National Association of Math Circles Wiki

Please see the attached .pdf for NAMC News including...

- National Math Circle Pledge
- Director's Corner - Message from NAMC Director Diana White
- NAMC at MathFest 2015
- National Math Festival Update
- Funding Opportunity Announcement: Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership Grants.

Note: We are also fundraising for other 2015-2016 Math Circle Grants. More information about these additional grants will be available in August. - Save the Date: MC-MAP Workshop: September 10-12, 2015 at University of Colorado, Denver.
- Request for Photos of Math Circles in Action!

This is a great way to start your Circle if you’re worried about some students having already seen the material. Thank you Cody Patterson for this great idea!

As I near the end of my first full semester as the Director of NAMC, I’d like to update you on our progress and plans. This spring semester has certainly been a busy one for the NAMC leadership. Brandy Wiegers, the Associate Director, and I have been hard at work meeting with individuals in the Math Circle Community, setting our priorities for the next few years, submitting grants, fundraising, discussing possible conference and research grants with the NSF, conducting research on Math Circles, and setting up the Math Circle - Mentorship and Partnership Program.

** Plans for the Future**

For the near future, our primary focus is on supporting Math Circle leaders in all aspects of their work - from the not-so-exciting administrative aspects, to the much-more-exciting aspects of finding intriguing mathematical problems and working directly with participants to facilitate the learning of mathematics and mathematical problem solving. We know the latter is by far what most of you prefer, and so we want to assist as much as possible with the former. We want to ensure that we have training opportunities, as well as events to share best practices and lessons learned.

**Math Circle - Mentorship and Partnership Program**

Thanks to funding from the NSA, we will be starting a yearlong Math Circle - Mentorship and Partnership Program (MC-MAP) next year. We’ll kick this off with a three-day training workshop at the University of Colorado Denver from September 10-12, 2015. We’re actively seeking Math Circles in the active planning stages, or who are within their first two years, as well as mentors from established MCs, to participate in the program.

**Stay In Touch!**

I am excited about getting to better know each of you and your Math Circles. Please email info@mathcircles.org for general information about NAMC, or NAMC.director@msri.org to reach me directly. Please stay in touch!

Diana White

Director, National Association of Math Circles

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

MSRI and the Institute for Advanced Study hosted the first National Math Festival on April 16-18, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This public celebration of mathematics included performances, hands-on demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. NAMC provided two demonstration Math Students’ Circle sessions, one led by Amanda Serenevy from the Riverbend Community Math Center and another by Emily McCullough from San Francisco State University.

Our thanks especially to the Fairfax Math Circle who provided students for the day!

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