Cynthia CarsonAcademic Program Coordinator
Center for Professional Development & Education Reform
LeChase Hall 442
MEd, Virginia Commonwealth University (curriculum & instruction elementary mathematics)
BA, Houghton College (elementary education)
Cynthia Carson serves in the Warner School’s Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, where she supports teachers and coaches in their efforts to provide research-based mathematics instruction and coaching. Her elementary mathematics methods courses challenge students’ conceptions of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics at the elementary level. She brings her classroom and professional development experience as an elementary teacher and coach, as well as her background in educational research and online teaching and learning, to her work in designing and facilitating professional learning for teachers.
Carson currently serves as the project director of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, titled Synchronous Online Video-Based Development for Rural Mathematics Coaches (2020-24), which focuses on how a three-part online professional development for coaches can support their efforts to engage in robust content-based coaching with rural classroom teachers. She previously served as the project coordinator for two NSF-funded projects: the first, titled Synchronous Online Professional Learning Experiences for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts (2016-20), was related to online professional learning for rural teachers; and the second, titled Developing Principles for Mathematics Curriculum Design and Use in the Common Core Era (2012-16), was related to teachers’ perceptions and uses of curriculum materials in the context of enacting the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Carson also serves as a Research Subjects Review Board (RSRB) specialist, supporting Warner faculty, staff, and students with their research applications.
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School