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Marvin T. Cohen

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Development of school communities and communities of practice in mathematics, Digital video in teacher development, Mathematics leadership, teaching and learning, School leadership, Teaching to children’s learning strengths

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

My work with teachers is driven by the goal that all children be given the opportunity to work and succeed as mathematicians in their schools. To do this I feel that their teachers must also be mathematics teachers (Yes, nursery teachers too!) and must therefore be mathematicians as well. This goal finds its way into my teaching and professional development in the form of a balance between mathematics content, mathematics pedagogy, and equity. I find that my commitment to allowing people to work with a mathematician’s attitude serves the children best. It provides them the opportunity to explore their world; invent solutions; test hypotheses; and apply the knowledge they acquire in a way that can make the world a better place. All my work is driven by the belief that education is potentially an important lever to be used to make the world a better and more just place.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

I have been a public and private school teacher, as well as served on a variety of advisory boards in the areas of math education, technology, urban middle school reform, and programs that serve teachers of special needs children. In addition, I have also helped design and start an urban middle school.
I have conducted many and varied mathematics workshops for classroom teachers and school administrators internationally and throughout the U.S. in urban and private school settings. My focus is on creating opportunities for learning for all children.

Recent Professional Contributions

Scholar in Residence, Ben Franklin International School Barcelona, Spring 2010. Math consultant, American School of Barcelona, 2010.

Member of National Council of Teachers of Math, National Council of Supervisors of Math, and Cook Award Selection Committee.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Bank Street College
  • M.B.A., Finance, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Cohen, M. (2012). Providing high-quality professional development: Understanding challenges and providing supports for district-based facilitators. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Philadephia, PA.

  • Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B., Cohen, M., Marshke-Tobier, K., Melnick, H., & Metnetsky, L. (2011). Math for all facilitator guide, grades K-2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

  • Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B., Cohen, M., Marshke-Tobier, K., Melnick, H., & Metnetsky, L. (2011). Math for all facilitator guide, grades 3-5. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

  • Cohen, M., Pelligrino, J., Schultz, S., & Schmidt, D. (2007). Sustaining technology integration in teacher education. Action in Teacher Education, 29(2), 75-85.

  • Cohen, M., & Tally, W. (2004). New maps for technology and teacher education. Journal of Computing and Teacher Education, 21(1), 5-9.

  • Cohen, M. (1995). Change in the educational system: A middle school perspective. In I. Evans, T. Cicchelli, M. Cohen, & N. Shapiro (Eds.), Staying in school: Partnerships for educational change (pp. 111-134). Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4711
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025