Message from the NCSM President, John Staley
"Leading in a time of change" is a continued theme throughout the year as last week marked the long awaited signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act
by President Obama. As we begin to review the new law, many of us can remember 2002 and the beginning of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). During the next few months I am sure that educators and non-educators at all levels will engage in conversations focused on
- similarities and differences between the two laws,
- pros and cons of the new law, and
- how the new law impacts our work in mathematics education.
I ask that you pause and reflect on lessons learned during the past thirteen years under NCLB and most importantly the need to learn from our past as we look the future. Too many students still struggle in mathematics classrooms around the country and too many gaps still exist. The true "miracle" is yet to be seen as we continue to shift the conversations from an emphasis on "standards and assessments" to making mathematics meaningful, relevant, and accessible for each and every student. Together we can do our part and take the necessary steps to ensure that Every Student Succeeds in mathematics.
Happy holidays to all and have a great winter break!
Dr. Keith Devlin to Speak at Annual Conference
Dr. Keith Devlin, who currently serves as senior research scientist at Stanford University and a visiting professor of distinguished teaching at Princeton University, will be the Keynote Speaker at the NCSM 2016 Annual Conference. He has authored over 80 papers and 32 books. Outside of academia, he appears as the "Math Guy" on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. Read more about Dr. Devlin in an article featuring the Professor in the Daily Princetonian.
Annual Conference: April 11-13, 2016