Kai Rands

Assistant Professor of Education
Mooney 301D
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
krands@elon.edu (336) 278-5973

Education

Degrees

  • Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Culture, Curriculum, and Change Program), 2011
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Culture, Curriculum, and Change Program), 2003
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University (1st Major: Elementary Education; 2nd Major: Child Development), 1999

Licensure Areas

  • Elementary Education (K-6), North Carolina
  • English as a Second Language (K-12), North Carolina

 

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Level

  • Critical Issues in Education
  • Explorations Seminar II
  • Explorations Seminar III
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching I: Mathematics and Science Methods and Materials
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching II: Mathematics and Science Methods and Materials
  • Educational Assessment
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Student Teaching

 

Graduate Level

  • Principles of Effective Instruction
  • Advanced Master's Seminar

 

Research

Research and Scholarship Interests:

  • Trans* Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Deleuze Studies/ Philosophy
  • Critical Language Studies
  • Qualitative and Philosophical Research Approaches

Queer and Transgender Studies in Education

  • Queer Theory and Mathematics Education
  • Gender Complex Mathematics Education
  • Queer and Transgender Studies in Teacher Education

Philosophy of Education

  • Deleuze Studies in Education
  • Democracy and Education

Multilingual and Critical Multicultural Education

  • Teaching math for social justice
  • TESOL
  • Dual language programs
  • Politics and language education

Publications

Rands, K., McDonald, J., & Clapp, L. (2013). Landscaping classrooms toward queer utopias. In A. Jones (Ed.) A critical inquiry into queer utopias (Critical studies in gender, sexuality, and culture) (pp. 149-174). New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Rands, K. (2013). Supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming youth through teaching mathematics for social justice. Journal of LGBT Youth, 10(1-2), 106-126. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2012.717813

Rands, K. (2012). Reframing research on gender and mathematics education: Considerations from transgender studies. In Tso, T. Y. (Ed.). Proceedings of the 36tth Conference fo the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 3, 337-344.  Taipei, Taiwan: PME.

Rands, K. (2009). Mathematical inqu[ee]ry: Beyond ‘add-queers-and-stir’ elementary mathematics education. Sex Education, 9(2), 181-191.

Rands, K. (2009). Considering Transgender People in Education: A Gender-Complex Approach. Journal of Teacher Education, 60, 419-431.

Rands, K. (2008). Gender roles. In J. T. Sears (Ed.), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, vol. 6. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Rands, K. (2007). Reexamining and rethinking: The new face of queer issues in schools. Educational Studies, 41(1), 80-87.

Presentations

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

International Conference Presentations

Rands, K. (2012, July). Reframing research on gender and mathematics education: Considerations from transgender studies. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Taipei, Taiwan.

Rands, K. (2012, June). Deterritorializing mathematics education: Moving from the equity principle to affirming difference. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Deleuze Studies Conference: "Deterritorializing Deleuze."  New Orleans, LA.

Rands, K. (2010, July). Transdisciplinary encounters: Deleuzian philosophy and mathematics education.  Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Deleuze Studies Conference: “Connect, Continue, Create.”  Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

National Conference Presentations

Rands, K. (2012, January). Gender-complex mathematics education: Transcending the gender-binary in the math classroom. Session presented at Creating Balance in an Unjust World: Conference on math Education and Social Justice. San Francisco, CA

Rands, K. (2010, October). Queering mathematics education: Explorations and conversations.  Interactive session presented at Creating Balance in an Unjust World: Conference on Math Education and Social Justice.  New York, NY.

Rands, K. (2009, September). Democracy and gay-straight-alliances: Dewey, Tocqueville, and Vaid.  Paper presented at the National Conference: Democratic Education in the Spirit of John Dewey, Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2008, March). Poetic ethnography: Restaging voices, blurring boundaries, opening possibilities. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Rands, K. (2007, October). Critical race theory and queer theory in education: A conversation.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Cleveland, OH.

Rands, K. (2007, October). Queering the gay-straight alliance movement: Where do we go from here?  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Cleveland, OH.

Rands, K. (2007, April). Queer perspectives on mathematics education. Paper presented at a round table at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.  

Regional and Local Conference Presentations

Rands, K. & Marklewitz, R. (2011, October). Worthwhile fraction tasks using SMARTBoard technology.  Session presented at the North Carolina Council for Mathematics Teachers Conference. Greensboro, NC.

Rands, K. (2010, February). What else is essential in elementary mathematics education: Considering culture and language in problem solving.  Interactive session presented at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and East Carolina University Conference. Greenville, NC.

Rands, K. (2009, September). Becoming-democratic pedagogies: A Deleuzoguattarian perspective on democracy in the classroom.  Paper presented at the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2006, February). Walking through the anthology of the world: A critical gender-complex approach to education. Paper presented at the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference, Knoxville, TN.

Rands, K. & Li, Y. (2005, February). Scaffolding reading experiences for English-language learners from a critical multicultural education perspective.  Remarks presented at the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2004, February). Linguistic restrictionism: Interactions among race, class, and language. Paper presented at the TESOL/ Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference, Greenville, NC.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Invited Presentations

Rands, K. (2010). Cultural and Racial Diversity in Academia. Participation in panel presentation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education Symposium. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2008).  Lesbian Parents. Participation in panel presentation in the Working with Socioculturally Diverse Families Course, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2008). Tutoring Adult Learners of English. Invited presentation to the Carolina Language Partnership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (Summers 2006-2008). Multilingual Learners. Invited presentations to the Masters for Experienced Teachers Culturally Responsive Teaching Course, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2007). Multilingual Learners. Invited presentation at the Teaching Fellows Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.

 

Workshops

Rands, K. & Others. (2011). Changing the Slate: Trans-late Queer and Transgender Identities into Literature. Interactive public workshop. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2007).  Racism in the LGBT Community.  Interactive workshop for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Straight Alliance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2006). Visions of Critical Gender-Complex Education: Toward Trans-Inclusive Schooling. Interactive workshop at the Unity Conference. Chapel Hill, NC.

Rands, K. (2005).  Trans 101 Workshop.  Interactive workshop in conjunction with the Gender Mutiny Collective.  Chapel Hill, NC.

Awards

 

Article of the Year Award (2009), American Educational Research Association, Queer Studies Special Interest Group

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