Amy Olson

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership

405A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712
olsona@duq.edu

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 & Leadership at Duquesne University. Her research examines the equity implications of teacher beliefs about content, students, and what it means to be successful in the classroom, often in the context of mathematics classrooms. She has also worked as an evaluator and measurement consultant on a number of educational interventions and assessments. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Teachers College Record, Urban Education, School Science and Mathematics, and Leadership and Policy in Schools. She is also active in presenting in regional and national conferences, such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, the American Educational Studies Association, and the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Awards

2018: Early Career Award for Excellence in Service, School of Education, Duquesne University

2017: Awarded Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Education, Duquesne University

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

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

Course

LTFL 207W Educational Psychology II ML/Sec

LTFL 208 Foundations of Assessment ML/Sec

LTFL 211 Educational Psychology I: Child Development PK-4

LTFL 215 Foundations of Assessment PK-4

EDDL 721 Educational Improvement and Accountability

EDDL 750 Assessing Learning and Achievement

EDDL 802 Dissertation in Practice Seminar

Publications

Olson, A. M.  (in press).  Summative Assessment.  In S. Brookhart (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Education.  London, UK: Routledge. 

Stoehr, K. J., & Olson, A. M.  (in press).  New teachers’ understandings of group work versus groupworthy work in the elementary mathematics classroom. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. 


Lavigne, A. L., & Olson, A. M.  (2019).  Teacher evaluation through the eyes of the principal: How individual and school contexts shape perceptions and practice.  Leadership and Policy in Schools.  DOI: 10.1080/15700763.2019.1637899  


Olson, A. M., & Stoehr, K. J.  (2019).  From numbers to narratives: Preservice teachers’ experiences with mathematics anxiety and mathematics teaching anxiety.  School Science and Mathematics, 119(2), 72-82. 


Christensen, C., Stoehr, K. J., & Olson, A. M.  (2019).  Reading “struggle stories” boost children’s beliefs about own math ability. School Science and Mathematics, 119(2), Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/. 


Generett, G. G., & Olson, A. M.  (2018).  The stories we tell: How merit narratives undermine success for urban youth.  Urban Education.   


Stoehr, K., & Olson, A.  (2018).  New teachers’ vision of how groupworthy tasks can contribute to creating equitable mathematics classrooms. In T. Hodges, G. J. Roy, & A. M. Tyminski, (Eds.) Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 455).  Greenville, SC: University of South Carolina & Clemson University. 


Burross, H. L., Olson, A. M., & Pope, E.  (2017).  Preservice teachers’ perceptions of working with learners who struggle.  Teacher Education and Practice 30(1), 98-114. 


Stoehr, K., & Olson, A.  (2017).  The intersection of beliefs and mathematics anxiety in elementary preservice teachers learning to teach mathematics.  In E. Galindo & J. Newton (Eds.) Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 1006).  Indianapolis: IN: Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. 


Olson, A., Sabers, D., & Callahan, P.  (2015).  Assessment of tests and exams.  In W. G. Scarlett (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Classroom Management, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 


Stoehr, K., & Olson, A.  (2015).  Can I teach mathematics?  A study of preservice teachers’ self-efficacy and mathematics anxiety.  In T. G. Bartell, K. N. Bieda, R. T. Putnam, K. Bradfield, & H. Dominguez (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 948-951).  East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. 


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.  doi: 10.1177/0734282910374942 


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, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 


Olson, A. M., & Sabers, D. L.  (2008).  Standardized tests.  In Thomas L. Good (Ed.), 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook, Vol. 1. 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 & Grants

PRESENTATIONS

Olson, A. & Generett, G. (2019, November). The story of me. The story of we. The story of us: Disrupting merit narratives that undermine success for urban youth.

Generett, G., Olson, A., Crawford, R., & Sarri, T. (2019, November). Journey lines of courage: Telling stories of courageous acts that lead to educational justice.

Olson, A. M., & Stoehr, K. J. (2019, April). Unpacking grit and growth as expectations for equity with new mathematics teachers. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Walker, C. M., Wiseman, D., Sireci, S., Knight, S., Prier, D., & Olson, A. (2019, April). Preparing teachers to instruct K-12 students for tomorrow and today. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Lavigne, A. & Olson, A. (2018, August). Growth beliefs and evaluative practices of principals enacting new teacher evaluation policy. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California.

Olson, A. M., Mendez, J. J., Castrellón, L., & Lavigne, A. L. (2017, November). (Re) engaging Policy Process: Valuing and Learning from Youth Voices. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Fitzgerald, A. M., Mathis, P., McCown, R., Militello, M., Nelson, S., Olson, A., Sakho, J. R., & Whitaker, R. W. (2017, November). Duquesne Collective Action Network. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Generett, G. G., & Olson, A. M. (2017, November). Journey Lines of Courage, Narratives of Success, and Developing Identities as Justice Advocates. American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Olson, A. M., & Fitzgerald, A. (2017, April). Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate: Duquesne Collective Action Network. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Foster, J. L., Olson, A. M., & Jang, S. T. (2017, April). Building sustainable bridges of collaboration through online voices. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Generett, G. G., Olson, A. M., & Foster, J. L. (2016, November). Sustainable bridges of collaboration. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention, Detroit, Michigan.

Lavigne, A., Olson, A., & Reina, C. (2016, April). Teacher evaluation through the eyes of the principal: How the roles of experience and school context shape perceptions. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Mendez, J., & Olson, A. (2016, April). Acculturative stress among migrant Latina/o college students: A predictor of sense of belonging, academic motivation, and GPA? American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Lopez, F., Olson, A., & Labistre, A. (2015, August). Marsh's model of self-concept: Contemporary and contextual considerations. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Olson, A., & Stoehr, K. (2015, April). From numbers to narratives: Preservice teachers experiences of mathematics anxiety. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illiniois.

Burross, H., Olson, A. M., & Freiberg, E. (2014, August). Preservice teachers' approaches to working with learners who struggle. American Psychological Association 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 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 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 Scholarly Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education, Tucson, Arizona.

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 Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

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, 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? Arizona Educational Research Organization, 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. Arizona Educational Research Organization, Mesa, Arizona.

GRANTS

Drake, C., Olson, A., Newton, J., & Wood, M. (2019). Collaborative research: Co-developing a curriculum coherence toolkit with teachers (C3T2), Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Funded $128,024 for Duquesne, $449,150 total across the universities.

Generett, G.; Olson, A.; Crawford, R.; & Sarri, T. (2019). Community learning exchange: The stories we tell, Co-Principal Investigator, University Council of Educational Administration, Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, Funded: $5,000.

Olson, A. M., & Generett, G. G. (2018). Identity, the principle of participation, and the right to reputation. Duquesne University Center for Catholic Faith and Culture Paluse Faculty Research Grant, Funded: $6000.

Olson, A., Generett, G., & Foster, L. (2015). Sustainable bridges of collaboration, Co-Principal Investigator, University Council of Educational Administration, Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, Funded: $5000.