University of Michigan education dean Deborah Ball to speak at College of Education’s fall kickoff

Kickoff to be held on Sept. 1

August 24, 2010

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Athens, Ga. - Deborah L. Ball, education dean and William H. Payne Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan will be the guest speaker at the University of Georgia College of Education's 2010 Fall Kickoff on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Ball, a member of the National Academy of Education, is widely recognized for her research on mathematics instruction and interventions to improve its quality and effectiveness. She has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and improvement of education. In June 2010, Ball was appointed to the National Board for Educational Sciences, which consists of 15 voting members appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The board provides guidance and advice to the Institute for Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

Ball will deliver an address titled, "The Role of Colleges of Education in Research Intensive Universities," at 9:30 a.m. in Masters Hall in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. The address is open to the public.

Prior to the keynote speech, UGA Regents Professor in Mathematics Education Jeremy Kilpatrick will be recognized by UGA President Michael F. Adams for his recent election to the National Academy of Education.

An internationally recognized expert in mathematics curriculum and policy, and a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Kilpatrick is the first UGA faculty member to be elected to the NAEd.

"Membership in the National Academy of Education is among the highest honors that anyone like me, an educator all of my professional life, can hope to achieve," said Kilpatrick, a UGA faculty member since 1975.

Kilpatrick was a charter member of the U.S. Mathematics Sciences Education Board, and served two terms as vice president of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. In 2007, he received the Felix Klein Medal, honoring lifetime achievement in mathematics education from the ICMI. He was also honored with the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Kilpatrick chaired the National Research Council committee that produced the 2001 report "Adding It Up," and also served on the RAND Mathematics Study Panel, which produced the report, "Mathematical Proficiency for All Students" in 2002.

He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Kilpatrick has long been involved in the national discussion on mathematics education curriculum and policy and participates on several national panels including: the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers; Board of Directors of Math for America; Governing Board of the American Educational Research Association's Grants Program; and editorial boards for the Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education and the series "Advances in Mathematics Education" that is connected to ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education.

Kilpatrick was appointed Regents Professor at UGA in 1993. Before joining the UGA faculty, he taught at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also taught at several European and Latin American universities and has received Fulbright awards for his work in New Zealand, Spain, Colombia and Sweden.

He received his doctorate in mathematics education and a master's degree in mathematics from Stanford University. He earned a master's in education and a bachelor's in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

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