Jessica Audet de la Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

508-767-7085 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 156

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education (August 2008)
Dissertation: A Look at Seventh Grade Mathematics Teachers' Instructional Decisions Related to Proportional Reasoning: A Cognitively Guided Perspective
M.S. in Mathematics (May 2004)
B.A. in Mathematics (June 2001)

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Mathematics (5-12)
Mathematics Teaching in the Elementary Classroom 
Numbers and Operations for Educators 
Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics for Educators 
Technology Integration Across the Curriculum 
Practicum and Seminar and Supervision in Middle/Secondary Education 
Pre-practicum Supervision 
Elementary Functions 
Honor’s Student Thesis Advisor

Funded Projects

Assumption College Education Mathematics Capacity Building Project (“ACE Project”), National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Capacity Building Grant, $118,315, March 2019 – March 2020

Publications & Editorships

De la Cruz, J. A. (Manuscript in development). Extending opportunities for discussion and reflection beyond the classroom using Facebook. 

De la Cruz, J. A. (Manuscript in development). Prospective teachers’ considerations during the lesson planning process, Cycles 1- 3. 

De la Cruz, J. A. (2016). Changes in One Teacher's Proportional Reasoning Instruction after Participating in a CGI Professional Development Workshop. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(11), 2551-2567.

De la Cruz, J. A. (2016). Saving money using proportional reasoning. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 21(9), 553 – 561.

De la Cruz, J. A. (2014). Prospective teachers’ considerations during the lesson planning process. In M. J. Mohr-Schroedder, & S. S. Harkness (Eds.), Proceedings for the 113th annual convention of the School Science and Mathematics Association (Vol. 1). Jacksonville, FL: SSMA. 

De la Cruz, J. A. (2013). Selecting proportional reasoning tasks. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 69(2), 14 – 18.

De la Cruz, J. A. (2011). Proportional reasoning instruction: A cognitively guided approach to professional development. Conference Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 1529 – 1537.

Conferences

De la Cruz, J. A. Using Facebook to Extend Opportunities for Reflection and Discussion. The Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: San Diego, CA; April 2019.

De la Cruz, J. A. Using Facebook to Provide Opportunities for Reflection and Discussion of Field Experiences Outside of Class Time. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educator Conference: Orlando, FL; February 2019.

De la Cruz, J. A. Extending opportunities for discussion and reflection beyond the classroom using Facebook. The 4th International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning: London, England; April 2018. 

De la Cruz, J. A. Purposeful planning leads to productive discourse. The Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: San Antonio, TX; April 2017. 

De la Cruz, J. A. Effectively encouraging preservice teachers to plan lessons with a clear purpose. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educator Conference: Orlando, FL; February 2017.

Dwyer, M., & de la Cruz, J. A. Tablet use in secondary mathematics education. The 28th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics: Atlanta, GA; March 2016. 

De la Cruz, J. A. Elementary mathematics methods syllabus share. The School Science and Mathematics Association Annual Convention: Oklahoma City, OK; November 2015

De la Cruz, J. A. Encouraging teacher candidates to utilize cognitively guided instruction: An Action Research Study. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference: Savannah, GA; March 2015.

De la Cruz, J. A. Prospective teachers’ considerations during the lesson planning process. Annual Convention of the School Science and Mathematics Association: Jacksonville, FL; November, 2014.

De la Cruz, J. A. & Garney, S. Using grocery circulars to develop proportional reasoning skills. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA; April, 2014.

De la Cruz, J. A. Using media to support learning about problem-based instruction. The School Science and Mathematics Association Annual Convention: San Antonio, TX; November, 2013.

De la Cruz, J. A. Inquiry-based learning. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Meeting: Las Vegas, NV; October, 2013.

De la Cruz, J. A. Selecting problems with high cognitive demands to meet specific instructional goals. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting: Denver, CO; April, 2013.

De la Cruz, J. A. Enhancing mathematics teacher education courses through the use of technology. The 25th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics. Boston, MA; March 22, 2013.

De la Cruz, J. A. Informing teachers’ instructional decisions related to proportional reasoning. The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Annual Convention: Birmingham, AL; November, 2012. 

De la Cruz, J. A. A model for inquiry-based learning (IBL) in mathematics content courses for elementary school teachers. Mathematical Association of America MathFest: Madison, WI; August, 2012.

De la Cruz, J. A. Proportional reasoning instruction: A cognitively guided approach to professional development. The 33rd Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Reno, NV; October, 2011.

De la Cruz, J. A. A cognitively guided approach to proportional reasoning instruction. Fifth Annual International Conference on Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education: Athens, Greece; June, 2011.

De la Cruz, J. A. Helping students to develop an understanding of proportionality through problem solving and sense making. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting: Washington, DC; April 23, 2009.

Berry, R. Q., De la Cruz, J. A., & McClean, O. Multiple ways to use an array table to help students develop fluency. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional meeting; Richmond, VA; October 12, 2007.

Trinter, C., de la Cruz, J. A., & Fraiser, G. Multiple-representation approaches using technology to nonroutine exponential function problems. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional meeting; Richmond, VA; October 11, 2007.

De la Cruz, J. A., Juersivich, N., & Garofalo, J. Multiple-representation approaches to non-routine exponential function problems. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; March 22, 2007.
 

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grant - Integrating technology into teaching (2016 - 2017)

Faculty Development Grant - Using grocery circulars to generate proportional reasoning strategies (2014 – 2015)

Faculty Development Grant - Considerations when selecting tasks for cognitively guided instruction (2011 – 2012)

Technology Mini-Grant - Learning to teach with technology (2011 – 2012)

Professional Affiliations

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

School Science and Mathematics Association

Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education

Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Research Projects

Prospective teachers’ considerations during the lesson planning process, Cycle 3.