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Melissa Gilbert

Position Title: 
Project Coordinator & Research Associate
Professional Background: 

Dr. Gilbert is a credentialed teacher, teacher educator, and researcher. She has taught primarily mathematics in self-contained and single-subject public school settings in heterogeneous classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also prepared pre-service and supported practicing teachers in elementary and secondary classrooms as a mathematics coach and university teacher educator. Her research interests include the development of diverse students’ mathematical proficiency and how teacher beliefs and practices relate to student motivation and achievement in mathematics. Dr. Gilbert earned her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology and her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College.

Why I am at SCOPE: 

I care greatly about equitable learning opportunities and strong public schools that serve all students. The research, policy, and practice undertaken by SCOPE provide me with the opportunity to engage with colleagues who share my passions and to work on projects that embody them. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to engage with accomplished educators who are participating in and leading local efforts to enhance teaching and learning for all students, regardless of background, prior knowledge, or zip code. I am grateful to be involved in supporting the implementation of new California Standards based on the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards after spending nearly a decade preparing educators for these more rigorous standards focused on deeper understanding, reasoning, and discourse across content areas.

Recent Contributions: 

I am currently the Stanford Project Coordinator for the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) Project (, a collaborative partnership of SCOPE, the National Board Resource Center at Stanford, and the California Teachers Association. The ILC supports the development of instructional leadership capacity for implementation of the California ELA/ELD and Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards in California public schools.