Graduate Faculty

Dr. Sherri Cianca

Dr.  Sherri Cianca

Assistant Professor of Education

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Current Research

  • STEM Education
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Mathematics Curriculum

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. OISE/University of Toronto
  • M.A. OISE/University of Toronto
  • B.A. University of Western Ontario
  • B.S. Tennessee Temple University

Courses Developed & Taught at Niagara University

  • EDU 429 Curricular Applications B-6: STEM
  • EDU 451 Assessment for Learning
  • EDU 491 Professional Seminar and Practicum
  • EDU 505 Measurement and Evaluation in Education
  • EDU 529 STEM Curricula and Methods in the Elementary/Inclusive Classroom
  • EDU 550 Early Childhood Mathematics, P-2
  • EDU 552 Applied Children and Adolescent Literature
  • EDU 562 Literacy: Intermediate Grades
  • EDU 791 Professional Seminar and Practicum
  • EDU 796 Practicum Literacy Instruction
  • LAM 499 Senior Seminar (action research)
  • MAT 351 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers—Grades 5-9

Publications (Selected) — Books and Book Chapters

  • Cianca, S. (2020). Teaching Elementary STEM Education: Unpacking Standards and Implementing Practice-Based Pedagogy. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Named number six Bookauthority’s list of 8 best new teaching books to read in 2020:
  • Cianca, S. (2016). Inter-Institutional Collaboration Led by Non-Positional Faculty: A STEM Initiative through A Multi-Frame Model. In Bessenger and Cossa (Eds), University Partnerships for Academic and Program Development (IHETL, Vol. 7). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Cianca, S. (2011). The birdhouse project: Increasing teacher candidates’ mathematical knowledge through a work sample assessment. In P. Kot (Ed.) Case studies in active, integrated learning: Teaching innovations that make a difference (pp.129-148). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
  • Articles
  • Cianca, S. (2013). Bird Boxes Build Content Area Knowledge. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 19(1), 22-29. Feature article with front page spread
  • Cianca, S. & Huang, J. (2013). Cultures and philosophies: A professor with a Western Socratic-based Philosophy and Her Peer with an Eastern Confucius-based Philosophy Internationalize Curriculum. International Journal of Education and Culture, 2(4), 230-245.
  • Cianca, S. (2012). Cross-age reading buddies and culturally-sensitive literature: Student-centered English language instruction in an Ethiopian budget school. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 26(4), 392-417.
  • Cianca, S. (2010). Quality WebQuests: Scaffolding pre-service teachers’ WebQuest construction. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(1).

Presentations & Workshops (Selected)

  • Cianca, S. (2017). STEM Curriculum and Pedagogy: An Elementary Engineering Design Challenge. Science Teacher’s Association (STA) Conference, Rochester, NY.
  • Cianca, S. (2017). STEM Curriculum and Pedagogy: An Elementary Engineering Design Challenge. Mini-Course. Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York (AMTNY) Conference, Buffalo.
  • Cianca, S. (2016). Unpacking and Decoding and Teaching the Standards: Integrating Subject Matter Knowledge and Pedagogy. Critical Questions in Education Conference, presented by Academy for Educational Studies. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Cianca, S. (2016). Women in STEM at Niagara University. Part of a forum discussion. Niagara University.
  • Cianca, S. (2015). Assessing Performance Standards in an Inquiry-Based Classroom. Seminar. Professional Development Seminars, Toronto, Canada.
  • Cianca, S. (2015). Assessing Common Core Learning in an Inquiry-Based Classroom. Workshop-Seminar. Professional Development Seminars, Buffalo, New York.
  • Cianca, S. (2015). Assessing Common Core Learning in an Inquiry-Based Classroom. Workshop-Seminar. Professional Development Seminars, Rochester, New York.
  • Cianca, S. (2015). Discovery Box Engineers: Growing a STEM Classroom. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Convention, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Cianca, S. (2013). Culturally Relevant Curriculum to Promote Students’ Mathematical Knowledge. NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics): 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Cianca, S. (2013). In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers Collaborate in the Development of Culturally Relevant Curriculum to Promote Students' Mathematical Knowledge. NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics): National Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
  • Cianca, S. (2012). Diagrams and Models: Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge. National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Cianca, S. (2012). Discover Discovery Boxes: Science in a Box. National Science Teachers Association, International Conference and Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Cianca, S. (2011). Birdhouse builders: Enhancing geometric reasoning and spatial sense. Association of Teachers of Mathematics, New York State Conference, Rochester, New York.
  • Cianca, S. (2011). Reading Buddies and Culture: English Literacy in an African Low Budget School. ACEI International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Cianca, S. (2011). WebQuest: Future Citizens in Action. CCTL Conference, Niagara University.