NCTM President Visits Boston Schools to Interact with Teachers and Students to Prove Math Can Be Challenging--and Relevant!

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Kepner will share in teaching a math lesson with Boston mathematics teachers. During the classroom visits, he will discuss with the students the many uses of math in their daily lives. The NCTM president regularly visits schools around the country to study what students are doing in mathematics and to learn from classroom teachers in different localities. These visits provide valuable information in support of NCTM's national dialogue with policymakers, administrators, and other constituencies committed to high-quality mathematics education.

WHAT: Kepner will share in teaching a math lesson with Boston mathematics teachers. During the classroom visits, he will discuss with the students the many uses of math in their daily lives. The NCTM president regularly visits schools around the country to study what students are doing in mathematics and to learn from classroom teachers in different localities. These visits provide valuable information in support of NCTM's national dialogue with policymakers, administrators, and other constituencies committed to high-quality mathematics education.

WHO: Hank Kepner, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where: Boston Arts Academy
174 Ipswich Street
Boston 02215
Headmasters: Dr. Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres
School phone: 617-635-6470

Time: First Visit: 8:00-8:40 AM
Teacher: Steven Ly

Where: Patrick Gavin Middle School
215 Dorchester Street
South Boston 02127
Principal: Lex Mathews
School phone: 617-635-8817

Time: Second Visit: 9:00-9:45 AM
Teacher: Ellen Latham

Where: John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
55 Malcolm X. Blvd., Building #3
Roxbury 02120
Headmaster: Steven Sullivan
School phone: 617-635-9932

Time: Third Visit: 10:15-11:00 AM
Teacher: Nikan Hodjat

NCTM President Henry (Hank) Kepner has taught both middle and high school math in Iowa and Wisconsin. He is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has 100,000 members and 230 Affiliates in the United States and Canada. It is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education from pre-K through grade 12. The Council recommends that math education for all students go beyond the basics to include higher levels of mathematics. The Council's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics provides guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. On October 6, NCTM released Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making which advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

Media interested in joining a classroom visit or setting up an interview with NCTM President Hank Kepner, Contact: Gay Dillin Media Relations Manager, 703/620-9840, Ext. 2189 or E-mail gdillin (at) nctm (dot) org. (October 20-24, Call Cell #703-609-8607).

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