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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.


USNC/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. Click below to learn more.

U.S.-China Workshop Report Corrected - JPG

2015 USNC/MI Regional Conferences - NCTM and AMATYC
Friday, November 13, 2015 at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Regional Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
"Math is a Verb" - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 101 CD, Minneapolis Convention Center

Friday, November 20, 2015 at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
"Making Math Connections around the World" - 8:00 to 8:50 a.m., Oak Valley Room     

2015 USNC/MI Meeting
The next meeting for USNC/MI will be held in the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

2015 ICMI Felix Klein Medal and Hans Freudenthal Medal Awarded
The ICMI Awards Committee is proud to announce Alan Bishop (Australia) as the recipient of the 2015 Felix Klein Award, and Jill Adler (South Africa) as the recipient of the 2015 Hans Freudenthal Medal.

Dr. Alan J. Bishop, recognized for lifetime achievement, is Emeritus Professor of Education at Monash University in Australia. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Hull in 1969, Dr. Bishop contributed to research on the social and political aspects of his field. His 1988 book "Mathematical Enculturation: A Cultural Perspective on Mathematics Education," in conjunction with a day-long program at ICME-6, paved the way for mathematics education as its own area of study. Over his career, Dr. Bishop has received dozens of travel grants and been published hundreds of times.

Dr. Jill Adler, FRF Chair of Mathematics Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, is honored for her innovative research program on mathematics education in South Africa. A Johannesburg native, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996 and was named Professor of Mathematics Education six years later. Dr. Adler served as Vice President of ICMI between 2003 and 2009, has mentored numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on research teams, and is responsible for over 125 publications.

13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-13) Dates Announced: July 24 - 31, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany
Participants from all over the world are encouraged  to come to Hamburg and make ICME-13 a rich experience for all. Congress attendees will experience the very special characteristics of the German mathematics education discussion, which is closely connected to European traditions of didactics of mathematics and has seen important recent developments. Information on the congress can be found on the ICME-13 website.

Those awarded travel grants to attend ICME-13 will be notified by February 1, 2016.

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. 

ICMI Study 23 Proceedings Available Online
The Study Conference for ICMI 23 -- Primary Mathematics Study on Whole Numbers -- is being 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.

Mathematics Education in the U.S. 2012: A Capsule Summary Fact Book
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 available for download

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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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