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John Sutton

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Researcher, Evaluator 

BIO

Dr. Sutton holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education and school administration from the University of Iowa. He brings to his position over 25 years of experience in mathematics and science education reform and leadership development. Over the years, he has served as a teacher and leader in mathematics and science education and a "change agent" providing leadership development, skills, and professional growth for school administrators, mathematics and science leaders, and classroom teachers at all levels in the education system to ensure that all students succeed. He also brings a wealth of experience in leading and conducting evaluations of numerous programs funded by the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education, most recently the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) programs.


Dr. Sutton leads the evaluation of the NSF Funded NebraskaMATH MSP project and the Data Connections MSP RETA project, both at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also serves as Co-PI for the NSF DRK-12 Examining Mathematics Coaching (EMC) project as well as the Deputy Associate Director for the Central Regional Education Laboratory (REL) which serves the states of CO, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD, and WY. Dr. Sutton leads a Research Alliance focused on providing technical assistance to U.S. Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnerships in the REL Central region. Dr. Sutton has a wealth of experience in these areas, along with with an unwavering commitment to improving opportunities for all students to learn through improved curriculum and instruction and teacher preparation.

Dr. Sutton has a long standing history of successfully managing major grants and contracts with multi-million dollar budgets. Since 1992, Dr. Sutton served as the Project Director for the Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Mathematics and Science funded by the U.S. Department of Education that served the Mid-continent region for 11 years. He has been PI and/or CO-PI for three NSF-funded projects addressing mathematics, coaching, and equity, and has served as the Director of Education and Public Outreach for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration supported GENESIS Mission which was led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Sutton is a former Vice-President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), was an active member of the NCSM Board of Directors, and served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Research Committee. Dr. Sutton was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve on the Board of Directors for the NSF-funded Colorado CONNECT Statewide Systemic Initiative and recently served on the Education Legislative Committee. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the NSF-funded Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico (UCAN) Rural Systemic Initiative and the Colorado Mathematics and Science Education Coalition. He has been on a number of Advisory Committees for projects of major significance in the area of Assessment, which have included the Mathematical Science Education Board (MSEB) Assessment in Practice Project and the WestED Learning from Assessment Project. 

EXPERTISE

Project management
Partnership development
Education and public outreach
Technical assistance for federal programs
Professional development in mathematics and
science
School leadership/administration
Systems thinking
Project/program evaluation 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Sutton, J. T., Good, B., Heidema, C., & Mitchell, A., NebraskaMATH Targeted Partnership: 2011 - 2012 Evaluation Report, Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, November, 2012.


Sutton, J. T., Yopp, D., & Burroughs, E., "Coaching Knowledge: Domains and Definitions," Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 13(2), 13-20, Fall, 2011.

Sutton, J. T., Good, B., Heidema, C., & Mitchell, A., NebraskaMATH Targeted Partnership: 2010 - 2011 Evaluation Report, Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, November, 2011.

David Yopp, Elizabeth A. Burroughs, Jennifer Luebeck, Clare Heidema, Arlene Mitchell, and John Sutton, "How to be a Wise Consumer of Coaching: Strategies Teachers can use to Maximize Coaching's Benefits," Journal of Staff Development, 32(1), pp. 50-53, February, 2011.

Good, B. and Sutton, J.T., Nebraska Statewide Mathematics and Science Partnership Program - Science - Keep Improving Content, Knowledge, and Skills (KICKS): Evaluation Report 2010-2011. Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, September, 2011.

Sutton, J. T. and Good, B., Nebraska Statewide Mathematics and Science Partnership Program - Nebraska Mathematics Professional Development Series (NMPDS): Evaluation Report 2010-2011. Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, August, 2011.

Sutton, J. T., Good, B., Heidema, C., Jesse, D., Meyer, S., & Mitchell, A., Math in the Middle Institute Partnership: 2004- 2011 Final Evaluation Report, Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, July, 2011.

Sutton, J. T., Ward, B., Jaramillo, D., Buckley, P., & Freeman, F., Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute: 2010 Evaluation Report. Denver, CO: RMC Research Corporation, March, 2011.

Battista, M. J., Boerst, T. A., Confrey, J., Knuth, E., Reed-Quander, J., Smith, M. S., et al., "Research in Mathematics Education: Multiple Methods for Multiple Uses," Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 40(3), 216-240, May, 2009.

Battista, M. J., Boerst, T. A., Confrey, J., King, K. D., Reed, J., Smith, M. S., et al., "Situating Research on Curricular Change," Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 39(2), 102-112, March, 2008.

Battista, M. J., Fey, J. T., King, K. D., Larson, M., Reed, J., Smith, M. S., et al., "Connecting Research and Practice at NCTM," Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 38(2), 108-114, March, 2007.

Krueger, A., & Sutton, J. T. (2002). EDThoughts: What we know about mathematics teaching and learning. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

Krueger, A., & Sutton, J. T. (2001). EDThoughts: What we know about science teaching and learning. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. 

Site Contributions
02/22/17The Effects Of Professional Development On Elementary Students' Mathematics Achievement
04/26/16External Feedback for Educational Research: What Should We Ask?
04/07/16Evaluation Models Aligned to Research Types
02/29/16Practice for March 3 TEAMS webinar
02/03/16Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) Project Summaries
02/01/16Practice for February 4 TEAMS webinar
01/07/16Practice for January 14 TEAMS webinar
12/01/15Practice for December 1 TEAMS webinar
11/16/15Practice for November 19 TEAMS Webinar
10/26/15Practice for TEAMS November webinar
10/19/15walk through test - Whats Missing in Reports and Articles?
09/30/15TEAMS Practice Webinar - Rigorous Alternatives to RCTs
09/23/15TEAMS VEE Practice Webinar
09/11/15TEAMS test 2
09/09/15Test - TEAMS
06/10/15TEAMS - Test webinar
06/03/15TEAMS Advisory Board
03/26/15TEAMS - Test webinar - What's the big deal about missing data?
02/26/15Test Webinar - TEAMS (A Systems-Orientation to Evaluation)
12/10/14Practice webinar for today's TEAMS webinar
10/22/14test webinar - teams
09/19/14Innovative Ways to Acquire External Feedback - Effectively Engaging an Advisory Board in Evaluation
09/16/14TEAMS practice webinar - Innovative Ways to Acquire External Feedback - Effectively Engaging an Advi
07/23/14A Look Inside Mathematics Coaching: Roles, Content, And Dynamics
06/09/14MSP Project Document Review Rubric
06/09/14MSP Project Document Self-Appraisal
02/26/14Test webinar for TEAMS
09/19/13EMC Teacher Survey
04/10/13MSPnet Academy: Do It Right From the Outset, or Do It Again and Again
04/02/13Practice Academy Webinar
10/05/06Linking Teacher Characteristics to Student Mathematics Outcomes