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Associations Summit a Success

Associations Summit Sparty PhotoThe Mathematics and Statistics Associations Summit at MSU on Saturday, March 23rd drew over 60 speakers and attendees from around the country to address the opportunities and challenges for the future of mathematics and statistics education.

The group was welcomed by Ralph Putnam, Director of the Program in Mathematics Education, Phillip Duxbury, Dean of the College of Natural Science, and Robert Floden, Dean of the College of Education.

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine, set the stage for the rest of the day with her keynote address, urging the mathematics and statistics communities moving forward to be open and flexible, focus on collaboration, and think not only about today’s learner but the learner of the future. The summit proceeded with a series of panels with association leaders:

  • Robert Q. Berry III, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Carla Cotwright-Williams, Representative of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)
  • Michael Dorff, President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Christine Franklin, K-12 Statistical Ambassador of the American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • James Ham, President of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)
  • Randolph Philipp, Immediate Past President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators (AMTE)
  • Connie S. Schrock, President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • Katherine F. Stevenson, Chair of the Committee on Education for the American Mathematical Society, (AMS)

The association leaders shared the mission, goals, and activities of their respective organizations and how they are thinking about the opportunities and challenges for mathematics and statistics education. They also responded to questions from attendees and the livestreaming audience. Panel sessions were moderated by MSU PRIME faculty members Gail Burrill and Shiv Karunakaran.

A number of themes and central ideas emerged from the presentations and discussion. Regarding advocacy for change, it is important that we engage not only in external advocacy—reaching out to political leaders at the national, state, and local levels—but also in internal advocacy—educating within our own communities (departments, associations, organizations) to bring all on board. Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion must permeate our efforts to strengthen and transform mathematics and statistics education. And finally, we need to rethink and define the role of mathematics and statistics in STEM and in technologies and fields emerging in this new world of data and networking.

We offer our profound thanks to all of the speakers, to the Math Ed Colloquium Committee for organizing the Summit (Gail Burrill, Shiv Karunakaran, Younggon Bae, and Brittney Liggett), to PRIME for travel arrangements and conference logistics (Freda Cruél, Lisa Keller, and student worker Olivia Hinterman), to the graduate students for introducing the speakers, set-up, registration, tech support, clean-up, to Amanda Olivier, Lauren Wilton, and Spencer P. in the College of Law for conference support, to Amie Lucas for website work, and last but not at all least, to our Sponsors: PRIME, Connected Mathematics Project, College of Natural Science, and College of Education.

The livestream video will be captioned and posted soon on the Livestream Information page.


Group Photo of Associations Summit Attendees

Associations Summit Group Photo


Welcome by Dean Duxbury

Welcome by Phillip Duxbury, Dean of the College of Natural Science


Photo of Keynote Speaker, Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Keynote by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine