Dr. Diana L. Piccolo


School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, 2008, Texas A&M University
  • MS, Educational Psychology, 1993, Texas A&M University
  • BS, Curriculum and Instruction, 1989, Texas A&M University


  • ELE 429 Methods of Teaching of Mathematics in Elementary Schools
  • ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom
  • ELE 495 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
  • ELE 496 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
  • ELE 500 Current Issues and Applications in Elementary Education
  • ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner
  • ELE 711 Contemporary Issues in Elementary Curriculum
  • ELE 721 Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching
  • ELE 725 The Emerging Master Teacher
  • ELE 772 Research Seminar in Elementary Education
  • SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology

Professional experience

Selected publications

  • Piccolo, D. & Barnett, J. (2019). The importance of becoming a mathematics specialist teacher leader: Impact stories from early childhood teachers. Dr. Cunningham (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Leadership in Early Childhood Education. IGI Global, Hershey, Penn.

Research and professional interests

  • Mathematics Education Professional development to middle and high school math teachers in SW Missouri
  • Mathematics Education Teacher Preparation for Elementary Education Pre-Service Teachers, 2008-present
  • Elementary Mathematics Specialist Leaders within SW Missouri Schools, 2012-present

Service focus

  • Working with area schools to provide internship and professional development support
  • Public affairs mission at MSU
  • Assessment and Accreditation in the College of Education
  • Mentoring and Leadership in the College of Education

Awards and honors

  • Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) Chair, 2015
  • Teacher Education Alliance (TEA) representative for the College of Education, 2011-2014
  • Dissertation of the Year nomination, department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University, 2009
  • Above and Beyond award, Childhood Education and Family Studies, 2009


  • MDHE Instructional Teacher Quality Grant, Building and Connecting mathematical concepts through in-depth and technology-rich explorations, $604,764.00, 2008-2012
  • MDHE Instructional Teacher Quality Grant, Transforming Mathematics Instruction Using Inquiry and One-to-One Environments (TRIM I +121), $609,890, 2012-2015
  • MDHE Instructional Teacher Quality Grant, Getting it W.R.I.T.E. (Writing, Reading, Inquiry, Teaching and Inquiry) in Mathematics, $430,113.41, 2015-2018

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