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"Making Meaning in Math" to be part of special feature in Educational Leadership

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Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, NY - “Making Meaning in Math: Preparing Teachers for the Field,” an article written by Dr. Nancy T. Goldman, Program Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University, will be published in the November 2007 issue of Educational Leadership, the flagship publication of the Association for Supervisions and Curriculum Development (ASCD). The article will be part of a special feature by the magazine on improving attitudes toward math and will include three stories written by educators.

Dr. Goldman, who also teaches a math pedagogy course at the Rockland campus, has been actively involved in math education for many years. Her article address five ways teachers need to be equipped in order to appropriately instruct mathematics to their students.

“Teachers need to make math meaningful for their students in order for them to understand it,” she said. In her teaching, she asks students at the beginning of the semester how they feel about their own mathematics instruction. Most students indicate that they do not feel confident enough to teach the subject, she says. The math pedagogy course then focuses on conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency through a hands-on, minds-on curriculum.

“This is critical. If teachers don't understand mathematics conceptually, they cannot teach it to students,” she says.

Dr. Goldman, a West Nyack resident, earned her undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was awarded a master's degree in gifted education and a doctorate in curriculum from Columbia University's Teachers College. She taught in East Harlem where she was the director of gifted education and a math coordinator. She has served as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Singapore where she spent two weeks setting up their gifted program and was the Coordinating Math Mentor for the Hudson Valley region for the New York State Department of Education. During her tenure as Director of Curriculum in the Pearl River School District in Rockland County, the district became one of the first public school districts to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Education. As a result, she and the Director of Public Relations traveled to India to talk to Indian educators about the district and their quality processes.

ASCD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents 175,000 educators from more than 135 countries and 58 affiliates. Members span the entire profession of education. ASCD addresses all aspects of effective teaching and learning: professional development, educational leadership and capacity building. With a circulation of 175,000, Educational Leadership is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative source of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to practicing educators, and the latest trends and issues affecting pre-kindergarten through higher education.

For more information, visit www.liu.edu/rockland. For more information about ASCD, visit www.ascd.org.

Posted 08/30/2007

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