Doug Sovde, M.Ed., Director, K–12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services

Phone: 512.475.9734

Dana Center Role

Doug’s career has been guided by his strong belief that each child—no matter his or her background—should have access to high-quality mathematics curriculum and instruction and should benefit from the educational materials, professional learning, leadership, and policies necessary to succeed in postsecondary study.

As director of K–12 education strategy, policy, and services at the Center, Doug supervises and supports the managers of K–12 services, online course programs, and digital platform services to grow as leaders, empower their teams, manage internal and external collaborations, and effectively secure and steward the financial resources needed to achieve individual and organizational goals. He collaborates with research and evaluation staff to create designs on projects; to monitor and assess the quality, efficacy, and impact of the Center’s work; and to implement course corrections. In addition, Doug represents the Center at local, state, and national convenings to monitor trends in the K–12 education landscape in order to envision potential ventures and offer the experience and evidence from the Center’s vast body of work to influence the field.

Before Joining the Dana Center

As executive director of math strategic initiatives at UnboundEd Learning, Doug contributed to the development of the professional learning experiences and strategic planning for grades K–12. He also partnered with the leadership and learning team to support content-embedded, capacity-building experiences.

Previously, Doug worked for Parcc Inc., supporting multiple states in developing the mathematical content and instructional supports associated with the PARCC Assessment System. While at Achieve, Inc., he was a member of the writing team for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, which included leading the development of Appendix A (the model course pathways) and being the principal contributor to international benchmarking studies. Before that, Doug spent 10 years at Bellevue Public Schools in Washington state, where he was a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, and principal.


M.Ed., 4–12 Curriculum and Instruction, Western Washington University
B.A., Mathematics, University of Washington

Selected Presentations

Addressing the Needs of Students Behind Grade Level. Presented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2017).

How Evidence Centered Design Can Support Improved Teaching and Increased Learning of Mathematics. Presented as part of Boston College’s Mathematics Education Colloquium Series, Boston, MA (November 2015).

PARCC K–1 Formative Tasks: A Look at Four Prototypes. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting (April 2015).

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Implementation and Progress Briefing. Presented at the National Title I Conference, San Diego, CA (February 2014).

Understanding the Common Core State Standards. Presented at the Real Learning for Real Life Conference, Seattle, WA (September 2013).

PARCC: Aligning Assessment Practices. Presented at the Urban District Leaders Network, Tampa, FL, (May 2013).

PARCC: An interactive Progress Update. Presented at the NCTM annual meeting, Denver, CO (April 2013).

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Assessment News from the Consortia. Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, Austin, TX (February 2013).