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 mathunion.org / Cheryl.praeger at uwa.edu.au February 28, 2014
THE EMMA CASTELNUOVO AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE PRACTICE OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
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.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE FIRST ICMI EMMA CASTELNUOVO AWARD
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 Congress.
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 candidate;
* 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 field);
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 USA
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