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Mary Kay Stein

Professor, Learning Policy, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice
Director, Learning Policy Center, University of Pittsburgh
Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

828 LRDC
(412) 624-6971
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Research Interests

  • Policy
  • Leadership and learning
  • Teachers as learners
  • Teaching and learning inside the mathematics classroom


Coburn, C. E., Russell, J., Kaufman, K., & Stein, M. K. (in press).  How teacher social capital shapes instruction.  Learning and Instruction.

Correnti, R., with Stein, M.K., & Smith, M., & Scherrer, J., & McKeown, M., & Greeno, J., & Ashley, K. (2013).  Improving Teaching at Scale: Design for the Scientific Measurement and Development of Discourse Practice.  In L. Resnick & C. Asterhan  (Eds),  Socializing Intelligence through Academic Talk and Dialogue.

Scherrer, J. & Stein, M.K. (2013). Effects of a coding intervention on what teachers learn to notice during whole-group discussion. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. 16(2), 105-124.

Smith, M., & Stein, M. K. (2011). Five practices for orchestrating productive mathematics discussions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Smith, M.S., Cartier, J., Stein, M.K., & Ross, D. (2011). Five Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Stein, M. K., Kaufman, J., & Tekkumru-Kisa, M. (2011). Curriculum as a lever for teacher improvement. In Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 1. Ankara, Turkey, PME.

Stein, M. K., Russell, J. L., & Smith, M. (2011). The role of tools in bridging research and practice in an instructional improvement effort. In W. F. Tate, K. King, & C. R. Anderson (Eds.), Disrupting Tradition: Research and Practice Pathways in Mathematics Education. Reston, VA: NCTM.

Stein, M. K., & Smith, M. S. (2010). The role of curricular materials in elementary mathematics classrooms. In D. V. Lambdin & F. K. Lester (Eds.), Translating research to the elementary classroom. Reston, VA: NCTM.

Smith, M. S., & Stein, M. K. (2010). Learning from curriculum in high school. In D. V. Lambdin & F. K. Lester (Eds.), Translating research to the high school classroom. Reston, VA: NCTM.

Coburn, C. E., & Stein, M. K. (Eds.). (2010). Research and practice in education: Building alliances, bridging the divide. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Coburn, C. E.,& Stein, M. K. (2010). Key lessons about the relationship between research and practice. In C. E. Coburn & M. K. Stein (Eds.), Research and practice in education: Building alliances, bridging the divide (pp. 201-226). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Kaufman, J. H., & Stein, M. K. (2010). Teacher learning opportunities in a shifting policy environment for instruction. Educational Policy, 24(4), 563-601.

Stein, M. K. (2010). Research to inform assessment and curriculum policy in the CCSS era. In Proceedings: Research in mathematics education: Where do we go from here? East Lansing, MI: Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education.

Stein, M. K., & Coburn, C. E. (2010). Reframing the problem of research and practice. In C. E. Coburn & M. K. Stein (Eds.), Research and practice in education: Building alliances, bridging the divide (pp. 1-13). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Stein, M. K., & Kaufman, J. (2010). Selecting and supporting the use of mathematics curricula at scale. American Educational Research Journal, 47(3), 663-693.

Stein, M. K., & Smith, M. S. (2010). The influence of curriculum on student learning. In B. Reyes, R. Reyes, & R. Rubenstein (Eds.), Mathematics curriculum: Issues, trends and future directions (pp. 351-362). Reston, VA: NCTM.

Stein, M. K., Hubbard, L., & Toure, J. (2010). Travel of district-wide approaches to instructional improvement: How can districts learn from one another? In A. Hargreaves, A. Liberman, M. Fullan, & D. Hopkins (Eds.), Second international handbook of educational change (pp. 781-805). New York: Springer.

Coburn, C. E., Honig, M., & Stein, M. K. (2009). What's the evidence on districts' use of evidence? In J. D. Bransford, D. J. Stipek, N. J. Vye, L. M. Gomez, & D. Lam (Eds.), The role of research in educational improvement (pp. 67-88). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Smith, M. S., Hughes, E. K., Engle, R. A., & Stein, M. K. (2009). Orchestrating discussions. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 14(9), 549-556.

Stein, M. K., & Clare-Matsumura, L. (2009). Measuring instruction for teacher learning. In D. Gitomer (Ed.), Measurement issues and the assessment of teacher quality (pp. 179-205). New York: Sage.

News and Awards


Mary Kay Stein is in the March 20, 2014 article of the University Times on page 11 for being selected as an American Educational Research Association (AERA) fellow.
March 20, 2014

Associate Director Mary Kay Stein has been named a Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA).
February 20, 2014

Mary Kay Stein, Rip Correnti, Jen Russell and colleagues, awarded grants to work with Tennessee educators implementing the Common Core Standards
October 7, 2013
The University of Pittsburgh

Mary Kay Stein Chairs National Academy State-Focus Reform Efforts Conference
March 7, 2011
The National Academies


Nominee and National Semi-Finalist, Carnegie Corporation of New York Fellowship Program
2000, 2003
University of Pittsburgh

Semi-Finalist, Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship