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University of New Hampshire Professor Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., June 20, 2012—Karen J. Graham, a professor of mathematics and director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at the University of New Hampshire, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The 14-member board serves as the chief policymaking body for NCTM.

Graham began her three-year term (2012–2015) at the conclusion of NCTM’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on April 28. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics. With more than 80,000 members, NCTM supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

In her current position, Graham demonstrates the critical ways that research and the practice of teaching mathematics support each other. She provides professional development in research practices, and mathematics to teachers and has participated in numerous state, regional, and national initiatives.

Graham’s activities with NCTM have included her roles as lead author of Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making in Algebra (2010), as chair (2005–6) and member (2004–5) of the Nominations and Elections Committee, as coeditor of the “Connecting Research to Teaching” section of Mathematics Teacher (2001–2), and as a member of the Program Committee for the San Diego Annual Meeting (1996). She was also an author of NCTM’s A History of School Mathematics, volume 2 (2003).

In addition to NCTM, Graham’s professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England, the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics, the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, the Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education, and the Special Interest Group for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from State University of New York College at Cortland, a master’s degree in education from State University of New York at Albany, and master’s degree in mathematics and a doctoral degree in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire.

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.

Contact:  Tracy Withrow,, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189, Communications Manager, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


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