Author: Jackie Speake

Dr. Speake loves science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM geek!) and believes that everyone can learn through inquiry and habits of mind. Her 20-year teaching career ranges from high school teacher, district curriculum specialist, state of Florida Department of Education science and mathematics program specialist, and senior director for instructional services. Dr. Speake has presented to administrators and teachers on inquiry, STEM, and embedding the mathematical practices and literacy standards into all content areas, including science, social studies, and Career and Technical Education. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, as well as a M.Ed. in Secondary Curriculum/Instruction and a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of South Florida. Previous to teaching, she was a field biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a water chemistry lab technician at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and a research biologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Math Tricks? Just Say No!

By Jackie Speake If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I am not a math person,” well… I might not be rich, but I’d have a decent amount of spare cash to invest (that’s what we math people do with our spare cash … no,

Modeling With Mathematics: What it Is and How it Aligns With the Standards-Driven Classroom

By Jackie Speake I recently facilitated a teacher training at a school district with Learning Sciences International. The training included College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards for Mathematics, and we discussed the eight standards for mathematical practice. For more information on all eight practices you can check out CoreStandards.org. Unlike the Next