IRVING, Texas, May 2, 2000 - Marilyn Elaine Mays
was selected as one of a 12-person delegation from
the United States to join international leaders in
math education at the Ninth International Congress
on Mathematical Education (ICME-9) in Makuhari, Tokyo,
slated for July 31-August 6, 2000. She is one of three
delegates representing higher education and the only
representative from community colleges. Marilyn has
taught math and computer science at North Lake College
for 22 years.
Active in mathematics education, Mays serves on
the United States National Commission on Mathematics
Instruction of the National Research Council. She
is a member of several advisory committees for curriculum
and pedagogical reform for community and technical
colleges in the US. Mays has served as president of
the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year
Colleges (1993-1995) and she directed the development
of "Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory
College Mathematics Before Calculus," published in
1995, as well as subsequent faculty development projects.
John A. Thorpe, executive director of the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) says about
the international conference: "ICME brings together
mathematics educators from around the world to share
experiences and ideas that impact the teaching and
learning of mathematics." Every four years the Congress
convenes in a different country, he noted.
In addition to attending ICME-9, Mays was awarded
additional funding to stay in Japan for an additional
week to discuss curriculum and instruction and review
instructional materials with her Japanese colleagues
at the Japanese National Institute for Educational
Research, in Meguro. She, along with the U.S. delegation
members, will also visit an elementary school attached
to Tsukuba University, in Myogadani, to observe lessons
and to participate in pre- and post-observation discussions.
The twelve-person delegation is expected to prepare
a publication and videotape to document the work they
accomplish. Their findings will be presented to U.S.
mathematics educators through journal articles and
presentations at meetings during 2001.
Since 1988, the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics- in conjunction with the United States
National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and
with funding from the National Science Foundation-has
awarded travel grants to members of the U.S. mathematics
education community to support, in part, participation
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County
Community College District.