Skip to main content

College of Education

Think and Do The Extraordinary
Support the College
Think and Do The Extraordinary
Support the College

Valerie Faulkner

Teaching Associate Professor

Co-Chair College of Education Committee on Multicultural Initiatives and Diversity; PI: NC Quest Grant - BullPack Cohort, A collaboration between Durham Public Schools and NC State

317-B Poe Hall

919-515-0371

https://valeriefaulknermathclub.com/

Bio

Valerie Faulkner is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Teacher Education and Learning Sciences department at NC State. A dynamic speaker, her 2012 TEDxNCSU lecture “Teaching Math to the Analog Brain in the Digital World” was chosen as a lecture of the month by TED later that year. Her NC State TUFFTALK on the opportunity gap in schools can also be found online. Dr. Faulkner approaches the work of improving mathematics instruction and student outcomes in mathematics from a cultural perspective and as such has worked extensively to prioritize cooperation and collaborative efforts between teachers, schools, districts, NCDPI and institutes of higher education. She is co-author and State Level trainer of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Foundations of Mathematics and is the co-author of two textbooks designed to support high school students who have not yet been placed in Algebra (Faulkner, Dupree (2010) Foundations of Algebra, Introduction to High School Mathematics, Walch Educational). Her most recent articles include practitioner articles on the Opportunity Gap (Kappan, 2016), Subitizing (APMC, 2017), and Equality (APMC, 2016) as well as a research article on mathematics placement decisions and race (JRME, 2014). She is currently PI of an NC Quest grant in collaboration with Durham Public Schools and designed to target the mathematical understanding of mathematics teacher leaders, and their principals, within the district.

Research Description

I am interested in the nexus between teacher impressions of students, institutional structures, mathematics, and equity.

I also work to improve teachers content knowledge through practitioner articles that focus on the language used in mathematics and number sense.

Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics from NC State in 2010
M.Ed. in Special Education from NC State in 1994
B.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985

Curriculum Vitae

Programs

Scholarly Publications

  • Faulkner, V.N., Ainslie, J. (2017) Subitizing through the years! Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 22(1) pp. 28-36
  • Faulkner, V.N., Marshall, P.L, Stiff, L.V., Crossland, C.L. (In Press). Less is more: The limitations of Judgment.  Phi Delta Kappan, 98 (7), pp. 55-60
  • Faulkner, VN., Walkowiak, T.A, Cain, C, Lee, C. (2016) Equality matters: The critical implications of precisely defining equality. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 11 - 15.
  • Faulkner, V.N., Stiff, L.V., Marshall, P.L., Crossland, C., Nietfeld, J. (2014) The Impact of Race and teacher perceptions as Predictors of Algebra Placement, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 45 (3) pp. 288-311.
  • Faulkner, V.N. (2013).  Language, Math, and the Common Core.  Phi Delta Kappan, 95 (2), pp. 59-63.
  • Faulkner, V.N., Cain, C. (2013). Improving the Mathematical Content Knowledge of General and Special Educators: Evaluating a Professional Development Module That Focuses on Number Sense Teacher Education and Special Education, May 2013 vol. 36 no. 2 115-131. Published online before print March 25, 2013, doi:10.1177/0888406413479613
  • Faulkner, V.N., Crossland, C.L., Stiff, L.V. (2013). Predicting Eighth grade algebra placement for students with IEPs, Exceptional Children, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 329
  • Cain, C., & Faulkner, V.N., (2011) Teaching number in the early elementary years. Teaching Children Mathematics 18(5), 288-295.
  • Faulkner, V. & Dupree, S., (2010). The Foundations of Algebra: Student Text and Teacher Resource Book. Portland, Maine: Walch Education.
  • Faulkner, V. & Dupree, S., (2010). Introduction to High School Mathematics: Student Text and Teacher Resource Book. Portland, Maine: Walch Education.
  • Faulkner, V. (2009). The Components of Number Sense: An instructional model for teachers. Teaching Exceptional Children 41(5), 24-30.

Courses Taught

  • ELM 310 Children’s Thinking and Additive Reasoning: K-2
  • ELM 574 Methods for Teaching Mathematics in The Elementary Classroom for Initial License
  • ELM 400 & ELM 480 Connections Seminar III & IV, Instructional Design and Assessment
  • ECI 620 Special Problems in Special Education: Math
  • ECI 620 Special Problems in Special Education: Math
  •  North Carolina Elementary Math Specialist Courses
  • ELM 556 Rational Number Reasoning
  • ELM 558 Algebraic Reasoning
  • ELM 555 Number and Operations

Honors and Awards

  • NC State College of Education Outstanding Teacher Award, 2015
  • NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015
  • NC State Chancellors Creating Community Outstanding Faculty Member, 2014

Research Areas