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David Foster




David Foster is the executive director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI) comprised of 91 member districts across the United States. Besides the intensive work in California, SVMI consults across the country including New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. SVMI is affiliated with programs at University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and San Jose State University. David established SVMI in 1996 working as Mathematics Director for the Robert N. Noyce Foundation. Foster consulted with PARCC and develops exemplars for SBAC. He is also Co-Chair of the advisory committee of the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service/Balanced Assessment. He is Co-Director of the Santa Clara Valley Math Project. He is a consultant to the Urban Math Leadership Network that work with the 25 largest school districts in America. David was a Regional Director for the Middle Grade Mathematics Renaissance, of the California State Systemic Initiative sponsored by the California Department of Education and funded by the National Science Foundation. David taught mathematics and computer science at middle school, high school, and community college for eighteen years. He also works part-time for San Jose State University. Foster is the author of Interactive Mathematics: Activities and Investigations, published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1994. This publication is an innovative mathematics program for middle school students, grades six through eight. His other works included Exploring Circles, published by Glencoe, 1996 and Computer Science One, published by Coherent Curriculum, 1988. Middle School Mathematics, published as an online curriculum by Agile Mind, 2006. Currently his is the head writer on a new high school curriculum for the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. 


Mathematics Education 


Briars D, Asturias H, Foster D, Gale M; Implementing the Teaching-Assessing-Learning Cycle Chapter 4, Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work Grades 6-8, Publication Solution Tree 2013

Foster D, Poppers A.; How Can I Get Them to Understand? Formative Assessment and Reengaging Students in Core Mathematics, Chapter 1, New Frontiers in Formative Assessment, Publication Harvard Press 2011

Foster D., Poppers A.;; Using Formative Assessment to Drive Learning; The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative: A Twelve-year Research and Development Project, The Noyce Foundation,, 2009

Lewis C., Perry R., Friedkin S, Fisher L., Disston J., & Foster D; Learning to Use Student Thinking: Development and Spread of Re-engagement Strategies Through Lesson Study, NCTM Yearbook 2012

Lewis C., Perry R., Foster D., Fisher L., & Hurd J., How Lesson Study Solves Four Big Conundrums of Coaching; Educational Leadership, October 2011

Foster D. Making Meaning in Algebra: Examining Students Understandings and Misconceptions. MSRIs "ASSESSING STUDENTS' MATHEMATICS LEARNING: ISSUES, COSTS AND BENEFITS" 2007

Foster D., Noyce P. & Spiegel S. When Assessment Guides Instruction: Silicon Valleys Mathematics Assessment Collaborative. MSRIs "ASSESSING STUDENTS' MATHEMATICS LEARNING: ISSUES, COSTS AND BENEFITS" 2007