Retired Pitt professor honored for lifetime achievement in math education |
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Deb Erdley

Margaret “Peg” Smith, a retired University of Pittsburgh professor, was honored Tuesday with a lifetime achievement award for distinguished service to mathematics education from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Officials with the group said Smith dedicated herself to mathematics education and furthering the knowledge of other educators in a career that included teaching stints throughout New York, Ohio and Michigan and in a career capped at Pitt, where she earned her doctorate and became a professor of instruction and learning in the School of Education and a senior scientist at the University’s Learning and Research Development Center.

Smith, who holds the title of professor emeritus at Pitt, retired in 2016.

She also was founding editor of Mathematics Teacher Educator, a journal co-published by NCTM and AMTE. Smith also coauthored one of NCTM’s best-selling books, “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions.“

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