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Renowned Educator Lee Stiff to Address 300 H.S. Students

-- National Need for Qualified Mathematics Teachers Grows as Teacher Evaluations are Linked to Student Performance; Annual TIME 2000
Conference Celebrates Math Teaching --

WHO: Dr. Lee V. Stiff, Professor of Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University, and Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
WHAT: Ninth Annual TIME 2000 Conference, Celebrating Mathematics Teaching
WHY: To expose high school students to the excitement of mathematics and encourage them to consider a career in mathematics education in response to the dire shortage of qualified math teachers in this country. A new evaluation system in New York State that will measure teacher performance based on student progress may require alternative approaches in the classroom. There has never been a more critical time to help teachers sharpen their skills and attract talented students to the math teaching profession. The innovative math teacher education program TIME 2000 has been successful in recruiting, preparing and retaining highly competent and motivated educators.
WHERE: Queens College, Colden Auditorium
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PROGRAM: 8:15 – 9:15am

9:30 – 9:45 am
Opening Remarks by TIME 2000 Director Alice Artzt and
Queens College President James Muyskens

9:45 – 11:00 am
Keynote presentation by Dr. Lee V. Stiff: “Math Education Needs You! Answer the Call”

11:15 – 12:05 pm
Workshop Session I
12:15 – 1:05 pm
Workshop Session II

Details on workshop locations and times will be included in the program and on signage at Colden Auditorium.

Hands-on, interactive workshops will stress the fun of teaching math, focusing on such diverse topics as Exploring Geometry Concepts Using Candy and Bubbles; Bungee Barbie (the relationship between the number of rubber bands and a bungee-jumping Barbie doll’s distance from the ground); and How Tall is Our Clock Tower (becoming a surveyor).

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Closing Remarks and Student Panel, Lunch, Q&A with
TIME 2000 students, Door Prizes
Student Union, 4th floor

Dr. Lee V. Stiff is Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. A past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Dr. Stiff has taught math and math education courses from middle to graduate school level, including methods courses using technology to teach math. His research has focused on effective teaching strategies, problem-solving and the mathematics education of African-American children.

Dr. Stiff has conducted numerous K-12 workshops and delivered many presentations to math teachers in the U.S. and abroad. From 1995-96, he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Ghana, West Africa.

Among the prestigious educational organizations in which he has been active are: NASA’s inaugural Education Advisory Committee; the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council; the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Math; and the Editorial Boards of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and the Mathematics Teacher. Dr. Stiff has authored or edited over 100 publications, including textbooks for elementary, middle and high school math students.

TIME 2000 (Teaching Improvements through Mathematics Education) is an undergraduate program at Queens College designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. Participating students, who are recruited out of high school, are provided with scholarships in exchange for their pursuing careers as secondary school math teachers for two years upon graduation. Majoring in mathematics and minoring in secondary education, they work closely with TIME 2000 professors and peers and engage in course work, seminars and special extracurricular activities. Upon graduation and completion of NYS examinations, the students are qualified to teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12. Nearly 90 graduates of the TIME 2000 program are teaching math in New York secondary schools. For more information, please visit


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