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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.


Conference on ICMI Study 24 to be Held in November
"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 will be held from November 25--30, 2018, in Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Bill McCallum (University of Arizona) and Dr. Jeremy Kilpatrick (University of Georgia) are 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.

American Mathematics Educator Deborah Loewenberg Ball Receives 2017 Felix Klein Award
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the most recent recipient of the Felix Klein Award for life-time achievement in mathematics education research. She is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in Education and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ball's career is largely defined by a lifelong pursuit of research in teaching mathematics. Her work in MKT theory (Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching) combines "both everyday and academic mathematical discourses," and she has published several papers on the topic. TeachingWorks is another project of Ball's devoted to the professional development of mathematics teachers. She established the institute at the University of Michigan to encourage teachers to "juggle their multiple classroom tasks" more efficiently.

The USNC/MI congratulates Dr. Ball on this outstanding achievement. For the full article on 2017 ICMI awards, you can view the newsletter here.

PCMI Summer Session 2017

The 27th Annual Park City Math Institute (PCMI) International Seminar, "Bridging Policy and Practice in Mathematics Education Around the World," was held on July 3 - 9, 2017. This year's theme was on the teaching and learning of Probability, and international participants shared how probability appears in the K-12 curriculum of their countries. The participating countries were Czech Republic, Guatemala, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Rick Scott (retired from New Mexico State University) and Gail Burrill (Michigan State University) organized the seminar, while Solomon Friedberg (Boston College) served as a respondent and reviewer.

In working groups, the Park City participants created three short policy briefs on the following topics: 
  • The Importance of Teaching Probability
  • Linking Probability and Statistics at the K-12 Level
  • Teaching Teachers to Teach Probability
According to a follow-up survey, participants in the 2017 session enjoyed learning techniques used in other countries and exchanging ideas. They generally agreed that the session encouraged them not to neglect probability as a subject area, and to reinforce the links between statistics and probability. For more Park City material, including the three briefs listed above, visit

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

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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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