Dr. Laurie James is an Associate Professor of Math Education at the University of Hawai’i–West O’ahu and teaches mathematics courses for the Education Division. Dr. James relocated from the Seattle, Washington area and has over 20 years of experience teaching in the public school system along with 10 years teaching in the education courses for Western Washington University. Since joining the Education Division at the University of Hawai’i–West O’ahu in August 2016, Dr. James has become a facilitator of the Math Teachers’ Circle of Hawaiʻi (MaTCH). This group meets monthly to solve mathematical problems to anticipate where their students might struggle with mathematical concepts.

Doctor of Education: Instructional Leadership and Educational Technology

Argosy University, Seattle, Washington, 2006

Master of Education: Educational Technology

City University, Bellevue, Washington, 1995

Bachelor of Arts in Education: Continuing Teacher

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, 1991

2021-Present: Associate Professor of Mathematics for the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

2016-2021: Assistant Professor of Mathematics for the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

2006-2016: Instructor for Western Washington University

2001-2013: Online Instructor and Site Supervisor for the Teacher Education Program - University of Phoenix

- EDEE 462 Elementary Math Methods
- EDEE 464 Elementary Science Methods
- EDEE 466 Math and Science Practicum with Seminar: Block 3
- MATH 111 Math for Elementary School Teacher I
- EDML 438 Middle Level Math Methods
- EDSE 437 Secondary Math Methods
- EDML 440 Practicum with Seminar: Block 2
- EDEE 490 Student Teaching
- EDEE 492 Student Teaching Seminar
- SPED 490 Inclusive Student Teaching

Liu, V. & James, L. (2021). Dots Explode in Hawai‘i. Journal of Math Circles, 2(1) 48-82.

James, L., Mahiko, J. & Schwartz, J. (2020). Why Principals Hire Recent Graduates from a Teacher Preparation Program. Teaching and Teacher Education. Journal of Education Leadership in Action, 7(1).

James, L. (2020). Pop-Up PD: Math Teachers’ Circle of Hawai‘i at UH-West O‘ahu. Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics Newsletter: January 2020.

James, L. (2019). Exploring Game Theory that Embraces Student Engagement and Productive Learning in Math. *Proceedings of the 2019 Pacific-basin STEAM Teaching Conference. *Hilo, HI: Pono, (27-35).

James, L. & Apo, A. (2018). Middle School Math Teachers as a Facilitator. International Journal of Education and Social Science Research. International Journal of Education and Social Science Research, 1(2).

James, L. (2017). Implementing Sustainability through Student Engagement and Authentic Mathematical Practices. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 17(9).

James, L. (2016). Mathematics Awareness through Technology, Teamwork, Engagement, and Rigor. Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, 5(2).

James, L. (2016). Facilitating Conservation Education and Lasting Change at a Title I Elementary School. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 8(3).

James, L. (2014). The Integration of a Computer-Based Reading Program to Increase English Language Learners’ Literacy Skills. Teaching English with Technology, 14(1), 9-22.

Desired Traits of Preservice Teachers for the Math Classroom - *Canada International Conference on Education Conference, Toronto, June 2023*

Using Brain Teasers to Engage Students in the Math Classroom - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, Honolulu, April 2023*

Developing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Math - *Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML), Las Vegas, March 2023*

Broadening Engagement, Participation, and Readiness in Mathematics - *National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Los Angeles, October 2022*

Math Teacher Candidates have an Open-door to the Outside Classroom - *Mathematical Association of America (MMA) MathFest, Philadelphia, August 2022*

Broadening Engagement, Participation, and Readiness in Mathematics - *National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Los Angeles, October 2022*

Math Teacher Candidates have an Open-door to the Outside Classroom – *Mathematical Association of America (MMA) MathFest, Philadelphia, August 2022*

Mathematical Perseverance: Brain Teasers - *Washington College Mathe**matics Virtual Conference, Washington, April 2021*

Mathematical Magic for All Students - *Washington College Mathe**matics Virtual Conference, Washington, April 2021*

Modeling Strategies to Integrate Hands-on Activities Creating an Inclusive Environment - *National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Virtual Conference, Dallas, February **2021*

Problems to Ponder: Implementation in Multiple Content Areas - *Field Experience Summer Institute at UHWO, Kapolei, July 2020*

Simple Mathematical Magic for Middle School - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Honolulu, February 2020*

Learning the Secret to Win at Nim: Game Theory - *Pacific-Basin STEAM Teaching Conference, Kona, September 2019*

Locking Legos Machine to Life-size Manipulatives: Activities for Elementary Students - *Pacific-Basin STEAM Teaching Conference, Kona, September 2019*

A Mathematical Journey of Dots - *Pacific-Basin STEAM Teaching Conference, Kona, September 2019*

Secret Mathematical Strategy to WIN at NIM - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Honolulu, September 2019*

Computing the Winning Strategy for Nim: Math Teachers’ Circle - *National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, San Diego, April 2019*

Fundamental Concept in Mathematics: Computing the Winning Strategy of NIM - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of MathematiMiddle-Level, February 2019*

Data and Panel Discussion Group: Courses that transition students to college - *Hawai‘i P-20 Math Summit, Kapolei, November 2018*

Engagement through Productive Mathematical Problem-Solving - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Honolulu, September 2018*

Implementing Sustainability using Mathematical Practices - *Grand Challenges Summer Institute, Honolulu, May 2018*

The Geometry of SET - *National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Washington DC, April 2018*

Technology to Advance Math Learning - *Association for Middle Level Education Summit, Honolulu, February 2018*

Increase Student Engagement by Using Outdoor Teaching Spaces - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Honolulu, January 2018*

Going Beyond Exploding Dots: Using Hands-On Activities for Student Engagement - *Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Honolulu, January 2018*

Using Technology in Your Math Classroom: An Active Learning Approach - *Hawai‘i P-20 Math Summit, Kapolei, November 2017*

Mathematics Awareness through Technology, Teamwork, Engagement, and Rigor - *Hawai‘i International Conference on Education, Honolulu, January 2017*

Supporting Education through Environmental Discoveries - *Hawai‘i International Conference on Education, Honolulu, January 2017*

Awards and Honors

2022, Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawai‘i

2021, Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Hawai‘i