Reston, Va., May 16, 2013— Ruth Harbin Miles, an elementary school
teacher and mathematics coach in Stafford, Virginia, 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.
Miles 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.
Miles’s interests include increasing professional learning to boost
student achievement, equity in mathematics classrooms, increasing NCTM
membership and member involvement, and providing equity training and support
for NCTM Affiliates.
Miles has also served as a K–12 mathematics coordinator, adjunct
professor, membership chair and regional director of the National Council of
Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), co-author, and classroom teacher.
work with NCTM includes membership on the Professional Development Services
Committee (2012–) and the Regional Program Committees for the Las Vegas (2013)
and Cleveland (2008) Regional Conferences. She was also a presenter at NCTM’s
Algebra Institute (2012). Her publications include coauthoring CCSS:
Transforming Practice through Team Leadership (NCTM and Corwin
2012) and Visible Thinking in K–8 Mathematics Classrooms (NCTM
and Corwin 2011).
In addition to membership
in NCTM, Miles has professional affiliations with the National Council
of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, the Virginia
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Virginia Council of Mathematics
Supervision, the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics, ASCD, and Phi
Miles earned a bachelor’s
degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and
instruction from Fort Hays State University (Kansas). She also earned an
educational specialist degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
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
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