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DeAnn Huinker



  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


DeAnn Huinker is a Professor of Mathematics Education and the Director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She teaches courses in mathematics education with an emphasis on current issues and research on teaching and learning at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels.

Dr. Huinker has directed numerous mathematics teacher leader projects through Wisconsin ESEA Title II grants. She currently directs a project on the development of teacher leaders for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. She conducts research on mathematics teaching, children's learning of mathematics, the preparation of teachers of mathematics, and the development of mathematics teacher leaders.

In addition to co-authoring the "Mathematics Assessment Sampler PreK-2" and "Navigating through Number and Operations in Grades 3-5," both published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she chaired the Editorial Panel of Teaching Children Mathematics and served as the department editor of "Supporting Teacher Learning." Dr. Huinker was president of the Milwaukee Area Mathematics Council, and served as the journal editor of Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics. She received the Wisconsin Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award from the Wisconsin Mathematics Council in 2008.

Dr. Huinker earned an M.A. in Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Schools at the University of Northern Iowa and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 


Mathematics teaching and learning at the early childhood, elementary school, and middle school levels; Mathematics teacher preparation; Children's development of mathematical knowledge 


Huinker, D., Kranendonk, H., & Freckmann, J. (2012). An urban partnership rooted in putting principles of a formative assessment system into practice. In J. M. Bay-Williams (Ed.), Professional Collaborations in Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Seeking Success for All (pp. 61-74). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Huinker, D. (2011). Perspectives on deepening teachers' mathematics content knowledge: The case of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership. In E. Gordon, D. Heck, K. Malzahn, J. Pasley, & I. Weiss (Eds.), Deepening teachers' mathematics and science content knowledge: Lessons from NSF's Math and Science Partnership program. Chapel Hill, NC: Horizon Research, MSP Knowledge Management and Dissemination Project.

Huinker, D. (2011). Beyond counting by ones: "Thinking in groups" as a foundation for number and operation sense. Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, 63(1), 7-11.

Huinker, D. (2010). Proficiency with basic facts: It's so much more than knowing the answer. Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, 62(1), 14-16.
Huinker, D., & Freckmann, J. (2009). Linking principles of formative assessment to classroom practice. Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, 60(2), 6-11.
McLeod, K., & Huinker, D. (2007). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee mathematics focus courses: Mathematics content for elementary and middle grades teachers. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 38, 949-962.

Duncan, N. N., Geer, C., Huinker, D., Leutzinger, L., Rathmell, E., Thompson, C., & Fennell, F. (2007). Navigating through number and operations in Grades 3-5. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Huinker, D., McGarvey, L. M., Kersaint, G., Landin, L., & Salemi, R. (2006). Mathematics assessment sampler, prekindergarten-grade 2 . Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Bedford, R., Hollinger, R., & Huinker, D. (2006). Using a structured protocol for analyzing and learning from student work. Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, 57(1), 15-21.