USNC/MI session at the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
The U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction (USNC/MI) hosted two sessions at the 2013 NCTM annual meeting in Denver, CO.: On Friday, April 19th, Myong-Hi Kim, Oh-Nam Kwon and Johnny Lott will present What U.S. and Korean Math Educators Shared and Learned Together, and on April 20th, Patrick Scott and Ann Lawrence will present Lessons from the U.S. National Presentation at ICME-12 in Korea. In addition, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual meeting will be held in Denver before the NCTM meeting. The USNC/MI will also host a session at the NCSM meeting where John Staley, Hee-chen Lew, and Janine Remillard will discuss Learning from Each Other: Reflections on a Joint U.S.-Korea Workshop on April 17th.
ICMI Study 23
This year the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction hopes to launch Study 23 themed in Primary Mathematics. USNC/MI member, Sybilla Beckmann from the University of Georgia will participate in this study. For more information about the study and to stay informed, please visit the ICMI site.
The USNC/MI Participation at the 12th International Congress on Math Education (ICME-12) in Seoul, South Korea, July 8-15, 2012
The Congress was opened by ICMI President Bill Barton, and the Korean Minister for Education, Science and Technology presented the ICMI awards: Klein medals to Gilah Leder (2009) and Alan Schoenfeld (2011), and Freudenthal medals to Yves Chevallard (2009) and Luis Radford (2011). More than 3,500 participants, including 800 Korean mathematics teachers, enjoyed the rich and varied program of plenary presentations, lectures, study and discussion groups, national presentations, and a very popular Mathematical Carnival.
The National Presentation
The United States was selected to make a National Presentation at the 12th International Congress on Math Education (ICME-12) in Seoul, S. Korea, July 8-15, 2012, where the UNSC/MI organized a series of events such as a National Presentation. Only three to five countries were selected to make a National Presentation at every congress. The National Presentation highlighted the uniqueness and important features of mathematics education in the U.S. The National Presentation consisted of two 90-minute sessions that were held on Tuesday, July 10.
The U.S. Exhibit
As part of being selected to make a National Presentation, the invited country was provided exhibit space to showcase pedagogical products and math education materials. The exhibit showcased not only the uniqueness of math education in the U.S., but also the diversity and variety of products, key players, and stakeholders involved in the practice. The U.S. exhibit included speakers, videos, materials, and a lot of surprises. View the list of U.S. professional organizations.
John Dossey, Katherine Halvorsen, and Sharon McCrone prepared the 2012 update of the “Capsule Summary Fact Book” under the auspices of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The report is available for download here.
The ICMI General Assembly
The U.S. delegation was represented by the two leaders of the USNC/MI, Patrick (Rick) Scott (chair) and Janine Remillard (vice-chair). Roger Howe (NAS), Yale University, was reelected as member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.
U.S. Travel Grants
In collaboration with NCTM and Michigan State University, fifty travel grants were awarded to preK-12 mathematics teachers, mathematicians, graduate students and mathematics teacher educators from the United States to attend ICME-12. Also, travel awardees had the opportunity to visit Korean schools and observe math lectures. View the list of awardees.
The U.S. Reception
A U.S. reception was held at the congress on July 10th for 150 international attendees. The reception was intended to foster international collaborations between U.S. math educators and their international peers. A Speed Networking session facilitated the networking experience between the attendees. The reception was sponsored by NCTM, AMATYC, ASA, and CBMS.
U.S.-South Korea Post Congress Workshop on Math Teaching and Curriculum
South Korea has been one of the Asian countries doing particularly well on international assessments and they now lead the world in the percentage of the young adult population that has earned a university degree. The USNC/MI held a two-day post-congress workshop at Seoul National University for approximately 20 mathematics educators and researchers (18 U.S. and 20 South Koreans) to discuss the development of curriculums, textbooks, and the teaching profession. The U.S.-South Korea jointly activity entitled The South Korea – U.S. Workshop on Math Teaching and Curriculum addressed a series of questions and issues related to math teaching and curriculum. View the agenda. An NRC workshop summary will be produced in English and Korean.
To find out more information about Korea, please view the fact and reference sheet.
ICME-13 in 2016 will be held in Hamburg, Germany.