Timothy Boerst

Clinical Professor; Chair of Elementary Teacher Education

Timothy  Boerst, School of Education

Tim Boerst is a Professor of Clinical Practice at the University of Michigan School of Education. His work supports the development and assessment of beginning teachers who are pedagogically skilled, subject-matter serious, and professionally committed to the learning of every student. He studies and teaches practice-based mathematics methods courses, and leads a number of NSF- and IES-funded projects focused on the design of professional development materials and the assessment of teaching practice. Tim has played a key role in the redesign of UM’s elementary teacher education programs: first as Coordinator of Settings for Teaching and Learning, then as Assessment Coordinator, and most recently as Chair of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. He has also served on the board of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and on the Certification Council of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Prior to the full-time position at UM, Tim taught in elementary classrooms for 15 years, earning and renewing National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. During this time, he held multiple leadership positions in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and, for five years, was a Practitioner Scholar with the Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics and the Carnegie Foundation, blending daily classroom teaching, research on practice, and work as a mathematics teacher educator. Tim earned a PhD in Teacher Education and an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan. In 2012, he received the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Service, and Scholarship from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Administrative Responsibilities

Timothy is chair of the Elementary Teacher Education program.

Boerst teaches courses in the following program(s):
Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)
Mathematics Education


Selected Publications

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (2017). AMTE standards for preparing teachers of mathematics. Available online at https://amte.net/standards.

Developing Teaching Expertise @ Mathematics (2017).  Geometric measurement and spatial reasoning in elementary mathematics teaching.  Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.  Available: http://sites.soe.umich.edu/devteam/module-3/

Reischl, C., Khasnabis, D., Boerst, T., Stull, M. (2017). Foundational frameworks that guide activity within a school/university partnership. To appear in R. Flessner & Lecklider, D. (Eds)  Power of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education. Washington, D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Shaughnessy, M. & Boerst, T. Uncovering the skills that preservice teachers bring to teacher education: The practice of eliciting a student's thinking. Journal of Teacher Education. June 28, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0022487117702574.

Shaughnessy, M. & Boerst, T. (in press). Designing simulations to learn about preservice teachers’ capabilities with eliciting and interpreting student thinking. To appear in Gabriel Stylianides (Ed.) Preservice Mathematics Education of Primary Teachers: International Congress on Mathematics Education Monograph.

Shaughnessy, M., Boerst, T., & Farmer, S. (accepted for publication). Complementary assessments of preservice teachers' skill with eliciting student thinking. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.





10/1/2015 - ongoing Investigating Relationships Between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and High-Leverage Teaching Practices
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

9/1/2011 - ongoing Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2015 - ongoing Strengthening the Quality, Design and Usability of Simulations as Assessments of Teaching Practice
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015 Investigating simulations of teaching practice: Assessing readiness to teach elementary mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

7/1/2010 - 1/7/2013 Developing Mathematics Teaching through Focused Collaborative Assessment of Practice
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2012 Developing an Integrative Assessment System for Elementary Teacher Education
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/9/2008 - 1/9/2011 Developing Modules for the Preparation of Elementary Mathematics Specialists
Granting Agency: Cisco Learning Institute


Room 1221 A
734.615.9048 tboerst@umich.edu