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Dr. Rachael Risley


PhD Education Leadership and Innovation, University of Colorado Denver, CO

27 years of experience in education and leadership

My passion in education is understanding how students learn mathematics. My dissertation research focused on the development of multiplicative reasoning in students with learning differences and/or disabilities. I am passionate about coaching classroom teachers, special educators, interventionists, and math specialists on ways to use mathematics teaching and learning research to make math instruction more meaningful for teachers and students and to accelerate student learning.


My greatest accomplishment with 2Partner Mathematics is our middle school project. We have worked with our middle school partners to identify areas of strength in current teaching staff, to create long range professional learning and coaching plans that have shifted the quality of mathematics teaching and learning for each student in the schools. In addition to supporting tier 1 instruction, I have collaborated with my team to write high quality intervention lessons designed especially for middle school.