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NCTM Executive Director Yang Announces Retirement

Reston, Va., February 19, 2013—National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Executive Director Kichoon Yang has announced that he will retire on July 1.

“It has been an honor to lead the world’s largest organization of teachers of mathematics,” Yang said. “I’ve especially appreciated working closely with three NCTM presidents and an exceptionally devoted Board of Directors.”

NCTM President Linda Gojak thanked Yang, saying, “Kichoon brought NCTM a mathematician’s analytical perspective and applied it to decision making by the Board, Council leadership, and NCTM staff. We have appreciated his stewardship and guidance in a period of transition for the Council as it has adapted to the new world of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.”

Yang became executive director of NCTM in July 2009. During his tenure, the Council released Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, articulating its vision for the high school mathematics curriculum. This signature publication was a successor to NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8: A Quest for Coherence, which was influential in generating and framing high-level policy discussions about the need for greater coherence in mathematics curriculum.

A strong advocate for extending electronic access to NCTM’s educational materials and member resources, Yang oversaw the reorganization and expansion of the NCTM website with improved tools and capability for members. The new design will be launched later this year. He also led the Council in developing new membership categories, including an institutional e-membership that enables libraries around the world to subscribe to electronic versions of all of NCTM’s journals.

NCTM Past President Mike Shaughnessy said, “Kichoon and I worked closely together on many important issues for the Council, including navigating the Council’s role in supporting teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, districts, and states to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. I always appreciated his sage advice, especially during the challenging economic times we’ve faced over the past four years.”

Association Strategies Inc. is conducting a nationwide search to select Yang’s successor by July 1.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the 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 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students.

Contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189, twithrow@nctm.org.

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