Christine Joseph is an instructional staff developer in Elementary Mathematics for Pinellas County Schools. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College teaching literacy, mathematics, and science courses. Her research focuses on the role of writing in mathematics. More specifically, the use of writing prompts as a formative assessment tool for instructional decision making. Her professional development for Pinellas County Schools includes training teachers in Mathematics Journaling and Integrating Literacy Strategies for Mathematics Word Problems. Her research in the area of content area literacy and has led to the development of instructional tools and strategies to assist with best practices.