Dr. Amy Nebesniak

Associate Professor

Office: DSCH 374   |    Phone: 308-865-8643   |    Email: nebesniaka2@unk.edu

Dr. Amy Nebesniak

Other Positions

Associate Director of UNK Honors Program

Director of PAWS University Camp


Education and Teaching Experience

EDUCATION

Ed.D. in Mathematics Education - University of Nebraska at Lincoln

M.A. in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education with Mathematics Minor - University of Nebraska at Lincoln

B.S. in Teacher Education - University of Nebraska at Kearney

TEACHING

Primary Courses Taught at UNK

MATH 230:  Math for Elementary Teachers I

MATH 330:  Math for Elementary Teachers II

MATH 430:  Middle School Mathematics (see UNK News)

MATH 470:  Teaching of Secondary Mathematics


Graduate Courses Taught at UNK

Current Research in Mathematics Education (online)

Using Mathematics to Understand Our World (online)

Best Practices in Mathematics Teaching: UNK/KPS Mathematics Implementation Collaboration (see the Hub and NTV)


Other Teaching Experiences

2012 – 2013, Math Methods for Elementary Teachers, Field Experience; Washburn University, Topeka, KS

2008 – 2012, K-12 Mathematics Instructional Coach, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

2006 – 2008, Middle school and high school mathematics teacher, Grand Island Public Schools, Grand Island, NE

2002 – 2006, Middle school and high school mathematics teacher, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE


Research and Publications

RESEARCH

Research Interests

Mathematics Education

  • Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers (In-Service and Pre-service), Instructional Coaching
  • Teaching Mathematics with Reasoning and Sense Making

Publications

Nebesniak, A., Mocarski, R., Bice, M., and Moore, T. (under review). Positive college perception: The impact of a curriculum-based summer camp’s transition. Journal of Youth Development.

Nebesniak, A., Gomez-Johnson, K. & Rupnow, T. J. (under review). The impact of professional development partnerships on elementary math teacher beliefs and practices during curriculum change. Professional Development in Education.

Nebesniak, A. L. (in progress). Academic coaching for excellence: Improving academic achievement and retention of at-risk college freshmen.

Gomez-Johnson, K., Nebesniak, A. & Rupnow, T. J. (2019). District-university collaborations to support reform-based mathematics curriculum. Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 10(1), 17-20.

Vu, P., Knoell, C., Nebesniak, A. L., & Strawhecker, J. (2017).  Gamified–blended learning professional development: A descriptive case study.  In C. Martin & D. Polly (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development (pp. 385-394) Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Burgoa, A. A. (2015).  Developing the vertex formula MEAN-ingfully.  Mathematics Teacher, 108 (6), 429-433.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2012).  Effective instruction:  A math coach’s perspective. Mathematics Teacher, 106 (5), 354-358.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2012).  Learning to teach mathematics with reasoning and sense making.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Heaton, R. M. (2010).  Student confidence and student involvement.  Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 16 (2), 97-103.

Select Presentations

Gomez-Johnson, K., Nebesniak, A. & Rupnow, T. (2021). Powerful Partnerships: Leveraging District and University Pairings to Improve Teacher Effectiveness. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Conference, St. Louis, IL.

Nebesniak, A. (2018). Growth Mindset in (Taking) Action. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference, Hartford, CT.

Nebesniak A. L., Sorensen, K., & Pearson, K. (2018). Mind over matter: Growth mindset in the postsecondary classroom. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2016).  Flippin’ Fun Professional Development. National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2015). Using Content Mapping to Provide Direction in Professional Development. National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Regional Conference, Nashville, TN.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2015). Using Pattern Blocks to Shape Fraction Knowledge. National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Regional Conference, Nashville, TN.

Nebesniak, A. L. (2015). How to Hook Pre-Service Teachers on Professional Development. Mathematical Association of America MathFest, Washington, D.C.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Burgoa, A. A. (2013).  Math:  A not-so-universal language.  National

Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, Louisville, KY.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Berks, D. (2013).  Racecars, pennies, and men with hats:  Teaching algebra for understanding.  National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Parn, L. (2009).  Using cooperative learning to engage students in mathematics.  Invited talk at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mathematics colloquium series.

Nebesniak, A. L. & Heaton, R. M. (2009). Using Cooperative Learning to Promote a Problem-Solving Classroom. Paper presented at symposium, Investigating rurality within mathematics education research using four qualitative studies of teachers’ practices and perspectives at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Select Grants

Improving Teacher Quality:  State Grants Program, Engaging Math:  Professional Development through the Flipped Classroom Model, Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, 2/2/15-8/15/16, $73,000, Project Director

Research Services Council: Collaborative Research Grant Proposal, Academic Coaching to Excellence (ACE), University of Nebraska-Kearney, 10/1/15-6/30/17, $34,283, Principal Investigator

Program of Excellence Grant, Pre-Service Mathematics Teacher Conference, University of Nebraska-Kearney Teacher Education Department, 1/1/15 – 5/10/15, $4500, Co-Investigator

Professional Affiliations

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)

TODOS: Mathematics for All     

National Council of Teachers of Mathematic (NCTM)

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)

Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NATM)