A. Personal Details
Email: alon.pinto@weizmann.ac.il Cellphone: +972 (0)544963069 Work Phone: +972 (0)89342430 Mailing Address: Department of Science Teaching, The Weizmann Institute of Science, 234 Herzl St., Rehovot, 7610001, Israel 
Date of birth: 15/6/1977 Country of birth: Israel Citizenship: Israeli Military service: 3 Years Number of Children: 3 
B. Education
2006 – 2011 
Ph.D., Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Thesis Title: Product Decompositions and Splitting Theorems of Busemann NonPositively Curved Spaces Advisor: Prof. Tsachik Gelander 
2003 – 2005 
M.Sc., Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Thesis Title: Cellular Approximation of Groups Advisor: Prof. Emmanuel Dror Farjoun Graduated Cum Laude; GPA: 95.5 
2000 – 2003 
B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Graduated Cum Laude; GPA: 92.8 
C. Employment
2019 – 
Senior Scientist, Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2016 – 2019 
Senior Intern, Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2014 – 2016 
Postdoctoral fellowship, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA Mentor: Prof. Alan Schoenfeld 
2012 – 2014 
Postdoctoral fellowship at Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Science Teaching. Mentor: Prof. Abraham Arcavi 
D. Scientific Recognition
Research Grants 

2021 – 2023 
Principle Investigator, Coronavirus Challenges in Education  Internal Grant of the Weizmann Institute of Science, for the study of “Conceptualizing flipped classrooms as a tool for hybrid learning in elementary school mathematics” $50,000 (Joint project with Dr. Ronnie Karsenty) 
2020 – 2023 
Principle Investigator, Israeli Science Foundation, for the study of “Processes of utilizing tertiary mathematics to inform and enhance classroom instruction at the secondary level” 432,000 ILS. 
2018 – 2021 
Principal Investigator of a "Quality plan" workpackage, Erasmus+, in the international consortium "Innovative Teacher Education in Mathematics" of 17 European universities and institutions (The consortium is coordinated by Prof. Konstantinos Petridis, Technological Educational Institution of Crete. It is a joint project with Boris Koichu and Ronnie Karsenty who are also PIs of the "Quality plan" workpackage), €88,000 (out of €1,000,000). 
20172020 
Principal Investigator, TeacherResearch Alliance for Investigating Learning (TRAIL). Funded by Weizmann Institute of Science ($250000) and the Ministry of Education ($55000) (a joint project with Boris Koichu). 


2014 – 2016 
2014 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($55,000) 
2014 – 2016 
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel ($38,000) 
2014 – 2016 
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Alan Schoenfeld, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley ($38,000) 
2003 – 2005 
M.Sc. Excellence Scholarship, Einstein Institute of Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
Academic Awards 

2010 
Klein Prize for Outstanding Graduate Students in Mathematics and Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
2002 
Dean's Honorary List of Excellence, Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
Committees 

2019 – 
Member of the Committee for the new elementary school mathematics curriculum, appointed by the Minister of Education, Israel 
2019 – 
Member of Ph.D. and M.Sc. committees for various universities in Israel 
2018 – 2019 
Coleader of the Topic Working Group “TWG14: University mathematics education” in the Congress of the 11^{th} European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Utrecht, Netherland 
2018 
Cochair of the Scientific Committee of the Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (JCRME), Israel 
2017 
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (JCRME), Israel 
2016 – 2017 
Coleader of the Topic Working Group “TWG14: University mathematics education” in the Congress of the 10th European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Dublin, Ireland 
Personal Scientific Invitations (International)


2017 
Hosts: Prof. Sinead Breen, Dublin City University; Prof. Maria Meehan, University College Dublin; Prof. Ann O'Shea, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland Purpose: Professional collaboration, invited talk 
2015 
Host: The Didactics of Mathematics in Higher Education as a Scientific Discipline Conference, University of Kassel, Germany Purpose: Invited talk at a closed conference 
2015 
Host: Prof. Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State University, USA Purpose: Invited talk at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics 
2015 
Host: Prof. Patrick Thompson, Arizona State University, USA Purpose: Invited talk, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences 
2013 
Host: Prof. Deborah L. Ball, University of Michigan, USA Purpose: 2week visit at the 2013 Elementary Mathematics Laboratory 
E. Teaching Experience
Instructor (Mathematics Education) 


2020 
Problem Solving in Mathematics (a graduate course for practicing Secondary Mathematics Teachers) 

2019, 2021 
Probability and Statistics (a graduate course for practicing Secondary Mathematics Teachers) 

Teaching Assistant (Mathematics) 

2010 – 2011 
Ordinary Differential Equations; Infinitesimal Calculus 

2009 – 2010 
Infinitesimal Calculus; Linear Algebra for Engineers 

2007 – 2008 
Mathematical Logic; Topology 

2006 – 2007 
Discrete Mathematics; Calculus for Science Students 

2005 – 2006 
Linear Algebra; Combinatorics 

2004 – 2005 
Analysis Workshop for Exact Sciences; Set Theory 

2003 – 2004 
Advanced Infinitesimal Calculus; Linear Algebra 

Student Tutoring (Undergraduate Mathematics) 


2003 – 2011 
2 hours per week during the academic semesters 

F. Scientific Productivity
Professional Activities 


2021 – 
Coleader (with Dr. Ronnie Karsenty) of the ZenMath research project, funded by an internal grant of Weizmann Institute of Science. 

2020 – 
Leader of the MCubed research project, funded by grants of the Israel Science Foundation and the Weizmann Institute of Science. 

2020 – 2022 
Guest editor of the special issue “Calculus at the Intersection of Institutions, Disciplines and Communities” of the International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. 

2019 – 
Coordinator of the seminar of the Mathematics group at the Department of Science Teaching. 

2017 
Coordinator (with Prof. Boris Koichu) of the Mathematics Education session at the Israel Mathematical Union Annual Meeting. 

2017 – 2018 
Leader of the “MathEducation Boundary Crossings Club” program, Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science. 

2017 – 2021 
Coleader (with Prof. Boris Koichu) of the TeacherResearch Alliance for Investigating Learning (TRAIL) research program. 

2017 – 2019 
Coleader (with Prof. Boris Koichu) of a teacherresearcher colearning partnership with secondary mathematics teachers, in collaboration with the Davidson Institute of Science Education. 

2017 – 2018 
Coleader (with Tamara LefcourtRuby and Talli Nachlieli) of the “Mathematics for teachers” crosscommunity forum, Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. 

2017 
Coordinator of the Mathematics Education session at the Israel Mathematical Union Annual Meeting. 

2009 – 2014 
Coleader of a professional development program for inservice elementary mathematics school teachers, Einstein Institute of Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 

Invited talks at Scientific Conferences (* International; ** Local)
2021** 
Invited talk (virtual) at the International Forum of Researchers in Problem Solving, São Paulo State University, Brazil 
2020** 
“Guiding principles for teacher professional development from research and from practice”, an invited plenary talk (virtual) at the Mathematical Excellence at the School and at the Classroom conference, Israel 
2020** 
“Academic Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: What is it?”, invited plenary talk at the 8th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel 
2010* 
"What do we know about spaces of nonpositive curvature", invited plenary talk at the Research Workshop on Geometry of Group Actions on CAT(0) Spaces and Buildings, SdeBoker, Israel 
Presentations at Scientific Conferences (* International; ** Local)
2021* 
“The SecondaryTertiary Transition (STT)  An International Perspective”, the 14^{th} International Congress on Mathematics Education, Shanghai, China 
2019* 
“Towards transitionoriented pedagogies in calculus courses”, Calculus in upper secondary and beginning university mathematics, Kristiansand, Norway 
2019** 
“Fostering learning of informal mathematics in a formal course: What are the key challenges for instructors, and what can be done about them?”, the Israel Mathematical Union Annual meeting, Jerusalem, Israel 
2019* 
“Formative assessment of proof comprehension in undergraduate mathematics: Affordances of iterative lecturer feedback”, the Congress of the 11^{th} European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11). Utrecht, Netherland 
2018* 
“Diversity in curriculum committees: Challenges and opportunities for crosscommunity collaboration”, the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction Study 24^{th} conference, Tsukuba, Japan 
2018* 
“Playing Tic Tac Toe or learning nonEuclidean Geometry?”, the 42^{nd} Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Umeå, Sweden 
2018** 
“Different modes of collaboration between teachers and education researchers: Where we are and how can we move forward?”, the 6th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel 
2018** 
“Can mathematicians learn from mathematics educators about mathematics? Can mathematics educators learn from mathematicians about mathematics education?”, the 6th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel 
2017** 
“Lost in translation: What is research on mathematics education, and how can it help us?”, The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Israel Mathematical Union, Acre, Israel 
2017* 
“Math teaching as jazz improvisation: Exploring the ‘highly principled but not determinate’ instructional moves of an expert instructor”, the 10th Congress of the European Society for Research in MathEducation (CERME10), Dublin, Ireland 
2017** 
“On the fine line between pedagogical principles and improvisation in inquiryoriented instruction: Examining the ‘unjustifiable’ teaching moves of an expert instructor”, the 5th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel 
2017** 
“Our inner discourse as mathematicseducation researchers: diving into questions that (sometimes) trouble every one of us” at the 5th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel. 
2016* 
“University mathematics teaching: practices outside class that shape the mathematics in the lectures”, The 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education 2016 (ICME13), Hamburg, Germany 
2016* 
“The same lecture outline, but very different lectures: The decisions mathematics instructors make and how they shape the mathematics in their classrooms”, MAA Invited Paper Session, The Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, USA 
2015* 
“Why different mathematics instructors teach students different lessons about mathematics in lectures”, The Didactics of Mathematics in Higher Education as a Scientific Discipline Conference, Hannover, Germany 
2015** 
"Towards a theory of teaching and learning to think mathematically at university", The NAEd/Spencer Fellowship Programs Fall Retreat 2015, Washington, D.C., USA 
2015* 
"Exploring practices and beliefs that shape the teaching of mathematical ways of thinking and doing at university", the 18th Conference on Research in Undergraduate Math Education (CRUME), Pittsburgh, USA 
2014** 
"Variability in University Mathematics – A Tale of Two Instructors", the 2^{nd} Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education, Israel 
2013* 
"Revisiting University Mathematics – A Tale of Two Instructors", the 8th Congress of the European Society for Research in MathEducation (CERME8), Antalya, Turkey 
Seminars and Colloquium Talks (Selected)
2021 
“MCubed – Mathteachers, Mathematicians, Mathematics", Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2021 
“Don’t let them lose sight of the mathematics: Nurturing meaning in mathematics education from elementary to secondary”, Oranim Academic College and Teaching, Israel 
2020 
“153 – A wonderful (מקסים) Number – In memory of Maxim Bruckheimer", a joint talk with Prof. Abraham Arcavi, ", Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2019 
“Nurturing meaning in mathematics across elementary school”, plenary talk at a special meeting of elementary school mathematics supervisors, Ministry of Education, Israel 
2018 
“Mashal! Mashal?", Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2017 
“Close encounters of the third kind: What we learned from collaboration between mathematicians and education researchers, and how can we move forward”, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. 
2017 
“From course design to inthemoment decisions: Exploring the mechanisms that underlie mathematics teaching at university”, School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel 
2016 
“(How) Can mathematicians help math teachers teach better?”, The Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education Professional Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA 
2015 
"Student initiation to university mathematics: A case study of instructors' practices and beliefs", Mathematics Education Colloquium, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA 
2015 
"Student initiation to university mathematics: A case study of instructors' practices and beliefs", Mathematics Colloquium of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, San Diego State University, California, USA. 
2015 
“University math lectures: Why different mathematicians teach the same topics but different mathematics”, School of Education, TelAviv University, Israel 
2015 
“University math lectures: Why different mathematicians teach the same topics but different mathematics”, Department of Mathematics Education, University of Haifa, Israel 
2015 
"What mathematical content is there to learn here? Instructors' and students' different perspectives on the mathematics at university", Social policy and research in cognition & mathematics education: A focus on common core (SPARCME), University of California, Berkeley, USA 
2014 
"From Research in Pure Mathematics to Math Education– A Once in a Life Time Experience (Thank God!)", Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2014 
“Do Different University Math Instructors Teach the Same Mathematics? A Tale of Two Lessons”, Math Education Seminar, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel 
2013 
"Deriving Different Plots  A Story of Two University Math Lessons on the Derivative", Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
2011 
"Product Decompositions and Splitting Theorems in Busemann NonPositively Curved Spaces", Einstein Institute of Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
G. Languages
Hebrew, English – Fluent in reading, writing and speaking