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Russell Gersten, Ph.D.

Dr. Russell Gersten is the Executive Director of the Instructional Research Group in Los Alamitos, California, and Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He served as a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel—a Presidential committee to develop research-based policy in mathematics for American schools. Dr. Gersten is the Director of the Math Strand for the Center on Instruction and the Director of Research for the Regional Educational Laboratory–South West. He has served as the Principal Investigatorfor several What Works Clearinghouse projects, chaired the Panel that developed a practice guide on Response to Intervention in mathematics, and is currently working on a practice guide to help teachers effectively teach problem solving in mathematics. Dr. Gersten has directed or co-directed more than 47 applied research grants and contracts addressing a wide array of issues in education and been a recipient of many federal and non-federal grants (more than $17 million).

Dr. Gersten was instrumental in the design and development of several observation measures of reading and mathematics instruction for several national large-scale impact evaluations. Observation measures he has designed have been shown to be reliable and well correlated with student achievement and teacher knowledge in several large-scale studies. Dr. Gersten has served on numerous Technical Working Groups for national valuations, and on several national and state commissions and panels focused on professional development, issues related to translating research into classroom practice, and reforming education for the U.S. Department of Education and national organizations such as the Council for Exceptional Children. He has written and presented extensively on math and reading instruction, special education, facilitating quality professional development, and study design and methodology. At present, hehas more than 150 publications and serves on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals in the field. His empirical scholarship is heavily used by researchers, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, and his research has been recognized with several awards and honors.