About Lee Stiff
NCSU Professor
Keynote Speaker
Textbook Author
NCTM President


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RALEIGH -- The Wake County school system is on a mission to make sure that every academically qualified eighth-grader is enrolled in Algebra I when the new school year starts next week.New figures presented Thursday show that 85.2 percent of eighth-graders who are predicted to be ready for Algebra I have been enrolled in the course for the coming school year - an increase from 61.1 percent this past school year. But administrators said they will work with middle schools over the next week to get that percentage as close to       100 as they can - a major jump from two years ago when little more than half of the qualified students were enrolled.

"We're getting better. But when we say all students, we mean all students," Superintendent Tony Tata said Thursday at a meeting of a task force that has been looking at increasing enrollment in Algebra I. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/08/19/1421740/schools-work-to-get-all-fit-eighth.html#ixzz1VhFDuDFJ

A joint task force representing the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association    of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics was formed to develop actions and resources needed to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). The task force also considered ways in which the organizations can collaborate in supporting their members and various groups to advance each organization’s vision of school mathematics. The joint task force report, which has been shared with the leadership of each organization, identifies five priority actions to be taken as soon as possible.

Dr. Stiff established the Agnes and Garfield Stiff Endowment to encourage and support graduate student research in mathematics, science, and technology education at North Carolina State University. Both Agnes and Garfield Stiff deeply valued education. Throughout their lives, they felt that education was the cornerstone on which African Americans could build a future for themselves in North Carolina and in these United States. They instilled the importance of education in their son, Lee. The endowment is meant to recognize their many accomplishments and honor their memory.

Contributions to support the Agnes and Garfield Stiff Endowment are welcomed.

One of Dr. Stiff's contributions made it possible that the Dudley and Barbara Flood Gallery be so named in honor of his former classroom teacher and coach, and music teacher of so many years ago in Hertford County, NC. But beyond Hertford County, it is important that two people who have given so much to countless numbers of children and parents all across North Carolina be recognized for their devotion and dedication to high-quality education in North Carolina and for their commitment to excellence. It is fitting that the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation be the site for this honor and recognition. A video tribute to the Floods provides a glimpse of their many accomplishments.

Dr. Dudley Flood continues to inspire others and provide leadership to schools all across the Nation.

News Stories on Math Education Council Report Miss Point, Says NC State Education Expert. (December 2006)

Why do teens fail math? 'It ain't the kids!' The Seattle Times. (August 2006)

How gaps in education add up. Raleigh News and Observer. (August 2005)

Does Two Plus Two Still Equal Four? American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. (March 2002)