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Edson a Shining STaR at MSU

AJ Edson, a PRIME mathematics education faculty member, has been recently accepted into the "Service, Teaching, and Research" (STaR) program for 2018. The STaR Program is for early career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) provides a professional home for the program as one of the mentoring programs for members.

The STaR Fellows program provides valuable opportunities for early career mathematics educators, including the STaR Summer Institute in Park City, Utah for 5 days in June. Fellows collaborate and receive mentoring on the topics of service, teaching and research.

The program also includes academic year networking, including a follow-up "regroup" meeting in early February of 2019, prior to the 2019 AMTE Annual Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida.

AJ is a Research Assistant Professor in PRIME and he works on initiating and implementing research and development grants related to the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) and assisting with CMP activities. In particular, AJ studies the enactment of curriculum materials in a digital world. He is also interested in the affordances of innovative mathematics curriculum materials as a context for teacher learning.

AJ received a letter of support from Elizabeth “Betty” Phillips, Senior Academic Specialist in PRIME and an author of the Connected Mathematics Project.

Betty commented, “AJ’s expertise with design-based research was an asset in writing and obtaining two NSF research grants. In addition, his commitment and enthusiasm for enhancing the teaching and learning in mathematics classrooms inspires the CMP community.”

AJ noted, “The acceptance into the 2018 AMTE STaR program is very exciting news. Designed around service, teaching, and research, the program supports the development of early career mathematics educators into the professional community of university-based teacher educators and researchers in mathematics education.”

He continued,  “I am looking forward to interacting with other early career mathematics educators at the summer institute this summer.” 

Congratulations, AJ!