American Institutes of Research (AIR)
Toni Smith is a senior researcher at AIR. Her research focuses on mathematics instruction and teacher development. Toni currently directs an evaluation of a professional development program aimed at improving elementary teachers’ mathematics and science instruction, funded by the National Science Teachers Association, as well as a networked improvement community of teachers aimed at improving student-centered mathematics instruction, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. In addition, Toni is the implementation leader for an IES-funded, randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of mathematics content-focused professional development on teachers’ knowledge, instruction, and students’ achievement and serves as a content expert on a U.S. Department of Education–funded project that studies strategies to support student success in Algebra I. Prior to joining AIR, Toni was a high school mathematics teacher and, later, an assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education. She holds a B.A. in mathematics, M.S. in applied mathematics, and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, mathematics education.