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Brief History of the NNN

The National Numeracy Network got its start in 2000 under the leadership of Susan Ganter (at Clemson University) as the outreach component of the National Council on Education and the Disciplines (NCED). Robert Orrill had founded and directed the NCED to promote discussion about core literacies at the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Quantitative literacy emerged as the primary focus.

The NNN organized a consortium of about 40 numeracy programs and, with NCED grants, established four QL Centers: Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), Trinity College (Hartford, CT), University of Nevada (Reno, NV), and The Washington Center (Evergreen, WA). These centers were to provide technical support in

Upon completion of the NCED project, the NNN was established formally as a membership organization. At a June 2004 meeting at Moose Mountain Lodge in NH, the first NNN board of directors spelled out the NNN's Vision and Mission, adopted its by-laws, and incorporated the NNN. In keeping with the goal of connecting numeracy with diverse disciplines, the NNN has held its annual meetings in conjunction with related organizations:

The October 2012 meeting in New York City was the NNN's first stand-alone conference.

For more details on the NNN's history, see Bernie Madison and Lynn Steen's article Evolution of Numeracy and the National Numeracy Network in the premiere edition of our journal Numeracy.

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