Jason Frand

I believe teaching is one of the noblest profession one can choose and am proud to have participated throughout my career   The poem What Teachers Make says so much about why I feel this way, and my current volunteer teaching as a Math Olympiad coach for 4th and 5th grade students expresses my continued commitment.

In many ways, the poem The Owl summarizes my view toward learning and teaching.  I see knowledge as a process of acquisition, not a product which can be transferred from one person to another.  The student must be at the center of the learning process.  I believe that it is through the asking of questions and the seeking of answers that we internalize concepts and ideas, making them available for problem solving in the face of complex and ambiguous circumstances. As an instructor, whether with adult or school age students, it is my responsibility to create a learning environment that maximizes the exchange of ideas between all course participants, meaning the students, and the instructor as well.  Hopefully, Socrates would be proud of me!

Teaching has always been an important part of my life, and I have had the unique opportunity to work with early childhood through executive education students.  Between 1966 and 1969, I taught mathematics at the junior and senior high school levels. After completing my master in 1969, I was a math enrichment teacher as part of Project SEED, working in elementary school in Compton.  While working on my doctorate, I taught in the Early Childhood Unit at UES (UCLA’s University Elementary School).  After completing my doctorate I taught statistics and business calculus classes at various LA area community colleges, and Math for Teachers at California State University, Los Angeles. 

From 1979 through 2006 I taught a range of courses at UCLA Anderson School, including statistics, business calculus, Managerial Computing/Information Systems, courses in operating systems, system configurations, database and system design, as well as special topic courses in office automation. My favorite was the Managerial Implications Of Emerging Information Technologies course. During 2003-2004 I returned to my roots and taught the undergraduate Introduction to Statistical Reasoning course (first time since I taught statistics since 1980) and undergraduates (last time was 1978).  The classes being taught were paper-pencil based similar to what I had taught 20 years ago; my goal was to create a totally data driven computer-based class incorporating all that I’ve learned regarding the use of technology in education..  The stats department worked with me to offer a special class in their computer lab.  The class was very successful and repeated the next year.  I'm delighted that my approach helped pave the way for the new offerings of that department.  My last UCLA course was Solving Real Business Problems Through Information Technology.  This class focuses on what the non-IT manager needs to know to be an effective partner in the management of their companies’ IT oriented solutions.  The class was very successful and a wonderful way to end my teaching career at UCLA. 

During spring 2006, in thinking about retiring my goal was to move into something rather than away from something.  I explored teaching options, including statistics at the community college level or general math with continuation high school students.  At one point I was introduced to the principal at our local elementary school, and when she heard I was interested in doing mathematics, she immediately said "I don't need remedial math assistance, but we have a real need for enrichment math.  Could you do that?"  And, I was off and running.  I spent the summer exploring programs, and when we met in September, 2006, I shared my research, she selected the Mathematics Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School  program as a structure to serve their needs.   So, beginning Fall 2006, I am the volunteer Math Olympiad coach for 4th and 5th grade students at Linwood Howe Elementary School, walking distance form my home in Culver City, and I am delighted to report that it is going very well.

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You can reach me via email at jason.frand@anderson.ucla.edu.

created September 15, 1996
last updated January 9, 2008