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Michael Little Crow

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1804
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Leadership and Innovation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Personal Acknowledgement of Place and Time:

I, Michael Little-Crow, acknowledge the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. I acknowledge the sovereignty of these nations and seek to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. I am an advocate for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary academic practice. I personally welcome members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to ASU.      (Adapted from the ASU Library Land Acknowledgement)

I am an Indigenous Math Educator from the Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe-Cree people.  With my co-founder Dr. Uraipanyawan Pinthong, OPEN Global Village, Original Peoples Education Network was created to support two education abroad projects to Thailand and one sabbatical teaching mathematics through robotics in Kazakhstan.  I work with the education agencies of several tribal nations including the Pascua Yaqui, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, and several of the Chippewa nations in North Dakota and Wisconsin to provide professional development in mathematics.  Receiving continued support and direction from Dr. Pinthong, my mindfulness coach and mentor, I develop workshops which use the 3,000-year-old mental calculation techniques from India to empower learners of all ages to connect with the power of the mathematics inside themselves, using the human development aspects of math to help individuals from throughout the world reach their full human potentiality. 


Educational Doctorate, Educational Leadership and Innovation, projected Dec. 2022, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Master’s of Science, Mathematics Education,June 2000, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, USA.

Bachelor’s of Science, Mathematics Education,Jun1985, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 170Precalculus
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
MAT 170Precalculus
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
MAT 170Precalculus
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 170Precalculus
MAT 210Brief Calculus
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
MAT 210Brief Calculus
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 210Brief Calculus
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 117SCollege Algebra Stretch
MAT 142College Mathematics
MAT 170Precalculus
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 117College Algebra
MAT 142College Mathematics
Honors / Awards: 

§  Sabbatical to develop a Curriculum of Basic Robotics to teach Math. Maricopa Community College District, conducted in Thailand and Kazakhstan Aug 2012 – May 2013

§  Exemplar of the Year 2009 –Scottsdale Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 2009

§  Charles Maxey Leadership Award – For Outstanding Leadership through Teaching and Service to the Community. Corvallis, Oregon, February 2003.

§  Faculty Fellowship – Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in Preparation of Teachers 2000 – 2002.

§  Faculty of the Year –OSU Student Affairs, Corvallis, Oregon, June 2000.

§  Frederick Horne Longhouse Award – For strong commitment and dedication to the OSU Native American Community, Corvallis, Oregon, 1999 – 2002.


Professional Associations: 

TODOS, Mathematics For All,advocates for equity and excellence in mathematics education for ALL students - in particular, Latina/o students. TODOS advances educators' knowledge, develops and supports education leaders, generates and disseminates knowledge, and informs families about education policies and learning strategies.Special interest groupEducators of Native American Students.

NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,Provides guidance and resources for the implementation of research-informed and high-quality teaching that supports the learning of each and every student in equitable environments.

Work History: 

Aug 2018 - present Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

           Mathematics Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences, Tempe Campus

Aug 2004 – Aug 2018 Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

            Professor of Mathematics and Education / Assistant Division Chair –Appointive Status

§  Identify and meet the mathematical needs of a diverse student population through instruction using active, collaborative and open approaches to student learning.  Develop and implement effective classroom instruction and assess student learning outcomes.  

§  Supervise the Evening, Summer, and Dual Enrollment Mathematics Programs including evaluation of adjunct faculty, verification of curriculum alignment, and resolution of disagreements. 

§  Teach Math Methods for Elementary Teachers course for the Scottsdale Teacher Education Program (STEP) a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program. 

§  Faculty Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, advise and motivate research based learning and community building among high performing students.

§  Workshop facilitator to help teachers use a propriety curriculum of Robotics for teaching Math in Elementary and Middle School programs to motivate student learning through real world activities.  Consult with coaches on best practices and work directly with the students to create motivation and persistence.

§  Conduct professional development workshops to enhance math teaching effectiveness of Elementary, Middle and High School Mathematics teachers by building their personal Confidence, Competence and Content knowledge.  Helping teachers to implement the mathematical practices component of the Common Core through the use of a cultural and historical approach to professional development. 

§  District level provider of Mathematical Culturally Relevant professional development to local Native American tribal organizations including Salt River Pima Maricopa and Gila River Indian Communities along with the Pascua Yaqui education program office to develop middle and high school success programs.  

§  Director and lead tutor of the Indigenous Scholars Institute a pastoral tutoring program which serves the unique needs of students in the Disability Resources and Services and the American Indian Programs Office.  

§  Creator and Director of Thailand Education Abroad Program, “Experiencing Culture and Local Wisdom in Thai Schools”, a summer residential program for college education majors to volunteer teach in the schools of the Pathum Thani Educational Service Area Office 2.  Develop and manage project budget, itinerary and school placements.


Mar 2011 – May 2015Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

            Faculty Associate & Academic Associate 

  • Teach MAT 142 College Math for Gila River Early Educators Attaining Teaching Excellence (GRE 2 ATE), a collaborative partnership between ASU’s Center for Indian Education and the Gila River Indian Community’s Tribal Education.

§  Create curriculum and deliver professional development workshops for elementary teachers on the Navajo Nation through a grant program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.


Nov 2004 – Oct. 2016ITT Technical Institute, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

            Online Adjunct Instructor –Teach online Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and Problem Solving by:

§  Motivating student participation, assessing student work and responding to student requests which led to achievement of 92% successful completion rate.  

§  Participate in virtual faculty development meetings along with completing at least three personalized professional growth activities each year.

§  Increasing student engagement through continuous classroom presence at least twice each day. Providing learning support by answering student questions within hours and assessing written work within a day of submission. 


Aug 2012 – June 2013 Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Math and Physics, Uralsk, Kazakhstan

            Math Teacher for grade 11 Gifted and Talented program

            Robotics Coordinator and Workshop Developer

§  Team taught mathematics using the Kazakh national curriculum with Russian and Kazakh national teachers.  

§  Designed and facilitated professional development workshops for Kazakh national teachers to introduce the concept of scaffolding instruction using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a framework.

§  Developed robotics program and training curriculum for use by national teachers in schools throughout Kazakhstan.


July 2003 – July 2006 University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA.

Summer Math Workshop Director –Kumu Ola Source of Knowledge Program

§  Teach Native Hawaiian high school students and train teachers in a unique cultural approach to mathematics learning using an interactive workshop approach.  

§  Develop math problem sets, which incorporate native Hawaiian ways of thinking and world view.  


Sept 1998 – June 2004 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.

            Math Instructor - Educational Opportunities Program

§  Coordinate developmental mathematics curriculum, which includes Arithmetic, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra.  

§  Design course curriculum and implement both traditional and alternative assessment and evaluation measures.  

§  Mentor students in developing mathematical reasoning in classroom and lab settings. 

§  Facilitate student workshops in College Algebra and Pre-Calculus using the cooperative teaching model developed by Uri Triesman.  

§  Tutor students in all levels of math and statistics.  

§  Develop innovative course designed to foster Algebraic reasoning skills and enhance the math experience of non-traditional students.  

§  Supervise graduate teaching assistants in classroom and tutoring assignments.

§  Serve as a faculty mentor for the SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience) program which provided college campus workshops for Middle and High School students from underserved backgrounds.

            Academic Program Coordinator - McNair Scholars ProgramOct ‘99 – Aug ’00 

§  Maintained financial records and completed the annual grant report with the program Director.

§  Recruited students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. 

§  Motivated students to pursue a program of study leading to a Ph.D.  

§  Monitored academic progress, coordinated orientation, provided graduate school preparation and admissions seminars.  

§  Organized annual participant symposium, maintained regular personal contact with scholars. 

§  Recruited, supervised and evaluated the performance of peer tutors. 


Sept 2003 – June 2004 Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR, USA.

            Adjunct Math Instructor –Developmental Math courses.  

§  Responsible for promoting excellence in instruction, identifying and meeting the learning needs of at risk students. 

§  Develop course schedules and syllabi, plan, develop, and deliver classroom lectures and activities.  

§  Create tests and develop other methods to evaluate student progress and competence.

§  Keep accurate grade and attendance records.  

§  Work effectively with students and staff of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and ages. 

  • Tempe Union High School Diversity Advisory Committee, August 2016 - present
  • Project BEAM Advisory Board,a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program (Award # S206A170014) and housed at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies., Feb ’18 - present

§  Indigenous Scholars Institute, Council of Elders – Founding Member, SCC ’14 – Aug '18 

§  American Indian Programs, Advisory Committee, SCC ‘04 – present.

§  Native American Hoops of Learning, SCC ‘05 – Aug '18.

§  Student Success and Retention Committee, SCC 2007 – 2011.

§  Junior ACE Board Member, 5th– 8thgrade enrichment program, SCC 2006 - 2011

§  Hiring Committee Member, Math Dept ‘05, ‘06, ’07, ‘15; Counseling Dept. ’07, ‘08, ’11 Music Dept. ’09, ‘10

§  Strategic Planning Committee, SCC 2006 – 2009.

§  Native Americans in Marine and Space Sciences, Advisory Board, OSU 2000 – 2004.

§  Native American Longhouse Advisory Board, OSU 1998 – 2004.

§  OSU Native American Student Association, Faculty Advisor 1999 – 2004.

§  American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Faculty Advisor, OSU 1999 – 2004.

§  OSU Assoc. of Faculty for the Adv. of People of Color, Steering Committee, 1999 2004.

§  Camas Coalition for Indian Education at OSU, 1998 – 2004.

§  NW Center for Sustainable Resources, Native American Perspectives Curriculum Review Committee.  Polson, MT, 2000.

§  Coalition for Cross-Cultural Outreach, Faculty Facilitator, 2000.

§  Sacred Landscapes Conference planning committee, 1999 – 2001.