Marilyn Burns is the founder of Math Solutions Professional Development, dedicated to helping schools improve K–8 mathematics teaching. For more than 20 years, Math Solutions Professional Development has served over 500 districts in 47 states, helping more than 100,000 teachers and administrators through inservice programs, professional books, videotapes, and on-site school support.
Ms. Burns has also developed a 20-minute videotape for parents, “Mathematics: What Are You Teaching My Child?” A collaboration between Scholastic and Cuisenaire, this videotape helps parents understand why and how math teaching today is different from what they experienced.
She continues to bring her messages directly to children and is the author of more than ten books for children, including the best-selling The I Hate Mathematics! Book, first published more than 25 years ago and now translated into German, Japanese, and Hebrew. In 1994, Ms. Burns launched Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Books for Scholastic with The Greedy Triangle; there are now five books in the series, including the favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs for All.
In 1991, Ms. Burns was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award, given by the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics to one mathematics educator each year. In 1997, she received the Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education by the Association for Women in Mathematics.