While I am a better teacher because of my NCTM membership, NCTM has also provided inspiration and opportunities that ignited in me a passion for leadership. This is why I feel humbled to be running in the NCTM Board of Directors election this fall.
NCTM allows 400 total words for candidate profiles, which must include employment history, professional activities, and other information. That left me with about 250 words for my candidate statement when I really needed 2,500.
Fortunately this blog gives me unlimited words. So here is my full profile, and below is my candidate statement. In future posts I will unpack some of my claims and recommendations. I would love to hear from you about my statement, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing NCTM.
As a classroom teacher, I benefit from NCTM’s high-quality resources and instructional support to its members—and so do my students. NCTM’s membership challenges have parallels to student engagement challenges we encounter in the classroom. Just as we know that each and every student has valuable contributions to make, NCTM must be more inclusive in seeking and leveraging contributions from each of its diverse members to benefit the entire community.
We need at least one NCTM member in every school so we can reach all student and educator populations—NCTM’s focus on equity demands it. Customizable, à la carte member benefits will reduce financial barriers and add value for all members. To make NCTM accessible to more educators, we should consider K–12 Institutional Memberships so member schools can offer their teachers customizable, teacher-led professional development. Educators want on-demand, just-in-time support; NCTM’s library of resources should be more easily searchable, customizable, and socially collaborative.
NCTM should amplify members’ voices and value their contributions in innovative ways. On the membership page of NCTM’s website, new and current members should be able to get involved immediately with NCTM’s community, perhaps by reviewing proposals through an “online seat” on program committees or by collecting student work samples for use in NCTM publications. Year-round collaborative growth opportunities will support educators and provide additional opportunities for involvement.
My top priority is to keep NCTM grounded in the work of dedicated classroom teachers and teacher educators striving to reach each and every student. I humbly welcome the opportunity to serve you.