Suzanne Chapin is a professor of mathematics education at Boston University where she teaches graduate-level courses and conducts research. Her work covers the areas of gifted education, curriculum design, teacher professional development in mathematics, and teacher and student discourse in mathematics. Chapin is the principal investigator of three Robert Noyce Scholars Programs; these programs recruit and prepare outstanding mathematics students for lasting teaching careers in urban school districts. She also directs a program that is testing the efficacy of materials that use discourse to prepare elementary teachers to teach mathematics. Chapin is the senior author of Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach Grades K-8 (2006), a book designed to help teachers understand and teach to the “big” ideas in mathematics. She is a co-author of Classroom Discussions: Using Math Talk to Help Students Learn (2013) that focuses on the role of classroom discourse in learning mathematics. She is co-author of Math Innovations, a new middle grades mathematics series published by Kendall Hunt and Mentoring Mathematical Minds, a series for talented students in grades 3 through 5. Chapin is a frequent speaker at national meetings of mathematicians, mathematics educators, researchers, and policy makers.
Suzanne Chapin (center) joins area teachers in session two conference activities. She and her colleagues were challendged to construct a flexible knee from basic materials supplied in the presentation entitled, No Bones About it; Engineering is Elementary.