Dear Mathematics Education Colleagues:

During the past 40 years mathematics education has evolved, yet we face enduring challenges that persist within our field. As a part of our celebration of 40 years of PME-NA research, we focus on two such enduring challenges. Our first enduring challenge focuses on changing mathematical and pedagogical demands for P-16 education, as well as in the preparation of teachers of mathematics at all levels. How do shifting policy documents, curriculum materials, and expectations of industry shape teaching, learning, and research in mathematics education? Our second enduring challenge centers on supporting all students through a concerted focus on the braiding of equitable teaching in our collective research. As our population changes, so does what it means to support all students. How are we, as mathematics education researchers, addressing needs of all students?

In addition to these enduring challenges, the conference will also look ahead to emerging opportunities in mathematics education research. First, advances in technology, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, simulations, and other innovations provide new opportunities to explore how technology can be used in the service of mathematics education and research. As such, the conference seeks proposals that explore the potential of these and other technologies in mathematics education. Second, mathematics itself is increasingly interdisciplinary, with significant growth in fields like mathematical ecology and mathematical biology. In what ways might advancements in these interdisciplinary fields shift what kinds of mathematics is important to know? What opportunities might such shifts provide? Correspondingly, how might such changes impact the norms for what counts as legitimate forms of inquiry in mathematics education research?

In deference to these foci, we are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the PME-NA 2018 conference (PMENA 2018). This conference will be held in Greenville, SC at the HYATT REGENCY GREENVILLE from November 15-18, 2018.

Continuing the efforts started in 2016, one goal for the 2018 conference is to broaden participation of colleagues from across North America. In order to do this, we will accept and review proposals written in English, Spanish, or French. Please see submission information for more details.

We hope you will consider submitting a proposal and joining us in South Carolina!


Thomas Hodges, George Roy, Andy Tyminski
2018 PME-NA Conference Co-Chairs