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About Student Explorations in Mathematics

SEM_Logo-220x80Student Explorations in Mathematics, formerly known as Student Math Notes, is an official publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is intended as a resource for grades 5-10 students, teachers, and teacher educators. Each issue develops a single mathematical theme or concept in such a way that fifth grade students can understand the first one or two pages and high school students will be challenged by the last page. The content and style of the notes are intended to interest students in the power and beauty of mathematics and to introduce teachers to some of the challenging areas of mathematics that are within the reach of their students.

Student Explorations in Mathematics is published five times a year—January, March, May, September, and November—at 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502.

The publications of the Council present a variety of viewpoints. The views expressed or implied in this publication, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official positions of the Council. 


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Editorial Panel 

The Student Explorations in Mathematics Editorial Panel chooses content, reviews manuscripts, and continually seeks feedback from readers. Current panel members are:

Jennifer Bay-Williams University of Louisville, Kentucky ; Board of Directors Liaison  
Kathy Erickson Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Chair 
Mark Evans     Christ Cathedral Academy, Garden Grove, California
Derek Fialkiewicz Brian and Teri Cram Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada
Cindy L. Hasselbring Maryland State Department of Education
Derek Pipkorn Lincoln Intermediate School, West Allis, Wisconsin
Jennifer Marie Plumb Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School, Pennsylvania
Jerel L. Welker Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska
Larry Linnen University of Colorado, Denver
Barbara Wood Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia
Albert Goetz NCTM, Reston, Virginia; Field Editor 
Elizabeth M. Skipper NCTM, Reston, Virginia; Staff Liaison 

Headquarters Journal Staff

The staff edits manuscripts and manages production and printing.

Luanne M. Flom Copy Editor
Rebecca Totten Production Specialist

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