Mary Beth Piecham is an education researcher who advances knowledge of strategies to improve mathematics education for K–12 students, particularly for students from underrepresented populations. She has significant experience leading large-scale studies and expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods analyses, establishing partnerships with school districts, data collection, and data management.
Piecham is a lead researcher on the Supporting Success in Algebra study. She has played a lead role in projects examining the impact and implementation of curriculum, teacher professional development, and student-centered practices through an evaluation of a Nellie Mae Education Foundation initiative.
Before joining EDC, Piecham was a communications professional for eight years. Her work included leading outreach for a PBS global health multimedia project and child survival campaign and a national initiative to interest girls in engineering. She also served as public relations executive, third-grade teacher assistant, and afterschool tutor.
Piecham holds an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Massachusetts-Boston and a BA in Public Relations from North Carolina State University.