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Jerry P. Becker

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Announcement: The Emma Castelnuovo Award - New
Posted: Mar 2, 2014 5:58 PM
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Sent at the request of Jeremy Kilpatrick.

From ICMI News 26: February/ March 2014

A Newsletter from the ICMI-International Commission on Mathematical Instruction

Editors: Abraham Arcavi (ICMI Secretary General) and Cheryl E.
Praeger (ICMI Vicepresident)
Email addresses: ICMI_Secretary-General at /
Cheryl.praeger at February 28, 2014


The Executive Committee of ICMI has decided to create a third award
alongside the Felix Klein Award and the Hans Freudenthal Award. The
new award will recognize outstanding achievements in the practice of
mathematics education in order to reflect a main aspect of the ICMI
essence not yet recognized in the form of an award. The new award
will be named after Emma Castelnuovo, an Italian mathematics educator
born in 1913, in celebration of her 100th birthday and honoring her
pioneer work.

The Emma Castelnuovo Award for outstanding achievements in the
practice of mathematics education will honor persons, groups,
projects, institutions, or organizations engaged in the development
and implementation of exceptionally excellent and influential work in
the practice of mathematics education, such as: classroom teaching,
curriculum development, instructional design (of materials or
pedagogical models), teacher preparation programs and/or field
projects with a demonstrated influence on schools, districts, regions
or countries. The Emma Castelnuovo Award seeks to recognize and to
encourage efforts, ideas and their successful implementation in the
field, as well as to showcase models and exemplars of inspirational
practices to learn from.

As with the existing awards, this award will consist of a medal and a
certificate, accompanied by a citation and will be awarded only once
every four years (and not once every two years as is the case with
the other two awards). It will be officially delivered at the
International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) during the
opening ceremony alongside the Klein and Freudenthal awards.

Professor Ferdinando Arzarello, ICMI's President, has appointed an
ad-hoc Committee, separate from the existing committee established
for the two other awards. Jeremy Kilpatrick was appointed the first
Chair, and five other recognized and experienced scholars were
appointed as Committee members, and their names will remain
confidential throughout their tenure. These members come from five
different countries (each from a different continent). The Committee
is completely autonomous; its work and records will be kept internal
and confidential, except for the obvious process of soliciting advice
and information from the professional community, which is done by the
committee chair.

A call for nominations follows.


The Emma Castelnuovo Award Committee is pleased to announce that
nominations are being accepted for the first ICMI Emma Castelnuovo
Award. The recipient of the award will be announced early in 2015,
and the award will be conferred at the 13th International Congress on
Mathematics Education in July 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The awardee
(or its representative in the case of an institution, project, or
organization) will be invited to present a special lecture at the

The Emma Castelnuovo Award will celebrate outstanding achievements in
the practice of mathematics education. It will honor persons, groups,
projects, institutions, or organizations that have done exceptionally
excellent and influential work in our field. Nominees will be
evaluated in light of the following criteria:

* the educational rationale for the candidate's work and what
served as a catalyst for that work; * the problems addressed by the

* the candidate's role in addressing the problems, whether they
involve curriculum development,
teacher education, professional development, design of instruction,
or other areas of mathematics
education practice;

* the conditions under which the work has taken place (the cultural
and political context,
infrastructure, funding, and people involved);

* the originality and creativity involved in how the candidate has
addressed problems and
overcome obstacles;

* the quality of networking with other key stakeholders (e.g.,
bridging theory and practice); * external or internal
evaluations of the work, if available;

* the extent of the influence of the work on educational practice,
including quantitative or
qualitative evidence of that influence; and

* the potential of the work to serve as a model (either for
inspiring others addressing similar
problems or because of taking an approach that could be applied
elsewhere with appropriate modifications).

Nominations for the Emma Castelnuovo Award should include the following:

1) a document (max 5 pages) describing the nominee's programme and
reasons for the nomination (including the nominee's impact on the

2) a one-page summary statement;

3) an account of the genesis and dissemination of the nominee's work
and the roles of the people involved, with brief curricula vitae of
the key persons (max 10 pages);

4) electronic copies of three publications that reflect the nominee's
work related to the practice of mathematics education (e.g., journal
articles, textbooks, other instructional materials, or CD-ROMs);

5) three letters of support (from different stakeholders and, if
possible, from different countries); and

6) the names and e-mail coordinates of two persons who could provide
further information, if needed.

All nominations must be sent by e-mail ( to the Chair
of the Committee no later than December 15, 2014.

Jeremy Kilpatrick,
Chair of the ICMI Castelnuovo Award Committee
105 Aderhold Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7124

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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