Senior Researcher

Susan Jo  Russell

Program/Areas of Interest

  • Teacher learning about mathematics and students’ mathematical thinking
  • Elementary students’ mathematical thinking
  • Mathematical argument in the elementary and middle grades
  • Curriculum as a tool for professional development

Biography

Dr. Susan Jo Russell began her career in education as an elementary classroom teacher and math coach. She is a senior researcher at TERC where she co-directed the original development and second edition of Investigations in Number, Data and Space and the professional development series, Developing Mathematical Ideas. Her research has focused on children’s mathematical understanding and on how teachers can learn more about mathematics and about children’s mathematical thinking. Current work centers on early algebra, number and operations, mathematical argument, mathematical practices, and supporting students in urban elementary public schools to engage in high-level mathematical reasoning. Her recent co-authored book, But Why Does It Work?: Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom is a resource for teachers who want to learn how to integrate mathematical argument into their instruction.

Education

  • BA Swarthmore College
  • MS Bank Street College of Education
  • CAGS Lesley College
  • EdD Boston University

Highlighted Publications

Russell, Susan Jo. (March 2019) Who Can Do “Abstract” Mathematics? Mathematical Argument in an Urban Elementary School. San Diego, CA: National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Meeting.

Russell, Susan Jo & Schifter, Deborah. (February 2019). Who Can Think Mathematically: Insisting on Significant Math Thinking in Urban Classrooms. Portland, OR: Teachers Development Group Leadership Conference.

Russell, Susan Jo, Schifter, Deborah, Kasman, Reva, Bastable, Virginia, and Higgins, Traci. (2017). But why does it work? Mathematical argument in the elementary classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Russell, Susan Jo. (April 2016). Productive lingering: Elementary students learn about the structure of the operations through representation-based argument. Oakland, CA: National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Meeting.

Russell, Susan Jo, Schifter, Deborah, & Bastable, Virginia (2011). Connecting arithmetic to algebra: Strategies for building algebraic thinking in the elementary grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Russell, Susan Jo. (2012). CCSSM: Keeping teaching and learning strong. Teaching Children Mathematics 19 (1): 50-56.

Russell, Susan Jo, Schifter, Deborah, & Bastable, Virginia (2011). Developing algebraic thinking in the context of arithmetic. In J. Cai & E. Knuth (Eds.), The development of earlier algebraic thinking: Multiple perspectives. New York: Springer.