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U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) and it maintains its relationship with the commission through the U.S. National Committee (USNC)/MI. ICMI is a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), which fosters efforts to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and learning worldwide.


ICME-14 to be Held in Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China, was recently selected to host ICME-14 in 2020. Click here for the complete announcement. 

The first International Program Committee (IPC) meeting to kick off the design of the conference will be held in September 2017. Daniel Chazan (University of Maryland) and Marta Civil (University of Arizona) are among the 23 committee members.

PCMI Summer Session 2017

The 27th Annual Park City Math Institute (PCMI) International Seminar was held on July 3 - 9, 2017, and focused on Probability.  The participating countries were Czech Republic, Guatemala, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, and the United States.  Material from the seminar can be found at

ICMI Study 24 Launched; Study 23 Available Online
"School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges and Changes," was launched in February 2017 as the 24th ICMI study. The study is co-chaired by Renuka Vithal (South Africa) and Yoshinori Shimizu (Japan).

The Study Conference for ICMI 23 -- Primary Mathematics Study on Whole Numbers -- was held at the University of Macau, China, from Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7, 2015. For more information about this conference, visit the study conference website. To view the ICMI Study 23 proceedings, click here.

2017 USNC/MI Fall Meeting Date
The USNC/MI will meet at the National Academies' NAS Building on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

CANP Publication Now Available: "Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean" 
The Capacity and Networking Project (CANP) has published a new book available for purchase as both an e-book and a softcover. "Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean" is the result of 66 mathematics educators and professionals from Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica organizing and exchanging ideas in mathematics education.

To order a copy of the book, please visit its webpage at

List of Sessions Held by the USNC/MI in 2017
Conference: Research Conference of NCTM
Title: Reflections from a U.S. Finland workshop and other activities of the United States National Commission on Mathematical Instruction
Date: April 4, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speakers:  Janine Remillard, Aki Murata, Mary Kay Stein, and Gail Burrill
Conference: NCSM Annual Meeting
Title: Supporting Mathematics Teacher Development in Finland Learned from a Joint U.S. Finnish Workshop
Date-Time: April 5, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Speakers: Janine Remillard, Aki Murata, and Debra Plowman
Conference: NCTM Annual Meeting
Title: Mathematics Teacher Development in Finland: Lessons Learned from a Joint U.S.-Finnish Workshop
Date-Time: April 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Janine Remillard, John Staley, Katie Hendrickson, and Jenny Marshall
Conference: NCTM Annual Meeting
Title: An International Perspective on Modeling: Implications for What We Teach
Date-Time: April 7,  9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Speakers: John Staley, Kyndall Brown, and Katie Hendrickson
Conference: NCTM Annual Meeting
Title: Report on ICMI Study 23 on Whole Number Arithmetic
Date-Time: April 8, 8 - 9 a.m.
Speaker: Roger Howe

U.S.--Finland Workshop on Mathematics Education Held Summer 2016 in Helsinki

Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland, a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators, was held July 31--August 2 at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. Approximately 15 American professionals and 15 Finnish professionals attended in person, while several online participants engaged remotely via the webcast.

The workshop report is expected to be released in August 2017.

CLICK HERE to visit the U.S.--Finland Workshop subpage and view session videos, download presentations, and more.

USNC/MI Hosts U.S. Reception at ICME-13
140 mathematics educators attended the U.S. Reception at ICME-13 in Hamburg, Germany, on the evening of Wednesday, July 27. The reception, hosted by the USNC/MI, was also sponsored by AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges), AMTE (Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators), ASA (American Statistical Association), CBMS (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences), MAA (Mathematical Association of America), NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics), and NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). 

66 Travel Fellowships Awarded to American Attendees of ICME-13
NCTM, through an NSF grant, awarded 66 travel fellowships for U.S. teachers, researchers, and educators to attend the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-13). The Congress was held from July 24 through July 31, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. NCTM received a total of 741 travel fellowship applications.

U.S.-China Report CoverUSNC/MI U.S.-Korea Workshop Report Released
On July 15-17, 2012 the United States National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and Seoul National University held a joint Korea-U.S. workshop on Mathematics Teaching and Curriculum. The workshop was organized to address questions and issues related to math teaching and curriculum that were generated by each country, including the following: What are the main concerns in the development of the curriculum? What issues have been discussed or debated among curriculum developers, teachers, teacher educators, and scholars regarding the curriculum? How have textbooks been developed for the curriculum? How are curricular tasks designed and what criteria are used? What is the role of learning trajectories in the development of curriculum? This report summarizes the presentations and discussions at the workshop.

2016 Update: Mathematics Education in the U.S.: A Capsule Summary Fact Book

The PDF of the latest update to the "Capsule Summary Fact Book" is available for download here.

Under the auspices of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the USNC/MI, John Dossey, Katherine Halvorsen, and Sharon McCrone prepared the 2012 update to the “Capsule Summary Fact Book.” The 89-page PDF report is also available for download

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