Cambridge, MA

President: Dennis M. Bartels





TERC's objective is to improve mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning. TERC works at the edges of current theory and practice to 1) contribute to understanding of learning and teaching, 2) foster professional development, 3) develop applications of new technologies, 4) create curricula and other products, and 5) support school reform.


At TERC our work in mathematics and science education aims to instill in all students a desire for life-long learning. Through research, professional development, curriculum development, and applications of technology, TERC provides opportunities for learners of all ages to come together and engage in rigorous and reflective inquiry.



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The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) is a leading research and development center for pre-college Earth and space science education.

The Education Research Collaborative in Science and Mathematics at TERC is a community of educators, researchers, scientists, and mathematicians organized around several strands of work, including the Chèche Konnen Center, mathematics of change, mathematics in the elementary grades, and equity in mathematics education.

The Center for Education Partnerships (CEP) endeavors to improve teaching and learning in K-12 schools through: partnerships with school districts; professional development for school leaders in math, science and technology; exemplary curriculum materials; using new technologies as a learning tool; and contributions to the research base on math, science and technology reform.

The Partnerships for Systemic Reform is composed of two bodies which share an interest in creating learning environments that connect classrooms with real-life applications and mentor relationships.

TERCworks develops and markets educational materials whose pedagogy is deeply rooted in the educational theory embodied at TERC.


TERC produces a variety of research papers, reports, books, monographs, articles, and other publications for educators. Many of these resources are available from TERC for a nominal fee. Some are available online in electronic format or as downloadable PDF files. Others are available from publishers. TERC's Hands On! magazine is published semiannually.


TERC pursues its mission to improve mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning through research and development projects which are funded by government agencies, private foundations, and industry. Project work is research-based and grounded in classroom experiences.


TERC has authored many educational materials that are available from their publishers or from TERC. Products include curriculum, software, videos, staff development materials, teacher resources, and web-based tools.

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