LSI's Dr. Robert Schoen Named Kenneth P. Kidd Mathematics Educator of the Year

June 22, 2022

St. Petersburg, FL – The Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) has named Florida State University professor and Learning Systems Institute (LSI) faculty member Robert Schoen, Ph.D., the Kenneth P. Kidd Mathematics Educator of the Year. The award was established in 1976 to recognize an individual’s outstanding contributions to mathematics education."Dr. Schoen with his teacher of the year plaque."

“This is a well-deserved award,” said LSI Director Rabieh Razzouk. “Dr. Schoen who has made major contributions to elementary math and secondary statistics education in Florida. His work on Cognitive Guided Instruction and other projects have directly impacted thousands of teachers and their students. We are proud of his achievements and grateful to FCTM for considering and presenting him with this award.”

Schoen is the Associate Director of LSI’s Florida Center for Research in STEM (FCR–STEM) and an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at Florida State University. His research experience extends from the development of educational and psychological measurement instruments and in-depth study of student mathematical thinking to the mathematical education of teachers and rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of educational interventions. Dr. Schoen is principal investigator for two large-scale professional development initiatives in diverse school settings. The IES-funded Replicating the CGI Experiment in Diverse Environments is an efficacy study of a Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) professional development program.

“I have a great respect for FCTM, and I feel deeply honored to receive this award,” said Schoen. “My team and I work so hard to help improve teaching and learning while increasing the scientific rigor of education research. It feels great to be recognized by mathematics teachers for the impact that we are having on their work.”

The award was announced at FCTM’s 69th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL attended by hundreds of math education professionals. Schoen is the first Tallahassee-based educator to win the award since 1994 and just the third ever from Tallahassee to be so honored.

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