Al Cuoco

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Al Cuoco, PhD, is a mathematician and educator who designs materials that foster a deep interest in, and appreciation for, mathematics.

A former high school teacher, Cuoco develops classroom curricula and teacher professional development programs that focus on mathematical habits of mind. His work helped inform the Standards for Mathematical Practice, a critical piece of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He also led the development of CME Project, a four-year high school mathematics curriculum that is used in more than 2,000 classrooms nationwide.

Cuoco serves on the board of directors for Math for America–Boston as well as the advisory board for the Mathematics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Cuoco holds a PhD in mathematics from Brandeis University.

“The goal of all of my work in mathematics education is to close the gap between school mathematics and mathematics as a scientific discipline.”

Speaking Highlights

Inspiring Teachers

Co-presentation, Congressional Briefing
Washington, DC
2015

From Grade 5 to High School: The Arc of an Investigation

Plenary address (with Alicia Chiasson), Annual Conference of the Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
2015

Knowledge of Mathematics for Teaching High School: Suggestions for Mathematical Preparation and Professional Development for Teachers

Curtis Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
2015

Mathematics at the Core: Why CCSSM is a Good Thing

Math For America
New York, NY
2014

Knowledge of Mathematics for Teaching High School

University of Maryland
College Park, MD
2014

Abstract Algebra for High School Teachers Creating a Professional Community of Mathematics Teachers High School Teaching: Standards, Practices, and Habits of Mind

Co-presentations, Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Association and Mathematical Association of America
San Diego, CA
2013

Selected Publications

Cuoco, A. (2015, December). The synergy between teaching and research. Mathematics Today, 51(6), 286–291.

Kerins, B., Sinwell, B., Cuoco, A., & Stevens, G. (2015). Probability through algebra. Providence, RI; Princeton, NJ: American Mathematical Society; Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute.

Kerins, B., Sinwell, B., Yong, D., Cuoco, A., & Stevens, G. (2015). Applications of algebra and geometry to the work of teaching. Providence, RI; Princeton, NJ: American Mathematical Society; Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute.

Kerins, B., Yong, D., Cuoco, A., & Stevens, G. (2015). Famous function in number theory. Providence, RI; Princeton, NJ: American Mathematical Society; Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute.

Cuoco, A., & Rotman, J. (2013). Learning modern algebra from early attempts to prove Fermat’s last theorem. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Cuoco, A., Goldenberg, E. P., & Mark, J. (2012). Organizing a curriculum around mathematical habits of mind. In C. R. Hirsch, G. T. Lappan, & B. J. Reys (Eds.), Curriculum issues in an era of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mark, J., Cuoco, A., Goldenberg, E. P., & Sword, S. (2012) Developing mathematical habits of mind. In C. R. Hirsch, G. T. Lappan, & B. J. Reys (Eds.), Curriculum issues in an era of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Cuoco, A., Sword, S., Kerins, B., Benson, B., & Waterman, K. (2010). Mathematics for developing mathematics curricula: Lessons learned on the job. In The seventy-second annual yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Selected Resources

Books

Developed as part of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) and published by the American Mathematical Society, the IAS/PCMI–The Teacher Program Series includes three professional development b

Resource libraries

This website helps educators understand the role that the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) play within the larger context of the Common Core Standards themselves.

Curricula

EDC’s CME Project is a National Science Foundation–funded high school mathematics curriculum.

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BODIES OF WORK