Paul Goldenberg

Science and Mathematics Programs

Distinguished Scholar/Advisor

E-mail Paul.

Tel: 617-618-2513

Mailing Address:

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

E. Paul Goldenberg brings an exceptionally strong background in K–12 mathematics, extensive knowledge of the cognitive bases of mathematics learning, and more than 40 years of experience in curriculum development at both elementary and secondary levels, teaching, research, and professional development. He has taught from Grade 2 through high school mathematics and computer science, as well as graduate school mathematics and psychology for education. He brings particular knowledge and expertise to curriculum development, which has been his major focus at EDC.

Goldenberg has served as Principal Investigator on a wide range of projects during his 28 years at EDC, fostering a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics from early learners through adulthood. He and Al Cuoco and June Mark have championed the use of mathematical habits of mind—now aggregated within the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice—as organizers of curriculum since their initial paper written in the early 1990s. One such curriculum is Transition to Algebra, the product of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded R&D project that he co-leads with Mark. Transition to Algebra, a full year algebra curriculum originally designed to support at risk students and their teachers, is now used equally to support and accelerate students in middle school. Goldenberg is also Co–Principal Investigator for Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards, a project focused on professional development for teachers, and iPuzzle, a technology project that has developed apps based on puzzles used in Transition to Algebra.

Earlier at EDC, Goldenberg developed a K–5 comprehensive mathematics curriculum—now published as Think Math!—which supports teachers' professional development while they teach by building their interest in and curiosity about mathematics. This work was inspired by the classic Math Workshop curriculum, which, back in 1964, intertwined skill-building calculations with big ideas and deep understanding in a way that fully reflects today’s Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice, specifically standards 7 and 8. Though published before Common Core, Think Math drew its principles from the same sources that led to much of the Common Core, and in particular, the Practice standards.

Goldenberg was Co–Principal Investigator for Impact Mathematics, a comprehensive three-year middle school mathematics curriculum.

He received a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an EdM in Elementary Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Supervision from Harvard University.