Megan Loef Franke

Megan Franke
Megan Loef Franke
University of California, Los Angeles

Megan Loef Franke is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting teacher learning for both preservice and inservice teachers. She is particularly interested in how teaching mathematics with attention to students and their mathematical thinking can create opportunities for low-income students of color to learn mathematics with understanding. In addition, Dr. Franke designs, prepares and studies the preparation of early childhood to 6th grade mathematics teachers and is known for her work on Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), her leadership in Center X: Where Research and Practice Intersect for Urban School Professionals, and her ongoing professional development work to support teachers, schools and communities. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Education. Dr. Franke received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Publications by Megan Loef Franke
Challenges and Possibilities
In recent years, California has invested in improving early childhood education programs. Research shows the importance of high-quality early childhood education, but the disconnect from K–12 education threatens its long-term benefits. If the early…