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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.


Call for Papers: ICMI Study 25 Conference
The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction is pleased to announce the next ICMI Study Conference. The ICMI Study 25 Conference on Teachers of Mathematics Working and Learning in Collaborative Groups will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, February 3--7, 2020.

For information on the ICMI Study series, visit To register for the conference and/or submit a paper abstract, please visit All abstract submissions are due by June 30, 2019

ICME-13 Publications Now Available on Open Access
The ICME-13 program has resulted in 38 books, ten of which are now open access. Math education practitioners and researchers are encouraged to make use of these materials at

USNC/MI Hosts Two Sessions at NCTM 2019
The 2019 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition was held in San Diego, California, from April 3--6. The USNC/MI hosted two sessions at the NCTM:
  • "Connecting Math Educators from Across the Globe: Resources, Lessons, and Future Work"
    Speakers: Maria Hernandez (Lead Speaker), Gail Burrill, and Soloman Friedberg
    Description: The International Seminar on Math Education has been a venue where teachers from many countries learn how math teaching is affected by factors such as culture, language, and policies. We will share resources and activities and lessons learned, and brainstorm ideas for moving forward with the work of connecting math educators from around the globe.
  • "Looking Ahead: ICME-14 Shanghai"
    Speaker: John Staley, speaking for Jim Roznowski
    Description: The 14th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14) will be held in Shanghai from July 12--19, 2020. Although it is fourteen months away, this session will provide an overview of what congress attendees may experience and what you as an educator can gain by attending.

2019 National Math Festival Held in Washington, DC
The National Math Festival, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Mathematical Society, was held in D.C. on May 4, 2019. The festival featured a number of national and regional professional societies, math circles, and math education vendors. For more information, click here to download the flyer.

USNC/MI Member Receives Honorary Doctorate
The U.S. National Committee for Math Instruction congratulates Padhu Seshaiyer on his honorary doctorate for scientific excellence from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr. Seshaiyer, a member of the USNC/MI, is one of multiple recipients honored this year for being "committed scientists who transcend the boundaries of their own disciplines." Lists of past awardees can be found here.

Conference on ICMI Study 24

"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), and American mathematics education expert Al Cuoco (Education Development Center) is also a participant. A volume of the study will be drafted in 2019 and is expected to be presented at ICME-14 in 2020.

The Study Conference for ICMI 24 was held from November 25--30, 2018, in Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Bill McCallum (University of Arizona) and Dr. Jeremy Kilpatrick (University of Georgia) were featured among the plenary speakers. For more information, please visit the study conference website.

Math Education Webinar Series from the USNC/MI

The USNC/MI is proud to announce that it will be organizing a series of webinars on math education. The first webinar, hosted by the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) focused on issues in language and learning mathematics. The webinar, which took place on Thursday, August 30, 2018, was attended by a total of 63 participants. A YouTube recording of the event, PowerPoint slide PDFs, and handout PDFs are all available on the AMATYC webinar page, located here.

Featured presenters were Dr. Judit Moschkovich (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Dr. Richard Barwell (University of Ottawa). Using research in mathematics education, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics, the presenters used examples to explore common myths about mathematics and language. The complete webinar, uploaded by AMATYC, is available on YouTube.

U.S. Finland Workshop Report CoverProceedings of the Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers in the United States and Finland: Now Available!

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 proceedings are now available for download (PDF) or purchase (hard copy) on the National Academies Press website.

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

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

Two Americans are serving on the International Program Committee (IPC) that will be held in Shanghai, China from July 12 through 19, 2020. Additionally, the USNC/MI is planning to submit a proposal for a U.S. presentation at the next Congress.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL-1445101. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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