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’ efforts to improve 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 also played a key role as a developer for EDC’s Differentiated Professional Development Project, which created a hybrid professional development experience for building teachers’ math content knowledge, diagnostic skills and instructional strategies for supporting struggling math learners. Together with colleagues Amy Brodesky and Cheryl Rose Tobey, Fagan published “Targeting Instruction with Formative Assessment Probes,” an article in the 2016 Focus Issue of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal, Teaching Children Mathematics.  She continues her work focusing on struggling learners with the recently funded NSF project, Strengthening Mathematics Intervention.

Fagan was the Director of EDC’s MathScape Curriculum Center and led the revision of the MathScape: Seeing and Thinking Mathematically middle-grades curriculum. 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. In addition, 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 and science in Brookline and Salem, Massachusetts, and mathematics and social studies 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.