Martin Gartzman

Executive Director

Martin Gartzman is Executive Director of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago.

From 2006 through 2010, he served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director for High School Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he coordinated the university's work with UIC College Prep, a charter high school established in 2008 in partnership with the Noble Street Charter School. As a Faculty Associate at UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute since 2006, Gartzman established several funded projects. In 2007, he brought together a team of leading researchers, developers, and practitioners to establish the Algebra Intensification Project, which led to the development of Agile Mind's Intensified Algebra I; from 2007 through 2010, Gartzman served as the project's principal investigator. In 2009, he founded and served as principal investigator for two "sister initiatives"—the West Cook Mathematics Initiative and the South Cook Mathematics Initiative—that are working with 33 school districts in west and south Cook County to develop regionally based mathematics improvement strategies.

From 2006 through 2010, with Susan Hull and Uri Treisman of the Charles A. Dana Center of the University of Texas at Austin, he co-directed the Dana Center's Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, a network of the mathematics directors from 22 of the country's largest school districts.

From 2002 through 2006, Gartzman served as the Chicago Public Schools Chief Mathematics and Science Officer, where he developed and directed the Chicago Math and Science Initiative (CMSI), the district's highly respected program for mathematics and science improvement.

From 1986 through 2002, he served in several capacities at UIC, including 12 years as Associate Director of UIC's Institute for Mathematics and Science Education, which Gartzman co-founded with mathematician Philip Wagreich and physicist Howard Goldberg in 1990.

Gartzman has developed and served in senior leadership capacities with many grant-funded projects involving mathematics and science curriculum development and teacher professional development and has served in advisory roles with many projects and organizations. From 1978 through 1986, Gartzman taught biology and directed the bilingual program at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago.