Overview

  • About NCTM

    Founded in 1920, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 60,000 members and more than 230 Affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. Interested in Membership? Learn more about exclusive member benefits and discounts and join today.

    Mission

    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for each and every student through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. 
              (Approved by the NCTM Board of Directors, October 13, 2016)

    Vision

    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the global leader and foremost authority in mathematics education, ensuring that each and every student has access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning. We envision a world where everyone is enthused about mathematics, sees the value and beauty of mathematics, and is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.
              (Approved by the NCTM Board of Directors, October 13, 2016)

    Strategic Priorities

    • Access, Equity and Empowerment: Advance knowledge about, and infuse in every aspect of mathematics education, a culture of equity where each and every person has access to and is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.
    • Advocacy: Engage in public and political advocacy to focus policymakers and education decision makers on improving learning and teaching mathematics.
    • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Provide guidance and resources for developing and implementing mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment that are coherent, focused, well-articulated, and consistent with research in the field, and focused on increasing student learning.
    • Professional Development: Provide professional development to all stakeholders to help ensure each and every student receives the highest quality mathematics education.
    • Research: Ensure that sound research is integrated into all activities of the Council.
    • Technology: Promote strategic use of technology to advance mathematical reasoning, sense making, problem solving, and communication.
    •           (Approved by the NCTM Board of Directors, October 20, 2012)