# Jeffrey Choppin

**Professor**

Teaching & Curriculum

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (mathematics education)

MEd, University of Maryland, College Park (mathematics curriculum and instruction)

BA, University of Notre Dame (economics)

Jeffrey Choppin teaches courses in the mathematics education program and a doctoral course on learning theory and is a principal investigator (PI) on two current National Science Foundation (NSF) projects. He previously served as chair of teaching and curriculum for five years. One of his current NSF-funded research projects focuses on mathematics coaches in rural contexts. This project, which builds from a prior NSF grant focused on mathematics teachers, employs a three-part fully online professional development model designed to give mathematics coaches access to professional support they would otherwise be unlikely to receive. In addition to an online course and video-based support of the coaches, the project also includes an online video club in which the coaches will share artifacts of practice and accounts of their coaching experiences with the guidance of mentor coaches.

The second NSF-funded project will develop a model of the mathematics program developed at the East EPO over the last five years. The East mathematics program has had a sustained implementation of a demanding mathematics curriculum, something that is unusual for high-poverty settings. The grant will involve a collaborative effort between researchers, professional development experts from the Warner Center, and East EPO personnel, including co-PI and East Superintendent Shaun Nelms. A culminating piece of this project will be a conference, which will gather other educators from around the U.S. who share an interest in developing demanding mathematics programs in high-poverty settings.

Choppin previously worked on the NSF-funded

*Developing Principles for Mathematics Curriculum Design and Use in the Common Core Era*that explored teachers’ understanding and use of curriculum materials in states that adopted the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. That study found that conventional curricula narrowed the forms of mathematical activity in classrooms compared to classrooms in which more innovative materials were in use. That work also began Choppin’s foray into the study of digital curriculum and theorizing how teachers take up curriculum materials.

In work from his CAREER grant, Choppin explored what teachers learned from using innovative curriculum materials, particularly with respect to teacher knowledge of how the materials develop student reasoning around key mathematical concepts. His research linked teachers’ discourse practices, their observations of student thinking, their understanding of the curriculum materials, and the ways their adaptations of curriculum materials enhanced students’ opportunities to engage in mathematical practices.

**Currently-funded Research Projects**

PI, Creating a Model for Sustainable Ambitious Mathematics Programs in High-Need Settings: a Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration (NSF DRK12)

## In the News

- 4/26/2021Faculty discover ways for research to thrive during the pandemic
- 9/02/2020Jeffrey Choppin on Broadening STEM Participation in
*Rochester Beacon* - 8/12/2020
*13WHAM-TV*: U of R Given $2.5M Grant to Expand East High Math Program's Success - 8/11/2020Jeffrey Choppin on Federal Grant that Builds on UR-East Hight's Partnership in
*Minority ReporterÂ* - 8/10/2020Math professor leads NSF study to support ambitious mathematics programs in high-need schools
- 6/12/2020Warner School Earns NSF Grant to Support Mathematics Coaches in Rural School DistrictsÂ
- 10/05/2016Callard, Choppin on Online Professional Learning Experiences in Mathematics in
*Finger Lakes Times* - 9/12/2016NSF Grant Awarded to UR Warner School for Online Teacher Professional Development, Research in Rural Schools
- 6/16/2016Warner School Names New Chair of Teaching and Curriculum
- 6/01/2016
*Hechinger Report*Features Warner School Study on edTPA - 5/18/2016Research Shows Improvements in edTPA Preparation Despite Persistent Challenges
- 12/14/2015Warner School Researchers Find Pitfalls in New Teacher Certification Assessment
- 5/26/2015Professors Brockenbrough and Choppin Awarded Tenure
- 3/02/2015Study Shows Teacher Candidates Lack a Clear Understanding of edTPA
- 11/13/2014Warner Study on edTPA Featured in
*Campus Times* - 11/07/2014Warner School Professors Awarded Spencer Foundation Funding to Study Early Impacts of edTPA Implementation
- 7/30/2014Professor Mary Jane Curry Co-edits, Professor Jeffrey Choppin Contributes to New Book Exploring the Role of Applied Linguistics in STEM Education
- 10/23/2013Jeffrey Choppin on Common Core-Aligned Tests and Teacher Evaluations
- 10/21/2013Study Finds New Testing for Common Core State Standards Impacts Classroom Practices for Middle School Math Teachers
- 7/31/2013Choppin's Study on the Common Core Featured on
*City Newspaper*Blog - 7/24/2013New Study Explores Middle School Math Teachersâ€™ Perceptions of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
- 8/28/2012$2.2 Million NSF Grant Helps Enhance Middle School Math Instruction
- 3/05/2012New Book Aims to Improve Student Achievement in Mathematics
- 6/23/2008Mathematics Educator Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Career Grant
- 9/25/2007Conference Aims to Help Teachers Improve Classroom Practices, Student Learning in Mathematics Education

Courses

EDU482 Integrating Mathematics and Literacy

EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School

EDU483 Integrating Mathematics and Technology

EDU436 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics

EDU444 Implementing Innovation in Mathematics Education

EDU526 Theory and Research in Curriculum and Change

EDF410M Field Experiences in Middle Childhood (Math)

EDF411M Field Experiences in Inclusive Middle Childhood Settings (Math)

EDF416M Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Math)

EDF417M Field Experiences in Inclusive Secondary School Settings (Math)

EDF418M Student Teaching in Secondary Schools A (Math)

EDF419M Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings A (Math)

EDF420M Student Teaching in Secondary Schools B (Math)

EDF421M Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings B (Math)

ED571 Advanced Doctoral Seminar on Theory and Research in Teacher Education

EDU522 Theory and Research in Learning