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Frequently Asked Questions

About NCTM: General Questions

Answers to questions frequently asked by our Members.


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How do I join a committee?
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The NCTM president or the NCTM president-elect appoints committee members. To volunteer yourself, complete and submit our online form. Terms begin on May 1 and usually run for 3 years.
 
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How do I place an order?
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How do I place an order?
  • Online: Go to http://www.nctm.org/catalog/.
  • By mail: Complete the order form in our print catalog and send any form of payment, including a purchase order. 
  • By fax: Fax your completed order form with a purchase order or credit card information. 
  • By phone: Call 800-235-7566 to pay by credit card.
 
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What does NCTM offer?
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What does NCTM offer?

As part of membership, we offer three grade-specific journals featuring material teachers can use in the classroom, as well as a journal dedicated to publishing significant research in the field of mathematics teaching and learning. In addition, NCTM and AMTE have partnered to co-publish Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE), which is available as an add-on online-only journal. This journal is published twice a year, in September and March.

 NCTM provides professional development opportunities for members, such as regional conferences, annual meetings, and online seminars. We also offer books on mathematics education and other special products for classroom use in the NCTM catalog. More material for teachers, including archived journal articles and free downloadable resources such as the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, as well as links to other relevant sites, can be found on our website.
 

 
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What information does NCTM offer for families?
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NCTM offers advice for parents of middle school children at the Figure This! Web site. NCTM offers links to mathematics resources and activities on the Family Corner page of the NCTM Web site. You may also download a copy of the Resources for Families guide (PDF, 47 KB) (Adobe Acrobat 3.0 or higher required).
 
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What is “Student Explorations in Mathematics”?
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What is “Student Explorations in Math”? Student Explorations in Mathematics (SEM) is published five times each year (September, November, January, March and May). The availability of a new issue is announced in Summing-Up. Each SEM presents classroom activities and problems appropriate for upper-elementary - to high school students on a single general-interest topic (such as the Olympics, baseball, or election statistics). Student Explorations in Mathematics is not available as a separate subscription.
 
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What is NCTM's position on _________?
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Official NCTM positions are presented in the Council's position statements. Principles and Standards for School Mathematics is a resource and guide for all who make decisions that affect the mathematics education of students in prekindergarten through high school.
 
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What is NCTM?
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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students. NCTM was founded in 1920.

 
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What is the journal publication schedule?
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What is the journal publication schedule? Volume years of our three grade-specific journals follow the school year, running from August through May. Nine issues are published each year: A combined issue is published for December-January, and no issues are published in June or July. The volume year for our research journal follows the calendar year, with five issues dated January, March, May, July and November. The NCTM/AMTE co-published journal, Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE), has September and March issues.
 
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Where is NCTM located?
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Where is NCTM located? NCTM is located at 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502.  Our Customer Service Department is available at 800-235-7566 or 703-620-9840, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  Our fax number is 703-476-2970. We are available 24 hours a day online.
 
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Whom does NCTM serve?
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Who does NCTM serve? NCTM serves mathematics teachers in grades pre-K-12, teacher educators, pre-service teachers, institutions, and anyone who has an interest in the teaching of mathematics. NCTM members all work toward the same goal—improving the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.
 

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