A Coordinated Approach to Launch Years
The work of Launch Years takes coordinated effort from a wide range of leaders in higher education, K–12 education, education policy, equity advocacy, and industry.
The Charles A. Dana Center has invited key leaders and experts to join us in creating a new paradigm that bridges the gap between mathematics in high school and higher education.
Launch Years Contributors
Jason Adair, Southern Regional Education Board
Jason Adair is the Program Director for Literacy and Mathematics at the Southern Regional Education Board. Since 2011, he has helped lead statewide initiatives like the Mathematics Design Collaborative. He was the lead developer of SREB’s Powerful Mathematics Practices and exemplar teaching videos, and he currently supports schools and districts as they use these practices to shift teacher instruction. Most recently, Adair has been collaborating with the West Virginia Department of Education to develop and implement their Ready4Life Math Initiative.
During his 21 years of experience, he has been a classroom teacher in middle school and high school, an instructional coach, and a district math supervisor. He believes that, in education, there are two different types of employees—teachers and those there to support teachers. Adair’s goal is to empower teachers to instill confidence, understanding, and a love of mathematics in their students.
Julia Maria Aguirre, University of Washington Tacoma
Julia Maria Aguirre, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education and Faculty Director of Teacher Credential Programs in the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her research interests include equity studies in mathematics education, teacher education, and culturally responsive mathematics pedagogy. She has worked in the field of mathematics education for over 20 years. She has taught mathematics in formal and informal classroom settings. A primary goal of her work is preparing new generations of teachers to make mathematics education accessible, meaningful, and relevant to today’s youth. She is a coauthor of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) book, The Impact of Identity in K–8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices (Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Danny Martin, 2013).
Ary Amerikaner, The Education Trust
Ary Amerikaner is Vice President for P–12 Policy, Practice, and Research for The Education Trust.
Kerry H. Ballast, Texas Workforce Commission
Kerry H. Ballast is Deputy Director for the Workforce Development Division at Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). She oversees programs designed to support adults as they pursue education and training beyond the K–12 years. These programs includeAdult Education and Literacy, ApprenticeshipTexas, Career Schools and Colleges, and Texas Veterans Leadership.
Before joining the TWC, she served as Director of Digital Learning at the Texas Education Agency, as an instructional strategist and campus administrator at Hays Consolidated Independent School District, and as a secondary English Language Arts and Reading teacher in several Texas public school districts. Ballast earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Stephen F. Austin State University, her master’s degree in Educational Technology at Texas State University, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen Barkanic, Business–Higher Education Forum (BHEF)
Stephen Barkanic is senior vice president and chief program officer of the Business–Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a national membership organization of corporate CEOs and university presidents. In this role, Barkanic provides overall leadership for BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative, which is aimed at bridging industry and higher education to increase the persistence and diversity of students who go on to earn degrees or credentials in key emerging fields, and at aligning undergraduate education with workforce needs.
Prior to joining BHEF, Barkanic was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, director of undergraduate science education and grants management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, program officer and director of grants management at the Charles A. Dana Foundation, and a consultant to the Ford Foundation and other organizations, as well as chair of Grantmakers for Education. Barkanic was also a member of the CBE-Life Sciences Education editorial board.
Robert Q. Berry III, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Robert Q. Berry III, Ph.D., is President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and is a Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, with an appointment in Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education. Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry’s research efforts within three related areas: (a) understanding Black children’s mathematics experiences; (b) measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices; and (c) unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning. Berry has over 100 publications, and his articles have appeared in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and the American Educational Research Journal. Berry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University, his master’s degree from Christopher Newport University, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carla Bidwell, secondary mathematics specialist, Atlanta metro area
Dr. Carla Bidwell has been an educator for 19 years, beginning her career as a high school mathematics teacher and later serving as a secondary mathematics instructional coach. Carla’s passion lies in understanding the roles racism and bias play in maintaining inequitable schooling experiences for marginalized youth. Her prior research examined the lived experiences of successful white teachers of African American students in hopes of better understanding ways in which these teachers navigated the racial dynamics at play in their classrooms. Carla currently works as a secondary mathematics specialist in metro Atlanta and continually strives to make schools more inclusive of all students.
Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University
Stuart Boersma is currently a professor of mathematics at Central Washington University. He is a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT Fellow (green dot), has been a member of the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA since 2000, served as Chair of the section from 2005 to 2007, and as Governor from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of SIGMAA QL and the National Numeracy Network. Stuart has always been dedicated to the improvement of undergraduate mathematics education through innovative curricular change. He is a coauthor on a quantitative reasoning textbook and served as lead author on Quantway, Quantway 2, and the Charles A. Dana Center’s Reasoning with Functions curriculum.
David Bressoud, Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences
David Bressoud is Director of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences and the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College. He has served as President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), as Chair of the AP Calculus Development Committee, and as Principal Investigator for the MAA's national studies of college calculus and for the NSF-sponsored workshop on “The Role of Calculus in the Transition from High School to College Mathematics.”
He chaired the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester from 1995 until 2001 and has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Minnesota, Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France), and the State College Area High School. He has published seven textbooks and over sixty research articles in number theory, combinatorics, special functions, and mathematics education.
Pamela Burdman, Just Equations
Pamela Burdman, Senior Project Director, Just Equations, is an expert on college access, readiness, and success and is the founder of the Just Equations project. Working at the intersection of education research, policy, and practice, Burdman synthesizes knowledge from the field to define problems and advance strategies that support student success. A recognized authority on the role of mathematics in education equity, she has authored numerous reports and articles on math opportunity issues. This work helped lay the groundwork for new policies designed to improve postsecondary success and diminish equity gaps in California.
Burdman has also been a speaker, convener, and advisor to education leaders, policy makers, foundations, and think tanks. She began working on issues of postsecondary readiness and success as a reporter covering education for the San Francisco Chronicle. She subsequently served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she created and implemented investment strategies for strengthening college readiness and student success.
Diana Ceja, TODOS: Mathematics for ALL
Diana Ceja is a mathematics educator. During her 22 years of experience, she has been a classroom teacher, bilingual resource teacher, instructional coach, intervention specialist, school-site administrator, and county administrator. She believes in servant leadership and strives to learn and act in ways that produce a more just and caring world.
Ceja is the current president of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, an equity-based international professional organization affiliated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The mission of TODOS is to advocate for equity and high-quality mathematics education for all students—and in particular, for Latina and Latino children. Ceja has represented mathematics educators on the board of California Mathematics Council. Currently, she is serving as a member of the Development Panel for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment framework.
Ted Coe, NWEA
Ted Coe uses his more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, professor, department chair, administrator, and nonprofit director to weave together thought-provoking perspectives in mathematics education.
He is energetic and passionate about mathematics teaching and learning and has worked full-time as a high school mathematics teacher, a community college faculty member, a mathematics chair at two community colleges, and an assistant dean at the university level.
More recently, he served as Director of Mathematics at Achieve, a nonprofit focused on readiness for college, careers, and citizenship. In that role, he worked to improve mathematical experiences for students and student transitions from high school to college.
In 2020 Coe became the Director of Content Advocacy and Design at NWEA, a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency.
Coe earned his B.A.E., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University, each with a focus on mathematics education.
Michael Cohen, Achieve
MIchael Cohen is President of Achieve.
Jacqueline Coomes, Eastern Washington University
Jackie Coomes earned a BS in Mathematics at University of California, Davis, an MS in Mathematics at Eastern Washington University (EWU), and a PhD in Mathematics Education at Washington State University. Over the last 24 years as a faculty member at EWU, she has focused much of her work on first-generation, low-income, and high-risk populations at both the high school level and the college level. She has taught preservice mathematics teachers content and methods, and worked with them and their mentors in fieldwork. She has worked with many amazing in-service teachers in professional development projects. Her research focuses on teaching through problem-solving, including how to maintain challenging and motivating aspects of learning through problem-solving.
Arlene Crum, Washington OSPI
Arlene Crum is the Director of Mathematics in the Learning and Teaching Division at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the state of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision at Bowie State University, and a Principal Certification at Pacific Lutheran University. Her work includes development of instructional materials to improve student achievement through implementation of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and to increase student connections between mathematics and other subject and career areas. Her work also includes partnership with regional mathematics coordinators, Career and Technical Educators, and others to encourage best practices, current perspectives, and development of graduation pathways. Currently, her priority focuses are supporting districts and teachers in developing blended and distance learning strategies to assure access and equity for all students, and guiding the reimagining of mathematics education with the lens of learning from recent school closures.
Mark L. Daniels, Mathematics Department, The University of Texas at Austin
Mark L. Daniels is a Professor of Practice in the Mathematics Department at The University of Texas at Austin. He has previously served as an Assistant Chair in the Mathematics Department. Additionally, he is the Associate Co-Director of the UTeach program in the College of Natural Sciences. Dr. Daniels teaches mathematics courses and has developed the curriculum for multiple inquiry-based mathematics courses, some specifically designed for preservice secondary teachers. Dr. Daniels is also the faculty advisor for teaching options in the Mathematics Department as well as the Co-Director of the Inquiry-Based Learning Project in the Mathematics Department. In addition, Daniels is the mathematics faculty lead on, and has written the Discovery Precalculus and College Algebra course texts and activities for, the acclaimed OnRamps initiative in Texas. His research interests involve the preparation of preservice and in-service secondary teachers and the incorporation of instructional methodology in mathematics courses taken by students seeking certification.
Philip (Phil) Daro
Philip (Phil) Daro was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and continues to work to advance the design and use of leadership tools for improving mathematics instruction and assessment. As Director of Mathematics for the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), Daro organized partnerships between the University of California, Stanford, and other universities with the Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts. During 16 years at the University of California, he directed several large-scale teacher professional development programs.
In 2012, Daro received the Walter Denham Memorial Award from the California Mathematics Council for leadership, and in 2014, the Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Design and Development in Education. Daro serves on many boards, including those of Open Up Resources, SERP, and the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education Publications at the University of Nottingham.
Tristan Denley, University System of Georgia
Tristan Denley serves as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the University System of Georgia. Before moving to Georgia in May 2017, he served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents, from August 2013 to May 2017, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Austin Peay State University, from January 2009 to August 2013. Originally from Penzance, England, Denley earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge.
Throughout his career, he has taken a hands-on approach in a variety of initiatives impacting student success. His most recent work has been to transform developmental education and advising at a system scale. His work continues in using a data-informed approach to implement a wide variety of system-scale initiatives surrounding college completion, stretching from education redesign in a variety of disciplines, to the role of predictive analytics and data mining in higher education.
Megan Fasules, Georgetown University Center on Education
Megan Fasules is an Assistant Research Professor and Senior Research Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW). Her research, which uses the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), focuses on connecting work competencies with the labor market.
She also supports research efforts to help states integrate education and workforce data systems for evaluation and improved feedback between labor markets and education. Prior to joining CEW, Fasules worked as a Researcher at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
She also worked as a head Research Assistant at American University, where she conducted research on bankruptcy. Fasules earned her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics at Lake Forest College in Illinois and her doctorate in Economics at American University. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the extent to which the implementation of Medicare affected personal bankruptcy. This dissertation looked specifically at the impact of Medicare on personal bankruptcy rates, medical debt at filing, and petitioner characteristics.
Roshele Friudenberg, Mathematics Instructor, Lee College, Baytown, Texas
I have been involved in math education for over 30 years where my teaching assignments have been split between secondary and higher education. My focus has been teacher education, accelerated developmental education, and secondary to postsecondary course alignment. My collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center began in 2010 and I have relied upon Dana Center support to connect with my students.
Rebecca Gammill, Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia
For the past 18 years, Dr. Rebecca Gammill has taught a variety of high school- and college-level classes, including Algebra I & II, Geometry, Precalculus, Statistics Trigonometry, Calculus, and Geometry for Elementary Teachers. She holds six earned degrees, including a bachelor’s degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education (University of Georgia), an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology (University of Georgia), an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology (University of West Georgia), an Ed.S in Educational Leadership (Kennesaw State University), and an Ed.D. in Secondary Mathematics Education (Kennesaw State University). Since 2015, Rebecca has served as an Executive Board member and as Publication Editor for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), where she guides production of the Reflections newsletter, facilitates workshops at the annual Georgia Mathematics Conference, and serves on several curriculum reform committees for the Georgia Department of Education. She currently teaches Algebra II at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Howard Gobstein, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Howard Gobstein is the Executive Vice President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He contributes to the strategic direction and management of the association, directs work on STEM education and research and technology policies, and works with research officers through the APLU Council on Research. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than 15 NSF or foundation-funded projects, totaling over $15 million.
Past positions include Vice President of the Association of American Universities; Senior Policy Analyst with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Associate VP for governmental affairs for federal relations, Michigan State University; and Director, Federal Relations/Research, University of Michigan. He holds a master's degree in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor's in interdisciplinary engineering from Purdue University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2010 he was selected outstanding alumni of the Purdue School of Engineering Education.
Brent Griffin, Georgia Tech
Brent Griffin is the Director of Retention and Graduation Initiatives/Assistant Registrar at Georgia Tech, where he coordinates the Institute’s Complete College Georgia and Momentum Year plans in alignment with University System of Georgia (USG) goals. Mr. Griffin joined Georgia Tech in August 2019 after more than 23 years as a mathematics professor and academic administrator with Georgia Highlands College (GHC). During his tenure at GHC, he participated in a Complete College Georgia task force charged with transforming mathematics remediation within the University System of Georgia, leading to the implementation of a corequisite support model. He served for 12 years as the mathematics representative to the USG Council on General Education and is past chair of the USG Academic Advisory Committee for Mathematical Subjects. Mr. Griffin earned a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree through Georgia Tech’s online analytics program.
Dwayne Hobbs, Georgia Department of Education
Dwayne Hobbs is the Work-Based Learning Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. His responsibilities involve development and implementation of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program, which involves continually assessing program status, conducting research, holding meetings with all stakeholders, providing professional learning for WBL coordinators, managing data and records for WBL students, producing reports for accountability purposes, and carrying out public relations activities to promote and recognize exemplary results.
Hobbs began working for the Georgia Department of Education in 2006 after completing a 30-year career with Clayton County Public Schools, the fifth-largest school district in Georgia. His career in Clayton County included 22 years in the classroom, 2 years as Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) supervisor/assistant principal, 5 years as the Youth Apprenticeship Program coordinator/system CTAE coordinator, and 1 year as the system CTAE director. His goal is to provide guidance for world-class work-based-learning experiences that help students become successful contributing members of society.
Coretta Hoffman, Mead High School, State of Washington
Coretta Hoffman, Assistant Principal at Mead High School in the state of Washington, has been in education for more than 25 years. She has been a teacher leader and an instructional coach, and she has worked cooperatively with state and local educational groups to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Hoffman holds a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor of science in mathematics. She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards–certified teacher in AYA (Adolescence and Young Adulthood) Mathematics.
Hoffman was on the design team for Washington State Bridge to College Mathematics transition course, and she has been involved with assessment development and review for the state of Washington and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Nick Horton, Amherst College
Dr. Horton is Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society (Statistics and Data Science) at Amherst College, where he teaches courses in statistics, data science, and related fields.
He is passionate about improving quantitative and computational literacy for students with a variety of backgrounds and has worked to deepen engagement and mastery of higher-level concepts and data acumen.
Nick serves as co-chair of the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Chris Hulleman, University of Virginia
Dr. Chris Hulleman is Associate Professor of education, psychology, and public policy at the University of Virginia, and Director of the Motivate Lab. He conducts research on interventions grounded in theories of social and personality psychology, motivation, and human development.
Much of his work has focused on examining the extent to which helping students find relevance in their coursework for their lives increases learning and interest. For example, he has worked with high school science teachers and students, remedial math instructors and students in community college, and parents of high school students to develop and test interventions that promote motivation and learning. Chris received his B.A. from Central College in 1993 and Ph.D. in social and experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 2007. Prior to his career in psychology, he spent six years as a teacher, coach, and social worker in Iowa.
Heather Justice, Texas Education Agency
Heather Justice currently serves as the Division Director for College, Career and Military Preparation within the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In her role, she oversees Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning, industry certifications, and College and Career Readiness School Models such as Early College High Schools, Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, Industry Cluster Innovative Academies, and Texas STEM Academies. She also serves on the Board of Advance CTE.
Before joining TEA, Justice was the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education for the Tennessee Department of Education, where she managed the comprehensive reform of career and technical education programs of study, instituted data sharing agreements to obtain industry certification data, overhauled licensing of CTE educators, and established a statewide professional development model for CTE educators.
Justice previously taught high school accounting and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in education.
William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
William E. “Brit” Kirwan is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM) and a recognized authority on higher education. He served as chancellor of USM (2002–2015), president of the Ohio State University (1998–2002), and president of the University of Maryland, College Park (1988–1998).
Kirwan chairs the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences and serves as executive director of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics. He chairs the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education and is past chair of the American Council for Higher Education and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Kirwan received the 2010 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Leadership Award; in 2002 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kirwan holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Bob Klein, Ohio University Department of Mathematics
Bob Klein, Ph.D., is a 2019–2020 American Council on Education Fellow and Professor in Ohio University Department of Mathematics. He has served also as Interim Dean of Ohio University's Eastern Campus. He lives in Ohio's Appalachian foothills, where he researches issues of diversity, inclusion, and access in education at all levels, and in mathematics and rural education in particular. As co-director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles, he is working to expand his previous work with the Navajo Math Circles project to other indigenous groups across the United States and the world.
His team's work with Navajo communities is featured in a PBS documentary, Navajo Math Circles. His board positions include Launch Years National Advisory Board and the Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Board. His Board service has also included Ohio's Educator Standards Board, Teachers2Teachers Global, and the Belmont County (Ohio) Community Improvement Corporation.
Bob works to realize the power of education to transform all lives and communities for the better. In 2018, Bob was adopted into the Bitterwater Clan of the Navajo Tribe—an honor that has him humbled to his core. Recently, Bob cocurated an exhibit with his Bitterwater Clan adopted mother and brother, Sally and Henry Fowler. This exhibit, "Pattern and Disruption: Dine' Lifeways and Embedded Mathematics, at the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, explored the intersection of the mathematicians' and weavers' voice and vision.
He chaired the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Editorial Panel for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and is a representative to the Congress of the Mathematical Association of America. He has published books, journal articles, and photographic images.
He is a father to three daughters. He built his own wooden kayak and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.
Brooke Kline, Georgia Department of Education
Brooke Kline has worked in secondary mathematics education for over 30 years, beginning his career as a high school mathematics teacher, which included coaching and leaderships roles. He earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in Educational Leadership. In his current position as the Secondary Mathematics Program Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education, Brooke works with and supports mathematics teachers and leaders from across the state in an effort to improve Georgia Mathematics.
Kate Kozak, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)
Kathryn (Kate) Kozak is a mathematics faculty member at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona. In that role, she has been involved in many college committees and several statewide committees that pertain to articulation, to the common general education program, and to transfer policies. She is the President of AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) for the years 2020–2021. As president, she interacts with many different organizations. As a member of the AMATYC board, she has served on numerous committees, including the steering committee of AMATYC’s IMPACT Live. She was one of the authors of IMPACT: Improving Mathematical Prowess and College Teaching, the latest AMATYC standards document. She is the Co-Principal Investigator and workshop leader for the National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded StatPREP project, which teaches instructors ways to use data-centric techniques in their introductory statistics courses. Kozak is a former school board member of the Flagstaff Unified School District.
Kate Blosveren Kreamer, Advance Career Technical Education (CTE)
Kate Blosveren Kreamer serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Advance Career Technical Education (CTE), leading policy and communications efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality CTE. From 2006 to 2013, she worked at Achieve in several roles. As the associate director of strategic initiatives, she led projects to support states’ adoption and implementation of the college- and career-ready agenda. She also managed Achieve’s career readiness and CTE-related research, resources, and partnerships.
Before that, she was a policy advisor at Third Way and a research assistant at the Progressive Policy Institute, focusing on education issues. In 2007, Kreamer cofounded and was the first president of Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC), which connects tomorrow’s education leaders to improve education. She also cofounded and acts as a strategic advisor to YEP National. Kreamer received her bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, and her master's of public policy from Georgetown University.
Rachel Levy, Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Rachel Levy, Ph.D., is Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America, a membership organization with the mission to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on the world. Previously she served as Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Harvey Mudd College. Levy has worked for decades to help people engage in mathematical modeling at all levels, from kindergarten to industry. She is coauthor of a textbook, Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction to Theory and Applications, and also coauthored the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME), Math Modeling: Computing and Communicating, and the BIG Jobs Guide: Business, Industry, and Government Careers for Mathematical Scientists, Statisticians, and Operations Researchers. Levy is also a cocreator of the BIG (Business, Industry and Government) Math Network and has represented MAA on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Data Science Roundtable.
Andrew Lofters, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Andrew Lofters, Ph.D., is a Program Director with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) within the division of Academic Quality and Workforce. Over the past six years, he has been responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and recommending dual-credit, early college high school, distance education, and educator preparation policy for the division. Lofters received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry—Teaching from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and his Master’s in Education degree in Educational Administration—Principalship and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration—Community College Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research focused on academic practices utilized by selected Texas early college high schools that promote academic success. Prior to working with the THECB, Dr. Lofters served for five years with Huston-Tillotson University as the Director of the Center for STEM Success and as Assistant Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program, and for 20 years with Austin Independent School District as a science teacher and assistant principal.
Rebecca Martin, National Association of System Heads (NASH)
Rebecca Martin is the Executive Director of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), an association of chief executives of the 44 college and university systems of public higher education in the United States. NASH supports leaders and their peers in the unique roles they play.
Martin served as Director or Higher Education and Senior Fellow at the U.S. Education Delivery Institute from 2010 to 2015. Before joining EDI, she served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin System. Prior to that, she was the Provost and Vice Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She earned her doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, her master’s degree in Librarianship from San José State University, and her bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Tony Q. Martinez, Leander Independent School District
Tony Q. Martinez currently serves as the Secondary Mathematics Coordinator for Leander Independent School District, Leander, Texas, where his responsibilities include curriculum, assessment, and professional learning development. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM), and the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics (TASM), where he has served on the board as the Government Relations and NCTM Representative.
He has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Tony is committed to helping students see the utility, beauty, and value of mathematics by creating and encouraging opportunities for authentic learning. He is a current member of MathEquity Texas, a community committed to making progress toward equity goals throughout the state of Texas. Tony also serves on the Steering Committee for the Pathways of Promise initiative of the E3 Alliance (Education Equals Economics). Pathways of Promise is a regional data-driven education collaborative serving Central Texas whose mission is to improve student outcomes through lasting systemic change.
Kay McClenney, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Kay M. McClenney, Ph.D., a partner in Mc2 Consultants, serves as Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She was founding Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, also serving as a faculty member in the UT Program in Higher Education Leadership, where she earned her Ph.D.
McClenney has led an array of national projects focused on student success and equity; authored numerous publications on student success, leadership, engaged learning, and institutional change; and received national awards including the national leadership award from the American Association of Community Colleges (2011), the Diverse Champions Award (2017), the PBS O’Banion Prize (2002) for contributions to teaching and learning in America, and Phi Theta Kappa’s Alliance for Educational Excellence Award (2014), recognizing the body of work to improve student success in community colleges. She was co-chair of AACC’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.
Tia Brown McNair, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and the Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She oversees AAC&U’s programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of working conferences, the Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers.
McNair is the project director for several AAC&U initiatives, including "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation," “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning,” and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence.” She is lead author of Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University, her M.A. in English from Radford University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.
George L. Mehaffy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
George L. Mehaffy is Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
Michaela W. Miller, NBCT, Washington OSPI
Michaela W. Miller, Ed.D., NBCT, is the Deputy Superintendent at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the state of Washington. She oversees divisions that help districts and schools prepare students for postsecondary aspiration, careers, and life. Previously, Miller was the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Director of Washington’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Program, and the Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) for OSPI.
From 1995 to 2007, Miller taught high school, facilitated National Board candidates and mentored new teachers in the North Thurston Public Schools. She achieved National Board certification in 2002 and renewed in 2011. Miller earned her Master’s degree from Gonzaga University, and her Doctorate and Superintendent credential from University of Washington. Miller also holds a Washington state principal certification from Seattle Pacific University.
William S. Moore, Washington SBCTC
William S. Moore is the Director for K–12 Partnerships for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (Washington SBCTC). Since 1990 he has helped lead higher education assessment work in the state, most recently focusing his efforts on college readiness in mathematics and high school/college articulation issues.
Over the last decade Moore has led several collaborative K–16 statewide initiatives, including the Transition Math Project, Rethinking Pre-College Math project, and the ongoing Bridge to College initiative. He has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Texas and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Maryland focused on higher education, organizational change, and college student development. His core “through lines” of interest in higher education have been the influence of student beliefs and personal epistemologies on their approaches to learning and the challenges of promoting and assessing deep and lasting learning in college.
Brittany Mosby, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Dr. Brittany L. Mosby is the director of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Success at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where she develops policy, programming, and partnerships that foster student success, facilitate institutions’ ability to fulfill their missions, and further the state’s higher education attainment goals.
Prior to joining the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Mosby was a tenured associate professor of mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College, where she also chaired the introductory statistics curricular redesign committee and led college-wide, data-driven student success initiatives. In her 10+-year career in higher education, she has championed access to a quality education and the pursuit of equitable postsecondary outcomes for all students.
Mosby has degrees in mathematics from Spelman College and Carnegie Mellon University. She also completed a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership as a Peabody Honors Scholar at Vanderbilt University.
Debbie Olson, Mathematics Education Collaborative
Debbie has been teaching mathematics since 1997 at the high school, community college, and university level. She is currently the chief executive officer of the Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC) as well as an adjunct math instructor at Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington. She has devoted much of her time to improving the transition from high school to college mathematics, currently as a Course Trainer for the Bridge to College Mathematics course in Washington State.
For MEC, she is co-leading the Number Talks Leadership Academy in Washington and coordinating MEC’s involvement in the Algebra For All project with the New York City Department of Education. She also leads workshops on Number Talks, Patterns, Proportional Reasoning, and Rational Numbers for teachers and education leaders. Her work is driven by her belief that all learners are capable of making sense of mathematics and that this experience is at the heart of deeply learning, using, and enjoying math.
Denise Pearson, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)
Denise Pearson, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Equity Initiatives for SHEEO, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, in which role she advances states’ and SHEEO’s academic affairs and equity agendas. Pearson produces research, analyses, recommendations, and reports on relevant policy areas, including educator preparation, equity-minded leadership, minority-serving institutions, and postsecondary education for incarcerated populations.
She is the principal investigator for Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation–funded collaboration with policy leaders and educator preparation program faculty at four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Previously, Pearson served as a professor of education, assistant provost for faculty affairs, interim dean of education, and senior associate dean. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Supervision and Administration from Marquette University; M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver; M.S. in Education Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin; and B.A. in Human Services from Pace University.
Roxy Peck, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Roxy Peck is a professor emerita of statistics at Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University), San Luis Obispo, California. She was a faculty member of the Statistics Department for thirty years, serving for six years as Chair of the Statistics Department and thirteen years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Nationally known in the area of statistics education, Roxy was made a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998, and in 2003 she received the American Statistical Association's Founders Award in recognition of her contributions to K–12 and undergraduate statistics education.
In 2009, she received the USCOTS (U.S. Conference On Teaching Statistics) Lifetime Achievement Award in Statistics Education. Roxy authored the textbook Statistics: Learning From Data and coauthored the textbook Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis; she was also an editor on Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown.
Carrie Phillips, Council of Chief State School Officers
Carrie Phillips is Senior Program Director of Student Transitions, Council of Chief State School Officers.
Eyra A. Pérez, Excelencia in Education
Eyra A. Pérez is Director of Technical Assistance for Excelencia in Education. She has more than 25 years of experience in Latino student access and success that encompasses student development, student support services, financial aid, transfer, student leadership, and family engagement. Dr. Perez's professional experience includes program development, implementation, and evaluation in higher education, K–12 education, and nonprofit community base organizations.
Her areas of expertise include Hispanic Serving Institutions, Latino student access and success, student leadership and development, student transfer, student financial aid, P–20 educational pipelines, college and career readiness, parent/family engagement, and fund development. Dr. Pérez earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2019.
Brea Ratliff, Me to the Power of Three
Brea Ratliff is the founder of Me to the Power of Three, LLC, a consulting company that develops programs and resources to support teaching and learning at all levels.
Ratliff has taught mathematics at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels; served as a high school academic coach for mathematics and science; as a Master Math Teacher; and as a K–12 District Mathematics Supervisor. She was also the Secondary Mathematics Research Coordinator for the SMU Research in Mathematics Education Unit and an adjunct lecturer at the university. She is currently a Ph.D. fellow in Secondary Mathematics Education at Auburn University.
Ratliff has written curriculum guides and teaching materials, published her first novel in 2017, and is developing a children’s book series about mathematics and science.
Ratliff is the immediate Past President of the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc., a national organization established to advocate for high quality mathematics instruction for all students, with an emphasis on students of African ancestry.
Shane Rosenkrantz, Austin Independent School District
Shane Rosenkrantz is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and was awarded a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2008. During his time at UT Austin, he worked as a tutor at the University’s Sanger Learning Center. He taught mathematics at Northeast Early College High School in Austin Independent School District (AISD) between 2010 and 2018 in subjects including Algebra 2, Precalculus, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus. In 2018, he joined the AISD Technology Design Team as a Technology Design Coach. In this role, he consulted teaching and administrative staff on appropriate and meaningful use of technology while searching for and capitalizing on opportunities to coach for personalized learning. In March 2020, Shane took on the role of Learning Systems Coordinator in AISD. He serves as an administrator of the district’s online learning positioning system, BLEND (on Canvas).
Deborah A. Santiago, Excelencia in Education
Deborah A. Santiago is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has led research and policy efforts from the community level to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students.
She helped found Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success.
Santiago’s work has been covered in numerous publications, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Santiago also serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US and the board of directors of Higher Achievement.
Connie Schrock, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
Connie Schrock was the 2017–2019 president of NCSM (the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics) and is now immediate past president. Before that, she served as an NCSM regional director as well as an NCSM 1st and 2nd vice-president. Schrock was the program chair for NCSM’s Annual Meeting in Boston. She was part of the author team for two books, NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics 6–12 and NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics K–5.
Schrock is Professor of Mathematics at Emporia State University, where she has received multiple awards, including the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching and Service Awards, and the ESU Outstanding Advisor 2017–2018. She teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics classes, including the middle and secondary mathematics methods course, where she supervises mathematics student teachers and works with classroom teachers.
Hal Smith, National Urban League
Hal Smith is Senior Vice President of Education, Youth Development, and Health, National Urban League.
Elisha Smith Arrillaga, The Education Trust–West
Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the executive director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and supporting the high achievement of all California students, with a particular focus on underserved students of color, low-income students, and English learners. Smith Arrillaga leads the organization’s work centering education as a key racial and economic justice issue. She has extensive expertise in leading initiatives using multiple strategies for impacting state policy—leveraging direct action, research, media and policymaker engagement. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in and partnering with education and workforce policy, research, and advocacy organizations, including the Career Ladders Project, First 5 LA, College Bound, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and high schools and community colleges across California. Dr. Smith Arrillaga holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton. She is the proud mother of a rising kindergartener.
Lya Snell, Georgia Department of Education
Lya Snell serves as the Georgia Department of Education's Mathematics Program Manager, where she works to make mathematics relevant for students through STEM/STEAM education throughout Georgia. She has served in multiple leadership and teaching capacities advocating for equity in mathematics education.
Snell has participated in numerous outreach activities in a variety of settings and serves on a number of boards that deal with K–12 mathematics. She has provided 21st-century teacher professional learning in mathematics education and also helped develop and implement engaging and rigorous courses.
Snell earned a B.S. and an M.Ed. in Mathematics from Alabama State University, an Ed.S. in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. Snell has dedicated her career to helping students master mathematics at high levels by serving on numerous state and national committees aimed at improving instruction through innovative teaching and learning.
Brian A. Sponsler, Education Commission of the States
Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D., is vice president of policy for Education Commission of the States. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to the organization’s portfolio of policy products. He brings nearly two decades of experience in education policy research and practice, helping an array of policy decisionmakers craft sound policy to support student outcomes.
He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University, and prior to joining Education Commission of the States served as the vice president for research and policy at the student affairs administrators organization NASPA and as associate director for research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Sponsler is dedicated to helping people develop and refine their ideas and believes wholeheartedly in the promise of good government and strong civic society to improve people’s lives. | www.ecs.org | Twitter: @BrianSponsler
John Squires, Whitfield County Schools
John Squires currently teaches math at Phoenix High School in the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy at Whitfield County Schools. Prior to joining Phoenix, he served as the Director of College and Career Readiness at the Southern Regional Education Board. Squires also taught college math for over 25 years at Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State Community College in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
In 2012, he launched the Tennessee SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) program, and in 2016 he served as a coauthor of the Institute of Educational Sciences What Works Clearinghouse practice guide on developmental education. Squires holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands, an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Drake University, and a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University.
Suzanne L. Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Suzanne L. Weekes is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Christina Whitfield, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)
Christina Whitfield joined the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) in October 2015 and serves as its Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff. In this role, Dr. Whitfield leads SHEEO’s Strong Foundations, Communities of Practice, and Data Use Technical Assistance work. These Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–funded projects analyze the capacity of state postsecondary data systems, promote their effective use, and provide professional development and technical assistance to policy analysts and data practitioners.
Dr. Whitfield’s research interests include student employment outcomes, aligning educational programs with workforce needs, and increasing student success rates. She is a principal coordinator of SHEEO’s Higher Education Policy Conference. Dr. Whitfield is a member of the National Center for Education Statistics’ National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.
Previously, she served as associate vice president at SHEEO. Prior to joining SHEEO, Dr. Whitfield was vice chancellor for research and policy analysis at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). At KCTCS, she led policy analysis, strategic planning, and institutional research for Kentucky’s 16 public two-year institutions. Dr. Whitfield has served on a number of national advisory boards and visiting committees, including for the Aspen Institute, the Association for Institutional Research, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (known as SACSCOC). Prior to her work at KCTCS, Dr. Whitfield served as senior associate for research and associate for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and as a policy consultant for the Kentucky School Boards Association. Whitfield holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky.
Prudence York-Hammons, Temple College, Temple, Texas
Dr. York-Hammons is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Temple College, Temple, Texas. She has served as Clinical Faculty and Induction Coordinator for UTeach-College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin in addition to 20 years teaching in Texas public schools. York-Hammons received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from UT Austin in 2014. She currently serves at the State Delegate to AMATYC (the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) and the President Elect for TexMATYC, the Texas Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
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