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Improving Mathematics Instruction

This alliance includes members from Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The goal is to provide technical assistance to states in topics related to mathematics instruction and to develop research reports and professional development tools to improve the quality of mathematics instruction, with a particular focus on struggling learners. Major topics include (a) Response to Intervention (RtI) in mathematics, (b) algebra readiness, and (c) teaching strategies that facilitate studentsí use of the language of mathematics.

  • Cindy Doolittle
    Director of Mathematics Education
    Spartanburg School District Six
  • Mary L. Ruzga
    Mathematics Education Associate
    Standards and Learning Elementary, South Carolina Department of Education
  • Sandi Woodall
    Mathematics Program Manager
    Teaching and Learning Team, Georgia Department of Education
  • Brook Kline
    Mathematics Secondary Program Specialist
    Georgia Department of Education
  • Lya Snell
    Elementary Mathematics Specialist
    Georgia Department of Education
  • Donna Soncrant
    Secondary Math Curriculum Specialist
    St. Johns County School District (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Shelly Miedona
    Elementary Mathematics Specialist
    Florida Department of Education
  • Thomas Rhea
    Secondary Mathematics Specialist
    Florida Department of Education
  • Barbara Dougherty
    Associate Director for Research and Development
    University of Hawaii
  • Bradley S. Witzel
    Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator
    Winthrop University
  • Tod Beers
    AMSTI Math Administrator
    Alabama State Department of Education


Robin ShumacherRobin Schumacher

Robin F. Schumacher, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at Instructional Research Group. Her research experience includes working on large-scale IES, NIH, and NSF intervention projects where she led the development and implementation of specially-designed intervention programs for students struggling in mathematics. She has worked extensively in the upper elementary school mathematics curriculum focusing on fraction concepts and procedures, word problems, and algebra foundations. Additionally, Dr. Schumacher has led several professional development workshops for Tier 1 and Tier 2 mathematics intervention programs. Her research interests include mathematics interventions and the function of these interventions within an RTI framework as well as math professional development for elementary school math teachers.