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Amy M. Olson

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Educational Foundations and Leadership

405A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712

Education:

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona
M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona
B.S. in Psychology, University of Arizona
Bio

Amy M. Olson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. Her research interests are in mathematics education, with an emphasis on rational numbers and early algebra. She has also worked as an evaluator and measurement consultant on a number of educational interventions and assessments. Her recent projects have included the development and implementation of online teacher professional development in elementary and middle school mathematics content, student learning and use of fractions, and pre-service teachers' beliefs about mathematics and mathematics instruction. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Teachers College Record and School Science and Mathematics. She is also active in presenting in regional and national conferences, such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education.

Awards

2014 Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Education, University of Arizona

2008 Erasmus Circle Graduate Scholar, College of Education, University of Arizona

Course

LTFL 211

Publications

Olson, A., Sabers, D., & Callahan, P. (in press). Assessment of tests and exams. In W. G. Scarlett (Ed.), Classroom Management: An A-to-Z Guide.

Sabers, D., & Olson, A. (2014). Review of the Jordan Left-Right Reversal Test, 3rd ed. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.) The nineteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 376-378). Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.

Wood, M. B., Olson, A. M., Freiberg, E. J., & Vega, R. I. (2013). Fractions as subtraction: An activity-oriented perspective from elementary children. School Science and Mathematics, 113(8), 390-399.

Good, T. L., Wood, M. B., Sabers, D., Olson, A. M., Lavigne, A. L., Sun, H., & Kalinec-Craig, C. (2013). Strengthening grade 3-5 students' foundational knowledge of rational numbers. Teachers College Record, 115(7), 1-45.

López, F., Olson, A., & Bansal, N. (2011). Creating composite age groups to smooth
percentile rank distributions of small samples. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 171-183.

Sabers, D. L., & Olson, A. M. (2010). Review of the Wide Range Achievement Test 4.
In R. A. Spies, J. F. Carlson, & K. F. Geisinger (Eds.), The Eighteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook (pp. 719-721). Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.

Olson, A. M., & McCaslin, M. (2008). Students as social beings. In Thomas L. Good
(Ed.), 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA:
Sage.

Olson, A. M., & Sabers, D. L. (2008). Standardized tests. In Thomas L. Good (Ed.),
21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sabers, D. L., & Olson, A. M. (2007). Review of the Nelson-Denny Reading test, CD-
ROM Version 1.2.4. In R. A. Spies & B. S. Plake (Eds.), The seventeenth mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 572-574). Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.

Presentations

Burross, H., Olson, A. M., & Freiberg, E. (2014, August). Preservice teachers' approaches to working with learners who struggle. American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Olson, A. M., Vriesema, C. C., & Davidson, J. (2014, April). Student performance on real-world and formal mathematical fraction items. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Olson, A. M., Vriesema, C. C., & Sobolevs'ka, G. (2014, February). The Algebra Ready Project: Developing online professional development to address the rational numbers problem. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Annual Meeting, Irvine, California.

Olson, A. M., Koestler, C., Vriesema, C. C., Hojnacki, Z., Freiberg, E., Soboleves'ka, G., & Davidson, J. (2013, November). The development of Algebra Ready learning blocks: Creation of an online teacher professional development program. Biannual Conference of the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE), Tucson, Arizona.

Cress, C. J. Hall, S., Hirsch, L., Hill, T., Spinosa, G., Dinneed, B., & Olson, A. (2013, November). Prediction of communication risk before 12 months with the ISCBS: Pilot outcomes at 3 years. Poster presented at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

Cress, C. J., Lantis, J. S. Walter, A., Srizek, L., Hall, S., Watson, A., Focht, K., Watermeier, R., Boyle, M., Kottwitz, M., Dineen, B., & Olson, A. (2013, November). Assessment of preintentional communication using ISCBS scoring for infants at risk for being nonspeaking. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

Cress, C. J., Olson, A., Sabers, D., & Wetherby, A. (2012, November). The ISCBS: A new modality-independent dynamic assessment of pre-intentional communication. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Sun, H., Olson, A., Lavigne, A. L., Claessens, L., & Hernandez, D. (2012, August). A comparative study of college students' achievement motivation in three cultures. American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Cress, C. J., Olson, A., Sabers, D., Wetherby, A. (2012, July). The ISCBS: A new modality-independent dynamic assessment of pre-intentional communication. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Olson, A. M., Freiberg, E. J., Wood, M., Orduño, J., & Pierce, L. (2011, November).
What is a fraction? Children's examples and understanding. Arizona Educational Research Organization (AERO), Tucson, Arizona.

McCaslin, M., Burggraf, S. A., & Olson, A. M. (2011, June). The role of social/instructional context in elementary students' reported emotional adaptation. Biennial Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Sabers, D., Olson, A., Sun, H., & Tanner, N. (2010, November). We must measure
change: But how? AERO, Mesa, Arizona.

Good, T., Sabers, D., Wood, M., Kalinec, C., Olson, A., Lavigne, A., & Sun, H. (2010,
November). Improving students' understanding of rational numbers in grades 3-5 classrooms. AERO, Mesa, Arizona.

Olson, A.M. (2003, October). Rethinking the five stage writing process for auditory,
visual, and kinesthetic learners. Presented at the annual conference of the SALT Center, Tucson, Arizona.

Olson, A.M. (2003, March). Writing disabilities and the teaching of writers:
Strategies and suggestions. Poster presented at the University of Arizona Spring Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Olson, A.M. (2002, November). Demysytifying Learning disabilities and attention
deficit disorders: Organization Strategies for ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia. Presented at the Strategies for Students with Verbal, Visual, and Kinesthetic Impairments Postsecondary Level Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Olson, A.M. (2002, March). Promoting independence in writing. Presented at the
Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Olson, A.M. (2001, February). Confidence, writing skills, and students with learning
disabilities. Presented at the Southern Arizona Writing Conference, Tucson,
Arizona.