Diane J. Briars, Ph.D.
Diane J. Briars is a mathematics education consultant and President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Primary foci of her current work are supporting schools and districts in their interpretation and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and The Intensified Algebra Project, a joint venture of the Learning Science Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin, which is developing instructional materials for underprepared 9th grade Algebra 1 students. Previously, she was Mathematics Director for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Under her leadership, the Pittsburgh Schools made significant progress in increasing student achievement through standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment.
Dr. Briars is a Past President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), a 2,500-member international mathematics leadership organization and has served in leadership roles for various other national organizations, including The College Board and the National Science Foundation. She has served as a member of many national committees and advisory boards, including the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, headed by Senator John Glenn. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, M.S. and B.S. in Mathematics from Northwestern University and did post-doctoral study in the Psychology Department of Carnegie-Mellon University. She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher.