Mary Beth Piecham

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Mary Beth Piecham
Project Director

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Mary Beth Piecham, a highly skilled researcher, advances the field's knowledge of effective K-12 mathematics instruction. Her research has focused on the role of curriculum and professional development in supporting teachers to enact mathematical practices to enhance students' understanding and enjoyment of mathematics.

Piecham is a co-Principal Investigator on Mathematical Practices Implementation Study, a National Science Foundation-funded study to understand how high school teachers’ implementation of a mathematical habits of mind curriculum, CME Project, impacts their mathematical knowledge and instructional practice. She oversees a team of researchers and developers, and is responsible for the research design, instrumentation, and analysis. As part of that work, Piecham has conducted classroom observations, designed instruments to measure fidelity of implementation, and conducted qualitative and mixed methods analysis.

In other work, Piecham was the liaison for the Focus on Mathematics Math Science Partnership, an EDC-led partnership with teachers, administrators, mathematicians, and mathematics educators to improve student achievement through content-based professional development and mathematical learning communities.

Before joining EDC, Piecham was a communications professional for eight years. Her work included leading the media outreach for a WBGH-produced PBS global health documentary and multimedia partnership and a national initiative to interest girls in engineering. She also served as public relations executive, third-grade teacher assistant, and afterschool tutor.

Piecham received a BA from North Carolina State University and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Massachusetts-Boston.