Johannah Nikula

Leadership for Learning Innovation

Project Director

E-mail Johannah.

Tel: 617-618-2542

Mailing Address:

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Johannah Nikula helps teachers make engaging and intellectually stimulating mathematical learning experiences available and accessible to all learners. She has nearly 15 years of experience designing and studying models of teacher professional development for mathematics teachers, with a particular focus on teachers of students from a variety of backgrounds and with different English proficiency levels.

Nikula is a co–Principal Investigator on the Mathematics Coaching Supporting English Language Learners project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. In this initiative, she is playing a lead role in developing materials to support group professional development with instructional coaching to help middle-grades mathematics teachers enhance the mathematical learning and academic language development of students who are English learners. (Read a blog post by Nikula about her work with math teachers.)

She also plays a leadership role on two projects funded by the National Science Foundation. In Fostering Mathematical Success of English Language Learners, she is working with colleagues to conduct an efficacy study of teacher professional development materials. In Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards, she is contributing to the development of online resources that illustrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Standards for Mathematical Practice for teachers.

Nikula is the coauthor of numerous professional books, chapters, and articles on models of mathematics teacher professional development and mathematics teaching and learning, including A Mathematics Leader’s Guide to Lesson Study in Practice; The Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit: A Guide for Staff Development; and The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit: A Guide for Staff Development. She is the co-developer of the MathPartners tutoring materials.

She has partnered with Horizon Research, WestEd, and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Nikula received a BA in psychology from Middlebury College and an EdM from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a focus on Technology in Education.