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Successful Ed.D. Dissertation Defense: Denise Rawding

Morristown, N.J. (February 22, 2016) – Morris Plains, N.J., resident Denise Rawding defended her doctoral dissertation and will receive her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in May, 2016.

Her dissertation topic, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: How Well Do the Textbook and Instructional Methods Align?, explored how the instructional methods of teachers have been impacted by the Common Core Math Standards.

Analysis of the data showed that teachers have begun to make changes in their instructional methods; however, the changes resulted more from professional development initiatives led by the school and district than by individual teacher's understanding of the Common Core Math Standards.

"I will always be grateful for the knowledge and support of the faculty and staff at CSE," says Rawding. "The College has helped me to become not only a passionate educator, but also an educational leader committed to growing both students and teachers."

Rawding received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in 1987 and a Master of Arts in Human Services Leadership in 1996 from the College of Saint Elizabeth. During her 22 years in education, she has taught pre-k to sixth grade, music, and worked as a math coach and supervisor.

In 2007, Denise was awarded the Governor's Teacher Recognition Award. She has presented at national and regional conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the International Literacy Association.

Last year, Denise was chosen as a member of the LearnZillion 2015 Dream Team and developed a kindergarten math unit which has been seen and used by teachers around the world. In addition, she was nominated for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Denise continues to share her passion and knowledge of education as a kindergarten teacher and teacher leader in the Newark Public Schools, a member of the Morris Plains Board of Education, and a new teacher mentor for Kappa Delta Pi.

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