43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Wayne Harvey has more than 26 years of experience focusing on mathematics and, more recently, science learning and teaching enterprises. He has extensive experience with mathematics curriculum development across the grades, professional development for teachers, mathematics education research, and systemic reform efforts. He is a developer of major partnerships with large school districts, such as Chicago, Boston, and Pittsburgh; university mathematics departments and schools of education; and educational publishers and other organizations supporting schools, teachers, and students.
To successfully promote students’ mathematical or scientific understanding and increase their achievement, teachers must develop a qualitatively different and deeper understanding of the discipline than most currently possess—even as school systems work to align current efforts with the new Common Core State Standards and adopt new curriculum programs. To help teachers and administrators confront these challenges, Harvey oversees a staff creating high-quality programs in both formal and informal settings with expertise in curriculum development, research, evaluation, and development of sustainable programs. The group helps to build communities of learners where students and teachers learn to think like mathematicians and scientists and acquire knowledge and ways of thinking endemic to the discipline. The approach deepens teachers’ understanding of how disciplinary thinking develops in learners.
Harvey is accomplishing this in a variety of public school systems, including a focus on helping both Boston Public Schools and Pittsburgh Public Schools adapt their programs to be more aligned with the goals of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He has developed partnerships with Pearson, Heinemann, LAB-AIDS, Texas Instruments, and IBM, among others. Harvey has collaborated on numerous curriculum development enterprises, including CME Project and Think Math!, and large-scale programs for professional development, such as Focus on Mathematics, with Boston University, and Mathematics at the Core with Chicago Public Schools.
Before joining EDC, Harvey worked to develop a cognitive-science group at SRI International, and he worked in Atari’s research group exploring how microcomputers, in their early days, could point to new ways of learning mathematics or science. He has taught mathematics courses and computer science courses at the University of California, and he has helped develop programs for African-American and Hispanic high school students interested in pursuing their education in STEM disciplines.
Harvey received a BS in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois; an MS in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from the University of California at Berkeley; and a PhD in cognitive science and mathematics education from Berkeley.