Emily Fagan

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Emily Fagan
Senior Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Emily Fagan develops innovative middle grades mathematics curriculum and professional development materials that support teachers and schools in improving math teaching and learning. In addition to designing online and face-to-face courses and workshops for teachers and students, she is an experienced facilitator and teacher.

Fagan is a co-author of the 2015 book, Bringing Math Students into the Formative Assessment Equation, and contributed to the development of the approach to formative assessment that is described in the book. She has also played a key role as a developer for EDC’s Differentiated Professional Development Project, which is creating a hybrid professional development experience to build teachers’ math content knowledge for teaching and diagnostic and other strategies to support struggling learners.

Fagan was the Director of EDC’s MathScape Curriculum Center, working with schools in Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, and West Virginia to create curriculum implementation and professional development plans. She directed the revision of MathScape: Seeing and Thinking Mathematically middle-grades curriculum, and worked closely on the 2007 edition of the textbook series. She was also a collaborator with the NSF-funded Show-Me Center at the University of Missouri and a developer of the Mathematics Improvement Toolkit in collaboration with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

In 2014, Fagan co-authored two books published by Corwin: Uncovering Student Thinking About Mathematics in the Common Core (Grades K–2 and Grades 3–5). Previously, she contributed to Perspectives on the Design and Development of School Mathematics Curricula and A Decade of Middle School Mathematics Curriculum Implementation: Lessons Learned from the Show-Me Project. And, she has developed modules in the PBS Teacherline series and units of online courses for students in the National Repository for Online Courses.

Before joining EDC, Fagan taught mathematics in Brookline and Salem, Mass., and in Philadelphia. As a teacher, Fagan was chosen for the Massachusetts Faculty of the Coalition of Essential Schools and served as a mentor teacher.

Fagan received an AB from Harvard University.