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D'Ambrosio named to national math board

12/08/2005

Beatriz D'Ambrosio, a professor in the Miami University mathematics and statistics department, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

“This is truly a significant event for the mathematics and statistics department as well as the university as a whole,” said Mark Smith, department chair. In the past century, only two Miami faculty members are believed to have served on the NCTM board - H.C. Christofferson in the 1930s and Marilyn Suydam in the 1980s.

D’Ambrosio said the directorship will contribute to her work at Miami, which primarily involves the content preparation of teachers.

Her goals for NCTM include seeing the organization encourage teachers to have a stronger voice in public conversations about the teaching and learning of mathematics and increasing the number of teachers who contribute to the research base.

She would also like to see NCTM look more closely at those groups that may have special needs. “In the current national agenda for education, too many children are underachieving in school. This is a concern to all mathematics educators and should take a more prominent place in the agenda of the council,” she said.

High school mathematics, particularly algebra, is often seen as a “gate keeper” that influences what career and educational choices students will have. This is one example of the many challenges that NCTM addresses in working toward its mission to improve the quality of mathematics teaching for all children, says D’Ambrosio.

D’Ambrosio, who is in her first year at Miami, was previously affiliated with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

NCTM is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 100,000 members throughout the United States and Canada.

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