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## Program/Areas of Interest

## TERC Projects

## Biographical Summary =
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*## Associations

*Senior Scientist*

617-873-9640

maria_bla=
nton@terc.edu

Mathematics Education - (1) Children's algebraic thinking; (2) Students'= understanding of proof in advanced mathematical thinking; (3) Sociocultura= l perspectives on learning mathematics; (4) Learning progressions applied t= o mathematical thinking

**Intervi=
ew with Dr. Maria Blanton, PI of Project LEAP**

- C= hildren's Understanding of Functions
- Developing Algebra-Read= y Students for Middle School: Exploring the Impact of Early Algebra
- The Impact of Early Alg= ebra on Students' Algebra Readiness
- Project LEAP: Extending a Grades 3-5 Ea= rly Algebra Learning Progression into Grades K-2
- Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for = Diverse Populations

Maria Blanton is a Senior Scientist at TERC in Cambridge, MA. Prio=
r to joining TERC, she was a Professor of Mathematics Education in the STEM=
Education Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her pri=
mary research interests include teaching and learning algebra in the elemen=
tary grades. Her expertise has led to numerous federally-=
funded research projects and national and international p=
resentations and publications (in, e.g.,* Journal for Resear=
ch in Mathematics Education*, *Educational Studies=
in Mathematics*, *Teaching Children Mathematics). She is co-editor of the research volumes Algebr=
a in the Early Grades (2008, Taylor/Francis) and Teaching and Learning Proof Across the Grades (2009, =
Routledge), author of Algebra and the Elementary Classroom:=
Transforming Thinking, Transforming Practice (2008, Heinem=
ann), and co-author of Developing Essential Understanding o=
f Algebraic Thinking for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 3=E2=80=935 (2011, NCTM). She has served as Chair of the Editorial Panel =
for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and Chair of the=
Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education (SIG-RME) of =
AERA. Dr. Blanton is currently PI of US DoE and NSF-funded projects investi=
gating Grades K-5 children=E2=80=99s understanding of algebraic thinking&nb=
sp;and the impacts of sustained early algebra education on children=E2=80=
=99s algebra-readiness.*

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), American Educational= Research Association (AERA), The North American Chapter of the Psychology = of Mathematics Education (PME-NA)

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