Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

The Dana Center is hosting 4 interactive webinars to engage mathematics faculty from MPC states in real-time conversation about promising practices that help students not only prepare for—but also succeed in—calculus.

Two webinars are offered in Spring 2017 and two in Fall 2017. Webinars are from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm CST.

Webinar Topics


Preparing Students for Calculus: Exploring Current Research

Listen to the event recording

Choosing Content: Balancing Conceptual Understanding with Procedural Fluency

Listen to the event recording

Course Architecture: Active and Cooperative Learning; Noncognitive Factors

September 21, 2017

Keeping It Real: Conversations with the Math Department, Partner Disciplines, and Student Services

October 19, 2017

To sign up for some or all of these webinars, click here.

Download the informational flyer here.


Lead Agency:

  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE)

Math Task Force Facilitator:

  • Elena Quiroz-Livanis, Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Director of Postsecondary Success Strategies, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Math Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Linda Dart-Kathios, Mathematics Department Chairperson at Middlesex Community College
  • Maura Murray, Math Professor at Salem State University 

MPC Consultant:

  • Richard Kazis, consultant for multiple education and workforce initiatives (e.g., Charles A. Dana Center, MDRC, Brookings Institution)
Math Task Force Members:




Norman Beebe Math Professor Greenfield Community College

Habib Maagoul

Math Professor

Northern Essex Community College

Greg Sethares

Chief Academic Officer

Bristol Community College

Andreana Grimaldo

Math Professor

Quinsigamond Community College

Phil Hotchkiss

Math Professor

Westfield State University

Heather Thomas

MassTransfer Coordinator

Fitchburg State University

Mike Winders

Math Professor

Worchester State University

Linda Vaden-Goad

Chief Academic Officer

Framingham State University

Amy Wehe Math Professor Fitchburg State University

Catalin Zara

Associate Professor of Mathematics

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Melinda Griffin Mathematics Specialist, Central Region Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Allison Little Executive Director of STEM Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Formal Charge

Formal Charge

The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education charges the Math Pathways Subcommittee of the Task Force on Transforming Developmental Math Education to explore the benefits and implications of multiple math pathways and to develop recommendations for increasing success in mathematics that will:

  1. Ensure students take the appropriate math for their major;
  2. Increase alignment between college-level and developmental mathematics across the three segments of public higher education to promote on-time completion; and
  3. Increase transferability of math courses and applicability across the three segments of public higher education.

Timeline of Activity:

  • Math Pathways Subcommittee meetings: March 3, April 3, and May 12
  • Anticipated publication of math task force recommendations (Summer 2017)

Our Work at the State Level

Select a state to learn more about how local leaders are setting a vision for math pathways or read an analysis of math pathways work across multiple states.-