About Us

The Center for Math Education is a nationally prominent center for research and teaching addressing the improvement of mathematics education in K-16 and informal settings. We promote innovation in teacher preparation programs and focused outreach efforts to local urban schools. The promotion of access and participation of underrepresented minorities in mathematics education is a tangible CFME commitment.

For nearly forty years the mathematics education program at the University of Maryland, College Park has been a nationally prominent center for research and development, teaching, and service addressing improvement of school and college mathematics programs. The level of activity and influence of our program in the Center for Mathematics Education has never been higher than at this critical time of reform in school mathematics. Current and recently completed projects are developing innovative approaches to curriculum, teaching, and teacher education in mathematics K-12. The instructional and service activities of faculty in the Center for Mathematics Education are translating those ideas into classroom practice through a variety of courses and graduate degree programs. The University of Maryland's Center for Mathematics Education is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Dr. Janet Walkoe has been awarded the prestigious NSF Early Career Award

Janet Walkoe

Congratulations to Dr. Janet Walkoe, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant. The synopsis of the program from the NSF website: "The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”

About the grant

Effective teachers of mathematics attend and respond to the substance of students' thinking to support formal instruction. This five-year project expands current work on teacher noticing by investigating teacher noticing of children’s multimodally (e.g., gesture, action) expressed “seeds” of algebraic thinking. The project will involve the design and implementation of a video club curriculum in which teachers examine and annotate classroom videos using a video annotation tool (www.anotemos.com). Two cohorts of preservice teachers will engage in the video club curriculum and engage in reflective interviews about their noticing practices. Follow-up classroom observations will be conducted to see how teachers then notice multimodal algebraic thinking in their classrooms. 

For more information read the grant abstract.


CfME is going Abroad! 

Join us in Mexico Summer 2020

Carolina Napp-Avelli

UMD-Summer: Mexico: STEAM Education for Sustainability (TLPL)

Guanajuato, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico

This course offers students with a variety of backgrounds opportunities to explore and improve their understanding of the significant role that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) play in Mexican culture, language, and local environments. Students will learn about the Mexican educational system, non-profits, and other social agencies through their immersion in service-learning projects.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summer term 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/24/2020 06/15/2020
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