Megan Franke Elected to the National Academy of Education

Professor of education and CGI expert is one of three NAEd honorees from the UC system.

Professor Megan Loef Franke has been elected to the National Academy of Education this year, one of three in the University of California system. She will be inducted with 13 other new members from across the nation during the organization’s annual meeting in November.

Professor Megan Franke is a renowned expert on cognitively guided instruction of mathematics.

“Megan Franke’s election to the National Academy of Education, one of the most august education societies in the world, fills the entire GSE&IS community with joy and pride,” says Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. “Megan is a scholar’s scholar, a marvelous mentor, and an exemplary citizen of the University. Brava! Brava! Brava! Dr. Franke on this well deserved honor.”

“I am honored to join this impressive community of educational scholars and grateful to my many researcher, teacher, and student collaborators,” says Professor Franke.

Franke’s research is focused on understanding and supporting teacher learning for both pre-service and in-service teachers. She studies how teachers make use of research-based information about the development of children’s mathematical thinking (Cognitively Guided Instruction) and how CGI supports student learning in mathematics. She is interested in how paying attention to students and their mathematical thinking can create better understanding and opportunities for low-income students of color.

In addition, Professor Franke designs and studies the preparation of early childhood to 6th grade mathematics teachers. She is working with teacher educators from 11 teacher education programs to design and study innovations that move the learning of teaching closer to practice and create ongoing opportunities for teachers and students to transform teaching and learning in school. Franke is currently involved in a large-scale professional development and research project that engages teachers in supporting mathematical learning from preschool through second grade, and district level studies of coherence in early childhood mathematics with the DREME (Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education) network team. In addition she is involved in a series of studies with Noreen Webb, UCLA professor of education, and Marsha Ing, associate professor of education at UC Riverside, that link classroom practice and student outcomes in elementary mathematics classrooms.

Before joining the UCLA Department of Education in 1993, Franke was a third grade teacher and then a doctoral student and an associate researcher for the Cognitively Guided Instruction project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She served as director of UCLA’s Center X from 2001 to 2008, chair of the UCLA Department of Education 2008-2013 and as interim dean of GSE&IS in 2012.

In 2013, Professor Franke, along with her DiME (Diversity in Mathematics Education) colleagues, was honored with the AERA Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education, and in in 2012 with AERA’s Relating Research to Practice Award. Franke is currently serving a three-year term as Member-at-Large on the AERA Council and is also a member of the AERA Executive Board. 

Dean Suárez-Orozco highlights the fact that Franke’s election marks a 100 percent increase in UCLA’s faculty membership in the National Academy of Education in the last five years.

“That is a stunning record of achievement and tribute to the luminous brilliance of our colleagues in the education firmament,” he says.