Nanci Smith

Nanci N. Smith, PhD, is a full-time national and international consultant and featured conference speaker in the areas of mathematics, curriculum, assessment, differentiated instruction, and professional learning communities. Her work includes professional development in forty-five states and nine countries. Nanci has taught mathematics at the high school and university levels and differentiated instruction as a master’ course at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, and for the teachers at Singapore American School through Buffalo State University.

She was the mathematics consultant, designer, and author of the Meaningful Mathematics: Leading Students Toward Understanding and Application DVD series, and she developed an National Science Foundation-funded CD and DVD professional development series for middle school mathematics teachers. Her high school classroom is featured in the video series At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.

Nanci has authored three books in the areas of mathematics and differentiation: A Mind for Mathematics: Meaningful Teaching and Learning in Elementary Classrooms, Every Math Learner: A Doable Approach to Teaching With Student Differences In Mind, Grades K-5 and 6 – 12. She has co-authored a handbook for classroom instruction entitled A Handbook for Unstoppable Learning. Smith has published several chapters and articles about effective mathematics instruction, curriculum design, and standards implementation. She has given interviews for publications and NPR and has been a featured speaker for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics national conference and numerous other conferences in the United States and internationally.

Nanci received her PhD in curriculum and instruction for mathematics education from Arizona State University. She is board certified in adolescent and young adult mathematics. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Russ, and three cats.