Deborah Schifter (at left) was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for Mathematics Educators by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts (ATMIM), an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Her induction was celebrated at a dinner in her honor on June 27.
ATMIM is devoted to improving math education in the Commonwealth, and the Hall of Fame honors outstanding educators working and teaching throughout the state. Each year, Massachusetts mathematics educators nominate a peer who has a minimum of 20 years in the field, has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of mathematics education, and has a distinguished record as a mathematics teacher in the state.
An expert in early algebra learning, Deborah Schifter leads research, develops instructional resources, and designs professional development that helps teachers enhance their instruction and ensures students’ proficiency. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including the recent But Why Does it Work? Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom, with several co-authors, published by Heinemann. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she has also been updating and revising the acclaimed Developing Mathematical Ideas professional development series. NCTM has republished several volumes of the series, with more to be published soon.
Last updated: June 2017