Dr. Theodore Chao co-wrote and co-produced the web series Radical Cram School. He is an associate professor of Mathematics Education at The Ohio State University, specializing in equity-oriented education for early and middle-childhood learners. Theodore is a nationwide leading expert in connecting STEM learning and STEM teacher preparation to issues of equity, power, and social justice. He has written numerous articles aimed at educators and parents on ways to teach mathematics from an equity-oriented lens, and he’s spoken at conferences throughout the world. His research has been funded by Fulbright, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Theodore has been featured in multiple education-focused books, textbooks, and podcasts. He is the STEM consultant for the Penguin Random House titles Happy Pi Day to You and I Can Code! Can You?, and a STEM educational consultant for McGraw Hill Education, the Educational Testing Service, and the ACT. Theodore’s recent work on Asian American identity education is featured in the Inspire Podcast’s recent episode “Not Your Model Minority” and the book Teacher Educators as Critical Storytellers. Theodore received his PhD in Mathematics Education from The University of Texas at Austin and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard. Theodore is also a parent of three, including the middle school-aged daughter who inspired Radical Cram School.
Coauthored by: Anna Michelle Wang, Jenessa Joffe & Kristina Wong