Math Geeks Unite! Professional Organizations for Math Teachers

Author: Susan Hemphill, Education Specialist, Secondary Mathematics

Several teachers from Region 13 participated in our Edmodo book study of Letters to a Young Math Teacher by Gerald Rising this August.   This book contains several “letters” on different aspects of teaching and classroom management for the Math teacher.  It is a worthwhile read for the new as well as seasoned teacher.  In Letter Twenty-One the focus is Professional Activities and as we begin our new year it is a good time to set some goals to improve and hone your professional skills as a Math educator.

“I continue to counsel you to focus first and foremost on your classroom teaching. Consider that role first, second, third, right down the line. But there are other aspects of your life and your longer-range career that you should begin to think about even during your first year on the job.  They can involve you more deeply in your profession.” G.Rising 2014

In Mathematics we are fortunate to have several professional organizations to choose from with a variety of tools and resources. The table below will share some basic details of several groups and allow you to consider which if any professional group will help with your long-range career goals or even your short-term goals for school year 2014-2015.

Group Mission fees More information
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(NCTM) The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. Membership fees vary depending on the journals you select to receive.  Campuses memberships are also available.
Mathematical Association of America(MMA) The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Membership fees vary
Association for Women in Mathematics(AWM) The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. Membership fees vary
Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics(TCTM) The Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM) is a professional organization that encourages an active interest in mathematics. $13
Austin Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics(AACTM) The Austin Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a professional educators organization serving the Austin area mathematics teachers and leaders $40 includes registration for Fall Meeting 10/25/14, early bird rates available
Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics (TASM) To promote effectiveness in supervision, coordination, and teaching of mathematics. $30
Mathematics Teachers’ Circle of Austin(MTC) MTC is a professional learning community that brings together middle and high school teachers and professional mathematicians so that they may work together and learn from each other. Free monthly meetings at UT. 

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