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Mathematics Council (MC)

What is MCATA?
Since 1961, MCATA continues to be a professional association of mathematics teachers in Alberta. MCATA's strength is the dedication and expertise of its members. Members are MCATA!

What does MCATA do?
MCATA believes in providing leadership to encourage the continuing enhancement of teaching, learning and understanding mathematics through activities such as:

Professional development experiences at the Annual Conference, at mini-conferences, and at resource fairs held in various locations throughout the province; Professional networking through the following publications: the Mathematics Council Newsletter, the journal delta-K, monographs such as Problem Solving in the Mathematics Classroom and Thirty-four Years of Counting, a historical account of MCATA; Involvement in and supporting of provincial initiatives like the Alberta Mathematics Leadership Symposium and the Alberta Assessment Consortium; Celebrating outstanding contribution to mathematics education in Alberta by annually awarding the Alberta Mathematics Educator Award; Celebrating student participation in mathematics contests and leagues by providing financial support for the organization of and prizes associated with such contests and leagues; Encouraging teachers to work together to provide professional development opportunities within their region by offering professional development grants; Supporting and promoting initiatives of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in implementing the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, the Professional Teaching Standards, and the Assessment Standards for School Mathematics; Establishing a Web site for communication among mathematics educators in Alberta; and Participating in national and international meetings related to leadership in mathematics education.

The Mathematics Council (MC) seeks to provide leadership to encourage the continuing enhancement of the teaching, learning and understanding of mathematics in the province of Alberta.

The MC, in its role of advocate for mathematics education, promotes inservices to improve math education in schools throughout the province. The Council provides resource personnel and helps with program planning in cooperation with convention committees and other interest groups. The Council sponsors an annual conference, which provides opportunities for the sharing of information, news and innovations in the field of mathematics education, as well as regional mini-conferences.

Annual Conference
An annual conference is held each fall. It features keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops on mathematics education. Information about the conference is posted on the MCATA website as it becomes available.

Symposia, generally held twice a year, are opportunities for people involved in mathematics education leadership to engage in a deeper exploration of current topics and issues. Information about symposia is posted on the MCATA website as it becomes available.

About the MCATA Executive
The volunteer executive is elected at an annual general meeting. Terms of office are usually one year, but can be extended. Information on these positions can be found on the MCATA website.

Grants and Awards
Grants of up to $500 are available for individual professional development initiatives.

Grants are also available for organizations sponsoring mathematics contests.

The Dr Arthur Jorgensen Award is an annual award that is meant to encourage students enrolled in education programs in postsecondary institutions throughout Alberta to pursue and commit to mathematics education.

Alberta Mathematics Educator Awards are conferred annually in recognition of demonstrated leadership in mathematics education in Alberta.

See the MCATA website for more information.

The MC publishes the Mathematics Council Newsletter and the delta-k journal.