What is CBMS and why should we care?

It recently occurred to me I have been chasing my tail and did not realize it?Screen Shot 2019-06-30 at 12.16.04 PM.png 

While talking to some educators the other day, I found myself intrigued how differently we were describing and framing a topic.

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I thought to myself, “if only we had a unifying network to help understand better. Like a mathematics and mathematics educator network.” Then I had a “seriously” moment. A moment when I say “self, how did you not “get” that before, seriously?”

We do have a network of mathematics and mathematics educator. I realized that it has been right in front of my face the whole time.

This network of professional mathematics organizations is known as the Council Board of Mathematical Sciences or (CBMS). It is the “umbrella” organization that connects all of the other formal mathematics groups.  I like to think of it as our “math solar system,” with “math planets.” These 18 organizations or planets if you will, offer a network and access to the best of the best.  Each planet has a national president and some even have regional or state affiliates like National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

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I realize now that this is our collective efficacy, which has an effect size of 1.57 according to John Hattie.  I also realized that I (we) collectively are underutilizing this vast resource. I can tell from only scratching the surface of only a few of these planets, most of what I have needed and others have needed (if not all) is from one these planets. This is what caused me to say, “self, seriously?”  The hours of time I have wasted going down “rabbit holes,” “google holes,” and “e-mail holes” when what I needed was in front of me the whole time.

Now, I have made the commitment, that before I look outside of the mathematics solar system, I am going to make sure, the resource, information, knowledge, research, position statement, white paper, practice, strategies, tool, etc. is not on one of our math planets.  Here are the 18 professional organization or planets.

As I previously stated, I have just begun to scratch the surface of the vast resources that this mathematics “universe,” network, community has to offer. I wish when I would have realized this three years ago and even longer ago when I was just a teacher. I hope that through this sharing of this realization, it will encourage educators who are seeking for mathematics “best” practices to look at the 18 planets to find the tools you need.  My call to action is for you to pick a planet and explore. You will be surprised by what you find.