Valerie Mills


Valerie L. Mills is the Supervisor and Mathematics Education Consultant for Oakland Schools and current President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Oakland Schools is an educational resource center serving 28 school districts and approximately 230,000 students. During her 35+ years in education she taught high school mathematics, served as Mathematics Department Chair, K-12 Mathematics Coordinator, and Director of Curriculum for the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor school districts in Michigan. In addition she was the Principal Investigator on five Mathematics and Science Partnership projects working with high needs districts, was a Teacher Author on the Core Plus Mathematics Project, President of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, past chair of NCTM's Academy Services Committee, and has written numerous professional articles and professional development resources. Mills was awarded the Michigan Mathematics Education Service Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Milken National Educator Award.

Presentation Title:

Connections and Distinctions among Today's Digital Innovations and Yesterday's Innovative Curricula

Presentation Description:

This session will explore some of the ways in which we can connect lessons learned during the initial implementation of the "Innovative" or "Standards-Based" curricula in the late 80's and early 90's with the challenges that lie ahead utilizing newly designed digital products. Areas of examination will include: resource selection, professional development issues, shifting roles of teachers, students, administrators and textbooks, changes in classroom structures, issues of social justice, and changes in data analysis to inform instruction.

In addition, this session will suggest some ways in which these two contexts are unique and may require new solutions. Recommendations for possible next steps will be offered.