Training Team
Lead Trainer: Diana M. Fisher
Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas, El Paso, master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in system science from Portland State University. She has taken numerous courses in computer science at Oregon State University and has a graduate certificate in System Dynamics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Experience: Teacher of mathematics for 30+ years, computer programming (Pascal, then C++/Java) and System Dynamics Modeling for 20 years, at the high school level. She has taught mathematics courses at the university level and has taught summer workshops for teachers in System Dynamics Modeling and in computer programming.
She provided two NASA sponsored, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workshop, most recently MODSIM: Simulation Modeling for High School Mathematics Teachers (2013), and another entitled “Modeling, Analysis and Simulation in Mathematics Using System Dynamics” for math teachers (2008) both in Langley, Virginia .
Ms. Fisher has written and directed two National Science Foundation grants. The first grant was entitled CrossCurricular Systems Thinking and Dynamics Using STELLA (CCSTADUS) 1993–1996, and was awarded exemplary status in 1996 and extended for a year (1996–1997).
_________________________________ Books, Book Chapters, and Papers:
Fisher, D. M. (1994). Teaching systems dynamics to teachers and students in 812 environment . Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Sterling, Scotland.
Guthrie, S, & Fisher, D. M. (1996). Systems thinking and system dynamics in the CCSTADUS high school project (How high school students become system thinkers). Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Fisher, D. M., & Zaraza, R. (1997). Seamless integration of system dynamics into high school algebra, calculus, modeling courses. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.
Fisher, D. M. (1998). Mistakes made in the early years teaching students and teachers to create system models. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Zaraza, R., & Fisher, D. M. (1999). Training system modelers: the NSF CCSTADUS and CCSUSTAIN projects. In W. Feurzeig, & N. Roberts (Eds.) Modeling and Simulation in Science and Mathematics Education (3869). New York: Springer.
Fisher, D. M., & Joy, T. (2000). What behaviors are desirable in students creating systems models? A step before assessment. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Bergen, Norway.
Fisher, D. M. (2000) System dynamics models created by high school students. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Bergen, Norway.
Fisher, D. M. (2000) Materials for introducing systems modeling in mathematics. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Bergen, Norway.
Fisher, D. M. (2001). Lessons in mathematics: A dynamic approach. Lebanon, New Hampshire: isee systems, inc.
Costello, W., Fisher, D. M., Guthrie, S., Heinbokel, J., Joy, T., Lyneis, D., Potash, J., Stuntz, L., & Zaraza, R. (2001). Moving forward with system dynamics in K12 education: a collective vision for the next 25 years. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Fisher, D. M. (2002). Creating content specific lessons incorporating system dynamics. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Palermo, Italy.
Fisher, D. M. (2003). Student performance on the bathtub and cash flow problems. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. New York, New York.


The second grant was entitled CrossCurricular Systems: Training and Inservice (CCSUSTAIN) 1997–2001. In each of these grants high school teachers from the disciplines of math, science, and social science were trained in the design of system models and wrote curriculum to support the models they constructed during the threeweek summer training.
Ms. Fisher has published “Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach” (2001, 2005) which has been translated into Spanish, and “Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course” (2005, second edition in 2007, third edition in 2011) which has been translated into Japanese. Both books are published by iseesystems, inc. (Please see the resources section of this website.) She also coauthored three textbooks in computer programming (in the 1980s) published by Computer Science Press.
She has given workshops at the International System Dynamics Conference (1998–2014) and at the K12 Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference for many years. She has also presented at the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Math) conferences, NECC (National Education Computing) conferences (1992, 1997, 2006), Technology in Collegiate Mathematics Conference (1991), Society of Women Engineers Conference (1991), among others.
_________________________Books, Book Chapters, and Papers (continued):
Fisher, D. M. (2003) How drugs work in the human body: analysis of a modeling unit used in a second year algebra class. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. New York, New York.
Fisher, D. M. (2003) Reaction to system dynamics modeling from a woman's perspective. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. New York, New York.
Fisher, D. M. (2004) Women in system dynamics modeling: out of the loop? Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Oxford, England.
Fisher, D. M. (2007). CCSTADUS/CCSUSTAIN projects. In D. Lyneis, & L. Stuntz (Eds.) System dynamics in K12 education: lessons learned. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. (Summaries from Creative Learning Exchange, Carlisle Public Schools, Catalina Foothills School District, NSF CCSTADUS and NSF CCSUSTAIN projects, Center for Interdisciplinary Excellence in System Dynamics, Harvard Public Schools, Murdoch Middle School, Portland Waters Project)
Fisher, D. M. (2008). Building slightly more complex models: calculators vs. STELLA. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Athens, Greece.
Fisher, D. M. (2009). How well can students determine simple growth and decay patterns from a diagram? Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fisher, D. M. (2010). Modeling for high school students: Teaching critical thinking through system dynamics. In J. Richmond, L. Stuntz, K. Richmond, & J. Egner (Eds.) Tracing Connections: Voices of Systems Thinkers (8191). New Hampshire: isee systems, inc.
Fisher, D. M. (2011). Modeling dynamic systems: Lessons for a first course (3rd ed.). Lebanon, New Hampshire: isee systems, inc.
Fisher, D. M. (2011). "Everybody thinking differently": K12 is a leverage point. Presentation slides from the plenary presentation for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Proceedings from the International System Dynamics Conference. Washington, D. C.
Fisher, D. M. (2011). "Everybody thinking differently": K12 is a leverage point. System Dynamics Review. 27, (4): 394411.
Fisher, D. M. (2017). Reorganizing Algebraic Thinking: An Introduction to Dynamic System Modeling. The Mathematics Enthusiast, 14(1). Article 20. Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol14/iss1/20.
