NCTM Invites Applications for Pre-College Mathematics Research

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that teachers must identify what counts as evidence of student progress toward mathematics learning goals and reflect on that evidence to inform the planning of future instruction. Teachers also should work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and community members to ensure that all students have the support they need to maximize success in the classroom.

To this end, the National Committee of Teachers of Mathematics is accepting applications for classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2018-19, grants of up to $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching math at the grade 7-to-12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more classroom teachers (individuals who spend half or more of their work time teaching in the classroom).

The proposal may include but is not restricted to research on curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students, students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, the connection of math to other disciplines, focused learning and the teaching of math with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant), and/or innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.

Involvement of pre-service teachers is encouraged but not required. The research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission to the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or one of NCTM's school journals. Proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.

The applicant must be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM (if a teacher in grades 9 to 12), or one who teaches at a college or university. Seventh- or 8th-grade teacher applicants may be a current (on or before October 13, 2017) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school having a current (on or before October 13, 2017) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership .

See the NCTM website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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