Johannah Nikula, a mathematics education expert and widely published author, leads a body of research that is advancing knowledge of how to make engaging, intellectually stimulating mathematical learning experiences accessible to all learners. A senior manager and principal investigator, she has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, improving instruction for English learners, professional development, middle grades math, fostering geometric thinking and algebraic thinking, and lesson study.
Nikula leads National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) studies that test new strategies to enhance professional development (PD) for mathematics teachers. Her innovative and effective PD helps teachers support students with varying degrees of proficiency in English and students from diverse backgrounds.
Currently, Nikula is leading Analyzing Diagrams: Supports for English Learners, a project funded by IES to develop and study fraction division lessons focused on diagramming with built-in supports for students who are English learners.
Nikula holds a BA in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Middlebury College and an EdM from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a Technology in Education focus.