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Pennsylvania State University Professor, Rose Mary Zbiek, Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., May 16, 2013 Rose Mary Zbiek, a professor of mathematics education at Pennsylvania State University, 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.

Zbiek 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, and supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

Zbiek’s interests include investigating the intersections of mathematics with teaching and of practice with research, providing support for daily classroom practice, and developing new strategies for teaching in our cyber-enhanced society.

Zbiek’s work with NCTM includes chairing the Making It Happen writing team (2010–11) and serving as technology group co-leader of the Research Agenda Conference (2008). She was an associate editor for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (2007–12) and a writing team member for Curriculum Focal Points (2006). She is the series editor of the Essential Understanding Series (2005–). She was also a member (1999–2003) and chair (2000–02) of the Mathematics Teacher Editorial Panel. In addition, she served as co-chair for the Des Moines Regional Conference (1999).

In addition membership in NCTM, Zbiek has professional affiliations with the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Zbiek earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Bucknell University. She also earned a PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

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.

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