Biography of Dr. Sandra Stotsky
National Mathematics Advisory Panel
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Sandra Stotsky is an independent researcher and consultant in education and resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. She also directs a one-week summer institute on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, titled We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, co-sponsored by the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation and the Center for Civic Education in California.

From 2004 to 2006, she was a Research Scholar in the School of Education at Northeastern University. From 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Education. During that period, she directed complete revisions of the state's licensing regulations for teachers, administrators, and teacher training schools, the state's tests for teacher licensure, and the state's PreK-12 standards for mathematics, history and social science, English language arts and reading, science and technology/engineering, early childhood (preschool), and instructional technology. She planned and directed two major research projects on middle school mathematics education and a number of research reports on various curricular areas in PreK-12. In addition, she planned and directed statewide conferences for the Department on history education, character education, mathematics education, and Structured English Immersion. She also helped to shape policies on teacher professional development and license renewal, and supervised the review of proposals from school districts for state and federal funds for professional development activities.

From 1984 to 2000, she was a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education affiliated with the Philosophy of Education Research Center (PERC). For 12 years, she directed a summer institute on civic education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, sponsored by the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation. From 1991-1997, she served as editor of Research in the Teaching of English, the research journal sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. On a consultant basis from 1992 to 2002, she worked for the United States Information Service and the U.S. State Department on the development of civic education programs in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Romania with educators and ministry officials from Eastern Europe. She has taught elementary school, French and German at the high school level, and undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, children's literature, and writing pedagogy.

She is editor of What's at Stake in the K-12 Standards Wars: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers (Peter Lang, 2000) and author of Losing Our Language (Free Press, 1999, reprinted by Encounter Books, 2002). Her publications address many areas and disciplines in education and include "School-related influences on grade 8 mathematics performance in Massachusetts"(Third Education Group Review, 2005) and Progress in Mathematics Research Base (a 2005 review of mathematics education research and related reading research, for W.H. Sadlier, Inc.).

She currently serves as Chair of the Sadlier-Oxford Mathematics Advisory Board, member of the Advisory Board for the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough, Massachusetts, member of the Advisory Board for the Shimer University Core Knowledge Educational Initiative, member of the Advisory Board for Pioneer Institute's Center for School Reform, and member of the Advisory Board for the Carus Publishing Company. She is also on the ERIC Steering Committee for the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. She served on the Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment framework for 2009. She received a B.A. degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in reading research and reading education with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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