Bellingham Public Schools

Leader in Mathematics Education to Visit Bellingham Schools

Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), will visit local schools, colleges and universities as coordinated by Whatcom Community College (WCC). Gojack is a national leader in the field of mathematics education.

During her March 11-13 visit, Gojak will observe math classes and meet with teachers at Sunnyland Elementary School, Whatcom Middle School and Bellingham High School.

Students, staff, families and community members are invited to hear Gojak’s presentation on the state of math education in the 21st century at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the Heiner Center on WCC’s campus. A reception will follow.

As legislators focus on implementing the common core standards nationwide, parents and educators want to ensure students are prepared to succeed.

“As we consider effective mathematics education at all levels in the 21st century, there are many ideas we need to consider. Among these are the impact of technology on teaching and learning,” Gojak says. “We must always consider the importance of developing reasoning and sense-making in our students beginning in preschool and following through to lifelong learning."

Gojak is director of the Center of Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. In 1990, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She began her two-year team as NCTM president in April 2012. With more than 100,000 members and 230 affiliates, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.