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Ken Rafanan

Research Social Scientist, SRI Education

Ken Rafanan is a research social scientist in SRI Education. He develops learning activity systems integrating teacher professional development, curriculum, assessment, and technology designed to enhance learning of critical mathematics.

Rafanan's recent work has focused on the use of tablet computers structuring collaborative learning activities for learning early mathematics in preschools in the United States as well as the use of tablet computers in middle school mathematics in the United Kingdom. He currently co-leads the curriculum development and the delivery of professional development on the Cornerstone Mathematics project. He has helped develop assessments for use in preschools and elementary school, middle school and community college classrooms using an evidence centered design framework. Ken also contributes to SRI Education’s research efforts in informal learning environments.


  • M.A., Education (Learning, Design & Technology Program), Stanford University, 2003
  • B.A., German Studies, Stanford University, 2002 (class of 1993)

Professional Experience

  • Research Social Scientist, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (2004-present)
  • Math and Computer Instructor, Children's Health Council, Palo Alto, CA (2004)
  • Educational Research Consultant, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (2003-2004)
  • Executive Director, OpenVoice, East Palo Alto, CA (2001)
  • Traffic Engineering Technician, City of Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA (1994-1998)
  • Transportation Planner, City of Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA (1998-2001)

Current Projects

  • Cornerstone Mathematics
  • Next Generation Preschool Math
  • Ready to Learn

Past Projects

  • Bridging Professional Development (ended 2009)
  • Dynabook: A Digital Resource for Preservice Mathematics Teachers (ended 2012)
  • TechPALS: Getting Fractions Right with Technology-Mediated Peer-Assisted Learning (ended 2008)
  • SunBay Digital Mathematics (ended 2011)
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Educational Technology Interventions (EETI) (ended 2007)
  • Scaling Up SimCalc
  • Thinking With Data
  • Adaptive Expertise in Second Life (InnoQ) (ended 2010)


Ken Rafanan