Sarah Sword

Email Sarah Sword

Sarah Sword
Senior Research Scientist

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Sarah Sword brings extensive expertise in research, mathematics instructional design, and teacher professional development. Currently, she serves as Principal Investigator for Assessing Secondary Teachers’ Algebraic Habits of Mind, a National Science Foundation (NSF) DRK-12 collaborative grant with colleagues from Boston University and St. Olaf College.

As the Founding Director of EDC’s Mathematics Curriculum Program, Sword has supported school districts and teachers in implementing curricula developed by EDC, including CME Project—a four-year high school mathematics program that is problem-based, student-centered, and organized around habits of mind. She was also as Senior Curriculum Developer and Core Writer for CME Project and was a Senior Curriculum Developer for Park City Mathematics Institute Secondary School Teacher Program, a mathematics immersion program for middle and high school teachers.

Sword is a co-author of the chapter, "Secondary Teachers' Mathematical Habits of Mind: A Paper and Pencil Assessment," published in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics book Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education 2015. In 2015, she presented at a Congressional Briefing held during the first U.S. National Math Festival, an event for which she co-authored the briefing paper Inspiring Teachers. She regularly shares her findings at the annual conferences of organizations such as National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and was an invited keynote speaker for the 2016 Boston College Math Education Colloquium Series.

Sword received an SB in mathematics from University of Chicago, a PhD in Commutative Algebra from Michigan State University, and had a post-doctoral fellowship in Mathematics Education at the Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland.