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RESTON, VA, June 18, 2013-Robert M. Doucette has been selected executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He will assume the responsibilities of his new position on August 15.
"Bob Doucette brings to the Council an impressive record of success in association management for another STEM organization," said NCTM President Linda Gojak. "He brings rich and diverse experience in leadership with mission-driven organizations, and he has a well-rounded perspective that should help NCTM leadership guide the Council's work. I am pleased that he has agreed to lead NCTM's headquarters in support of the Council's vision of a high-quality mathematics education for all students."
Doucette comes to the position at NCTM from the Society for Neuroscience, where he has been deputy executive director since 2005. During his time there, he had direct oversight of every programmatic and operational function of the organization, including journal publishing and scientific meeting content, conference and exhibit management, operations and governance, human resources, finance, development, and information systems. He also has held positions with the National Society of Professional Engineers, where he was director of information systems, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, where he was assistant director of administration and finance. Since 1990, Doucette has lent his expertise to well over a dozen trade and professional associations, both as a staff executive and as a management consultant.
"I am honored to be given this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the staff and NCTM leadership to build on the Council's past successes," Doucette said. "The increased focus on STEM education and the ongoing implementation of the Common Core State Standards are evidence of the importance of mathematics in education today and in our nation's future. I'm eager to support the Council in making the most of these opportunities."
Doucette earned a B.S. in history from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and an M.S. in business/information systems management from the University of Maryland. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council's landmark <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=16909>Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=270>Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=23749>Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.
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