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Marcella Mandracchia, Ed.D.

Adjunct Instructor
Curriculum and Instruction
Ed.D, Instructional Leadership, St. John's University
MS, Adolescent Education, St. John's University
BS, Adolescent Education, St. John's University
AA, Liberal Arts, Bard High School Early College
Dr. Marcella Mandracchia currently works in St. John's University as an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is a Post Doctoral Fellow/Accreditation Analyst. She previously worked as a doctoral fellow in the Division of Administration and Instructional Leadership. Dr. Mandracchia was nationally selected to take part in the Institute of Education Statistics’ National Assessment for Educational Progress/ National Indian Education Study (NAEP/NIES) Database Training Seminar. She was selected as an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Emerging Scholar in 2014. Dr. Mandracchia teaches a course to the New York City Teaching Fellows on utilizing technology in the classroom (EDU 7267T). She has written book chapters and co-compiled a book with Dr. Edwin Tjoe on technology. In addition to studying the effects of technology in the classroom, Dr. Mandracchia is studying National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) data in order to evaluate if culturally relevant factors and standards affect the achievement of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Also, she studies the psychological factors of early college students compared to other gifted population. Dr. Mandracchia is also continuing work with her dissertation mentor Dr. Seokhee Cho, based on her dissertation topic. It was a mixed methods experimental study to evaluate the effectiveness of a three-year implementation of the Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) curriculum (an advanced and enriched math curriculum) on the math creative problem solving of mathematically promising English language learners (MPELLs) in the fifth grade. In addition, the role of the teacher as a facilitator for MPELLs was explored through the use of focus group discussion, which was based on a revised version of the Flanders’ Interaction Analysis framework. The majority of the students in the study were Hispanic, part of an underrepresented population within gifted education. She found that nurturing the socio-emotional needs of students is critical. This finding is important in cultivating the potential of culturally diverse learners. They need to feel accepted and that they can learn. She has presented at both national (National Association for Gifted Children and American Educational Research Association) and international (International Conference on Talent Development and Excellence and European Council for Higher Ability) conferences. Currently, Dr. Mandracchia holds a position as a member of the Accreditation Committee, where she contributes statistical support through data analysis and reporting for the various departments within The School of Education.

Teaching Interests

-Research Methods -Technology -Human Relations -Planning, Instructing, Assessing -Introduction to Teaching -Introduction to Special Education -Teaching Math and Science to Young Learners -Gifted Education

Research Interests

Research interests are: 1. mathematically promising English language learners 2. teacher as facilitator and impact of classroom discourse 3. NAEP and national databases 4.School climate and culture

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