Lynn Goldsmith

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Lynn Goldsmith
Distinguished Scholar

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Lynn Goldsmith leads studies that provide new insights into effective approaches to interdisciplinary STEM learning and strategies to help teachers become more thoughtful and effective in their mathematics instruction. Her recent research has focused on mathematics instructional design and professional development, explored possible relationships between arts education and STEM learning, examined principals' instructional leadership for mathematics, and investigated the role that emotions play in learning.

Goldsmith directed the research on EDC’s Young Mathematicians Studio curriculum and supervised the research component of several EDC professional development initiatives, including Turning to the Evidence, Supporting Staff Developers, and Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom: Engaging Teachers and Students (FACETS), all funded by the National Science Foundation. With colleagues from Boston College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she investigated the connection between arts and geometric thinking. Currently, she is collaborating on a project with Artists for Humanity, an afterschool workforce development program for high school students that seeks to infuse STEM thinking into the design and development of works of art. She has also collaborated with colleagues at Mills College, Syracuse University, and WestEd.

Her recent publications include Mathematics Teachers’ Learning: A Conceptual Framework and Synthesis of Research; A Framework for the Facilitation of Teachers’ Analysis of Video; Examining Mathematics Practice through Classroom Artifacts; and “Developing Self-Regulating Learners: The Critical Role of Feedback" (ASCD Express). She is a co-author of The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit: A Guide for Staff Developmentand several guides for selecting rigorous curriculum materials (Choosing a Standards-Based Mathematics Curriculum and the series Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle Grades—for language arts, mathematics, and science). She has also written about child prodigies, including coauthoring Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential.

Before joining EDC, Goldsmith held research positions at TERC, Tufts University, and MIT.  

Goldsmith has a BA in Psychology from Yale University and a PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development.