WestEd is pleased to announce that Ann Edwards has been named Director of Carnegie Math Pathways, a highly impactful WestEd project focused on transforming mathematics teaching and learning at the secondary and post-secondary levels to improve college readiness and success. The previous director, Karon Klipple, is stepping down after 12 years of leadership.
Edwards has long been the leader of faculty support, course development and implementation, and research strategy for the Carnegie Math Pathways. She brings 30 years of experience in math education and adult learning into her new role.
“Ann brings a wealth of experience and deep commitment to addressing equity in math education and will lead the Carnegie Math Pathways team as they continue to create equitable paths to success in math for all students,” said WestEd Division Director, Susan Mundry.
Edwards previously served as the Director of Research and Implementation for WestEd’s Carnegie Math Pathways, a program developed in partnership with educators, researchers, designers, students, and content experts dedicated to increasing student success in entry-level college math and overall college and career outcomes.
In the last decade, Carnegie Math Pathways has helped shift the field of math education—creating math pathways aligned with students’ interests and careers, including helping students learn math, such as statistics and quantitative reasoning, that is relevant to their lives and future careers. The Pathways’ approach focuses on enhancing student confidence and helping all students see themselves as capable math learners by nurturing community and a sense of belonging in the math classroom, and engaging students in solving meaningful math problems.
Edwards has also been named Director of WestEd’s Math Content Area. In this role, she will lead a team of experienced researchers, curriculum developers, and technical assistance providers to improve math outcomes for underserved communities at the PreK–12, postsecondary, and adult basic education levels. Edwards came to WestEd from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, prior to that, from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a faculty member focusing on math teaching, teacher learning, and professional development.
“I’m looking forward to building on the progress made by the Pathways in its first decade and helping to expand access to equitable and quality math education to even more students—particularly the most underserved,” said Edwards.
Edwards received a BA in applied mathematics from Harvard University; and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in education in mathematics, science and technology.