University of Washington, USA
Specifying and centering equity-specific learning demands in the improvement of mathematics teaching at scale
Kara Jackson is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Her research focuses on specifying forms of practice that support a broad range of learners to participate substantially in rigorous mathematical activity and to develop productive mathematical identities, and how to support teachers to develop such forms of practice at scale (e.g., the development of systems of professional learning across role groups and contexts, the role of system leadership). She currently leads a research project aimed at developing tools, routines, and data representations that practitioners can use to engage in frequent, disciplined inquiry regarding the implementation of instructional improvement strategies in middle-grades mathematics. The project consists of research-practice partnerships with multiple school districts in the U.S. pursuing ambitious reform. She taught secondary mathematics in Vanuatu, South Pacific as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and was a mathematics specialist, supporting both youth and their families, for the Say Yes to Education Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.