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For more than 75 years, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has been dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics. It is a recognized leader in efforts to ensure an excellent mathematics education for all students and an opportunity for every mathematics teacher to grow professionally.

With about 110,000 members throughout the United States and Canada, NCTM is the largest nonprofit professional association of mathematics educators in the world. NCTM offers vision, leadership, and avenues of communication for mathematics educators at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and college and university levels. As a professional association, NCTM derives its strength from its members, who are drawn from the broad community of stakeholders in the fields of mathematics and mathematics education. Members participate in the work of approximately 70 national committees and task forces and contribute to all aspects of the Council's work.

NCTM at a Glance

  • NCTM's three Standards documents laid the foundation for excellence in mathematics education.
  • NCTM's Addenda Series brings the message of the Standards documents to the classroom. This 22-book series includes suggestions for classroom activities, for the evaluation of students' skills, and for uses of technology that teachers can consider in planning their lessons.
  • NCTM publishes four professional journals – Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, the Mathematics Teacher, and the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education – along with the NCTM News Bulletin, Student Math Notes, Mathematics Education Dialogues, and more than 200 educational books, videos, and other materials.
  • NCTM's Mathematics Education Trust (MET) provides funds directly to teachers to enhance the mathematics education provided to all students. MET offers seven grant and scholarship programs and one lifetime achievement award program.
  • The Council holds an annual meeting and eight to ten regional meetings each year.
  • NCTM sponsors annual events, such as Mathematics Education Month and the World's Largest Math Event, that promote the value of mathematics.
  • NCTM's World Wide Web site, www.nctm.org, offers information about publications, professional development opportunities, jobs, new products, and NCTM and its programs.

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