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Authors & Advisors

Meet the MATH 180 Experts

The MATH 180 program is a collaboration of the world’s leading math thinkers, researchers, and practitioners. This dream team developed MATH 180 to provide students with a program that builds knowledge and confidence, and supports teachers with the necessary tools to ensure effectiveness.

Lead Authors

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  • "Great teachers are not born. They’re TAUGHT."
  • "Nothing breeds success like success."
  • "Not all standards are created equal."

    –Common Core Publisher's Criteria

  • "It is not what technology can do; it is what it can make happen."
  • Deborah Ball is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan and has recently been appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Science Foundation Board. Dr. Ball is one of the nation’s foremost voices on building teacher effectiveness and the founder of TeachingWorks—an organization that aims to transform how teachers are prepared and supported. Dr. Ball has helped to embed Teaching Works’ High Leverage Teaching Practices into every MATH 180 lesson and has served as the lead advisor on teacher-facilitated instruction, support, and all teacher materials.

  • Ted Hasselbring is a Professor of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and author of READ 180, System 44, and FASTT Math. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Hasselbring has conducted research on the use of technology for enhancing learning in students with mild disabilities and those who are at-risk of school failure. For MATH 180, Dr. Hasselbring shares his expertise in adaptive technology to build a personalized learning experience for struggling math students.

  • Sybilla Beckmann is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia and co-author of two IES Practice Guides: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4–8 and Assisting Students Struggling With Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools. Dr. Beckmann has done research in arithmetic geometry, but her current focus includes the mathematical education of teachers and mathematics content for students at all levels. She has worked on the development of several state mathematics standards, and was a member of the mathematics writing team for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Dr. Beckmann designed the scope and sequence for the MATH 180 curriculum.

  • David Dockterman is a leading developer and publisher of educational technology. As part of Scholastic Education, Dockterman serves as Chief Architect, Learning Sciences and travels the country speaking about the power of failure and the application of gaming technology for education. He has guided the development of scores of award-winning educational software programs including FASTT Math and Fraction Nation. He earned his EdD from Harvard University and is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As part of the MATH 180 team, David has focused primarily on the development of the Brain Arcade and its effectiveness in building math fluency.

Advisors

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  • "We must teach the language of math in order to give students—especially English learners—access to math."
  • "We have to engage students, get them to think critically and build strong connections with teachers.
  • "If you think you can catch the bus, you’ll run for it."
  • "Technology is a critical bridge between the science and art of teaching."
  • Harold Asturias is the Director of the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity (CeMEE) at the University of California, Berkeley. He has extensive experience providing professional development in the areas of standards and assessment in math for large urban districts (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York) and smaller, rural districts. Harold has also designed and implemented professional development for K–12 math teachers who teach English language learners. An English language learner himself, Harold has helped MATH 180 integrate a focus on the language of math with explicit language goals and vocabulary routines, as well as support for English language learners.

  • As President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dr. Hrabowski received national recognition and publicity for his work to promote math and science to minority students. He was recently appointed by President Obama as the Chair of the National Education Commission and has contributed his guidance to help MATH 180 deliver on the promise to engage struggling learners and foster better family involvement.

  • Dr. Lee Peng Yee is an adjunct senior fellow in mathematics education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His experience in curriculum development and textbook writing spans the globe from Malawi (Central Africa) to New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries in Southeast Asia. He is the former head of NIE, and is now the editor of the first edition of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics. From proven visual models to problem-solving routines, Dr. Lee applied his extensive research in mathematical analysis to enhance MATH 180’s rigorous curriculum.

  • Dr. Wong Khoon Yoong is an associate professor in mathematics education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Wong has worked as a mathematics educator since 1973, participating in the design and review of the national mathematics curriculum in Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore as part of their respective national committees. He is also the chief editor of the international journal, The Mathematics Educator (Singapore). During the development of MATH 180, Dr. Wong aided our developers in applying best practices from the highly effective Singapore math curriculum and stressed the importance of visualization, communication, and making connections.

Contributors

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  • Duriya Aziz is the Vice President of Educational Publishing for Scholastic's International Group. Prior to joining Scholastic, Duriya had oversight of the Marshall Cavendish Education and Panpac Education imprints—Singapore’s largest educational publisher. She led the introduction of Singapore curriculum materials in many countries around the world, particularly Southeast Asia. She also led the development and implementation of several successful K–10 mathematics programs including the successful adoptions of two Singapore Math programs in the US: Primary Mathematics and Math In Focus. As a key contributor to MATH 180, she leveraged her knowledge and work developing East Asian curricula to integrate best practices within the student software and provide valuable feedback for the program.

  • Laura Goin designs and develops educational software for at-risk and special needs learners. She specializes in combining cognitive research with highly effective multimedia instructional practices and has been instrumental in the design and development of MATH 180’s student software. Ms. Goin is a graduate of the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Science, and she also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

  • As a founding partner of Electric Funstuff (1998), David Langendoen creates educational software that is guided by the principles of great game design. He has focused on the motivational underpinnings of every major Scholastic release for the last decade, including ReadAbout, READ 180 Next Generation, FASTT Math, and MATH 180, where he shared best practices in gaming and pedagogy. He also leads the development of the award-winning Mission US line of American History games under a major grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • Alex Sarlin designs motivational gaming principles built upon decades of research on achievement, self-regulation, and self-determination theory. He has created online courses used in 150+ countries worldwide, including Common Core aligned mathematics courses. He holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teacher's College, with a focus on the use of game mechanics for motivation in online educational environments. Alex drove the development of the motivational principles for MATH 180.

Organizational Partnerships

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  • "Research confirms that teachers are the single most important factor in raising student achievement."

    —U.S. Department of Education "Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative," 2007

  • "The brain is like a muscle. Giving it a hard workout makes it stronger."

    —Dr. Carol Dweck

  • "One of the greatest advantages of technology is its flexibility."

    —Dr. David Rose

  • Math Solutions® is the nation’s leading provider of math professional development. Their Educational Specialists provided guidance and feedback with all aspects of teacher-facilitated instruction from Do Nows that encourage mathematical thinking to partnered games that foster collaboration and communication. Math Solutions was instrumental in program-embedded Professional Learning, which gives teachers content and pedagogic background for every topic.

  • Mindset Works® is a social venture which helps human beings realize their full potential. Founded by Dr. Carol Dweck, the company focuses on translating lessons from leading university psychology departments into programs that schools can use to increase student motivation and learning. Mindset Works has been influential in driving MATH 180’s transformative growth mindset principle.

  • Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies.