Mark Driscoll, a nationally recognized leader in mathematics education, designs instructional resources and professional development materials that build mathematics teacher's capacity to enhance students' understanding and improve their learning outcomes. For the past decade, his work has centered on professional development for algebraic thinking and geometric thinking, with a particular eye on teachers of English learners.
Driscoll is responsible for a portfolio of work across projects aimed at improving mathematics instruction through teacher professional development. Recently, he directed two research projects: the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)–funded Mathematics Coaching Supporting English Learners study and the National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded Fostering Mathematics Success of English Language Learners study. Drawing upon findings from the latter study, he and his team have launched a free website that offers middle school mathematics teachers proven strategies to support English learners’ success: Mathematical Thinking: Supports for English Language Learners.
In recent years, Driscoll has had several collaborations with Horizon Research, Inc., with WestEd, with Boston College, and with Measured Progress. He is the author and coauthor of numerous publications on teacher professional development, including Fostering Algebraic Thinking, Fostering Geometric Thinking, and accompanying toolkits all published by Heinemann.
Driscoll is the recipient of the 2010 Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. From 2003 to 2007, he sat ex officio on the board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics as Editor of their Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership. Recently, he served on the IES What Works Clearinghouse team developing the Practice Guide Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8.
Before joining EDC, Driscoll helped start and taught at an alternative high school in St. Louis, Missouri, Logos School.
Driscoll received his BA from Boston College and, as a student of Gary Jensen, his MA and PhD in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in differential geometry.