Lynn Goldsmith

Pathways to College and Careers

Distinguished Scholar

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Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Lynn Goldsmith brings more than 30 years of research experience to the study of mathematics learning and teaching and to her work helping teachers become more thoughtful and effective in their mathematics instruction.

Goldsmith has directed research for curriculum development projects, studied professional development for mathematics teachers, investigated principals’ instructional leadership for mathematics, examined the role that emotions play in learning, and explored possible relationships between arts education and mathematical reasoning. She has also written about mathematics education for the research community, practitioners, and parents.

Goldsmith directed the research on EDC’s Think Math! K–5 curriculum, and she supervises the research component of several professional development projects at EDC: Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded Supporting Staff Developers and head of research for the NSF-funded, five-year Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom: Engaging Teachers and Students (FACETS). With colleagues from Boston College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she is investigating the connection between arts and mathematics. Goldsmith has also collaborated with colleagues at Mills College, Syracuse University, and WestEd.

Goldsmith's most recent publication is Examining Mathematics Practice Through Classroom Artifacts (co-authored with Nanette Seago). She has also authored or coauthored articles for parents and practitioners about math education, 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 Tufts University and TERC and taught at Middlebury College.

She received a BA in psychology from Yale University and a PhD from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.