Cathy Seeley

Senior Fellow

Cathy Seeley, a senior fellow at the Dana Center, works on state and national policy and improvement efforts in mathematics education. In this role, she recently facilitated the revision of Washington State's K–12 mathematics standards and led the development of a fourth-year math course to follow Algebra II, Advanced Mathematical Decision Making, adopted in Texas as Advanced Quantitative Reasoning.

Dr. Seeley is a veteran mathematics educator and change facilitator with 35 years of experience at the local, state, and national levels. Motivated by a deep commitment to equity for all students, she has been an active participant in and spokesperson for the improvement of mathematics education throughout her career.

Dr. Seeley's diverse experience in K-12 education includes teaching mathematics at the middle school and high school levels, working as a K-12 district mathematics supervisor, and serving for eight years as Director of Mathematics for the Texas Education Agency. At the Dana Center, Dr. Seeley worked with the Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative, facilitating the state's development of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for mathematics. Dr. Seeley also spent two years teaching mathematics (in French) as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso (1999–2001); upon her return, she served as senior advisor for a distance education online algebra project with the University of Texas. Dr. Seeley is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, serving as the Council's president from 2004 through 2006 and on the writing team for the 1989 Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics.

Dr. Seeley has published numerous articles and chapters in edited books and is an experienced textbook author for middle school and high school mathematics. She is also the author of the recently published Faster Isn't Smarter—Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, a resource for teachers, leaders, policymakers, and families.

Seeley holds a B.S. in mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Colorado, and an Ed.D. in teacher education from the University of Houston.

Selected Publications

Cathy Seeley. (2009). Faster isn't smarter: Messages about math, teaching, and learning in the 21st century. Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions. More about the book appears on Dr. Seeley's website.

Cathy Seeley. (1995). "Technology and equity in mathematics." Download it here (pdf 164kb).