Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards

  • Deadline: Nov 01, 2019

    Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards

    Supported by the Edwin I. Stein Fund and NCTM


    Grades: PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12

    "I want to start off by expressing great gratitude for this amazing opportunity. Attending this conference [Washington, DC] will not only impact the students in my classroom, but the teachers in my district and the students in their classrooms."

    ~ Abby Jensen, 2018 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 2020-21, the Mathematics Education Trust will fund travel, subsistence expenses, and substitute teacher costs of up to $1,500 + Meeting Registration to attend the San Diego, California 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 12, 2019) Essential or Premium member of NCTM or teaches at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2019) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership . An applicant must:

    • have a full-time teaching position for the 2019-20 school year; secondary school teacher must be teaching mathematics for at least 50 percent of his/her 2020-21 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.)

    A lesson that you taught, listing its goals, objectives, and suggested improvements if taught again, must be included in the proposal. 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. *Note that MET is launching a new online grant submission portal.    The Proposal Cover Form below is provided as an example of what will need to be completed for this grant.  The new portal will be available for Winter Grant Submissions after   after July 23, 2019. 

    Review the scoring rubric used to rate proposals in this category and determine which proposals will be selected for funding.

    Proposal Requirements 
    NOTE:   MET is moving to an online application platform for the WINTER Grant cycle.  The following proposal cover form is for reference only.
    I. Proposal Cover Form (Microsoft Word)
    ❏ Complete all requested information.
    ❏ Must include NCTM member number or, for PreK-8, school's membership number.
    ❏ Must be signed.

    II. Proposal (Three pages maximum)

    ❏ Need. Why are you applying? At this point in your professional development, what areas would you like to learn more about or pursue?
    ❏ Show how you will use your experience to benefit yourself and others in mathematics education in your local area.

    Lesson Plan
    (Two pages maximum)
    ❏ Briefly describe a lesson you have taught listing goals and objectives.
    ❏ Relate what changes you would make to improve the lesson and what factors caused to make such changes.
    III. Budget (Two pages maximum; table format)
    No Indirect Costs.
    ❏ Include itemized budget, presented in line-item table format.
        ❏ If the total budget for a proposed plan is greater than the grant maximum, indicate clearly what the grant funds will cover and what additional funding sources might be available to complete the total budget.
    ❏ Be specific and justify line items.

    IV. Background and Experience
    ❏ One-page maximum, outline format preferred.
    ❏ Formal education: institution, type of degree, major, minor, date each degree was granted.
    ❏ Teaching experience related to this grant proposal.  Indicate current school(s), teaching assignments, and other pertinent information, including continuing education and professional activities.

    V. Letter of Support from Principal
    ❏ One-page maximum.
    ❏ Must be on official school stationery and signed by the principal.
    ❏ Confirms the current and expected next year teaching status of the applicant.
    ❏ Indicate strong support for the proposal and district's willingness to provide leave time.

    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 be at least two, and no more than four, double-spaced pages in length.
    ❏ The report should include applications to their teaching assignment.

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


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