About Kari Kokka, Ph.D.
Kari Kokka is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Instruction and Learning of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies student and teacher perspectives of Social Justice Mathematics, STEAM teacher activism, and preservice teacher critical consciousness development. She is also interested in radical healing and trauma informed care frameworks to support students’ and teachers’ well-being. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a math teacher and math coach for 10 years at Vanguard High School, a Title I public high school in New York City, where she used Performance Assessment and Complex Instruction to work toward equitable mathematics teaching and learning. She started her career in education as a math teacher and diving coach at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. She has also worked at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity to support schools and districts with Performance Assessment and Project Based Learning. She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her M.A. with the Stanford Teacher Education Program, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is also co-founder of the Creating Balance Conference on STEM Education and Social Justice, a founding member of the Radical STEMM Educators of the Bay Area, and co-chair of the Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She was recently selected as the faculty recipient of the Iris Marion Young Award for Social Justice by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at [email protected].
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