Mathematics educator Francis (Skip) Fennell, PhD, will deliver a lecture entitled, "When Am I Ever Going to Use This Stuff Anyway? Considering the Elusiveness and Importance of Number Sense.” The event is sponsored by the Vassar Noyce Teachers Scholarship Program and will be held on Monday, January 27, at 5 pm in Rockefeller Hall (room 300). The lecture is free and open to the public.
Fennell, who received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is the L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College in Maryland. Widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to PreK-8 mathematics education, Fennell has also played key leadership roles for the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. He is a past president of the NCTM, the Association of Math Teacher Educators (AMTE), and the Research Council for Mathematics Learning (RCML). Fennell has served as a writer for the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), the Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM, 2006) and for the Common Core State Standards (CCSSO, 2010). He also was a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-2008). Dr. Fennell served as a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Commission (2012-2013) and was recently appointed to the inaugural CAEP Board of Directors. He is also currently the mathematics advisor for the PBS television show Peg + CAT.
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