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Glenda Lappan

Glenda T. Lappan (born 1939) is a professor emerita of mathematics at Michigan State University. She is known for her work in mathematics education and in particular for developing the widely-used Connected Mathematics curriculum for middle school mathematics in the US.[1]

Education and career

Lappan grew up as an only child on a farm in southern Georgia. She did her undergraduate studies at

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  2. ^ a b 6th Louise Hay Award,  .
  3. ^ a b 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Glenda T. Lappan,  .
  4. ^ "New endowed chair created in mathematics", MSU Today, January 22, 2002 .
  5. ^ ISDDE 2008 Prize for Excellence in Educational Design,  .
  6. ^ Glenda Lappan (1939 – ), Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame, retrieved 2015-08-29 .


In 1996 the Association for Women in Mathematics gave her their Louise Hay Award.[2] She was named a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State in 1998.[1] In 2002, the Connected Mathematics project endowed the Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald Endowed Chair in Mathematics Education at Michigan State, named after Lappan and the other two founders of the project.[1][4] The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics gave her a lifetime achievement award in 2004.[3] In 2008 she and Elizabeth Phillips shared the International Society for Design and Development in Education Prize for Excellence in Educational Design for their work on Connected Mathematics.[5] She was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2009.[6]

Awards and honors

From 1986 to 1991, Lappan directed the middle school portion of a project by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to set curriculum and evaluation standards for mathematics. Following that work, she began the Connected Mathematics Project, initially envisioned as a five-year effort to implement the NCTM standards.[2] She served as president of the NCTM from 1998 to 2000, and later as chair of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Academy of Sciences.[3]


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