Concepcion Molina is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. His primary expertise and responsibilities focus on mathematics education. He has acquired expertise in a wide spectrum of additional areas through his work with both the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers. Dr. Molina has 14 years of experience in high school mathematics instruction and has worked primarily with elementary and middle school teachers.
Because of his experience as a student with limited English, Dr. Molina has a unique perspective that led to the development of multiple professional development trainings focused on the impact of language in the learning and instruction of mathematics. This approach also led to his writing of The Problem With Math Is English: A Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics via a collaboration between SEDL and a national publisher. Dr. Molina has a keen interest in the development of standards that can also serve as a useful teaching guide. The focus on the improvement of teachers’ mathematics content knowledge guides his work and also resulted in A Qualitative Case Study of the Subject Matter Knowledge of Central Texas Middle School Mathematics Teachers, his doctoral dissertation completed in 2004.