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Francis M. (Skip) Fennell

Professor of Education, McDaniel College
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
2 College Hill, Westminster, Maryland 21157 USA


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. (BBA)

Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders Project (EMS&TL)

Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics

McDaniel College

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

National Mathematics Advisory Panel

TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

About Skip

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

Contact Skip Fennell via email.

Office: 410-857-2509
FAX: 410-857-2515

For questions about this site, click here.


Personal Information

Skip lives in Westminster, Maryland. He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren. On his own time he enjoys running, reading, and grandchildren.


Recent News

Recent Projects

Fennell Named First Recipient of Endowed Bowlsbey Chair
The first recipient of the endowed Bowlsbey Chair is Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, professor of education and coordinator of the graduate-level program in elementary education. McDaniel College President Joan Develin Coley announced the $1.5-million gift to endow the Bowlsbey Chair Friday, April 16, 2010 at the College's annual dinner for trustees and faculty.

The selection of Dr. Fennell as the first recipient of the Bowlsbey Chair completes a defining era of education at the liberal arts college. "My husband, Stan, both recruited and hired Skip as the first elementary coordinator in 1976, and he embodies Stan's unwaverying dedication to excellence in leadership, teaching and service," said JoAnn Bowlsbey.

AMTE Honors Fennell With Outstanding Teacher Educator Award
Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell is also the 2010 recipient of the Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators (AMTE) Outstanding Teacher Educator Award for Excellence in Service. Click here to view his presentation, "So, What Does it Mean to Serve Mathematics Education? Issues and Challenges for All of Us - Past, Present, and Future."


Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders (EMS&TL) Project

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

On April 12, 2008 Fennell completed a 2-year term as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He is Maryland's first NCTM president.

Read Skip's President's Messages

National Mathematics Advisory Panel

On April 18, 2006 President Bush created the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. Dr. Fennell served as a member of the panel.

Click here to view a webcast that highlights the National Mathematics Advisory Panel's findings. Click hereo view a webcast featuring Dr. Fennell commenting on the work of the Panel.



Dr. Fennell is a Professor of Mathematics Education at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

"It is important that teachers know and care. Know about what they teach (content) and care very deeply about that knowledge and the children they are teaching (pedagogy). This content and pedagogical knowledge must be continually and consistently nurtured and strengthened throughout one's career."

- Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell

Recent Presentations & Downloads

21st Century Partnership for STEM Education, PA: The Common Core State Standards, from Transition to Implementation (Jan. 19, 2012)

Solution Tree Author Speak, Indianapolis, IN: What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics
(Nov. 2, 2011)

Maryland Common Core Mathematics Summit, Columbia, MD: Common Core State Standards Transition to Implementation (Video). Download slides (Sept. 22, 2011)

Orange County Common Core Kick-Off, Orange County, CA: Common Core State Standards - Mathematics
(Aug. 16, 2011)

NCTM Algebra Readiness 3-8 Math Institute, Baltimore, MD: An Agenda for Standards (of all sorts) with a Focus on the Common Core
(Aug. 9, 2011)

Regional Education Lab Mid-Atlantic Bridge Event - The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA: Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade (Slides & Handouts)
(Mar. 7, 2011)

Ontario Association of Mathematics Education: Big Ideas in Mathematics Learning: Focusing on Big Ideas About Fractions
(Mar. 3, 2011)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - New Orleans, LA: Rti Math and Number Sense: What Interventions Should You Consider? We Can Figure this Out
(Oct. 29, 2010)

Institute of Education Sciences - Washington, DC: Effective Fractions Instruction - Recommendations from a What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide
(Oct. 18, 2010)

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - Baltimore, MD: Effective Fractions Instruction - Recommendations from a What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide
(Oct. 15, 2010)

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - San Diego, CA: Focus on Fractions - Building Fraction Sense, Why Not?
(Apr. 22, 2010)

NCSM Annual Conference - San Diego, CA: Elementary Mathematics Specialists: An Update and Challenges (Apr. 19, 2010)

NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition - Minneapolis, MN, Featured Session: Number Sense is Foundational - Fraction Sense Here We Come! (Nov. 6, 2009)

2009 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) - Houston, TX, Featured Session: Fraction Sense! Why? Fractions Are Foundational
(July 16, 2009)

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - Washington, DC, Featured Session: Coherence, Connections and Communication and Fraction Sense
| View Video (Apr. 24, 2009)

NCSM Annual Conference - Washington, DC, Featured Session:
Mathematics Specialists Teacher Specialists & Coaches: Where is this going? What do we know? (Apr. 22, 2009)

AMTE Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL: Preparing Elementary School Mathematics Teachers and Leaders Issues to Consider
(Feb. 6, 2009)

Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut 2008 Conference - Uncasville, CT, Keynote Presentation: Competitiveness, Coherence, Communication & Choices: Challenges for Mathematics Teaching and Learning
(Dec. 1, 2008)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - Reno, Nevada, Featured Session: Number Sense and the National Math Panel: Crucial Foundations for Mathematics Learning (Nov. 6, 2008)

Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) - Baltimore, MD, Presentation: The National Math Panel Report: Foundations for Success - Learning more than just fractions!
(Nov. 3, 2008)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - Charleston, SC, Featured Session: Competitiveness, Coherence & Communication Challenges for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (Oct. 30, 2008)

MCTM Annual Conference - Baltimore, MD, Keynote Session: Isues for MD Mathematics, Then and Now: Next steps for all of us (Oct. 17, 2008)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - Oklahoma City, OK, Featured Session: Number Sense is a Critical Foundation: What does this mean, and how do we get there? (Oct. 2008)

ICME 11 - Monterrey, Mexico, Featured Session: The United States' National Mathematics Panel Recommendations, Lessons Learned, What’s here for you? (July 2008)

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - Salt Lake City, UT, Presidential Address: What's Next? Next steps for all of us in mathematics teaching (Apr. 10, 2008)

ASCD Annual Conference - North Carolina:
Every Student Loving Math - Really: 4 C's for Consideration
(Feb. 8, 2008)

AMTE Annual Meeting - Tulsa, OK, Special Presentation: Challenges for Mathematics Teacher Education(Jan. 25, 2008)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - Houston, TX, Featured Session: Mathematics Teaching & Learning: Issues to Energize!
(Nov. 29, 2007)

Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) - Baltimore, MD, Presentation: Some things about NCTM you may not know...NCTM's Curriculum Focal Points: A Quest for Coherence
(Nov. 5, 2007)

Bucknell University - "Thinking Mathematically 2007" - Lewisburg, PA, Keynote Presentation: Competitiveness, Coherence, Communication, and Choices: What should we do? and Session: Number Sense: A Critical Foundation for Higher-Level Mathematics
(Oct. 15, 2007)

NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition - Richmond, VA, Featured Session: What's on the Horizon? Issues for All of Us
(Oct. 10-12, 2007)

2007 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) - San Antonio, TX, Featured Session: What's All This Mean--To Me? Curriculum Focal Points, National Math Panel, and MY Classroom (June 28, 2007)

The City College of New York - CUNY, New York, NY, Special Invited Presentation: Issues in Teaching & Learning Mathematics: Things we should all think about! (June 12, 2007)

Maryland's "Math For All" Leadership Conference - Emmitsburg, MD, Keynote Session:
Challenges - Competitiveness; Math for All Students Everyday (May 22, 2007)


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