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Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards

Supported by the Edwin I. Stein Fund and NCTM 

“By participating in the variety of sessions with energetic, creative teachers, I was able to gain motivation, creative strategies and techniques to engage my students further in the mathematical process. I thank you for this amazing opportunity to participate.” 

~ Heather Bowman, 2014 Awardee 

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that creating effective classrooms and learning environments in every school and district will take leaders committed to support sustained professional development that engages teachers in continual growth of their mathematical knowledge for teaching, pedagogical content knowledge, and knowledge of students as learners of mathematics (p. 114).

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to a first-time attendee at an NCTM annual meeting and exposition. For 2015–2016, the Mathematics Education Trust will fund travel, subsistence expenses, and substitute teacher costs of up to $1,200 + Meeting Registration to attend the Boston Annual Meeting and Exposition for a classroom teacher* in grades Pre-K–12 who has never attended an NCTM annual meeting and who is current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teaches at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM Pre-K–8 school membership. An applicant must:

  • have a full-time teaching position for the 2014–2015 school year; secondary school teacher must be teaching mathematics for at least 50 percent of his/her 2015–2016 schedule;
  • have earned at least a bachelor's degree;
  • be teaching at the time of the application and anticipate teaching during the following school year.

(*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)

Special consideration will be given to a teacher of underserved and rural students. Any air travel arrangements must be made through the designated NCTM travel agent so NCTM can pay directly for the travel. Hotel arrangements will be made by NCTM.

No person may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

An interested teacher 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 (One page maximum)

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

 Outcome. Explain what you hope to gain from the experience, if selected. Show how you will use your experience to benefit others in mathematics education in your local area. Be specific.

III. Background and Experience (Outline format preferred for the first two items)

 Formal education. Indicate the institution, type of degree, major, minor, and date each degree was granted.

 Teaching experience related to this award proposal. Indicate the school(s), teaching assignments, and other pertinent information, including continuing education and professional activities. 

 Briefly describe a lesson you have taught listing goals and objectives and then relate what changes you would make to improve the lesson and what factors caused to make such changes. (Two pages maximum)

IV. Principal’s Letter of Support (One page maximum)
 The principal’s letter of support must verify on school stationery that you currently teach mathematics, anticipate teaching mathematics during the next school year, and that released time will be provided for attendance at the annual meeting.

Final Report Requirements

 Awardees will be required to submit a report on their experiences at the annual meeting along with their request for reimbursement (list of expenses with receipts). The report should include applications to their teaching assignment. The report should be at least two, and no more than four, double-spaced pages in length.

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


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