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Current Student Spotlight: Allen Dimacali, Mathematics Education

By • Sep 16th, 2013 • Category: Mathematics Education, Uncategorized

Allen Dimacali

Allen Dimacali is a second-year graduate student in the Mathematics Education EdD program. He was born in Honolulu, HI and grew up in San Diego, CA. He has lived in New York for the past 8 years. He is the Mathematics Editorial Director for SpringBoard, the publishing department of the College Board, where he manages a 6-12 core curriculum.

Allen taught middle school and high school for over ten years prior to beginning his graduate studies at TC. Shortly after teaching, he entered the educational publishing industry as a curriculum developer with Kaplan, Inc., which eventually led to his current position as Mathematics Editorial Director at the College Board.

Allen knew TC was the gold standard for graduate studies in education, and for this reason, he chose to apply to TC. “I’ve met and expanded my network with a lot of really good and interesting people in the mathematics, science, ELA, and policy departments… The professors have been really good about sharing their research interests as I prepare for my dissertation.” 

“The faculty within the Mathematics Education department are very helpful; they are very open to questions that you have specifically within their research interests or generally about the program itself and the options that you have.”

His academic interests are mathematics curriculum and mathematics education policy.  Much of his work pertains to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and 6-12 curriculum development. He is also interested in pure mathematics as it relates to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and topics that follow.

His research interests include mathematical modeling, and how teachers are interpreting and teaching this concept at the secondary level, and understanding the current implications and potential impacts of the Common Core State Standards within mathematics education. In particular, Allen’s focus is on the impact of all Common Core and how it relates and translates to college readiness in mathematics.

Allen currently serves as a co-editor for the Mathematical Modeling Handbook II: The Assessments, emphasizing the assessment of mathematical modeling. “This is our attempt at help secondary school teachers interpret what modeling means in the spirit of the Common Core State Standards. Hopefully, they will get ideas and more research can come about from this project.” Allen published an article in the Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Spring 2012 assessment issue.

Dr. Bruce Vogeli has impacted Allen’s experience thus far at TC. Having in-depth conversations with him about mathematical modeling, and what SpringBoard (and the College Board) is doing about mathematical modeling has greatly influenced his perspective on mathematics education. Additionally, in listening to Dr. Erica Walker talk about her interest in and work with urban schools and urban school reform, has developed his interest in this field of research as well.

After graduation Allen plans to teach part-time as a university professor, in addition to advancing within the College Board organization, with an interest in policy. Allen feels change begins with policy.  Once policy becomes enacted, change becomes implemented, regardless of the scale, and he finds really every little bit to improve education interesting and wants to a part of. “If my doctorate degree helps me to be a part of change in education, which I think and hope that it will, I’m all for it.”

In the midst of Allen’s professional and academic work, he maintains several professional affiliations: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), where he attended forums and conferences discussing the Common Core State Standards and their impact on content, assessment, and professional development.

Allen is quiet, patient, and loves water-related activities, coming from Hawaii and Southern California, he enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and beach volleyball, while also spending time with his partner, family, and close friends.



By Deiana Jackson, Graduate Student, Mathematics Education Ed.D.

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