Mary Kay Stein is a professor of learning sciences and policy at the University of Pittsburgh and is also a senior scientist and associate director at the Learning Research and Development Center. Her research focuses on mathematics teaching and learning in classrooms and the ways in which policy and organizational conditions shape teachers’ practice.
She has been a principal or co-principal investigator on a number of grants from both public (the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Educational Sciences) and private (Spencer, MacArthur) foundations. In 2011 she was invited to chair a full-day workshop on state-focused reform efforts in STEM Education sponsored by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mary Kay is co-author of the book, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathemathics. She has given keynote addresses on the Common Core State Standards to several national organizations and most recently has chaired the Study Group on Research on Teaching and Classroom Practice for the upcoming International Congress on Mathematics Education-13 in Hamburg, Germany in 2016. In 2014, she was selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.