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Why NCTM?

Marian Dingle

Marian_Dingle@dekalbschoolsga.org

Marian Dingle is veteran elementary educator of twenty-one years and is our current NCTM Representative. She has presented at NCTM annual and regional conferences, and has been a featured presenter at other state and national conferences. As a Heinemann Fellow, she conducts action research on the ways in which student cultural identity affects academic performance, efficacy, and agency. She blogs at www.mariandingle.com and can be found on Twitter at @DingleTeach.

I used to think that educational organizations were not for me. As a classroom educator of twenty-one years, I am certain that we educators possess a unique lens through which insights abound. We are the ones on the ground, in front of children each day. Our voices should be not only included but centered in any education discussions.

Because I did not see that perspective in these organizations, I stayed away, choosing to hone my craft through connecting with other educators any way I could. This proved a slow process, at the mercy of chance encounters. So why am I now advocating for you to be involved in NCTM? Good question.

I admit I have not been a member of NCTM for long. The first annual meeting I attended was in 2019 in San Diego, and I was totally unprepared for how much the experience would change me. It felt as if so many that I had connected with virtually were able to meet in person, as friends, not strangers. There is no feeling like that of being surrounded by like minds who inspire you. I was surrounded by family.

NCTM Annual Meeting, San Diego.
PC: Tina Cardone.

I got to present twice that year, and my world opened up. I joined a committee and got to know even more people nationally. Groups of friends and I submitted proposals for the next annual meeting which would have been held in Chicago in April of 2020. We had big plans.  

We were determined that 2020 in Chicago would be even better. Many friends and I were presenting together, and we had made plans for gatherings after hours. We grieved the loss of the meeting’s cancellation, but I was thankful to still present virtually through the 100 Days of Professional Learning.

Now more than ever, educators need to assert our expertise to promote the best educational experiences we can. I believe this can be done effectively by attending and presenting at national gatherings. There is truly nothing like this kind of professional exchange. 




Now more than ever, educators need to assert our expertise to promote the best educational experiences we can. I believe this can be done effectively by attending and presenting at national gatherings. There is truly nothing like this kind of professional exchange.

On August 6, NCTM is planning to host a webinar devoted to preparing classroom educators to complete proposals and present at our next Annual Meeting held in Atlanta. What better way to express our agency in this national conversation? The webinar will appear as an offering in the 100 Days of Professional Learning that begun in April and will run through October. All webinars are recorded and are viewable through October. And all are free.

More information will be shared through the GCTM website, and our Twitter and Facebook feeds. The deadline for the Atlanta proposals is October 1.

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