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Distinguished professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

M. Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor in the College of Education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for 2015.
Distinguished professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen Heid

M. Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor in the College of Education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) for 2015. 

Kathy Heid
Kathleen Heid
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors two or three individuals each year. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in leadership, teaching and service over a period of 25 years or more. These distinctions are made based on job performance, service at the state, national or international levels, and through service to the NCTM.

Heid was one of three recipients selected for 2015. The research of Heid and her colleagues (including University of Maryland faculty, James Fey, and Penn State faculty Rose Mary Zbiek and Glendon Blume) on the teaching and learning of mathematics has greatly impacted the use of technology in teaching mathematics and has been published in a large range of professional venues, including research reports, articles for teachers, and technology-intensive high school mathematics curricula. The focus of her research centers on teaching secondary mathematics, mathematical thinking, and the impact of technology on the teaching and learning of mathematics.

She has been a member of the NCTM since 1970 and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee among other positions within the organization, as well as on the Board of Governors for the Mathematical Association of America. Heid will be presented with the award at the annual conference for the NCTM which will be held in April in Boston. More than 8,000 guests are expected to attend the meeting.

When asked what this award means to her, Heid stated, “I’m honored by it. I know other people who have received the award over the years and I have a lot of respect for them. I’m thrilled that the organization would feel that I should receive this award.“

Heid is currently co-editing a book titled “Mathematical Understanding for Secondary Teaching: A Framework and Practice-Based Situations,” as well as a facilitator’s guide, co-written by faculty from NSF-funded Centers for Mathematics Teaching and Learning and members of the National Council of Supervisors of Teachers for Mathematics.

By Katie Kavanaugh (March 2015)