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Equity. Access. Excellence.

Doug SovdePhone: 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 leads both the strategic direction and partnerships necessary to create equity-driven, high-quality professional learning, instructional materials, and policy and advocacy at scale. He collaborates with coalitions of school district and equity leaders to support sustainable systemic change. In addition, Doug provides thought leadership at local, state, and national levels to help steward the K–12 mathematics and science education fields toward approaches and policies that work for all children.

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. 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 necessary to determine college and career readiness. Before that, Doug spent 10 years at Bellevue Public Schools in Washington state, where he was a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, and principal as well as a district-wide lesson study lead.


M.Ed., 4–12 Curriculum and Instruction, Western Washington University

B.A., Mathematics, University of Washington


Secondary Principal Certification, University of Washington’s Danforth Education Leadership Program

Selected Presentations

Defining postsecondary preparedness in high school mathematics. Presented at the Texas Association of School Administrators midwinter conference, Austin, TX (January 2018)

Equity, implicit bias and culturally relevant instruction in diverse mathematics classrooms. Presented at Algebra for All, New York, NY (January 2018).

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).