Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

Karin Lange

Assistant Director for Math Programs

Dr. Karin Lange has dedicated her career to improving mathematics education for all students. She has worked within the field of mathematics education in a variety of capacities and uses these experiences to build bridges between research and practice. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, she immediately sought to improve math and science education in this country. She taught for five years in Camden, NJ, where she quickly became a leader to improve mathematics achievement at her school. Lange completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction while also working as an instructional coach and professional development leader in Philadelphia schools. Lange then earned her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education with a focus on Math Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where the focus of her research was the use of correct and incorrect examples in learning algebra, mathematical flexibility, and the benefits of research partnerships on instructional change in math classrooms. She has presented her research to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the American Education Research Association, among others. Lange also worked as a math consultant to a Philadelphia high school and taught pre-service education students at Temple. As a certified teacher and administrator with extensive knowledge on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), she has written curriculum to align with the CCSS in math, and she has led numerous professional development workshops on improving math instruction in the classroom. Lange has worked with students from preK through college and with teachers with all levels of expertise.

Lange recently served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction for a diverse school district in Wisconsin where she oversaw the adoption of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards for science. She led district professional development for teachers and principals, developed a mathematics coaching team to lead instructional change, and shaped conversations around equity. As a school district administrator, she continued to bridge the research and practice divide by engaging teachers in direct research partnership opportunities, writing articles for NCTM publications, and partnering with local universities to write grants and develop university courses.

Now serving as the Assistant Director for Math Programs at the Center for Science and Math Education at Loyola University in Chicago, Lange develops programs and partnerships to improve mathematics education using knowledge of both mathematics research and practice. She is currently focused on creating partnerships among mathematics and STEM education stakeholders that focus on high quality instruction in mathematics classrooms; instructional change processes including practitioner research, professional development and scalability; equity in mathematics education including issues of access and opportunity; and mindset, environmental, and systemic factors around mathematics education.