Joint conference on elementary literacy and mathematics announced by the National Council of Teachers of English and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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November 16, 2023
Champaign, IL, and Reston, VA – November 2023 – The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are pleased to announce the creation of a joint conference focusing on K–5/elementary literacy and mathematics, to be held June 17–19, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Elementary teachers are critical in supporting students’ language and mathematics development during these formative years of education. Language arts and mathematics provide the tools to apply critical thinking skills to question and make sense of the world around us. The joint NCTE-NCTM conference will provide elementary teachers and leaders with the opportunity to develop their skills in mathematics and language arts as well as engage in teaching practices and strategies that support connected learning and engagement in both domains.
“The interconnectedness of math and literacy is at the center of our shared interests as organizations dedicated to critical thinking and collaboration,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director. “We see boundless opportunities in cross-disciplinary approaches that have the power to strengthen the future for both of our learning communities.”
NCTM Executive Director Ken Krehbiel concurred: “Our organizations are excited about working together to support elementary teachers who have the added responsibility of teaching multiple subjects in students’ early years. This conference will address the foundational topics of math, reading, and writing and help to provide teachers with tools to inspire young learners.”
With the demand for actionable resources at a premium, this joint conference aims to fulfill this important need and spotlight the connection of mathematics education, language, and culture in elementary education.
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The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation’s professional organization for literacy teachers spanning preK through college. Through the expertise and advocacy from its members’ professional research, practice, and knowledge, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has served as the public voice of mathematics education for more than 100 years, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for each and every student through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in preK through grade 12. NCTM is committed to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for students. The organization envisions a world where everyone sees the value, beauty, and joy of mathematics and is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.