Advisory Board

Eric Anderman, Ph.D.Eric Anderman, Ph.D.

Eric Anderman is Professor of Educational Psychology and Interim Director at The Ohio State University’s School of Educational Policy and Leadership. A former high school teacher, Professor Anderman’s research focuses on adolescent motivation. He has published extensively on school transitions, academic cheating, and motivating adolescents to avoid risky behaviors. Professor Anderman is the Chair of the Institute of Education Science’s Social and Behavioral Panel. He is also past-President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.


Jere Confrey, Ph.D. Jere Confrey, Ph.D.

Professor Confrey is the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. She also is a Senior Research Fellow at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Professor Confrey has served as the President of Quest Math and Science Multimedia, and has served on committees for several organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the Department of Education, and the National Technology Advising Board. Her research emphasizes how to make mathematics more comprehensible to all students by designing materials that attract students. Professor Confrey is also building diagnostic assessments that can help teachers do a better job of understanding student thinking.


Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D. Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D.

Professor Kafai is a Professor of Learning Sciences at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. As a learning scientist, Professor Kafai examines technology designs and cultures through the lens of constructionist theory. Her early work set the foundation for programmatic initiatives on games and learning in the U.S. and Europe. Her recent book edition of Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming (2008) presented new developments in gender and gaming. Professor Kafai is currently investigating how media arts design and programming can become part of curricular activities in school and in after-school programs.


Ricardo Nemirovsky, Ed.D.Ricardo Nemirovsky, Ed.D.

Professor Nemirovsky is the Director of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. His research program focuses on an investigation of the embodied nature of cognition, with an emphasis on the roles of body motion and kinesthesia in mathematics learning. Professor Nemirovsky’s pioneering research on the embodied nature of cognition and on the creative use of mathematical artifacts has been influential. At the national level and international levels, Professor Nemirovsky has distinguished himself as a leader who works with a broad variety of researchers ranging from physicists to semioticians and most recently cognitive neuroscientists. Additionally, he has designed numerous mechanical devices and software to enrich the learning of mathematics, including several math-oriented exhibits for science and technology museums.

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