Joan Herman & Richard Rasiej Mathematics Initiative

The Joan Herman and Richard Rasiej Mathematics Initiative seeks to improve the mathematics knowledge and teaching effectiveness of current teachers in K-5 classrooms. The initiative team will identify the gaps in knowledge of current K-5 teachers, develop a research agenda, pilot solutions in schools and inform evidence-based policymaking. The five-year effort will include a symposium in spring 2017 bringing together scholars in mathematics education, policy and learning sciences.


New Directions in Elementary Mathematics Education 

This invitational symposium brought together 40 of the foremost teacher educators, scholars of mathematics education, and mathematicians to assess the state of the field, developed a focused research agenda for the next three to five years, and established collaborations for future interventions and research. 


Ian Thacker, Jessica Rodrigues, & Gale Sinatra

Mathematics teaching and learning does not occur in an emotional vacuum. The extent to which people engage in and learn difficult content is influenced by motivational and emotional factors, also called warm constructs... read more.

Research Brief: The Role of Warm Constructs in Fraction Learning

Research Brief: Math Teachers’ Gender-Specific Beliefs About Mathematical Aptitude

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, David Quinn, & Ian Thacker

Persisting stereotypes and beliefs that certain disciplines require innate ability and individuals from different ethnic backgrounds or genders have different ability levels seriously impede students’ academic career paths... read more.

Research Brief: Investigating Reversibility 

Ibrahim Burak Olmez & Michael Lawson

Regarding persistent difficulties that teachers and their students experience in reasoning about fractions, there is an urgent need to understand such difficulties. Investigating Reversibility (InReV) is a research study that investigates elementary/middle grades (K-8) mathematics teachers’ understanding of reversibility... read more.

Quality Education as a Constitutional Right

The Math Initiative is a co-sponsor for "Quality Education as a Constitutional Right: A Virtual Town Hall," scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020... read more.

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University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education​

Waite Phillips Hall

3470 Trousdale Parkway

Los Angeles, CA 90089


Phone: 213-740-1622

Fax: 213-746-8142


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