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Susan Friel receives Innovator Award

Susan Friel, professor of mathematics education in the School of Education, recently received the 2007 Innovator Award from the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). The Innovator Award is granted each year to an individual or group who, through creative and progressive approaches to mathematics education, makes a difference in the lives of North Carolina students.

An NCCTM committee of K-12 and university educators nominated Friel for the award due to her demonstrated leadership in curriculum development, professional development and overall teaching in North Carolina.  Of particular significance to the selection committee was her guidance in the formative years of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network as well as her publication record.

The committee specifically noted Friel’s work with curricula that have been implemented nationally in classrooms, such as Used Numbers, a statistical and data analysis program for K-5 students, and the Connected Mathematics Program, a mathematics curriculum for middle grades (6-8) students. 

Additionally, the honor highlights Friel’s impact in encouraging other educators to teach in North Carolina schools and her commitment to securing grant funds to support professional development programs across the state.

Since 1994, NCCTM has recognized innovative contributions to mathematics education in the state through the Innovator Award and continues to serve as the professional organization in North Carolina of all persons responsible for the teaching of mathematics. Its membership includes teachers from all levels, kindergarten through graduate school, and other professionals who work with curriculum and materials for mathematics education.