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Panelist: Valerie L. Mills

Invited Panel of Practitioners

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Room 103 (Kivas)

The purpose of this session is to provide a panel of practitioners at various levels in education who will describe challenges related to improving teaching and learning in their area and then provide one or two suggestions for addressing these challenges.


Valerie is the Supervisor and Mathematics Education Consultant for Oakland Schools and current Immediate Past -President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.  Oakland Schools is an educational resource center serving 28 school districts and approximately 230,000 students. During her 35+ years in education she has taught high school mathematics, served as Mathematics Department Chair, K-12 Mathematics Coordinator, and Director of Curriculum for the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor public school districts in Michigan.  In addition she was the Principal Investigator on five Mathematics and Science Partnership projects working with high needs districts, was a Teacher Author on the Core Plus Mathematics Project, President of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), past chair of NCTM's Academy Services Committee, and has written numerous articles and professional development resources including the Secondary Lenses on Learning series.  Mills was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mathematics by MCTM, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Milken National Educator Award.  She is a frequent speaker at local, state, national meetings.