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Mary Jo Tavormina

Project Director

Learning Sciences Research Institute


Building & Room:

1570-P SSB


1240 W. Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-1733



As Project Director, Mary Jo is responsible for strategic planning, project management and leadership to support the collaboration and improvement of mathematics teaching and learning in over 30 districts and in Big Shoulders Fund Catholic schools. Previously, Mary Jo served as the Director of Mathematics for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), providing direction and support for mathematics across the district, co-directed UIC’s All Learn Mathematics Project, providing professional development and support in Chicago and the suburbs, and co-directed the UIC Middle Grade Mathematics Alternative Certification Program, designed to meet the need for highly qualified middle grade mathematics teachers in Chicago Public Schools. She has facilitated professional development for district leaders, administrators, and teachers, and presented at numerous conferences around the country. She was awarded the first Philip Wagreich Award for achievements in advancing STEM education. She is a former middle grade mathematics teacher.

Selected Presentations

MCMI (Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative)


Elementary Math Specialist Project