Dr. Ilana Horn is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research looks at mathematics teachers’ learning, with the aim to improve instruction. Her studies center on urban schools and reflect a commitment to students and teachers in those settings. Her current studies investigate mathematics teachers’ learning from student assessment data, as well as instructional improvement in middle school mathematics in urban districts. She publishes in numerous journals, including American Education Research Journal, Cognition and Instruction, Journal of the Learning Sciences, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, and Journal of Research in Mathematics Education. She also writes frequently for teachers. Most recently, her book Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics described an equitable approach to collaborative learning. She also engages with mathematics educators through social media. At Vanderbilt, she teachers pre-service secondary math methods, as well as graduate seminars on classroom discourse, academic writing, and teachers’ work.
Dr. Horn’s research centers on ways to make authentic mathematics accessible to students, particularly those who have historically been disenfranchised by our educational system. She focuses primarily on mathematics teaching in two ways. First, she looks at classroom practices that engage the most students in high quality mathematics. Second, viewing teaching as a situated practice, Horn is interested in how school environments, communities, colleagues, and policies shape what is instructionally possible. Ilana Horn’s scholarship lies at the intersection of mathematics education, learning sciences, and sociology of teachers’ work.