Dr. Harold Asturias is the director of the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity(CeMEE) at the Lawrence Hall of Science; a science center located at the University of California, Berkeley. Before that, he was the Deputy Director of the Mathematics and Science Professional Development at the University of California Office of the President. He provided oversight to the English Language Development Professional Development Institutes (ELD-PDI).
Previously, he served as the Director of the New Standards Portfolio Assessment Project and the Mathematics Unit for New Standards—a national project to develop national standards and assessments. In that capacity he led the development team of experts whose efforts, involving many states and over a thousand teachers, resulted in the successful production of two assessment systems: the New Standards Portfolio and the Reference Examination.
In addition, he was part of the team that produced the New Standards Performance Standards. Mr. Asturias was a member of the writing group for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Assessment Standards for School Mathematics. He has extensive experience providing professional development in the areas of standards and assessment in mathematics for teachers in large urban districts (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City) and smaller and rural districts. Over the past few years he has focused in the area of designing and implementing professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers who teach English Language Learners.