About Mathematics Education Trust

  • The Mathematics Education Trust (MET) was established in 1976 to channel the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

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    MET Grants and Awards

    MET grants, scholarships, awards—

    • Provide funds to support classroom teachers (Pre-K–grade 12) in improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge.
    • Offer funding opportunities for prospective teachers and NCTM's Affiliates. 
    • Recognize the lifetime achievement of leaders in mathematics education.

    The NCTM Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented annually to recognize a lifetime of achievement in mathematics education.

    Other grants and scholarships are presented to individuals or schools after a selective review of proposals submitted by applicants.

    Awards range from $1,500 to $24,000 and cover costs such as:

    • Conferences, workshops, or seminars
    • Research and in-service training in mathematics
    • Classroom activities
    • Lessons and materials
    • Graduate courses or other mathematics coursework
    • Other teacher- or school-identified professional development activities

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    MET Board of Trustees 

    MET is administered by the MET Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the NCTM president and approved by the NCTM Board of Directors. The MET Board is composed of four members who serve four-year terms and chair the Board in their last year. The Board of Trustees establishes policies and procedures for the Mathematics Education Trust; establishes and monitors policy for the investments of MET funds; initiates and monitors MET award programs; selects or oversees the selection of awardees in MET programs; and, oversees the fundraising aspects of the Trust.

    Mike Shaughnessy      Mike Shaughnessy, Chair 2023-2024                 
    Mike Shaughnessy first became interested in mathematics during his high school years in upstate New York and majored in mathematics at Le Moyne College. He completed his PhD at Michigan State University, joined the faculty of the Mathematics Department at Oregon State University (1976 to 1993), and subsequently in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University (1993–2008). At both OSU and PSU, Mike taught mathematics and statistics courses for pre-service and in-service teachers, directed professional development experiences for K–college teachers, and was director of Doctoral Programs in Mathematics Education. Mike served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2001–2004 and served a Presidential term for NCTM from 2009–2013. Mike’s principal research interests are in the teaching and learning of statistics and probability, the teaching and learning of geometry, and mathematical problem solving. Of his 80+ articles, books, and book chapters, nearly 50 of them are on issues related to the teaching and learning of probability and statistics.
    Nora Ramirez  Nora Ramirez, Trustee 
    Nora G. Ramirez is a nationally known mathematics educator who has spent over 30 years collaborating with educators. She worked at Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges as a professional developer, mathematics specialist and principal investigator of several federally funded projects. Nora taught middle and high school mathematics primarily in Texas. She is a founding member and Past President of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, a Past President of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM), a past member of the NCTM Board of Directors, a past member of the Advisory Committee to the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation, as well as a member of several advisory boards for mathematics education and ELL related projects. Nora was awarded the 2014 Iris Carl Equity and Leadership Award by TODOS recognizing her significant contributions to increasing the quality of mathematics education provided to underserved students, particularly Latinx students. She is co-editor of Beyond Good Teaching: Advancing Mathematics Education for ELLs published by NCTM and has been a contributing author for several books related to mathematics education. Currently, Nora is active in NCTM, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), AATM, Arizona Mathematics Leaders (AML), and TODOS, and works as a mathematics education consultant in rural, urban and suburban school districts.
    Karen Karp  Karen Karp, Trustee 

    Karen Karp is a mathematics educator who focuses on the intersection of mathematics education and special education.  She was previously a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a distinguished teaching professor of elementary mathematics education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where she is professor emeritus. She is the author or co-author numerous book chapters, articles, and  books, including the recent U.S. Department of Education Institute of Science’s What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide on Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Intervention in the Elementary Grades, and other titles such as Strengths-based Teaching and Learning in Mathematics: 5 Teaching Turnarounds for Grades K-6, The Math Pact: Achieving Instructional Coherence within and Across Grades, and Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally which has been translated into seven languages. Karen is a former member of the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a former president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. In 2020, she was selected for the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education. She also is a member of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. She holds teaching/administrative certifications in elementary education, secondary mathematics, K-12 special education, and educational administration.

    Fred Dillon                 Fred Dillon, Trustee
    Fred Dillon is a retired teacher with 35 years of classroom experience, having taught grades 7 through college. He still works with classroom teachers as part of the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh and as a coach with the Professional Development department of NCTM. Fred is a frequent speaker at national, state, and local conferences and institutes, and is also active at the local, state, and national level in professional organizations, including previously serving on the board of directors for NCTM and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM). Fred was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and the Christopherson-Fawcett Award from OCTM for Lifetime Contributions to Mathematics Education. Fred has co-authored several books, including Principles to ActionsTaking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices in Grades 9-12, Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math: Five to Thrive, and Your Mathematics Standards Companion, High School: What They Mean and How to Teach Them.   
    Ken Krehbiel  

    Ken Krehbiel, Executive Director

    Ken Krehbiel is Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the world’s largest organization representing mathematics education with 30,000 members and more than 230 Affiliates in the United States and Canada. He is an ex-officio member of the NCTM Board of Directors.

    Before joining NCTM as Director of Communications in 2000, he was Director of Communications at the American Academy of Actuaries, where he was responsible for media relations and all publications, and was Executive Editor for an award-winning magazine. There he co-managed a public relations program that was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America with a Silver Anvil Award, PRSA’s highest honor, for association institutional programs. Before his 30-year career in association management, he was a Music Director and Announcer in the National Public Radio system and was Editor for NPR’s “Performance Today.”

    He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

    MET Annual Reports 

    The Mathematics Education Trust produces a report annually that highlights award and grant recipients and acknowledges those who have contributed to MET. 


    2023 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2022 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2021 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2020 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2019 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2018 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2017 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2016 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2015 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2014 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2013 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2012 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2011 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2010 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2009 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2008 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2007 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2006 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2005 MET Annual Report (PDF)
    2004 MET Annual Report (PDF)

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