Megan Loef Franke

Megan Franke
Megan Loef Franke
University of California, Los Angeles

Megan Loef Franke is professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting teacher learning for both preservice and in-service 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. Franke additionally designs, prepares, and studies the preparation of early childhood to sixth grade mathematics teachers. She is known for her work on cognitively guided instruction; 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. Franke received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

updated 2018

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…