Mary Kay Stein

Professor, Learning Policy, School of Education

Director, Learning Policy Center, University of Pittsburgh

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Education and Training

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Policy
  • Leadership and learning
  • Teachers as learners
  • Teaching and learning inside the mathematics classroom

Education Reform Improvement Science Interventions Mathematics Coaching Mathematics Learning & Instruction Professional Learning Research/Practice Partnerships

Related Research Areas

Improvement Research in Education STEM

Recent Publications

Witherspoon, E. B., Ferrer, N. B., Correnti, R. R., Stein, M. K., & Schunn, C. D. (2021). Coaching that supports teachers’ learning to enact ambitious instruction.  Instructional Science,  49(6), 877-898.

Stein, M.K., Russell, J.L., Bill, V., Correnti, R., & Speranzo, L. (2021). Coach learning to help teachers learn to enact conceptually rich, student-focused mathematics lessons. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.

Witherspoon, E., Ferrer, N., Correnti, R., Schunn, C., & Stein, M.K.  (2021). Coaching that supports teachers learning to enact ambitious instruction. Instructional Science.

Russell, J.L., Correnti, R., Stein, M.K., Thomas, A., Bill, V. & Speranzo, L. (2020). Mathematics Coaching for Conceptual Understanding: Promising Evidence Regarding the Tennessee Math Coaching Model. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Yurekli, B., Stein, M., Correnti, R., & Kisa, Z. (2020). Teaching Mathematics for Conceptual Understanding: Teachers' Beliefs and Practices and the Role of Constraints. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 51(2), 234-247.

Mary Kay Stein's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

TMC News featured an article on Mary Kay Stein and LRDC colleagues for being among the recipients of the James S. McDonnell Foundation's new program in educational research, which has awarded $24.5 million for studies of Teachers as Learners.

January 17, 2018


The James S. McDonnell Foundation has awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant to Mary Kay Stein, Chris Schunn, Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Jennifer Russell, and Richard Correnti for "Teacher Learning to Enact Productive Discussions in Mathematics and Literacy."

December 15, 2017

The International Journal of STEM Education published a special edition edited by Mary Kay Stein and her previous graduate student Miray Tekkumru-Kisa. The issue is about the design and facilitation of video-based professional development in science and mathematics.

December 1, 2017


Richard Correnti, LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, School of Education, and co-Principal Investigators Mary Kay Stein, Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice, and Jennifer Russell, LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, School of Education were awarded a 2017 Spencer Foundation grant for “Improvement of Mathematics Teaching At-Scale.”


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