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Susan Friel to co-chair mathematics curriculum writing team

Susan Friel, professor of mathematics education and coordinator of the M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers, has been named co-chair of the K-5 writing team that will draft the revisions to the North Carolina State Mathematics Curriculum.

Comprised of teachers, curriculum specialists and university faculty, the team will review the current curriculum and draft revised curriculum objectives and other materials. Teachers and other educators across the state will have an opportunity to provide extensive feedback before the revised curriculum is finalized and adopted next fall.

The mathematics curriculum is part of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Three teams have been established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to revise the mathematics curriculum ─ K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

A former elementary and middle grades teacher, Friel is particularly interested in the design of effective curricula for mathematics and mathematics education.

She is the co-author of three published curricula, each developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation: Used Numbers, a statistics and data analysis program for K-5 students; Teach-Stat Project, a professional development program in statistics and data analysis for elementary teachers; and, most recently, the Connected Mathematics Program, a middle grades 6-8 mathematics curriculum.

The Connected Mathematics Program, whichshe co-authored with four colleagues, was cited by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 10 “exemplary” mathematics programs and the only middle school program to receive the recognition.