty in 1985, has roots as a mathematics educator with special interests in an inquiry approach to teaching mathematics, school mathematics reform, professional development, and teacher education. She has degrees in mathematics and education from the University of Torino and was a Fulbright Student at the State University of New York – University Buffalo, where she received her PhD in mathematics education. She has worked on several research projects funded by the NSF to improve mathematics instruction. She has published more than 40 articles in national and international journals and is the author/co-author of four books: Learning Mathematics Through Inquiry (1992); Reconceiving Mathematics Instruction: A Focus on Errors (1996); Reading Counts: Expanding the Role of Reading in Mathematics Classrooms (2000); and Blogging as Change: Transforming Science and Math Education Through New Media Literacies (2011). Borasi also co-authored an NSF-commissioned monograph, Professional Development that Supports School Mathematics Reform (2002), which was widely circulated by the NSF to school systems across the nation as a blueprint for successful school mathematics reform through professional development. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship in education and online teaching and learning.

Borasi now balances her work in school reform and new interests in entrepreneurship in education and learning in the digital age with a demanding agenda of administrative and leadership duties. She also continues to teach in the teacher preparation and doctoral programs.

In the News

11/30/2015 In Review: Warner Leader's Appointment Extended
9/09/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Back to School: Warner Updates and Introductions
3/18/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour - A Conversation with Dean Raffaella Borasi
2/05/2014 Presidential Symposium Tackles Challenges in Rochester City Schools
2/05/2014 Dean Borasi on Mayor Warren's New Early Education Commission
2/04/2014 Presidential Symposium: Revitalizing K-12 Education in Rochester
10/30/2013 Not a Secret Anymore: Online Courses at the University of Rochester!
7/22/2013 Local Efforts Support At-Risk Male Students in the Rochester Community
1/16/2013 New Home, New Era for Warner School
3/21/2012 Dean Borasi Interviewed by EducationDegree.com on Master's in Education Programs
10/11/2011 New Book Helps Educators Capitalize on Blogging in Science, Math Classrooms
10/03/2011 Borasi Reappointed as Warner School of Education Dean
9/14/2011 Dean Borasi Profiled in Rochester Woman Magazine
9/12/2011 A $750K Boost for Math, Science Teacher Preparation
9/12/2011 Warner Dean on Noyce Phase II Scholarships in RBJ
2/09/2011 University Cited in Inside Higher Ed on New Teacher Ed Rankings
10/25/2010 Warner School's Growth Featured in Rochester Business Journal
7/21/2010 The Achievement Gap and Summer Learning Loss - A Crisis in Rochester
3/30/2010 Dean's Annual Forum for Warner Students
11/12/2009 Warner and Eastman Teacher Education Programs Awarded NCATE Reaccreditation
10/26/2009 Entrepreneurship Embedded in Nontraditional Ways
4/15/2008 Dean Borasi Talks About Agents of Change
8/01/2007 Callard, Borasi Featured in Rochester Business Journal
2/27/2007 Borasi Interviewed by R News for Entrepreneur Event
5/22/2006 Borasi Reappointed as Warner School Dean
9/01/2005 The Scandling Legacy at the University of Rochester
6/01/2005 Scholarships, Tuition Grants for Area Educators
12/01/2003 University of Rochester a National Winner in Kauffman Foundation 'Campus Initiatives' Program
5/18/2003 James-Wilson Receives Betty Pool Service Award


EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators
EDU447 Grant Writing and Other Funding Strategies for Educators
EDE477 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas
ED531 Case Study Design and Analysis (1 credit)
ED551A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1A
ED551B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1B
ED551C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1C
ED552A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2A
ED552B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2B
ED552C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2C
ED553 Teaching & Curriculum Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED554 Action Research Dissertation Seminar I
ED555 Action Research Dissertation Seminar II