Diane J. Briars — Service, Scholarship, Leadership

Diane J. Briars — Service, Scholarship, Leadership
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High school math teacher, university professor, NCTM President, NCSM President, education consultant, author, reviewer, committee member, committee chair, trustee, visiting scholar, and mathematics director for Pittsburgh Public Schools for twenty years — this AMTNJ 2017 Two-Day Featured Speaker has held all these titles, and more. Dr. Diane J. Briars will speak on “Strategies and Tasks to Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding.”

“Strategies and Tasks to Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding”

Procedural fluency–skill in carrying out arithmetic and algebraic procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately—is an important component of mathematical proficiency. Yet, many students fail to develop such fluency despite our best efforts. Connecting procedures to underlying concepts is essential for building fluency. This session answers the questions: “What tasks and strategies help students build fluency from conceptual understanding?” and “What common pitfalls should I avoid?”

More About Dr. Briars

Dr. Briars has had considerable experience working with preservice and inservice teachers. She has develop instructional materials for underprepared ninth-grade Algebra 1 students. She was senior developer and research associate on the NSF-funded Intensified Algebra Project. She is well known for leading efforts to increase students’ achievement through standards-based curricula, instruction, and assessment and has consulted extensively on mathematics education reform for various states and school districts.

Her Ph.D. is in mathematics education and her M.S. and B.S. degrees are in mathematics from Northwestern University. She pursued postdoctoral study in the Psychology Department at Carnegie-Mellon University. Her research has focused on the development of mathematical knowledge in young children.

Dr. Blairs has been or is Chair-Elect of the Conference Board for the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), a trustee of the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), a member of the Common Core State Standards High School Mathematics Pathways Development Team (2010) and a member of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, headed by Senator John Glenn (1999-2000).

She was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2004 as one of the five most influential educators in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Blairs has also received the Pittsburgh Council on Public Education’s Gold Star Award for Mathematics Education, the Pennsylvania CSM Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Supervision Award, and the Pennsylvania CTM Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award (1994).

At the College Board she has been a Trustee and Visiting Scholar, Chairperson of the Academic Advisory Committee, and member of the SAT Committee. For NCTM she has chaired of many of their committies including the writing groups for the NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989) and the NCTM Assessment Standards for School Mathematics (1995). Dr. Briars was a member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council.

 


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Selected Publications

  • Briars, D.J., Larson, M., Strutchens, M.E., and Barnes, D. (2015) A Call for Mathematics Education Colleagues and Stakeholders to Collaboratively Engage with NCTM: In Response to Martin’s Commentary. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 8 (2), 23-26.
  • Kanold-McIntyre, J., Larson, M.R., and Briars, D.J., (T. D. Kanold, series editor). (2015) Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work™, Grades 6-8. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Fey, J., Garfunkel, S., Briars, D.J., Isaacs, A., Pollak, H., Robinson, E., Scheaffer, R., Schoenfeld, A., Seeley, C., Teague, D., and Usiskin, Z. (2014) The Future of High School Mathematics. Mathematics Teacher,107 (7), 488-490.
  • Briars, D.J., Asturias, H.A., Foster, D., and Gale, M.A., (T. D. Kanold, series editor). (2012) CCSS Mathematics in a PLC at Work™: Grades 6-8. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Kanold, T.D., Briars, D.J. & Fennell, F. (2011). What Principals Need to Know About the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Briars, D.J., Larson, M., Strutchens, M.E., and Barnes, D. (2015) A Call for Mathematics Education Colleagues and Stakeholders to Collaboratively Engage with NCTM: In Response to Martin’s Commentary. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 8 (2), 23-26.
  • Kanold-McIntyre, J., Larson, M.R., and Briars, D.J., (T. D. Kanold, series editor). (2015)
  • Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work™, Grades 6-8. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Fey, J., Garfunkel, S., Briars, D.J., Isaacs, A., Pollak, H., Robinson, E., Scheaffer, R., Schoenfeld, A., Seeley, C., Teague, D., and Usiskin, Z. (2014) The Future of High School Mathematics. Mathematics Teacher,107 (7), 488-490.
  • Briars, D.J., Asturias, H.A., Foster, D., and Gale, M.A., (T. D. Kanold, series editor). (2012) CCSS Mathematics in a PLC at Work™: Grades 6-8. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Kanold, T.D., Briars, D.J. & Fennell, F. (2011). What Principals Need to Know About the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Indianapolis, IN: Solution Tree, In Press.
  • Briars, D.J. & Resnick, L.B. (1999). Standards, Assessments—and What Else? The Essential Elements of Standards-Based School Improvement. Paper presented at the National Center on Education, Standards, and Students Assessment (CRESST) Conference, September, 1999.
  • Briars, D. J. (1999). Square One: Promoting Systemic Math Reform. The School Administrator, 56, 32-36.
  • Lappan, G. & Briars, D.J. (1995). How Should Mathematics Be Taught? In I. Carl (ed.) 75 Years of Progress: Prospects for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Resnick, L.B., Briars, D.J., & Lesgold, S. (1993). Certifying Accomplishments in Mathematics: The New Standards Examining System. In I. Wirszup & R. Streit (eds.) Developments in School Mathematics Education Around the World, Vol. 3. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Fuson, K.C., & Briars, D.J. (1990). Using a Base-Ten Blocks Learning/Teaching Approach for First- and Second-Grade Place-Value and Multidigit Addition and Subtraction. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 21, 180-206.
  • Webb, N. & Briars, D.J. (1990). Assessment in Mathematics Classrooms, K-8. In T.J. Cooney (ed.), Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the 1990’s. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Thompson, A.G. & Briars, D.J. (1989). Assessing Students’ Learning to Inform Teaching: The Message in the NCTM Evaluation Standards. Arithmetic Teacher, December, 1989.
  • Briars, D.J. & Siegler, R.S. (1984) A Featural Analysis of Preschoolers’ Counting Knowledge. Developmental Psychology, 20, 607-618.
  • Briars, D.J. & Larkin, J.H. (1984). An Integrated Model of Skill in Solving Elementary Word Problems. Cognition and Instruction, 1, 245-296.