Daniel J. Heck, Senior Researcher and Partner at Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and History and a Master’s Degree in Education from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a specialization in Educational Psychology, Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodologies.
Dr. Heck is currently PI of Peers Engaged as Resources for Learning Mathematics; All Included in Mathematics – Expansion and Dissemination; and Mathematical Record Keeping Supports Cognition and Communication. He is Co-PI of All Included in Mathematics, and the Evaluation of NSF’s REESE Program. He also directs external evaluations of several mathematics education research projects. Dr. Heck was previously PI of Development of a Research Agenda for Understanding the Influence of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, and Co-PI of Fostering Mathematics Success for English Language Learners. Based on his work, Dr. Heck is an author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers; and editor of a book detailing research approaches for studying the enacted mathematics curriculum. He served from 2009 to 2012 on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee.
In more than 15 years at HRI, Dr. Heck has directed the Study of the Impact of the Statewide Systemic Initiatives, and Lessons Learned from Research on Systemic Reform projects. He also led evaluations of the Indiana Mathematics Initiative Partnership, the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, Learning and Teaching Geometry, Cases of Reasoning and Proving in Secondary Mathematics, Mathematics Discourse in Secondary Classrooms, and Geometry Assessments for Secondary Teachers projects. His work on the Math and Science Partnership Knowledge Management and Dissemination project included primary responsibility for the development and application of standards of evidence for the research review component. He also provided leadership on instrument development for the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum and Inside the Classroom projects; on research design, instrumentation, and analysis for Digital Environments for Learning and Teaching Algebra; and on longitudinal and large-scale quantitative analyses for the Core Evaluation of the Local Systemic Change through Teacher Enhancement. Prior to joining HRI in 1999, Dr. Heck taught mathematics at the high school level and was an Associate Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.