Angela Knotts has worked in mathematics education for 16 years as a teacher, leader, researcher, designer, and professional learning facilitator.
At WestEd, she serves as Co-Principal Investigator of a Discovery Research PreK–12 project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) — Video in the Middle: Flexible Digital Experiences for Mathematics Teacher Education. She also works on a variety of other research projects sponsored by NSF or the Institute of Education Sciences, including an efficacy study focused on Khan Academy postsecondary mathematics resources and a study on promoting algebra readiness through WestEd’s Math Pathways & Pitfalls.
Knotts also serves as Co-Director of the WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network, collaborating with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative to support several districts in improving mathematics teaching and learning.
She has extensive experience designing and facilitating professional development experiences for mathematics teachers and leaders in face-to-face and online settings. She specializes in mathematics content and pedagogical content knowledge, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, Common Core alignment and instructional shifts, assessment, access and equity, mathematical discourse, educational technology, and teaching mathematics to students who are English learners. She also works with schools and districts to help them assess their mathematics programs and improve student outcomes.
Before joining WestEd, Knotts designed and implemented peer-led professional development experiences as a classroom mathematics teacher and coached and supervised student teachers. As a classroom teacher, she has developed and taught mathematics courses ranging from middle school to postsecondary levels.
She holds a B.A. in mathematics from Oberlin College and an M.Ed. and secondary teaching credential from Stanford University.