Co-Integrate Mathematics Seminar, October 3rd

  • Sep 25, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend the first Co-Integrate Math Seminar Series talk of the semester on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Dr. Kaitlin Torphy from MSU will be presenting Educational Professionalism within the Fifth Estate: Networks of Influence Within Social Media and Education, from 12:00-1:00 pm in B310 Wells Hall.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
B310 Wells Hall
Michigan State University

Water and Coffee will be served. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.


Dr. Kaitlin Torphy will speak about an emergent phenomenon, social media in education.  She will present the notion of a Fifth Estate within the digital age, redefining network influence (Dutton, 2009). Dr. Torphy will review research regarding teachers’  engagement within Pinterest, a prevalent social media platform amongst teachers nationwide. In related work, she will explore how teachers are turning to social media (Pinterest) to connect with instructional resources and one another as they work to support the academic needs of their students and respond to education reforms. Dr. Torphy will provide a first look at characterizing the quality and standards alignment of over 5000 mathematics tasks within Pinterest. For more information on the work or the Teachers in Social Media project, visit


Kaitlin Torphy PictureKaitlin T. Torphy (Michigan State University), Ph.D. is a Research Scientist and the developer and Director of the Teachers in Social Media Project. This project considers the intersection of cloud to class, nature of resources within virtual resource pools, and implications for equity as educational spaces grow increasingly connected. Dr. Torphy conceptualizes the emergence of a teacherpreneurial guild in which teachers turn to one another for instructional content and resources. She has expertise in teachers’ engagement across virtual platforms, teachers’ physical and virtual social networks, and education policy reform. Dr. Torphy has published work on charter school impacts, curricular reform, teachers’ social networks, and presented work regarding teachers’ engagement within social media at the national and international level. Dr. Torphy’s other work examines diffusion of sustainable practices across social networks within The Nature Conservancy. She holds a Ph.D. in education policy, a specialization in the economics of education, and is a Teach for America alumni and former Chicago Public Schools teacher. 


Co-Integrate is a speaker series, jointly sponsored by the CREATE for STEM Institute and the Program in Mathematics Education, designed to support internal networking among colleagues in the College of Natural Science, College of Education, and K-12 school partners interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics in K­-16 settings. This monthly series features talks by MSU faculty and graduate students who are working on projects to improve math teaching and learning at MSU and in Michigan more broadly.

The Co-Integrate Seminar Series welcomes local K-12 teachers and administrators to all of its events. Reimbursement for on-campus parking will be provided for K-12 school staff attendees - be sure to ask for an envelope before you leave the event!