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    Now more than ever, our students need mathematics to make sense of their world and increase their opportunities. As teachers, administrators, counselors, and education leaders, each and every student is counting on us, our policies, and our practices to support them, support their learning, and develop them as doers of mathematics.

    NCTM’s Catalyzing Change series looks at policies, practices, and issues that impact mathematics education at every level to support the critical conversations and actions need to create positive change.


    Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics:
    Initiating Critical Conversations

    Students’ mathematical learning at Early Childhood and Elementary often sets the stage for their education trajectory. Examine how to make a positive difference for each and every student at this level.

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    Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics:
    Initiating Critical Conversations

    The needs of young adolescents are unique and impactful. Our policies and practices must consider support and contribute to how they see themselves, see mathematics, and use their skills to make sense of the world.

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    Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics:
    Initiating Critical Conversations

    Identify and address critical challenges in high school mathematics to ensure that each and every student has the mathematical experiences necessary to increase their opportunities for personal and professional success.

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    Catalyzing Change Webinars

    We all have a stake in the future of mathematics.

    The Catalyzing Change  series empowers you to lead critical conversations to improve math education and student readiness.

    Catalyzing Change Across All Levels: Opportunities and Challenges

    May 26, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Trena Wilkerson, NCTM President and Robert Q. Berry III, NCTM Past President

    The current situation sharpens our view of inconsistencies and inequities that exist within the teaching and learning of mathematics across all grade levels. NCTM’s series of Catalyzing Change publications, including the recently released

    • Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics, and
    • Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics
    highlight critical issues and provide guidance areas of focus for critical conversations and decision making in this time of significant need and opportunity.

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    Catalyzing Change: An Overview of the 4 Key Recommendations for Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics

    May 27, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: DeAnn Huinker, Cathery Yeh, Nicole Rigelman, and Anne Marie Marshall

    Join us in this informative webinar as we take a closer look at NCTM’s recently released Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics. As we launch children on their mathematical journeys, we need to broaden the purposes of learning mathematics, create equitable structures, implement equitable instruction, and develop deep mathematical understanding. We will discuss and provide examples highlighting wonder, joy, and deep learning of mathematics. Special attention will be given to considering how the messages of Catalyzing Change challenge us to dismantle inequitable policies and practices in order to ensure the highest-quality mathematics education for each and every child.

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    Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations Centered on the 4 Key Recommendations

    May 28, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Sarah B. Bush, Christa Jackson, George J. Roy, and Eric Milou

    Our current situation further brings to the forefront inequities and inconsistencies that exist within middle school mathematics programs. We will explore the four key recommendations from NCTM's recently released Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics to examine the roles of middle schools in broadening the purposes of learning mathematics, creating equitable structures, implementing equitable instruction, and developing deep mathematical understanding. Special attention will be given to how Catalyzing Change can provide structure and guidance during our current situations – positioning the development of students' positive mathematical identity and strong sense of agency at the forefront. Let's work together to rightfully empower young adolescences through mathematics!

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    Catalyzing Change News Release

    NCTM Releases Two Catalyzing Change Publications to Help Transform Mathematics Education from Preschool through Middle School

    NCTM releases Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations and Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations to identify and catalyze better policies and systemic approaches to teaching mathematics, starting in preschool through middle school and beyond.

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    In the News

    Reports: Early inclusion strategies shape students' perception of math | Education Dive