Kasi Allen began her education career as a high school mathematics teacher in San Francisco in the mid-1980s. Over the past 25 years, her work as a K-12 mathematics educator has taken a variety of forms: classroom teaching in California and Oregon, facilitating professional development nationwide, evaluating K-12 mathematics improvement efforts, supporting innovative teaching practices, mentoring new teachers, and advocating for educational equity.
In 1992, as a doctoral student at Stanford University, Kasi collaborated on her first project with Inverness Research, Inc., a small educational research and consulting group dedicated to supporting educational improvement in grades K-16, particularly in math and science. Since that time, she has continued to collaborate with her Inverness colleagues evaluating dozens of initiatives – from district-based curriculum implementation and teacher enhancement efforts to regional math and science partnerships involving many districts and institutions of higher education.
As a faculty member of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School, Kasi is dedicated to providing rich, rewarding, relevant, and rigorous mathematics learning experiences for our pre-service interns that will prepare them to be the finest mathematics teachers in the region as well as the nation. In addition to serving as the program director mathematics subject area advisor for the ML/HS program, Kasi also teaches an algebra course in the EC/EL program that all interns must take.
Because she believes that valuable mathematics learning occurs both in and out of the classroom, Kasi has volunteered every year since 2004 as a mentor and coach for FIRST robotics. She sees FIRST as a key element in improving K-16 STEM education nationwide. (See www.usfirst.org for more information.)
As associate professor of education and mathematics coordinator in the M.A.T. Middle Level/High School Program, Kasi leads Lewis & Clark’s efforts to train and prepare math educators for the region and beyond.
Learn about why she thinks math education is a civil right—and how Lewis & Clark is making a difference—in this video.