A new report from the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), titled, The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET II), highlights the knowledge and skills that mathematics teachers need to have and how mathematicians can aid teachers in acquiring this knowledge. The report, which updates The Mathematical Education of Teachers (published in 2001), includes current research and experience and extends its scope from preparation to professional development in the context of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
The report focuses on intellectual substance in school mathematics at every grade level and emphasizes that proficiency with school mathematics is necessary but not sufficient mathematical knowledge for a teacher. One of the central themes of the report is that mathematical knowledge needed for teaching differs from that of other professions, and should grow throughout a teacher’s career.
The audience for the report include all who teach and are responsible for mathematics education of teachers–including mathematicians, statisticians, mathematics educators, department chairs, educational administrators, and policy-makers at the national, state, school-district, and collegiate levels.
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) is an umbrella organization consisting of sixteen professional societies whose primary objective is the increase or diffusion of knowledge in one or more of the mathematical sciences.