Deborah Schifter

Professional Title
Principal Research Scientist
About Me (Bio)
Deborah Schifter is a principal research scientist at the Education Development Center, Waltham, MA. She has worked as an applied mathematician; has taught elementary, secondary, and college level mathematics; and, since 1985, has been a mathematics teacher educator and educational researcher. She authored Reconstructing Mathematics Education: Stories of Teachers Meeting the Challenge of Reform and edited a two-volume anthology of teachers' writing, What's Happening in Math Class? She was a writer for The Mathematical Education of Teachers as well as the second edition of the K-5 curriculum, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space. Dr Schifter produced, with Virginia Bastable and Susan Jo Russell, a professional development curriculum series for elementary and middle-grade teachers called Developing Mathematical Ideas, as well as the book, Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra.
TERC, Inc.

This project will develop and systematically investigate a teaching model to assist teachers in developing ideas about proof in grades 2-5. The teaching model provides both a tool for learning on the part of elementary teachers and a model of practice from which they can learn as they implement it.

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

The goal of this design and development project is to address the critical need for innovative resources that transform the mathematics learning environments of preschool children from under-resourced communities by creating a cross-context school-home intervention.