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Howard County Public Schools Instructional Facilitator Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., June 11, 2012 Jonathan (Jon) Wray, an instructional facilitator in secondary mathematics for Howard County Public Schools in Maryland, 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.

Wray began his 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.

Wray’s interests include the leadership roles of mathematics coaches and specialists, equity in mathematics classrooms, the use of engaging instructional models to deepen student understanding, and the strategic use of technology in mathematics to improve teaching and learning. 

In his current position, Wray supervises middle and high school mathematics teachers and supports the development and implementation of curriculum, assessments, and interventions to help all students be successful in mathematics. He has also served as a primary and intermediate grades classroom teacher, gifted and talented resource teacher, elementary mathematics resource teacher, curriculum/assessment developer, co-author, and educational consultant.

Wray’s work with NCTM includes membership on the Common Core State Standards feedback team (2009–10), ON-Math Editorial Panel (2007–9), and the Illuminations Advisory Group (2007–). He has also served as technology liaison on the Teaching Children Mathematics Editorial Panel (2009–10) and as technology group co-leader of the NCTM Research Agenda Conference (2008). His publications include articles in the NCTM 72nd Yearbook, Mathematics Curriculum: Issues, Trends, and Future Directions (2010). Jon recently co-authored two books, Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work, Grades K-2 and 3-5 (2012).

In addition to NCTM, Wray’s professional affiliations include the American Federation of School Administrators, the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, ASCD (formerly, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), Howard County Administrators Association, the Maryland Society for Educational Technology, the Maryland Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Wray earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the Notre Dame of Maryland University.

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, twithrow@nctm.org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189, Communications Manager, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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