Fordham University Graduate School of Education, New York, New York
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy G.P.A. 4.0.
Dissertation Chair: Bruce S. Cooper, Ph.D.
Dissertation: “Tracking Students into Algebra: Predicting Placement and Analyzing the Policy Effects of Early Access to Algebra”
Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Bronx, New York
M.A. in Classics with Honors
Fordham University, New York, New York
B.A. in Latin and Secondary Education, summa cum laude
Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, where she teaches both pre-service and in-service teachers. She also conducts professional development for school districts across the United States. From 2003-2006, she was an AERA/IES Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Dr. Spielhagen conducts funded and published educational research, as well as grant writing and program evaluation. Her book, Debating Single-Sex Education: Separate and Equal, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in December, 2007. Her research on single-sex education has also been published in Educational Leadership (ASCD, April, 2006), The Handbook for Research in Middle Level Education (Information Age Press, 2007), and Taking Sides in Education (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). She has presented at the American Educational Research Association and the National Association for Gifted Children. In July, 2008, she presented her work on single-sex education at the International Centre for Innovation in Education at the Universite Descartes in Paris and the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs. She is also working on a new book, Unsolved Equations: The Algebra Solution to Mathematics Reform, based on her post-doctoral research. She is also conducting a study of motivation among young adolescent students.
Dr. Spielhagen is a career educator with over 30 years experience in secondary schools. As a high school teacher, she received local, state, and national awards for her work with adolescent students, including Teacher of the Year, Time Magazine’s “Time for Kids” Award for Excellence, and the National Make A Difference Day award.