Porath began her three-year term (2013–2016) at the conclusion of NCTM’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver on April 20. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members, NCTM is the world’s largest organization supporting mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.
Porath’s professional interests include educating adolescents and making a significant impact on their lives by helping them reason and make sense of mathematics, working with the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service in piloting assessment items aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and infusing the modeling of effective pedagogy with significant mathematics content in professional development offerings.
Porath’s work with NCTM includes membership on the Program Committee for the Louisville (2013) Regional Conference and the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS) Editorial Panel (2008-10) and Chair (2010). She has been a speaker at NCTM annual meetings (2009, 2011) and a reviewer for MTMS (2009–). In addition to membership in NCTM, Porath has professional affiliations with the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). She is also publications director (2012–) and an elected board member (2010–) of MCTM and has been a presenter at MCTM annual conferences (1998–). Porath has also been a presenter at Getting to Know Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) Conferences (MSU, 2005–) and CMP Users’ Conferences (MSU, 2000–).
In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of Mathematics Teacher Circles (2010–) for the American Institute of Mathematics and a professional development consultant in various school districts (1998–).