Fennell named board member to nation’s new educator training accrediting body

 Education: Fennel Francis
June 20, 2013

Education professor and mathematics education expert Francis “Skip” Fennell who developed and leads the first graduate program for elementary mathematics teachers in Maryland has been named to join the inaugural board of directors of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) effective July 1.

Fennell has dedicated his professional life since 1966 to mathematics education, with an emphasis on the elementary and middle grades. From 2006-2008, Fennell served as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the world’s largest and most influential mathematics education organization, and he is a founding member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). In 2012, Fennell received a lifetime achievement award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He currently directs the Brookhill Foundation supported Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project which involves elementary mathematics specialists from Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Howard Counties. 

“As a teacher educator for close to 40 years, I am honored and privileged to have been selected to serve on the inaugural CAEP Board of Directors.  I look forward to addressing challenges related to teacher education programs, particularly as they relate to program endorsement, impact, and scrutiny.”

CAEP’s mission is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence‐based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P‐12 student learning. More than 900 educator preparation providers will initially participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Educator preparation providers include traditional institutions of higher education, as well as alternative pathways such as residency programs.

Honors already bestowed on Fennell include the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Mathematics Educator of the Year (1990), Western Maryland College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (1997), Carnegie Foundation’s CASE Professor of the Year for Maryland (1997), the NCSM Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award (2000), and AMTE Excellence in Service in Mathematics Teacher Education (2010). Fennell was a writer for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Curriculum Focal Points, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He’s also the author of dozens of articles and books and is the editor of the recently released 75th and final Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics entitled Defining Mathematics Education.