Estela M. Rojas


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» Namn Hall 727 (N-727)


Phone:
» 718.260.5359


E-mail:
» erojas@citytech.cuny.edu


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Estela M. Rojas

Education:

May 1992 - Doctorate in Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

December 1983 - Master's in Mathematic Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

December 1978 - Post-graduate work in statistics, CIENES-Universidad de Chile

December 1978 - French Diploma, French Institute

January 1976 - Bachelor's in Mathematics and Statistics, Universidad Técnica del Estado, Chile

Professional Experience:

9/86-Present – New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York (CUNY), Full Professor, Mathematics Department

12/2005-Present – New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Director of Learning Community Project

9/2000-12/2005 – New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Director of Learning Community Project, Title V Funded by the Department of Ed, Washington D.C.

84-6/86 – Medgar Evers College, Instructor Mathematics Department

2/82-12/84 – Borough of Manhattan Community College, Instructor, Mathematics Department

2/81-12/83 – Hostos Community College, Adjunct, Mathematics Department

5/75-12/80 – Universidad Técnica del Estado, Chile, Instructor, Mathematics Department

3/75-3/79 – Liceo #10 de Niñas, Mathematics Teacher

Honors:

Recipient of Scholar on Campus Award 2004-2005. Maximum honor of Professionalism given at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York in recognition of Outstanding Scholarship and Meaningful Contributions in the Field of Mathematics Education. April 2004

Recipient of Major Institutional Grants for Education and Public Service Award, City University of New York. May 24, 2001

Recipient of the Performance Excellence Award for Teaching Excellence and Exemplary Service to Students, City University of New York. June 2000

Recipient of the Excellence Academic Leadership Recognition for the Implementation of the Learning Communities. Pro-O'Higgins Corporation, Chile. January 2004

Publications:

Trabajo Cooperativo y Colaborativo: Fundando Comunidades de Aprendizaje (Cooperative and Collaborative Work: Building Learning Communities). Taller II. Published by Creces Capacitación Ltda.  Santiago, Chile 2002

La Evaluación, una Oportunidad de Aprendizaje (Assessment, an Opportunity for Learning). Taller III. Published by Creces Capacitación Ltda. Santiago, Chile 2002

Planificación Estratégica En Matemáticas – Nivel I, Teaching and Learning Strategies, Published by the Corporación de Capacitación y  Empleo Sociedad de Fomento Fabril/Division of Education, Santiago, Chile 1997. Revised Edition, 1998 Published by the Instituto de Capacitación Empresarial de Chile.

Planificación Estratégica En Matemáticas - Nivel II, Problem Solving, Published by the Corporación de Capacitación y Empleo Sociedad de Fomento Fabril/Division of Education, Santiago, Chile 1997. Revised Edition, 1999. Published by the Instituto de Capacitación Empresarial de Chile

Planificación Estratégica En Matemáticas – Nivel III, Assessment, Published by the Instituto de Capacitación Empresarial de Chile, Santiago, Chile.  December  1999.

Rojas, María Estela.  Enhancing the Learning of Probability Through Developing Students’ Skills in Reading and Writing.  Doctoral Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University.  1992

Grant Proposals:

National Science Foundation Grant Proposal. Summer Immersion Program. Granted Fall 2006

Title V Learning Communities Grant Proposal. Presented to the Department of Education Washington DC. January 2000. Granted July 2000

Learning Communities Grant Proposal. Presented to Andes Foundation, Santiago, Chile. Granted November 2001

Proposal for Professional Development en Metodologias y Recursos Educativos en Matematicas (Methodologies and Educational Resources in Mathematics) submitted to the Education Department, Viña del Mar, Chile, 1998. Granted December 1998

Proposal for Professional Development en Metodologias y Recursos Educativos en Matematicas (Methodologies and Educational Resources in Mathematics) submitted to SOFOFA (Corporación de Capacitación y Empleo Sociedad de Fomento Fabril), Santiago Chile, November 1996. Granted January 1997

Consultant Work:

New Community College CUNY.  I serve as a consortium faculty for this new institution that CUNY is opening doors August 2012.  I support faculty to develop curriculum and syllabi.  Give professional development in teaching and learning and learning communities to faculty.  Give pedagogical training to mathematics faculty.  Serve as chair of the committee to hire new mathematics faculty. February 2012 to present.

Collaborative Programs New York City College of Technology-CARPEDIEM Program, New York City.  Through this program I provide professional development to 26 mathematics High School Teachers from institutions with high percentage of underrepresented minority students in Brooklyn.   In this three-year program teachers will develop learning communities in mathematics incorporating teaching and learning strategies.  November 2009 to January 2011. 

Palo Alto College, San Antonio, Texas. Three days workshop on the design of learning communities for STEM faculty. July 2010

SUNY Potsdam, New York State.One day seminar on pedagogy to faculty from several different departments, May 2010

Learning Communities at Central University Santiago Chile. Worked with 70 faculty from the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.  Training, designing, implementing and assessing learning communities. This was a five years project. 2005 to 2009.   

Keynote Speaker and Workshop given on Learning Communities and Teaching and Learning Strategies at Westfield Faculty Center. Westfield State College.  Westfield, Massachusetts.  May 8, 2009.

Keynote Speaker and two days seminar on Learning Communities and teaching and learning at School of Education.  Universidad Central, Santiago, Chile. January 2009

Created Learning Communities in seven Elementary-High Schools in Chile.  Provided professional development to 80 teachers and worked in the implementation of learning communities targeting 1800 students. These schools have institutionalized the learning communities.  2002-2005.

Professional Development workshops to teachers in Santiago Chile.  Gave workshops in mathematics to hundreds of middle and high school teachers.   Also, I run workshops on pedagogy for non-mathematics teachers. 1997-2000

Collaborative Learning and Mathematics Workshop.  Gave at LaGuardia Community College, Mathematics Department.  August 24, 2000.

Enhancing Classroom Instruction Through the Prism of Learning Communities.  Workshop conducted at The Community College Of Baltimore County.  March 16-17, 2001.

Workshops Given, Conferences and Roundtable Presentations:

The Faculty as Learner. Presented at International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation.  Madrid, Spain November16-18, 2009.

Presenting at 14th National Learning Communities Conference “Student Engagement for Social Change”.  Marietta, Georgia. November 12-14, 2009.

Keynote speaker at The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Urban Culture, Underserved Populations &Community College Pedagogy in the 21st Century.  Organized by Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.  New York, New York February 23, 2007.

Keynote Speaker at Primer Seminario Internacional de Prácticas Docentes.  Organized by Universidad Central,Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.Santiago, Chile.  May 17-19, 2005.

Learning Communities Reforming Undergraduate Education. Conference given at Seattle, Washington on May 20-22, 2004.

Classroom Assessment Workshop.  Learning Community Summer Institute, Title V.  June 3-6, 2003.

Learning Communities.  Presented at TYCA Northeast 37th Annual Conference “The Learner at the Center-Conversations About Learning and Teaching”.  Portland, Maine.  October 10-12, 2002.

Classroom Assessment Workshop.  Learning Community Summer Institute, Title V.  May 28-31, 2002.

Developing Communities of Learners: The Joys and the Challenges.   Presented at Spring Adjunct Professional Development Meeting, NYCCT.   January 24, 2002.

Why Learning Communities Work.  Presented at 25th Annual CAWS Conference.  NYCTC.   November 2, 2001. 

The Transformation of an Institution Through Learning Communities.  HACU 15th Annual Conference.  San Juan, Puerto Rico.  October 27-30, 2001.

Classroom Assessment Workshop.  Learning Community Summer Institute, Title V.  June 11-14, 2001.

What are Learning Communities?  Presented at PDAC, NYCTC.  May 17, 2001.

Enhancing Classroom Instruction Through the Prism of Learning Communities.   Workshop conducted at Spring Adjunct Professional Development Meeting, NYCTC.   January 25, 2001.

Learning Communities.  Presented at Mentoring Luncheon NYCTC.   December 8th, 2000.

Using Verbal and Written Activities to Understand Mathematics.  24th Annual Conference CUNY Association for writing Supervision.  BMCC.  October 27, 2000.  

A Learning Community and Active Learners.  Presented at 35th NYSMATYC Annual Conference.  Hofstra University, N.Y. April 7-9, 2000. 

Technology’s Grand Challenges. Presented at Conversation About Teaching and Diversity.  NYCTC, Feb. 27, 2000. 

Teaching Beyond the Content of the Discipline.  Presented at Spring 2000 Adjunct Professional Development Meeting.  NYCTC, January 26, 2000. 

Computers in Elementary Algebra.  Presented at NYCTC Mathematics Department Colloquium.  December 9, 1999.

Tutor-Training Workshop sessions given to the members of the Bernoulli Society of the Mathematics Department at NYCTC.   October 14th, 1999. 

Linked Project between Social Science and Math.  Presented at a PDAC conference NYCTC.  February 25, 1999. 

Collaborative Learning Workshop given to Science and Mathematics faculty of NYCTC.  February 11, 1999.

Technology as a Tool.  Presented at the NYSMATYC annual conference. Syracuse. April 24-26, 1998. 

Teaching Mathematics on the Computer.  Presented at a PDAC panel discussion on interdisciplinary courses NYCTC.  March 31,1998. 

Presentation on behalf of the NYCTC at the Academic System Conference in New York City.  Suggestions and enhancements to the Interactive Mathematics Courseware held at CUNY Office of Computing & Information Services.  March 20,1998. 

Mathematics for Technology-Laboratory Investigations. Invited speaker, two other invited guests were from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA.   Mathematics Department Colloquium at NYCTC.  December 4,1997.

Guest speaker at William Paterson University, NJ. “Collaborative Learning in Teaching & Learning Mathematics”.  Nov. 19,1997. 

Integrating Technology and Collaborative Learning into the Teaching of Applied Mathematics.  Faculty development workshop given to the members of the NSF Institution-Wide Reform grant at NYCTC.  November 14, 1997. 

Member of the panel discussion on pros and cons of technology, “Have we gone too far?” held at BMCC. October 18,1997. 

Using Multimedia to Enrich the Algebra Curriculum.  Presented at the 31st NYSMATYC Annual Conference.  Kiamesha Lake, New York.  April 19-21-21, 1996. 

Professional Associations:

Board member of the Consortium for The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities (2006 to Present)

American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)

Mathematics Association of America (MAA)

New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

CUNY Mathematics Discussion Group, Chair from September 1993 to June 1995

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