Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics
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Math Accessibility

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We are a collaborative team of math and special educators, working to enable teachers and administrators to make middle school mathematics more accessible to a wide range of students, particularly those with special needs.


Amy Brodesky, M.Ed., Principal Investigator
Amy Brodesky has been a mathematics curriculum developer and professional development specialist at EDC for over 20 years. Over the past decade, she has focused her attention on improving mathematics instruction for students with disabilities, leading five related NSF-funded projects at EDC including Building District Capacity to Improve Mathematics Learning for Students with Disabilities and the ongoing Differentiated Professional Development: Building Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching Struggling Students. In addition, she was the study leader and co-author of the IES Issues and Answers Report, Math Education Practices for Students with Disabilities and Struggling Learners: Case Studies of Six Schools from Two Northeast States (2008) and two reports on performance patterns for students with disabilities in grade 4 mathematics education in New York State and Massachusetts.  Ms. Brodesky has extensive experience developing mathematics education materials, including the NSF-funded middle-grades program MathScape and the IBM-supported, technology-intensive program Measurement, Time, and Money for elementary children.  She is co-author of Digging into Data with TinkerPlots, a book of data analysis lessons for the middle grades. 

Anna McTigue, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Anna McTigue has been on the Accessibility in Mathematics project since 2002. She has over twenty years of experience working in special education as a teacher educator, administrator and special education teacher in urban school districts. She worked as a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools for 10 years, and taught and supervised pre-service teachers of special education, mathematics, and science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She received her doctoral degree from UWM in Urban Education with a focus on special education, English Language Learners, and cultural diversity. At EDC Anna has been responsible for development of professional development materials and courses, which involve the collaboration of regular and special educators in course work and study groups to ensure that middle grades students with disabilities and those who are ELLs fully participate in the mathematics curriculum. Research activities have included formative development of programs and qualitative research.

Emily Fagan, Senior Curriculum Design Associate
Emily Fagan has developed online and print curriculum, professional development, and evaluation materials in mathematics for seven years. She was Project Director of the MathScape Curriculum Center, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to support schools, districts, and teachers implementing new math materials. She also directed the revision of MathScape: Seeing and Thinking Mathematically, funded by Glencoe-McGraw Hill. Prior to joining EDC, Emily taught high school and middle school mathematics for nine years in inclusion classrooms in Philadelphia and Massachusetts. She was a mentor teacher and member of the Massachusetts Faculty of the Coalition of Essential Schools. She has long been interested in innovation and accessibility in mathematics education.

Cheryl Tobey, Mathematics Education Specialist
Cheryl Tobey’s work focuses on diagnostic and formative assessment practices and the development of materials and professional development for math educators. Tobey is a Mathematics Specialist for two projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)—Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom: Engaging Teachers and Students (FACETS); and Differentiated Professional Development: Building Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching Struggling Students (DPD)—as well as the Eliciting Mathematical Misconceptions (EM2) study funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). From 2001- 2008, Tobey was Senior Program Director for Mathematics at the nonprofit Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) where she directed multiple NSF and Title IIA State Mathematics and Science Partnership projects each in the area of mathematics education. Before joining MMSA in 2001, Tobey was a high school and middle school mathematics educator for 10 years.

Linda Hirsch, M.S., Research Associate
Linda Hirsch has worked at EDC since 2006, engaged in research and evaluation regarding curriculum, instruction, and professional development in K-12 science and mathematics. She joined the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics project in 2012. Prior to entering the social science research field, Linda was an information professional with over twenty years’ experience as a computer systems analyst. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, a master’s in library science from Simmons College, and a certificate in program evaluation from Tufts University.

Michelle Raymond, Technology Specialist
Michelle Raymond is a Technology Specialist for the Learning and Teaching division at EDC. As a technology specialist, she has vast experience in IT management, executive level administrative support and extensive web site development.