The EMC Project Research Team
Dr. Elizabeth Burroughs (co-Principal Investigator) is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Montana State University, Bozeman. Over the last decade she has led professional development for K-12 teachers in California and Montana, most recently supporting mathematics classroom coaching. She is chair of the Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers and served recently as a board member of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She is a former high school mathematics teacher with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. John T. Sutton (co-PI) is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver. Dr. Sutton brings to his position 30 years of experience in project management, mathematics and science education reform, and project evaluation. He works with the RMC Research mathematics and science team on projects that include research, evaluation, technical assistance, professional development, and product development targeting teachers, education leaders, faculty, and administrators from pre-K through post-secondary. Dr. Sutton holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and School Administration, an M.A. in Mathematics Education, and a B.S. in Education with emphasis in Mathematics, all from the University of Iowa.
Dr. David Yopp (co-PI) is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Idaho. He served as PI for one Idaho Department of Education state-funded mathematics and science partnership (MSP) and co-director for another state-funded MSP in Idaho. He also served as the external evaluator of an Idaho state-funded MSP and the internal evaluator of a Montana state-funded MSP, both of which had a coaching component. Dr. Yopp has logged more than 100 mathematics coaching sessions, has trained others in mathematics coaching, and has performed research on the quality of the coaching experience within the context of MSPs. He has published peer-reviewed papers in both mathematics and mathematics education.
Brandie Good is a Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver. She has a background in quantitative research and analysis, data management, and evaluation of professional development in the areas of mathematics and science. Ms. Good is the project manager for the Nebraska MSP projects Nebraska Mathematics Professional Development Series and Keep Improving Content Knowledge and Skills 2, and she was the project manager for the Wyoming MSP Ready to Learn Math project. She has been active in other state-funded MSP projects including Rocky Mountain Middle School MSP, Wyoming Science MSP, North Dakota MSP, and the New Hampshire MSP, as well as NSF-funded projects including NebraskaMATH, Math in the Middle, and Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute MSP. She holds an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University.
Dr. Mark Greenwood is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Montana State University, Bozeman. Dr. Greenwood’s research involves hierarchical and mixed models, nonparametric regression, and multivariate statistical techniques.
Clare Heidema recently retired from her position as a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver. She has a background in teaching, curriculum development, professional development, dissemination, and product development mostly in areas involving mathematics and literacy education. She is a former middle school, high school, and college mathematics teacher with teaching experience at all levels from elementary school to graduate school. Ms. Heidema has conducted research for, and authored or contributed to, several publications, including Teaching Reading in Mathematics and EDThoughts: What We Know About Mathematics (Science) Teaching and Learning. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Mathematics and Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan, and she completed an M.S. and doctoral requirements (ABD) in Mathematics at Syracuse University.
Dr. Dan Jesse is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver. He has 27 years of professional experience as an educational researcher and evaluator, and he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports at the school, district, and state levels using a variety of advanced statistical techniques. Most recently he was the project director for the evaluation of the Idaho MSP, the validation of the Idaho Primary Mathematics assessment, and the Idaho Mathematical Thinking for Instruction Evaluation. Now, he is the principal investigator for the REL Central Native American Education Research Alliance, and he is collaborating with the Arizona Department of Education and the West Comprehensive Center to study the Arizona pilot teacher and principal evaluation systems. He is currently a member of APA (American Psychological Association), AERA (American Educational Research Association), and SREE (Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness). Dr. Jesse received his B.A. in Psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver, his M.A. in Experimental Psychology at New Mexico State University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Dr. Jennifer Luebeck is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Montana State University, Bozeman. Dr. Luebeck’s research focuses on developing systems to mentor and support rural mathematics teachers and designing distance learning to provide effective professional development in mathematics. She has directed several state-level mathematics and science partnerships in Montana and Colorado, and she has served as a consultant and researcher for three significant NSF projects. In addition, Dr. Luebeck has designed and delivered inquiry-based professional development in the Rocky Mountain region in the areas of mathematics content and pedagogy, assessment, mentoring and coaching, and lesson study.
Arlene Mitchell. Our friend and colleague Arlene Mitchell passed away on December 12, 2015. We are grateful for all of her contributions to this project and to mathematics education. As a longtime teacher and a teacher of teachers, she touched countless lives.
Arlene was a widely known and respected Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver, where she applied her impressive background in teaching, professional development, and technical assistance in the area of mathematics. As a former classroom teacher at the secondary level for 25 years, Arlene worked with teachers around the country to make mathematics accessible for all students at the K-12 level. She contributed to the publication EDThoughts: What We Know About Mathematics (Science) Teaching and Learning and worked on projects that included evaluation of mathematics and science education reform efforts. She will be greatly missed.
EMC District Leaders
The EMC National Advisory Board