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University of Alberta Associate Professor, Florence Glanfield, Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., May 16, 2013 Florence Glanfield, an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Alberta, 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.

Glanfield began her three-year term (2013–2016) at the conclusion of NCTM’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver on April 20. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics. With 80,000 members, NCTM supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

Glanfield’s interests include addressing persistent achievement gaps, offering ongoing professional learning opportunities, and providing equitable instructional and assessment practices for all students.

She has also served as an assistant professor, provincial mathematics curriculum and assessment specialist, and mathematics teacher.

Glanfield’s work with NCTM includes membership on the 2012 Yearbook Editorial Panel, the Nominations and Elections Committee (2002–05), the Mathematics Teacher Advisory Panel (2000–02), the Assessment Addenda Task Force (1995–2003), the Annual Meeting Program Committee (2002, 2005), and the Regional Services Committee (1993–96). She has also served as the chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (2008), the Regional Services Committee (1996–97), and the Canadian Regional Conference (1994). She was lead author and editor of Mathematics Assessment: A Practical Handbook for Grades K–2 (NCTM 2003) and lead author of “From Teachers’ Conversations to Students’ Mathematical Communication,” in Teachers Engaged in Research: Inquiry into Mathematics Practice, Grades 9–12 (NCTM and Information Age Publishing 2006).

In addition to membership in NCTM, Glanfield has professional affiliations with TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society, and the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group.

Glanfield has earned a bachelor of science in mathematics, a bachelor of education in mathematics education, a master of education in administration, and a doctor of philosophy in mathematics education, all from the University of Alberta.

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.

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

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