Walter G. Secada is Professor of Teaching and Learning and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Education. A graduate of Miami’s Curley High School, he left Southeast Florida to earn a BA in philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in mathematics and a Ph.D. in education, both, from Northwestern University.
Since joining the University of Miami faculty in fall 2003, Professor Secada has been associate director and Co-PI of Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) with a High-Stakes Testing Environment, an NSF-funded quasi-experimental study on effective science instruction for Haitian-Creole or Spanish-speaking third through fifth graders; associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible an NSF-funded fellowship training program that pairs doctoral students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with middle-school teachers; director and PI of Language in Mathematics an IES-funded research and development project intended to create a professional development intervention that will help grade 4-8 teachers better teach mathematics to their English language learners; Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning; and a member of the University’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board.
Prior to coming to UM, Dr. Secada was professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin—Madison; director of Diversity in Mathematics Education, a fellowship-training Center on Learning and Teaching funded by the National Science Foundation; director of teacher-training and technical assistance centers devoted to teachers of students who received federal funding through Title 1, migrant education, bilingual education, and/or American Indian education; and a former associate dean of the School of Education.
As director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Dropout Project, he was senior author of its final report, No More Excuses, which was released at a White House press conference by then-Vice President Gore and Secretary of Education Riley. Secada was editor of the Review of Research in Education published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA); series editor for Changing the Faces of Mathematics published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); and co-editor of Mapping equity and quality in mathematics education an international volume published by Springer.
Professor Secada’s research interests include equity in education, mathematics education, bilingual education, school restructuring, professional development of teachers, student engagement, and reform. Recently, he served on a committee of the National Research Council whose Framework for K-12 science education: Practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas will provide the guiding principles of the development of the next generation of national standards in K-12 science.
A fluent speaker of Spanish, Secada has presented at major conferences in Chile and Peru; as well as throughout the United States, and in Thailand, Taiwan, Greece, Norway, England, Germany, and South Africa. As a senior Fulbright Fellow, Secada visited Lima and Arequipa, Peru where he served as a consultant to Universidad Catolica San Pablo in Arequipa and gave a series of presentations both there and at GRADE in Lima on higher education accreditation, the teaching of mathematics for understanding, and education research and development. He is a fellow and member of the American Educational Research Association; a lifetime member of the National Association for Bilingual Education and of the Fulbright Association; and a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
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