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Prospective Teacher NCTM Conference Attendance Awards

Supported by the Julius H. Hlavaty Fund and NCTM 

"NCTM's conference [Philadelphia Annual Meeting & Exposition] proved to be the most informative and fun thing I have ever participated in to date. From beginning to end I felt flooded with new, interesting, and applicable information. The conference offered a variety of benefits; however, the three most vital for me proved to be the relevance of the content, the strategies for teaching with technology, and the networking with other professionals."

                 ~ William K. Jones, 2012 Awardee 

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to a future teacher of mathematics for attendance at an NCTM conference. For 2015–2016, the Mathematics Education Trust will fund up to $1,200 (+ Conference Registration) for travel and subsistence expenses for a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is committed to teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K–12 to attend an NCTM annual meeting or a regional meeting of NCTM. The applicant must be current (on or before October 15, 2014) student member of NCTM. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: acceptable academic record and standing, expressed interest in and commitment to teaching mathematics, and anticipated benefits of conference attendance, and clarity of the proposal.

An applicant at the undergraduate level must be currently enrolled in a state-approved certification program and be on at least the second semester of his/her Junior year with a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Graduate student must be enrolled in a master’s level program leading to certification or one designed to strengthen the teaching and learning process. An individual already certified must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Applicant must be committed to teaching grades Pre-K–12 and have a sincere interest in mathematics education. Any air-travel arrangements must be made through the designated NCTM travel agent so NCTM can directly pay for travel.

No person may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply.

An interested student is invited to submit a proposal. The 2015–2016 MET Proposal Cover Form must be completed and serve as the top page of each copy of the proposal. The proposal must be typewritten, double-spaced and single-sided (please organize as outlined below), with margins of at least one inch on 8.5"x 11" paper. Font size must be no smaller than 10-point (Times Roman suggested), and width between characters should be normal (100%). Five copies (one original and four copies) of the proposal should be included in a single packet addressed to the Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. The application packet must be postmarked by November 7, 2014. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Lack of an applicant's signature will automatically disqualify the proposal. 

Proposal Requirements

I.   Proposal Cover Form (Microsoft Word 2000 or higher required)

II. Proposal (Two pages maximum)

 Interest and need. Why are you applying? At this point in your professional development, what areas would you like to learn about or pursue.

 Outcome. Explain what you hope to gain from attending the meeting and the potential impact on your teaching career.

 Budget. Give a brief itemized budget (presented by line item in a table format).

III. Additional Requirements 

 A photocopy of page(s) from the school catalog showing the program in which the applicant is currently enrolled and the page indicating state approval and accreditation.

 A copy of a transcript or official progress report showing academic record, GPA, and current enrollment. Graduate students should submit a transcript of their undergraduate record as well.

 Graduate students should also submit a description of their teaching experience and professional activities to date.

IV. Letters of Support (One page maximum each)

 A letter of support from a college or university mathematics educator (a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) with whom the applicant has studied. The letter must be signed on institution stationery, should verify the applicant’s status, and indicate strong support for the proposal.

  A letter of support from an educator or colleague. The letter should verify the applicant’s qualifications for the award and indicate strong support for the proposal.

Final Report Requirement

 An awardee will be required to submit a report on his/her experiences at the meeting along with their request for reimbursement. The report should be at least two, and no more than four, double-spaced pages in length and should include an assessment of the value of the experience in contributing to the recipient’s education.

The Mathematics Education Trust was established by
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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