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Falmouth Elementary School Teacher, Ruth Harbin Miles, Joins NCTM Board

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.

Miles’s 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 Delta Kappa.

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 nation’s students.

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

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