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Mary Kay Stein

Professor, Learning Policy, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Director, Learning Policy Center, University of Pittsburgh

Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

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

Smith, M., & Stein, M. K. (2018). Five practices for orchestrating productive mathematics discussions. (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Correnti, R., Thomas, A., Baeksan, Y., Russell, J., Booker, L., Schwartz, N., & Stein, M. K. (2017). Prospective Matching Methods in Education Research: Recruiting an Active Comparison Sample for Causal Inference, Proceedings of the SREE 2017 Conference.

Tekkumru-Kisa, M., & Stein, M. K. (2017). A framework for planning and facilitating video-based professional development. International Journal of STEM Education, 4(28).

Schuchardt, A. M., Tekkumru-Kisa, M., Schunn,C. D., Stein, M. K., Reynolds, B. (2017). How much professional development is needed with educative curriculum materials? It depends upon the intended student learning outcomes. Science Education.

Stein, M. K., Correnti, R., Moore, D., Russell, J. L., Kelly, K. (2017). Using theory and measurement to sharpen conceptualizations of mathematics teaching in the Common Core era. AERA Open, 3(1).

Kisa-Tekkumru, M. Schunn, C., Stein, M. K., & Reynolds, B. (2017). Change in thinking demands for students across the phases of a science task: An exploratory study. Research in Science Education.

Bill, V., Booker, L., Correnti, R., Russell, J., Schwartz, N., & Stein, M.K. (2017). Tennessee scales up improved math instruction through coaching. The Journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education, 17 (2), 22-27.

Stein, M.K., Crowley, K., & Resnick, L.B. (2016). Education policy and the learning sciences: The case for a new alliance. In M. Evans, M. Packer, & K. Sawyer (Eds.), Reflections on the Learning Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J., Stein, M.K., & Junker, B. (2016). Factors associated with alignment between teacher survey reports and classroom observation ratings of mathematics instruction. Elementary School Journal, 116(3), 339-364.

Iriti, J., Bickel, W., Schunn, C., & Stein, M. K. (2016). Maximizing research and development resources: Identifying and testing “load-bearing conditions” for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research & Development, 64, 245-262.

Russell, J. L., Meredith, J., Childs, J., Stein, M. K., & Prine, D. W. (2015). Designing inter-organizational networks to implement education reform: An analysis of state Race to the Top applications. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(1), 92-112.

Tekkumru-Kisa, M., Stein, M. K., & Schunn, C. (2015). A framework for analyzing cognitive demand and content-practices integration: Task analysis guide in science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(5), 659-685.

Munter, C., Stein, M. K., & Smith, M. S. (2015). Dialogic and direct instruction: Two distinct models of mathematics instruction and the debate(s) surrounding them. Teachers College Record, 117(11), 1-32.

Tekkumru Kisa, M., & Stein, M. K. (2015). Teachers’ learning to see STEM instruction in new ways: A foundation for maintaining cognitive demand. American Educational Research Journal, 52(1), 105-136.

Munter, C., Stein, M. K., & Smith, M. S. (2015). Is there a common pedagogical core?: Examining instructional practices of competing models of mathematics teaching. NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 16(2), 3-13.

Russell, J. L., Meredith, J., Childs, J., Stein, M. K., & Prine, D. W. (2015). Implementing education policy through organizational networks: An analysis of state Race to the Top applications. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(1), 92-112.

Iriti, J., Bickel, B., Schunn, C., & Stein, M.K. (2015). Load-bearing conditions for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(5).

Correnti, R., with Stein, M.K., & Smith, M., & Scherrer, J., & McKeown, M., & Greeno, J., & Ashley, K. (2015).  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.

Kessler, A. M., Stein, M. K., & Schunn, C. D. (2015). Cognitive Demand of Model Tracing Tutor Tasks: Conceptualizing and Predicting How Deeply Students Engage. Technology, Knowledge and Learning.

Cartier, J.L., Smith, M.S., Stein, M.K., & Ross, D. (2013). Five Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Coburn, C. E., Russell, J., Kaufman, K., & Stein, M. K. (2013).  How teacher social capital shapes instruction.  Learning and Instruction.

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.

Coburn, C.E., Russell, J., Kaufman, K., & Stein, M.K. (2012). Supporting sustainability: Teachers’ advice networks and ambitious instructional reform. American Journal of Education, 119(1), 137-182.

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., Kaufman, J., Sherman, M., & Hillen, A. (2011). Algebra:  A challenge at the crossroads of policy and practice. Review of Educational Research, 81(4), 453-492.

TMC News featured an article on Mary Kay Stein and LRDC colleagues for being among the recipients of the James S. McDonnell Foundation's new program in educational research, which has awarded $24.5 million for studies of Teachers as Learners.

January 17, 2018

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The James S. McDonnell Foundation has awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant to Principal Investigator Mary Kay Stein, LRDC Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice, and Co-Investigators Chris Schunn, Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Jennifer Russell, and Richard Correnti for their research, entitled "Teacher Learning to Enact Productive Discussions in Mathematics and Literacy."

December 15, 2017

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The International Journal of STEM Education published a special edition edited by Mary Kay Stein and her previous graduate student Miray Tekkumru-Kisa. The issue is about the design and facilitation of video-based professional development in science and mathematics.

December 1, 2017

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Richard Correnti, LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, School of Education, and co-Principal Investigators Mary Kay Stein, Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice, and Jennifer Russell, LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, School of Education were awarded a 2017 Spencer Foundation grant for “Improvement of Mathematics Teaching At-Scale.”

2017

The Pittsburgh Business Times reported on Jennifer Russell and co-investigators Mary Kay Stein, Victoria Bill, Richard Correnti and Lindsay Clare Matsumura and Tennessee Department of Education co-investigators Emily Barton and Nate Schwartz. “Coaching to Improve Common Core Aligned Mathematics Instruction in Tennessee” was awarded a Continuous Improvement Research in Education Grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

July 2014

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Congratulations to Jennifer Russell and co-investigators Mary Kay Stein, Victoria Bill, Richard Correnti and Lindsay Clare Matsumura and my co-investigators at the Tennessee Department of Education co-investigators Emily Barton and Nate Schwartz. “Coaching to Improve Common Core Aligned Mathematics Instruction in Tennessee” was awarded a Continuous Improvement Research in Education Grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

July 2014

Mary Kay Stein is featured in the March 20, 2014, University Times for her nomination as an American Educational Research Association (AERA) fellow.

March 20, 2014

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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

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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

1989