NCTM and Duke Energy Announce Partnership To Provide High-Tech Professional Development for Math Teachers

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council of Teachers of
 Mathematics (NCTM) today announced plans to develop a new high-tech means of
 delivering professional development to mathematics teachers.  In partnership
 with Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:   DUK) of Charlotte, North Carolina, the
 Council is creating a Web-based system for professional development called
 "Reflections" to provide teacher training for classroom teachers.
     The NCTM/Duke Energy partnership is a five-year project that will use the
 World Wide Web to engage teachers in lesson studies.  In its first year, Duke
 Energy is the corporate champion to build algebraic thinking in Kindergarten
 through 8th-grade students.
     According to Lee V. Stiff, president of NCTM, "Recent reports indicate
 that too many of our students are taught by teachers without adequate
 preparation in mathematics or a rich understanding of effective teaching
 practices.  This project should provide an innovative and effective way to
 improve the pedagogy of current and future teachers."
     NCTM is committed to supporting the growth of teachers' knowledge and
 effectiveness in the classroom.  To develop the mathematics skills of K - 12
 students, a first step is to promote algebraic thinking among students in the
 earliest grades at school.  "Duke Energy is a natural partner for this
 project," said Stiff.  "This is a company that has built its success by
 employing top-flight mathematics knowledge from engineering to finance.  The
 company genuinely understands and cares about the mathematics skills of our
 nation's citizens."
     Duke Energy chairman, CEO and president, Rick Priory, says, "Duke Energy
 is proud to stand alongside every teacher responsible for mathematics
 instruction.  We believe that teachers can leverage the excellent curricula
 that are in some schools by sharing the best practices of these dedicated
 professionals around the country.  This builds the capacity of each teacher,
 who, in turn, touches hundreds of students."
     "Reflections" will provide online video examples of mathematics
 instruction to help teachers apply in-depth analysis and discussion of these
 examples to improve their own skills.  Online discussions will include
 lesson-study critiques.  Students' work during the class and their assignments
 will also be included on the Web site.  A professional analysis, through a
 form of "chat room" on the lesson, will be conducted after each Web-video
 segment.  The teachers' discussions and analysis will be included as part of
 the growing content of the Web site.
     NCTM expects to establish partnerships with institutes of higher education
 so that teachers using the newly developed Web-based system will be able to
 earn college credit toward a master's degree.  A prototype system currently
 under development would eventually award university credits.  Once it is
 developed, universities throughout the country will be encouraged to implement
 such systems for earning college credit.  The goal is for these systems to be
 in place, along with the entire Web-based program, by April 2002.
     With more than 100,000 members and more than 250 Affiliates, NCTM is the
 world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education.
 The Council's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" are guidelines
 for excellence in mathematics education and issue a call for all students to
 engage in more challenging mathematics.  NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue
 and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our
 nation's students.
     Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for
 customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and
 expertise.  Duke Energy, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Charlotte,
 N.C., manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery
 and trading businesses-generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000.
 More information about the company is available on the Internet at:
 www.duke-energy.com.
 
     Contact: Gay Dillin, Manager of Media Relations, (703) 620-9840 ext. 2189
              Orlando Press Room Phone: (407) 685-4002
 
 

SOURCE The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council of Teachers of
 Mathematics (NCTM) today announced plans to develop a new high-tech means of
 delivering professional development to mathematics teachers.  In partnership
 with Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:   DUK) of Charlotte, North Carolina, the
 Council is creating a Web-based system for professional development called
 "Reflections" to provide teacher training for classroom teachers.
     The NCTM/Duke Energy partnership is a five-year project that will use the
 World Wide Web to engage teachers in lesson studies.  In its first year, Duke
 Energy is the corporate champion to build algebraic thinking in Kindergarten
 through 8th-grade students.
     According to Lee V. Stiff, president of NCTM, "Recent reports indicate
 that too many of our students are taught by teachers without adequate
 preparation in mathematics or a rich understanding of effective teaching
 practices.  This project should provide an innovative and effective way to
 improve the pedagogy of current and future teachers."
     NCTM is committed to supporting the growth of teachers' knowledge and
 effectiveness in the classroom.  To develop the mathematics skills of K - 12
 students, a first step is to promote algebraic thinking among students in the
 earliest grades at school.  "Duke Energy is a natural partner for this
 project," said Stiff.  "This is a company that has built its success by
 employing top-flight mathematics knowledge from engineering to finance.  The
 company genuinely understands and cares about the mathematics skills of our
 nation's citizens."
     Duke Energy chairman, CEO and president, Rick Priory, says, "Duke Energy
 is proud to stand alongside every teacher responsible for mathematics
 instruction.  We believe that teachers can leverage the excellent curricula
 that are in some schools by sharing the best practices of these dedicated
 professionals around the country.  This builds the capacity of each teacher,
 who, in turn, touches hundreds of students."
     "Reflections" will provide online video examples of mathematics
 instruction to help teachers apply in-depth analysis and discussion of these
 examples to improve their own skills.  Online discussions will include
 lesson-study critiques.  Students' work during the class and their assignments
 will also be included on the Web site.  A professional analysis, through a
 form of "chat room" on the lesson, will be conducted after each Web-video
 segment.  The teachers' discussions and analysis will be included as part of
 the growing content of the Web site.
     NCTM expects to establish partnerships with institutes of higher education
 so that teachers using the newly developed Web-based system will be able to
 earn college credit toward a master's degree.  A prototype system currently
 under development would eventually award university credits.  Once it is
 developed, universities throughout the country will be encouraged to implement
 such systems for earning college credit.  The goal is for these systems to be
 in place, along with the entire Web-based program, by April 2002.
     With more than 100,000 members and more than 250 Affiliates, NCTM is the
 world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education.
 The Council's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" are guidelines
 for excellence in mathematics education and issue a call for all students to
 engage in more challenging mathematics.  NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue
 and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our
 nation's students.
     Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for
 customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and
 expertise.  Duke Energy, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Charlotte,
 N.C., manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery
 and trading businesses-generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000.
 More information about the company is available on the Internet at:
 www.duke-energy.com.
 
     Contact: Gay Dillin, Manager of Media Relations, (703) 620-9840 ext. 2189
              Orlando Press Room Phone: (407) 685-4002
 
 SOURCE  The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics