Cindy Jiban, PhD

Principal Academic Lead

Cindy Jiban, PhD, is principal academic lead, focusing on early learning. She is the lead content designer of MAP Reading Fluency. She supports the development of early numeracy and early literacy, including reading fluency, through NWEA blogs, eBooks, webinars, and externally published articles. Dr. Jiban taught in elementary and middle schools both as a classroom teacher and as a special educator. She earned her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, focusing on intervention and assessment for students acquiring foundational academic skills. Her research publications focus on elementary mathematics in the context of Response to Intervention. After contributions at the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, National Center on Educational Outcomes, and Minnesota Center for Reading Research, Dr. Jiban joined NWEA in 2009.