Teacher's Coding Club
Teacher's Coding Club

Teachers making, tinkering, and coding in Dr. Howard's Teacher's Coding Club

Maker Ed in Higher Ed
Maker Ed in Higher Ed

In Dr. Nicol R. Howard's instructional technology course, teacher ed students explored Makey Makey and the various ways to use this tool in a kinder math lessons.

CCTE Tech SIG Co-Chairs
CCTE Tech SIG Co-Chairs

Drs. Howard, Howard, and Leon co-chair the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Technology Special Interest Group.

Teacher's Coding Club
Teacher's Coding Club

Teachers making, tinkering, and coding in Dr. Howard's Teacher's Coding Club

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Nicol R. Howard, PhD is currently an associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the School of Education (Department of Teaching and Learning) at the University of Redlands. Dr. Howard is also the Co-Director of the Race in Education Analytics Learning Lab (REAL Lab) in the Center for Educational Justice where she engages students in quantitative and mixed methods research projects that allow them to critically examine systems, policies, and practices as they seek change within their various professional contexts. 

 

Dr. Howard was recently invited by the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed-Methodologies (ICQCM) to join the 2021 National Science Foundation QCM Scholars Cohort. Dr. Howard’s research foci are digital equity, STEM and computer science equity and identity, and parent involvement. She has been examining family-school partnerships and the racialized experiences of Black girls and families in digital learning spaces, as well as mathematics and computer science classrooms, through quantitative and mixed methods studies. 

Her concerns for certain inequities in education have led to publications in educational journals, such as the Urban Education, Education Policy, and e-Learning and Digital Media. She has also co-authored the following books: Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers through Connected Resources, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom, and Coding+Math: Strengthen K-5 Math Skills with Computer Science. Dr. Howard is co-founder and co-editor for the Journal of Computer Science Integration.

Dr. Howard has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 20 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning.  

Dr. Howard is the communications board member for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Research in Mathematics SIG. She is also co-chair for the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Technology and Teacher Education SIG, Policy Committee, and the Spring Policy Action Network (SPAN). 

 

In addition to her research, teaching, and service, she is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Microsoft Surface Expert, Certified Microsoft Innovative Expert and Trainer, and she is Raspberry Pi Certified. Dr. Howard is also a recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen Award and an Outstanding Faculty Award in Service at he University of Redlands, as well as the recent recipient of an Outstanding Research Award.

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