In our work with teachers and students we find modeling with mathematics to be one of the most misunderstood practice standards. We'll briefly examine what modeling is and what it isn't. Then we'll describe a method for doing and teaching modeling that draws on digital media and plays out over three acts. We'll also look at the implementation challenges that arise when trying to modify a teacher's existing definition of a fundamental mathematical practice.Watch Webinar
As seen on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and 1,000,000 times on TED.com, Dan Meyer taught high school math and studies math education at Stanford University. He speaks internationally and works with textbook publishers, helping them move from education's print past to its digital future. He was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He lives in Mountain View, CA.
Valerie L. Mills is the Supervisor and Mathematics Education Consultant for Oakland Schools and current President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
Oakland Schools is an educational resource center serving 28 school districts and approximately 230,000 students. During her 35+ years in education she taught high school mathematics, served as Mathematics Department Chair, K-12 Mathematics Coordinator, and Director of Curriculum for the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor school districts in Michigan.
In addition she was the Principal Investigator on five Mathematics and Science Partnership projects working with high needs districts, was a teacher author on the Core Plus Mathematics Project, President of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, past chair of NCTM's Academy Services Committee, and has written numerous articles and professional development resources.
Mills was awarded the Michigan Mathematics Education Service Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Milken National Educator Award.
Dr. Eric Milou is a professor of mathematics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Dr. Milou has taught at Rowan for the past 17 years and served six terms as the President of the Rowan University Senate from 2007 to 2013. He previously served as President as the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, the program chairperson of the 2007 NCTM annual meeting and has extensive speaking experience on standards based reform in mathematics. He is the author of digits, Pearson all digital middle school textbook and was the recipient of the Max Sobel Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award in 2009.
Gwendolyn Zimmermann, PhD, is the assistant principal of teaching and learning at Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois, after serving as the director of mathematics for six years.
She is currently NCSM's Regional Director for Central 1 and has served as journal editor for the organization. Additionally, she served on the committee that revised the adolescence and young adulthood mathematics standards for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Zimmermann served as chair of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Educational Materials Committee. In 2001, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Dr. Zimmermann earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University and a master of science in teaching mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned educational administrative certification from the North Central College and a doctorate in mathematics education from Illinois State University, and she is currently completing her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Loyola University.
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