Diane J. Briars, PhD
Immediate Past President, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
Diane J. Briars is a mathematics education consultant and Past President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, a 2,500 member international mathematics education leadership organization. Primary foci of her current work are supporting schools and districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and The Algebra Intensification Project, a joint venture of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and technology company Agile Mind. From 1986-2006, she was Mathematics Director for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She has served as a member of many national committees, including the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, headed by Senator John Glenn. In addition, Dr. Briars has served in leadership roles for various national organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, The College Board, and the National Science Foundation. 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.