has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Margaret Sinclair
Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics
Education. Dr. Kajander is an Associate Professor at the Faculty
of Education at Lakehead University with a PhD and an MA from
the University of Toronto, following a BSc from Lakehead and a
BEd from the University of Toronto. At the time of her appointment
at Lakehead, Dr. Kajander was teaching at elementary, secondary,
and post-secondary level all at once, in a clear demonstration
of her commitment to mathematics education through direct involvement
in research, educational governing bodies, and the classroom.
in 2013, the annual Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizes
an educator in Canada who has demonstrated innovation and excellence
in promoting mathematics education. Candidates for the award show
an enthusiasm for enhancing the learning environment and novel
ways of teaching mathematics, provide opportunities for students
to experience mathematics in a significant way, serve as a role
model for other teachers, and have had an inspirational influence
on students and/or colleagues.
Kajander is an active member of the Fields Institute Math Education
Forum, the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group, the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Ontario Association
of Mathematics Educators. She regularly consults professional
mathematicians to be sure that her resources reflect a high mathematical
standard, and conversely maintains contact with a network of teachers
to make sure her work is grounded in the day-to-day realities
and challenges of their work. Her participation as the only Ontario
mathematics education researcher in an NSERC CRYSTAL (Centres
for Research in Youth Science, Mathematics and Engineering Teaching
and Learning) reflects her ability and desire to connect with
mathematicians and scientists, mathematics educators, classroom
teachers, teacher candidates, and ultimately students, and is
representative of the types of research and impact that was embodied
in the work of Margaret Sinclair.
hearing the news about the award, Dr. Kajander wrote: "I
am beyond honoured. One of the things I admired most, of the many
things I admired about Marg, was her energy and enthusiasm for
doing the right thing, regardless of any personal gain or recognition.
I am most humbled by this and grateful to you all."
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Press Release for 2014