Sandra Wildfeuer

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Sandra Wildfeuer has worked at the Interior~Aleutians Campus since 2006. She is Assistant Professor of Mathematics and has been the program manager of Bridging the Gap, a federal Alaska Native Education grant, whose overall goal is to increase the numbers and preparedness of rural and Alaska Native teachers.

She received her Bachelor’s in Physics, with a minor in mathematics, from Indiana University in 1991, and her Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in Mathematics Education, in 1996, from Purdue University. In between, she traveled and lived overseas, working on archeology digs and at a hotel in the Swiss Alps, and enjoying time by the Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

She moved to Alaska in 1996 with her daughter, and began teaching math at UAF in 1998. She worked on the Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) project from 1999-2004, and is currently working on her PhD in Indigenous Studies through UAF.

Her mother was born and raised in Switzerland, and her family tree goes back to the 1400’s. As a child visiting the mountains of Switzerland, she used to point to some of the cabins in the woods, and say she wanted to live there. Her father was born in the Bronx, New York City and her paternal heritage is traced to Eastern Europe. She now lives with her daughter in a cabin she built in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Courses taught at UAF

DEVM 050 Pre-algebra

DEVM 051 Math Skills Review

DEVM 060 Elementary Algebra

DEVM 071 Review of Intermediate Algebra

DEVM 093 SAT/ACT Math Prep

DEVM 105 Intermediate Algebra

ECE 117 Math Skills for Early Childhood Education

HSV 117 Math Skills for Human Services

ED 478 Math Methods & Curriculum Development

ED 678 Math Methods & Curriculum Development

MATH 107 Functions for Calculus

MATH 108 Trigonometry

 

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

38th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Jacksonville, FL     November 2012

Poster: Interactively Learning Mathematics by Distance

 

2011 Alaska Math & Science Conference: STEM Education: Foundation for Alaska’s Future         September 2011

Strategies for Introducing Integer and Rational Exponents

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B27ycMgkgFlKdkZmWjBvZ25GYlE

 

37th Annual Bilingual Multicultural Education/Equity Conference, Anchorage, AK                              April 2011

Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching and Learning

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B27ycMgkgFlKOGQ0MjE0YTktMTdkZi00NjNhLWI1MDMtOGU3M2FhNWZmZDYy&hl=en

 

36th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Boston, MA          November 2010

Increase Math Success to Increase Numbers of Indigenous Educators

http://www.amatyc.org/Events/conferences/2010Boston/proceedings/wildfeuer1.pdf.  

 

Alaska Advisory Task Force on Higher Education & Career Readiness, Nome, AK                              October 2010

Reexamine Praxis Cut Scores in Alaska in Terms of Economics of Supply and Demand

http://hecr.aksenate.org/archives/413

 

36th Bilingual Multicultural Education/Equity Conference, Anchorage, AK                                            April 2010

Creating a Pathway for Rural and Alaska Native Educators!

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B27ycMgkgFlKMjY5MTMxNzItZDg2Zi00NDkzLWI5NjMtZGIxYWUyN2RkOGYy                                       

 

34th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Washington D.C.                 November 2008                                                              

Intermediate Algebra Arranged by Topic instead of Textbook : focusing on graphing & functions

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B27ycMgkgFlKQjdEd1lKVk1fUzQ

 

34th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Washington D.C.                 November 2008

Distance Ed & Equal Opportunities: Learning Math in Rural Alaska

http://www.amatyc.org/publications/Electronic-proceedings/2008DC/proceedings2008/wildfeuer1.pdf

 

4th International Conference on Research in Access & Developmental Ed, San Juan, Puerto Rico   September 2008

Distance Education & Equal Opportunities: Learning Math in Rural Alaska

 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, NCTM, San Antonio, TX                                               April 2003

Poster: Ethnomathematics and geometric activities that reach out to all students!

 

Native Educator’s Conference, Anchorage, AK                                                                                             February 2003

Effects of Using Culturally-Based Math Curriculum: Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yup’ik Eskimo Elders

 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, NCTM, Orlando, FL                                                        April 2001

Mathematics and Culture Mini-course: Storyknifing: a Yup’ik Example

 

Research Council on Mathematics Learning, RCML, Las Vegas, NV                                                      March 2001

Mathematics Curriculum Development: Adapting Yup’ik Elders Knowledge

 

Semiotic Society of America 25th Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, IN                                                   September 2000

The Art of Storyknifing and Learning Mathematics

 

Institute for the Development of Culturally Responsive Schools, Fairbanks, AK                                   August 2000

How to Teach Mathematics in a Culturally Relevant Way

 

Rural Academy for Culturally Responsive Schools, Fairbanks, AK                                                          May 2000

Yup’ik Math Project: Utilize Yup’ik cultural activities as a basis for teaching mathematics

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fisheries Curriculum Retreat, Fairbanks, AK                                           March 1999

Curriculum Development Workshop: Integrate cultural and state standards

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

·          Wildfeuer, S. (2011). Strategies for Culturally Responsive Mathematics in Distance Education. Scholarly Guideposts for TCUP Faculty. Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, STEM Leadership Development for the National Science Foundation. http://www.qem.org/QEMTCUP_ScholarlyGuideApril2011.pdf.

·          Sternberg, R.J. & J. Lipka, T. Newman, S. Wildfeuer, E. Grigorenko. (2006). Triarchically-Based Instruction and Assessment of Sixth-Grade Mathematics in a Yup’ik Cultural Setting in Alaska. Gifted and Talented International, 21 (2), 9-19.

http://prime.tie.wikispaces.net/file/view/Triarchically-BasedInstructAssessMathYupikCulturalSetting.pdfhttp://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/reports/rm04200/rm04200.pdf

·          Lipka, J. & S. Wildfeuer, N. Wahlberg, M. George, D. R. Ezran. (2001). Elastic Geometry and Storyknifing: A Yup’ik Eskimo Example. Teaching Children Mathematics: Focus Issue: Mathematics and Culture, 7 (6), 337-343.

http://www.nctm.org/publications/article.aspx?id=21168

 

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