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NCTM at a Glance

About NCTM 

  1. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.
  2. Founded in 1920, NCTM is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 80,000 members and more than 230 Affiliates throughout the United States and Canada.

Principles and Standards 

Publications and Resources 

Professional Development 

  • The Council holds an annual meeting and exposition along with three regional conferences each year, with a combined attendance of 25,000. Teachers of mathematics and others attend lectures, panel discussions, and workshops and view exhibits of the latest mathematics education materials and innovations.
  • NCTM offers a diverse array of professional development events, services, and resources.  The Conferences and Professional Development section of the website ( has information about future offerings, including institutes for teachers focused on teaching mathematics with reasoning and sense making at the core.


  • NCTM works with Council leaders, staff, researchers, and practitioners to synthesize and summarize existing research that supports the organization’s mission and objectives, products, and services. 
  • NCTM’s Research Clips and Briefs focus on research that links mathematics to education practice.
  •  The annual NCTM Research Conference showcases the latest in mathematics education research, provides exceptional opportunities to network with peers, and connects researchers and practitioners.

Legislative and Policy Leadership  

  • To represent the interests of its members, NCTM engages in government relations activities dedicated to constructive policy discussions among all stakeholders to determine what is best for students.
  • The NCTM Advocacy Toolkit, available to all NCTM members, is a collection of materials to give individuals the tools and guidance they need to advocate for mathematics and education.

Grants and Awards 

  • NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

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