Yong S. Colen, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, served as the Mathematics Curriculum Quality Control Lead for Public Consulting Group and Educational Testing Service. 

During the 12-week project, he oversaw the quality of the Praxis preparation course to improve prospective teachers’ knowledge of mathematics. The project entailed creating 84 interactive, online lessons; the diagnostic, unit, and mastery assessments; and the knowledge association mapping.  The overarching objective was to address the passing-rate disparity among prospective African American and Hispanic teachers.  

Colen received his doctorate in mathematics education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, he taught at Hawken School, Ohio, and Monroe College, New York.  Recent professional work includes providing workshops for teachers at DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) schools in Okinawa, Japan, and Daegu, South Korea, and a J. William Fulbright Specialist Program Fellowship for Tomsk International Science Program at Tomsk State University, Russian Federation. 

His current projects include researching prospective teachers’ understanding of the Standard Multiplication Algorithm and continued, teacher-growth paradigms in South Korea.