Leveraging Learning 2016
November 9, 2016

Interactive STEM researcher Peter Tierney-Fife, along with University of Maine—Farmington Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics and Education Shannon Larson and University of Southern Maine Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Kelly McCormick presented at the 2016 Leveraging Learning conference in Auburn, Maine. Through the Leveraging Learning conferences, the Auburn School Department helps participants learn how to design and implement an iPad initiative to customize student learning. This theme of this year’s institute, held Nov. 9 and 10, was “Making it Real”— iPads in the Classroom.

The Interactive STEM presentation—“Creating Rich Math Communities through Collaboration and Co-Investigation”—discussed the project’s work in Auburn schools and gave examples of using screencasting apps to engage with open questions – problems that allow all students to enter the problem and meet with success through multiple entry and exit points. Findings from the work in Auburn include increased student engagement in mathematical practices and increased belief in student ability by teachers. Findings from the work show improved student communication in mathematics; increased use of formative assessment by both teachers and students; evidence of student self-correction and perseverance; changing teaching practices and beliefs; and evidence of a more equitable learning environment for all.

Lisa Coburn, a mathematics coach at Washburn Elementary School in Auburn, also presented at the conference. Lisa began working with Interactive Stem researchers as a first-grade teacher in 2014. Since then, she has become a mathematics coach and has presented at conferences nationally.


  • Peter Tierney-Fife, Researcher, Interactive STEM
  • Shannon Larson, Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics and Education, University of Maine—Farmington 
  • Kelly McCormick, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education,  University of Southern Maine
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