BPS Director of Mathematics Gains New Role with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
In the fall of 2016, Linda Ruiz Davenport, director of K-12 mathematics for Boston Public Schools (BPS), was named Director At-Large and board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
As Director, Davenport will serve as a Board liaison to her standing committee, represent the Board at various NCTM meetings, and recommend members for committee assignments.
“These are exciting times for mathematics education. With our mathematics frameworks and Principles to Actions, we now have opportunities to create shared visions for mathematics teaching and learning across the pre-K–12 spectrum,” said Davenport. “I am eager to serve the membership of NCTM and help address its mission.”
The NCTM implements its mission by providing guidance and resources for developing and implementing mathematics curriculum that are coherent, well-articulated, and focused on increasing student learning. They also engage in public and political advocacy to focus policymakers and education decision makers on improving, learning, and teaching mathematics.
Davenport has greatly contributed to the global mathematics community through her position as an International Facilitation Fellow with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Davenport provided teachers with professional development on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. In 2015, Davenport was positioned on the Maxwell Airfare Base in Montgomery, Alabama and the Kaiserslautern and Ramstein Military Communities in Germany. During the summer of 2016, she worked with teachers on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Davenport’s efforts included completing an anti-terrorism training awareness course in order to be granted admission to these Army and Navy bases.
Davenport and the newly elected board members will begin their terms at the conclusion of the NCTM 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition in April of 2017.
Founded in 1920, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 60,000 members and more than 230 Affiliates throughout the United States and Canada.