The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education is designed to recognize the recipient's contributions to mathematics education in the state of Michigan. The award is intended to be the highest recognition MCTM can bestow upon one of its members for contributions to mathematics education.

The person selected for this award will have made significant contributions to mathematics education in one or more of the following categories:

1. Active leadership in mathematics education at the local, state and national levels.
2. Outstanding contributions to the improvement of mathematics curricula.
3. Significant engagement in professional development for teachers of mathematics at all levels.
4. Contributions to mathematics education over a significant period of time.
5. Overall excellence of contributions to mathematics education.

The award will be given only when an exceedingly worthy individual is identified. The award will be presented at the MCTM annual conference.

Charlene Beckmann, Grand Valley State University

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Executive Board is pleased to honor Professor Charlene (Char) E. Beckmann of Grand Valley State University as the 2013 recipient of the MCTM Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award.  Her contributions to MCTM are numerous and include Executive Board member as Regional Director – Region 3 (1992-1993), Region 4 (1994-1996), President (2003), Conference Committee Chair (2004) and member of the Scholarship Endowment Fund and Scholarship Selection Committees.   She has coordinated and edited the MCTM Adventures with Mathematics series of workbooks, along with contributing to the SumMore Math workbooks.

Char has been a regular presenter at conferences around the state including: MCTM Annual Conference, Math In Action, Conversations with Colleagues; NCTM, AMTE,  MAA, and DACTM.  She

2008 Award Winner

Deborah Ball Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan

Deborah Ball was chosen for the MCTM Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award this year based on the outstanding work she is doing for mathematics education in the state, as well as the nation. As a member of President Bush's National Mathematics Advisory Panel, Deborah contributed to the finished report on "...ways to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance in mathematics among American students...with respect to the conduct, evaluation and effective use of the results of research relating to proven-effective and evidence-based mathematics instruction. She worked with the National Panel to develop recommendations "...based on the best available scientific evidence." In addition to her work with the Panel as a whole, she was also the chair of the Task Group on Teachers and Teacher Education, an area she continues to contribute to in her work at University of Michigan.

2007 Award Winner

Christian Hirsch Christian R. Hirsch, Western Michigan University
The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Executive Board is pleased to honor Dr. Christian R. Hirsch as the 2007 recipient of the MCTM Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award. Chris Hirsch has devoted his career to the improvement of mathematics education in Michigan and in the nation. His stellar accomplishments make him richly deserving of MCTM's highest recognition.

Christian R. Hirsch is currently the James H. Powell Professor of Mathematics at Western Michigan University. He earned both his B.A. (1966) and his Ph.D. (1972) in mathematics (with specialization in mathematics education) from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Hirsch is probably best known for his leadership in and innovative thinking about secondary school mathematics curriculum. For over a decade, he has led the Core-Plus curriculum development project which was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in 1999 as an "exemplary mathematics program." Core-Plus is widely acknowledged as one of the best, and probably the most accessible, "reform" mathematics curriculum at the secondary school level. Chris is now extending his influence on mathematics curriculum through his work as co-PI of the NSF-funded Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum.