Alan Schoenfeld is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, with appointments in the School of Education and Department of Mathematics. A mathematician by training, he has devoted his career to the study of problem solving, of teaching, and of “powerful” learning environments – classrooms from which students emerge as knowledgeable, resourceful thinkers and problem solvers. His goal is to help teachers create possibilities for every student to experience the power, beauty, and meaningfulness of mathematics.
In 2011 Schoenfeld was awarded the Felix Klein Award for life-time achievement in mathematics education research by ICMI. He is a member of the International Academy of Education, was vice president of the US National Academy of Education, and has served as President of the American Educational Research Association. He likes spending time in K-12 classrooms and working with teachers.