Keynote Speakers

Dr. Okhee Lee

Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is currently leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in order to promote science learning and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research with MIT and Vanderbilt University to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. She was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), received the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the AERA Scholars of Color in Education in 2003, and was awarded a 1993-95 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her doctorate from Michigan State University in 1989, and taught in the School of Education at the University of Miami prior to coming to Steinhardt.

Dr. Concepcion Molina

Concepcion Molina is a senior technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). His primary expertise in mathematics education comes from 14 years of high school mathematics instruction and 20 years of experience working with teachers and schools as part of his responsibilities with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and AIR. Because of his experience as a student with limited English, Dr. Molina has a unique perspective that led to the development of multiple professional development trainings focused on the impact of language in the learning and instruction of mathematics. This approach also led to his writing of The Problem With Math Is English: A Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics via a collaboration between SEDL and a national publisher. Dr. Molina has a keen interest in the development of standards that can also serve as a useful teaching guide. The focus on the improvement of teachers’ mathematics content knowledge guides his work and also resulted in A Qualitative Case Study of the Subject Matter Knowledge of Central Texas Middle School Mathematics Teachers, his doctoral dissertation completed in 2004.