Edward A. Silver

  • 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

    Edward A. Silver

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Edward Silver is internationally known for his work as a researcher in the area of mathematical problem solving and problem posing. He is also acknowledged for his contributions to innovative methods of assessing and reporting mathematics achievement, as well as his efforts to develop equitable mathematics instruction.

    Silver's career as a mathematics teacher began in 1971 in the South Bronx in New York City. He went on to teach at Northern Illinois University, San Diego State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Michigan State University. At the time of this writing, Silver is William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, where he teaches and advises graduate students in mathematics education and conducts research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

    Silver has published more than 150 articles in professional journals and edited and written several books. Most notably, he served as editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and as the Writing Group Leader (Grades 6-8) for NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. 

    Silver's involvement in mathematics education extends beyond NCTM. He has served on panels and committees for the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), TODOS: Mathematics for All, the College Board, and the U.S. Department of Education. His contributions to mathematics education have also been noted by other organizations. He received the award for Outstanding Contributions of Educational Research to Practice from AERA and the Iris Carl Memorial Leadership and Equity Award from TODOS: Mathematics for All.