Co-Principal Investigator, Mathematics Renaissance K–12 (MRK-12)

Co-Principal Investigator, Video Cases for Mathematics Professional Development

- Ed.D. Mathematics, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A. Mathematics, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A.T. Mathematics, Harvard University
- B.S. Mathematics, Iona College

Nicholas Branca grew up in the South Bronx and taught junior and
senior high school mathematics, served as a research assistant or
associate at Columbia and Stanford Universities; and was on the
faculties of Stanford and Pennsylvania State Universities. He was a
Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department at San Diego State
University from 1976 until he passed away in 2008. During that time he
received numerous grants to enhance the professional development of
teachers of mathematics (the San Diego Mathematics Project, the
Authentic Assessment Institute, and a Pre-College Teacher Development
Grant funded by the National Science Foundation). In his work with
Teacher Professional Development he served on various committees and/or
boards of professional organizations, among them the Greater San Diego
Mathematics Council, the California Mathematics Council, and the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He was a working group
member of the NCTM Commission which drafted the "NCTM Professional
Teaching Standards".

Professor Branca served as the Executive Director of the California Mathematics Project. The California Mathematics Project is one of nine California Subject Matter Projects (CSMPs) funded by California state legislation. The CSMPs are a statewide network of subject-specific professional development programs for teachers. The primary mission of the CSMPs is to improve instruction in all disciplines at all grade levels throughout California.

He was interested in working with teachers and teacher leaders and learning about the work of others involved in similar pursuits.

## Nicholas A. BrancaProfessor of Mathematics Education |

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Education