M. Katherine Gavin, Ph.D.

M. Katherine Gavin, Ph.D.

M. Katherine Gavin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, where she serves as the math specialist at the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. She is the principal investigator and senior author of two national research projects that involve the development of advanced mathematics units for mathematically talented students in grades K–5. The units in Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds, developed under a Jacob K. Javits U.S. Department of Education research grant for students in grades 3–5, have won the NAGC Curriculum Division Award for 6 consecutive years. Published by Kendall Hunt, they are being used in all 50 states as well as internationally.

Dr. Gavin and her colleagues also received the 2009 Research Paper of the Year award from Gifted Child Quarterly, the leading research journal in gifted education in the U.S., for an article that reported the research results of Project M3. Dr. Gavin is currently directing Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians, a National Science Foundation project whose purpose is to develop and research advanced curriculum for primary students. This project recently received the 2010 NAGC Curriculum Division Award. Dr. Gavin is also a coauthor and project director of a new middle school textbook series, Math Innovations, published by Kendall Hunt. She received the Early Leader Award from NAGC in 2006.

A former mathematics teacher, department chair, and district coordinator, Dr. Gavin has written numerous articles and book chapters on gifted mathematics education, is a member of the writing team for the NCTM Navigations series, and has coauthored a series of creative problem-solving books. In addition, as a consultant, she provides professional development for teachers and administrators in school districts across the country and presents annually at national and international conferences.

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