Pam Buffington, PhD, is an education researcher and practitioner who specializes in technology integration in mathematics and science instruction. During a 35-year career, she has provided critical guidance to states, local education agencies, teachers, and administrators in investigating and implementing strategies to improve students’ learning outcomes.

Buffington has been at the forefront of the classroom technology integration movement in New England and more broadly. She has led partnerships with both rural and urban school districts to improve student mathematics learning through the integration of interactive mobile technologies and has worked to expand access to high-quality virtual manipulatives and mathematics simulations. She also works to support researcher-practitioner partnerships, with an eye towards using evidence-based strategies to improve student outcomes in mathematics.

As a state liaison for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) at EDC, Buffington is responsible for outreach and dissemination of evidence-based knowledge for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. She is also the facilitator of the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance at REL-NEI at EDC .

A former mathematics teacher and technology coordinator, Buffington received a BS in secondary education and mathematics with a minor in physics from the University of Maine at Farmington, an MA in curriculum and instruction from Lesley College, and a PhD in education from the Union Institute.

“Opportunities for rich STEM learning abound in rural areas.”

Speaking Highlights

Visual Representation in Mathematics: Supporting Equity and Access for English Learners
TODOS 2016: Ensuring Equity + Excellence in Mathematics for All Conference
Phoenix, AZ
June 2016
Using Mobile Technology to Promote Mathematical Reasoning and Discourse in Grades K–2
Co-presentation, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference
San Francisco, CA
April 2016
Reconceptualizing How We Study and Support Research Use
Co-presentation, American Educational Research Association
Washington, D.C.
April 2016

Selected Publications

Kunz, G. M., Buffington, P., Schroeder, C. P.,  Green, R., Mahaffey, R., Widner, J., . . . Mary Hellwege. (2017). Partnership based research approaches. In G. C. Nugent, G. M. Kunz, S. M. Sheridan, T. A. Glover, & L. L. Knoche (Eds.), Rural education research in the United States: State of the science and emerging directions. New York, NY: Springer.

Penuel, W. R., Bevan, B., Bell, P., Buffington, P., & Falk, J. (2016, May). Using social networks to enhance research use in planning for and supporting educational change. Journal of Educational Change, 17(2), 251–278.

Buffington, P., Louie, J., McCulloch, C., & Pasquale, M. (2015, June). Interactive technologies in early mathematics learning: Inquiry group report on strategies to advance understanding among researchers and practitioners. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Buffington, P. (2015, June). Snapshots of practice: Maine educators and researchers co-investigate student iPad strategies and recordings. Interactive STEM blog. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.