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Melva Grant

  • Melva Grant
  • Assistant Professor
  • STEM Education & Professional Studies
  • 228 Education Building
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4305
  • mgrant@odu.edu
  • I am a second career educator. My undergraduate degrees are in mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) and electrical engineering. I started my career as an Electrical Engineer developing signal-processing microcode and was recognized for developing a 100 MHz processor in the mid-1980’s, ground breaking work for the time. My final position in the private sector was as a program manager directing the development of network-based software. After almost two decades working in the private sector with companies including IBM, Microsoft, and CompuServe, I transitioned in 1998 to the public sector for the purpose of improving K-12 mathematics learning and teaching for underserved students. To that end I was a teacher, consultant, and leader in educational venues including: an urban high school, a state department of education, a non-profit organization, and now at Old Dominion University. Highlights of my public sector experiences include: a) practiced as a high school mathematics teacher and department chair; b) developed PreK-12 mathematics standards as a state department of education administrator; c) managed and supported a large geographic region of mathematics coaches; d) practiced (grades 9-12), developed and supported (grades PreK-8) mathematics instructional coaching; and d) co-designed and implemented (PreK-8) Mathematics Specialist and Coaching Programs.
  • Education

    The Ohio State University, 2009
    Major: Mathematics Education
    Degree: Ph. D.
    The Ohio State University, 1998
    Major: Mathematics Education
    Degree: M.S.Ed.
    University of Maryland - College Park, 1984
    Major: Electrical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
    Coppin State University, 1983
    Major: Mathematics
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Coaching (classroom-embedded professional learning), productive mathematics learning environments, urban education
  • Licensures and Certifications

    AYA Mathematics Teaching License
    Sponsoring Organization: State of Ohio
    Date Obtained: 2010-07-01
    Expiration Date: 2015-06-30
  • Expertise

    Mathematics coaching, productive learning environments, classroom-embedded professional learning, and urban education
  • 2011: Largest Grant Award, Darden College of Education
  • 2011: Most Collaborative Grant, Darden College of Education
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    A Technology-facilitated Scale up of a Proven Model of Mathematics Instruction in High Need Schools
    Sponsoring Organization: Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)
    Date: 2011 - 2016
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Nunnery, J. A.; Slavin, R.; Madden, N.; Bol, L.; Morrison, G. R.; Grant, M.; Arnold-Puchalski, P.; Chappell Moots, S.
    Boosting students’ mathematics achievement and promoting positive social connections for military connected families at targeted Newport News Public Schools.
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA)
    Date: September, 2011 - August, 2014
    Investigators:Ward, C.; Levingston, K.; Craigen, L. M.; Grant, M.
    Demonstration for the implementation of the Algebra Project curriculum via a cohort model
    Sponsoring Organization: Ohio State University
    Date: March, 2009 - January, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Grant, M.; McEwan, L.; Tanner, H.
    Partnership for Teaching and Leading Quality Mathematics Education
    Sponsoring Organization: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, SCHEV
    Date: 2011 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Myran, S.; Grant, M.