**Kalamazoo, Michigan**

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Chris Hirsch has exhibited a personal commitment to
mathematics education and is widely recognized as a distinguished leader in the
field. For more than three decades, the mathematics education community has
witnessed his dedication and focus on the improvement of secondary school
mathematics, as well as the energy, expertise, commitment, persistence, and
integrity that he has brought to his work.

Hirsch was the driving force behind the Core-Plus Mathematics
Project (CPMP), which, with support from the National Science Foundation,
developed a research-based high school curriculum organized around mathematical
strands of algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and
trigonometry, and discrete mathematics. This integrated curriculum was the
first such curriculum to have a significant impact on national adoptions, and over
a period of more than 20 years, it has moved to second and subsequent editions,
including a new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) edition.

“His strong intellectual and managerial leadership of CPMP
and his engagement with other like-minded professionals have been strong
factors in shaping current U.S. curriculum practice,” said one nominator. “With
the instructional principles and materials demonstrated in Core-Plus Mathematics,
many school systems across the country have transformed their high school
mathematics to approaches that are more consistent with international standards
of practice.”

Hirsch joined the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) as a high school mathematics teacher and has been actively
involved as a member for more than 40 years. His contributions to the mission
of the Council have been extensive and far-reaching. Hirsch has served on the
NCTM Board of Directors; was a member of the first Commission on Standards for
School Mathematics; and chaired the grades 9–12 working group for the Council’s
influential *Curriculum and Evaluation
Standards for School Mathematics*, published in 1989. Hirsch was also editor of
the 1985 Yearbook and the Addenda Series for grades 9–12 and was general editor
of the 1990–1992 Yearbooks. Hirsch edited several additional NCTM publications
and wrote numerous articles appearing in the NCTM journals and those of other
professional organizations. He served as a referee for both research and professional practice journals within and outside NCTM, chaired the NCTM review group for *College Board Standards for Success in College Mathematics and
Statistics*, and was both a member and chair of the Education Materials
Committee.

Most recently, in his capacity as chair of the NCTM Core
Tools Task Force, Hirsch was awarded a grant from the National Science
Foundation to repurpose the mathematical and statistical software tools
developed by the Core-Plus Mathematics Project so that they could be used with
any secondary school mathematics program. The repurposed software, Core Math
Tools, is now freely available to teachers and students online or as a download
on NCTM’s website.

Hirsch has been instrumental in shaping and disseminating
NCTM’s standards initiative in mathematics education. “Dr. Hirsch’s
contribution to this new vision has, on its own, motivated and informed the
slow but steady transformation of high school math classrooms toward a more
inclusive, effective, and relevant learning environment,” commented another
nominator about Hirsch’s role in producing the Council’s landmark *Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for
School Mathematics*. “But Dr. Hirsch understood that bold statements of new
standards, no matter how vividly they were drawn on paper, could not transform
instruction on their own. He went on, over the next 30 years, to work with the
K–12 and higher education communities to make accessible this transformed
vision of teaching and learning.”

Hirsch’s impact has been recognized and acclaimed at Western
Michigan University, where he has been named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar
and James H. Powell Professor of Mathematics, and more broadly, in the state of
Michigan and the nation, and on the international scene.