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As I reflect on recent weeks, I am thankful for the numerous people who have worked diligently in helping NCTM pivot toward making the best of an unprecedented situation. For many of our members, these people may not be visible, meaning they are working behind the scenes to ensure that “the little light” of NCTM shines. In this message, I want to acknowledge the work of various people who have worked behind the scenes because, I believe, they all deserve for others to see their light shine.
(Note: Trena Wilkerson’s President’s Message will begin in May) As I write this final President’s Message, many school
districts have closed their physical buildings and have transitioned to remote
or virtual teaching and learning. Consequently, we are all challenged to think
differently about the teaching and learning of mathematics.
For almost 100 years, NCTM has been a public voice of mathematics education and has provided its members with quality content in its published journals. In view of the technological advances in scholarly communication and the significant shift from print to digital publication of content, NCTM has been assessing the form and delivery of the rich, valuable content of its journals.
One of the many great things about education is that every year brings a
new opportunity. Unlike in most other professions, our professional
year has a clear start and finish that brings with it both an
opportunity to reflect on and learn from the year that just ended, as
well as a chance to "wipe the slate clean" and reinvent ourselves as
April 2020 will be
a significant year in the history of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics. In Chicago, from April 1–4, NCTM will celebrate its centennial as
a council of teachers of mathematics at the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting:
Looking Back and Moving Forward.
Over the past year, I have frequently referred to the importance of teachers of mathematics working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning. Over this same time period, many members have asked me what I think characterizes an effective professional learning community or collaborative team.