NCTM President Visits Wish Elementary

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Linda Gojak will observe and share in teaching a math lesson, as well as engage and 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 their mathematics classrooms and to observe classroom teachers in different school systems.

WHO: Linda Gojak, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

WHAT: Linda Gojak will observe and share in teaching a math lesson, as well as engage and 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 their mathematics classrooms and to observe classroom teachers in different school systems.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

WHERE: Fred D. Wish Elementary School
350 Barbour Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Principal: Lorraine White
School phone: (860) 695-5600
Teacher: Sherri Ziplow, Grade 6

WHY: These visits provide valuable information in support of NCTM’s national dialogue with policymakers, administrators, and other constituencies committed to high-quality mathematics education.

Linda M. Gojak began her term as NCTM president in April and will serve for two years. After teaching mathematics at the elementary and middle-grade levels for 28 years, Gojak has directed the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, since 1999. She has served in many roles with the Council over the years. Most recently, she was a reviewer for Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, published in 2006. Read Gojak’s president’s messages, including her latest message about “flipping” classrooms.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests 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 Linda Gojak: contact Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189, twithrow (at) nctm (dot) org; Oct. 23–26, call (703) 586-7465.

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