Dr. Patricia Dickenson is Lead Faculty of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern California in Educational Psychology.
Her research focuses on the sociocultural aspects of motivation, engagement, and instruction, within mathematics, technology and standard-based teaching practices of Latino English learners.
Dr. Dickenson began teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has taught elementary, middle and high school. In addition to classroom teaching Dr. Dickenson was a Mathematics Coach. She believes strongly in the use of alternative assessments such as performance based tasks, project-based learning and authentic assessment to measure students knowledge and skills.
Dr. Dickenson has worked as a teacher trainer and consultant for Princeton Review and Harcourt Publishing. She has taught courses in Teacher Education at National University, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Southern California. Dr. Dickenson also has three young children who are in elementary school. She presently lives in Santa Cruz and is actively involved with providing professional development to inservice teachers throughout the county in areas of mathematics and technology.