Claremont, Calif., July 24, 2015-The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) today announced that The Math Forum, an extensive online resource for the mathematics education community with nearly 100,000 subscribers, will become a part of NCTM. The merger, which was announced to attendees at Twitter Math Camp at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, will consolidate the resources of the two organizations.
“The merging of NCTM and The Math Forum is an exciting development not only for both organizations but also for mathematics education overall,” said NCTM President Diane Briars. “The Math Forum has a long and rich history of supporting high-quality mathematics education-through its online resources, such as Ask Dr. Math, Teacher2Teacher, district- and school-level professional development, and research. This arrangement will make it possible for The Math Forum's outstanding staff of dedicated mathematics educators, mathematicians, and researchers to continue to do this work.”
Under the new agreement, The Math Forum programs and resources will not change, and The Math Forum will retain its own identity and name within NCTM. Subscribers will continue to have access to all its existing content, materials, and resources. The merger will extend the Council's reach to a vibrant, active base of subscribers dedicated to mathematics and mathematics education. Both NCTM and The Math Forum can leverage what they do well and bring additional resources to the ways they support the field.
“As a membership organization, NCTM provides a natural and strong context to support and grow the Math Forum's online professional community,” said The Math Forum Director Steve Weimar. “It has long recognized and promoted the integrated development of content expertise and mathematical habits of mind that lie at the heart of The Math Forum's programs. The Math Forum and NCTM can now be more strategic in bringing together the leading researchers, educational innovators, and committed teachers in a way that values all voices and supports excellence in math education.”
Briars said, “Unifying NCTM and The Math Forum enables us to enhance and extend our support for mathematics teachers, leaders, and teacher educators to better serve our shared mission of providing the highest-quality mathematics teaching and learning for all students.”
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for all students. NCTM's Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All describes the principles and actions, including specific research-informed teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. The Council is committed to a constructive public dialogue to ensure a mathematics education of the highest quality for all students. The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet, and provides resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
Media interested in arranging an interview with NCTM President Diane Briars or The Math Forum Director Steve Weimar, contact Tracy Cullen, NCTM Member Communications Manager, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189 or (571) 423-6315 (cell).