American Institutes of Research (AIR)
Kirk Walters is a principal researcher at AIR whose research focuses on understanding ways to improve K-12 math teaching and learning. His work includes experimental trials of intensive professional development programs for math teachers; experimental studies of online and blended Algebra I programs; case studies of exemplary math teachers and instructional programs; and research partnerships with policymakers and practitioners.
Kirk holds a Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in curriculum & instruction from Chapman University, and a B.S.E. in social studies education from John Brown University. Before entering graduate school, Dr. Walters spent nine years as an urban middle and high school math teacher in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. metro areas, serving as a department chair, mentor teacher, and math professional development facilitator.