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Education Committee

Terms of Reference

To oversee, in accordance with the policies determined by the Board of Directors, the activities of the Society in the field of education. To consider other matters of an educational nature which concern mathematics or the Society.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To appoint the chairs and members of the five sub-committees:

    • the Committee on Educational Materials on the CMS Web Site
    • the Committee on Grants for Provincial Competitions
    • the Math Camps Committee
    • the Adrien Pouliot Award Selection Committee
    • the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee
    • the Sub-Committee on the Math in Moscow Program

  2. To identify national, regional and provincial concerns relative to the teaching of mathematics in Canada, both at the school and post-secondary level.

  3. To act as a liaison between the Society and governments, both federal and provincial, on matters affecting mathematics education in Canada at all levels from elementary school to the post-graduate level in universities.

  4. To promote a good relationship between the Society and high school teachers, by promoting and fostering better lines of communication and interaction between these groups.

  5. To act, on behalf of the Society, as a liaison between the Society and other mathematical organizations in Canada and elsewhere, on educational matters of mutual concern.

  6. To collect, synthesize, and disseminate information of an educational nature, on behalf of the Society, to high school teachers and to university mathematicians across Canada.

  7. To keep teachers at all levels informed of new developments, both on this continent and elsewhere, through the organization of meetings, conferences and workshops and the publication of the proceedings of such meetings and other documents deemed appropriate.

  8. To appoint an organizer for the educational sessions for each semi-annual meeting, at least 18 months in advance of the meeting, and to inform the appropriate Meetings Director of this appointment so that the organizer can be made a member of the Meeting Committee. To provide assistance to the organizer concerning the educational sessions and the choice of the plenary speaker.

  9. To encourage and foster, on behalf of the Society, the promotion and learning of mathematics in Canada and to recognize outstanding mathematical ability through the sponsorship of provincial mathematics competitions and other activities.

  10. To review the reports of the five sub-committees (the Committee on Educational Materials on the CMS Web Site, the Committee on Grants for Provincial Competitions, the Math Camps Committee, the Adrien Pouliot Award Selection Committee, the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee, and the Sub-Committee on the Math in Moscow Program).

  11. To review the general funding of the Society's educational activities.

  12. To ensure that the Education Committee's delegate is chosen to be an ex-officio member of the Mathematical Competitions Committee.

  13. To report to the Board on the Society's various educational activities.

Membership

1 Chair + 5 members
  + ATOM Series Editorial Board delegate (ex-officio)
  + Chair - Math Camps Committee (ex-officio)
  + President's delegate (ex-officio)
  + CMESG delegate (ex-officio)
  + MAA Governor for Canada (ex-officio)

Committee on Education Materials on the CMS Web Site

Terms of Reference

The Committee on Education Materials on the CMS web site is a sub-committee of the Education Committee and is responsible for ensuring that the educational materials and the education-related links on the Society's web site are appropriate and current.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In consultation with the Electronic Services Group, to implement policies and actions recommended by the Education Committee regarding the educational materials on the CMS web site, and to report to the Education Committee on the implementation of these policies.

  2. To recommended modifications in how the CMS web site is structured with respect to educational materials and education-related links.

  3. To bring to the attention of the Education Committee, opportunities, issues and problems related to the use of the CMS web site in the furtherence of the educational goals of the Society and of the Education Committee.

  4. To submit a report to each meeting of the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to education materials on the CMS web site.

  5. To make recommendations to the Chair of the Education Committee regarding educational materials and education-related links on the CMS web site.

Membership

In addition to the Chair, the Committee on Education Materials on the CMS Web Site will consist of two other members.

1 Chair + one member
  + Chair of the Education Committee (ex-officio)

Committee on Grants for Provincial Competitions

Terms of Reference

The Committee on Grants for Provincial Competitions is a sub-committee of the Education Committee and, subject to the budget approved by the Board of Directors, is responsible for administering the Grants for Provincial Competitions (GPrC).

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials and application forms related to the GPrC and ensure appropriate information is distributed.

  2. To receive copies of all applications and, subject to the budget available, to determine the grants that are to be awarded. It is at the discretion of the Sub-Committee for GPrC whether or not to accept late applications.

  3. To inform the Executive Office of the decisions taken and arrange for the amount awarded to be sent.

  4. To submit a report to the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to the GPrC.

  5. To make recommendations to the Chair of the Education Committee regarding the GPrC.

Membership

In addition to the Chair, who may be the Chair of the Education Committee, the Committee on GPrC will consist of two other members.

1 Chair + two other members

Math Camps Committee

Terms of Reference

The Math Camps Committee is a sub-committee of the Education Committee and, subject to the budget approved by the Board of Directors, is responsible for the CMS Math Camps Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials and application forms related to the Math Camp grants and ensure appropriate information is distributed.

  2. To assess all applications and, subject to the budget available, to determine the grants that are to be awarded. It is at the discretion of the Math Camps committee whether or not to accept late applications.

  3. To inform the Executive Office of the decisions taken so that funding and reporting arrangements can be undertaken.

  4. To submit a report to the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to the Math Camp program.

  5. In consultation with the CMS Executive Director and others, to make recommendations to the Chair of the Education Committee regarding the Math Camp program.

Membership

The Math Camps Committee will consist of a Chair and no less than two other members.

The Adrien Pouliot Award Selection Committee

Terms of Reference

The Adrien Pouliot Award Selection Committee is a Sub-committee of the Education Committee and is responsible for selecting the recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award.

The Adrien Pouliot Award was inaugurated to recognize individuals or teams of individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada. Such contributions may be interpreted in the broadest possible sense and might include community outreach programmes, the development of new programmes in either an academic or an industrial setting, publicizing mathematics so as to make mathematics accessible to the general public, developing mathematics display materials, and supporting mathematics conferences and competitions for students, etc. The first award was presented in 1995.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials and application forms related to the Adrien Pouliot Award and to ensure that appropriate information is distributed and that calls for nominations appear in the February and March issues of the CMS Notes (with April 30 as the deadline for applications).

  2. To receive copies of all applications and to select the recipient for the Adrien Pouliot Award at least six months in advance of the meeting at which the Award will be presented. To communicate the Committee's decision, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

    In consultation with the Executive Office, to arrange for the Award to be presented at the CMS Winter Meeting. The recipient is expected to give a talk at the meeting; either a plenary lecture, a talk in the education session or short talk as part of a social function. The nature of the talk will be determined by the prize recipient, the Meeting Director and the Chair of the Education Committee.

  3. To write to the candidate(s) and to the individual(s) who submitted the nomination for each of the nominations not chosen to receive the Adrien Pouliot Award.

  4. To ensure that copies of applications for those nominees not selected for the Adrien Pouliot Award are maintained at the Executive Office for a period of three years (two more competitions from the time of the original nomination).

  5. To submit a report to the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to the Adrien Pouliot Award.

  6. To make recommendations to the Education Committee regarding the Adrien Pouliot Award.

Membership

In addition to the Chair, who will be the Chair of the Education Committee, the Adrien Pouliot Award Selection Committee will consist of at least three other members of the Education Committee appointed for two-year terms and such that the terms are staggered.

1 Chair + three members

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee

Terms of Reference

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee is a Sub-committee of the Education Committee and is responsible for selecting the recipient for the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award.

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award focuses on the recipient's proven excellence as a teacher at the undergraduate level as exemplified by unusual effectiveness in the classroom and/or commitment and dedication to teaching and to students. The dossier should provide evidence of the effectiveness and impact of the nominee's teaching. The prize recognizes sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution. The first award was presented in 2004.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials and application forms related to the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award and ensure that appropriate information is distributed and that calls for nominations appear in the appropriate issues of the CMS Notes (with November 15 as the deadline for applications).

  2. To receive copies of all applications and to select the recipient for the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award at least six months in advance of the meeting at which the Award will be presented. To communicate the Committee's decision, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

    In consultation with the Executive Office, to arrange for the Award to be presented at the CMS Summer Meeting. The recipient is expected to give a talk at the meeting; either a plenary lecture, a talk in the education session or short talk as part of a social function. The nature of the talk will be determined by the prize recipient, the Meeting Director and the Chair of the Education Committee.

  3. To write to the candidate(s) and to the individual(s) who submitted the nomination for each of the nominations not chosen to receive the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award.

  4. To ensure that copies of applications for those nominees not selected for the CMS Excellence in teaching Award are maintained at the Executive Office for a period of three years (two more competitions from the time of the original nomination).

  5. To submit a report to the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to the Adrien Pouliot Award.

  6. To make recommendations to the Education Committee regarding the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award.

Membership

In addition to the Chair, who will be the Chair of the Education Committee, the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee will consist of at least three other members of the Education Committee appointed for two-year terms and such that the terms are staggered.

1 Chair + three members

The Sub-Committee on the Math in Moscow Program

Terms of Reference

The Sub-Committee on the Math in Moscow Program and Award is a sub-committee of the Education Committee and, subject to the budget approved by the Board of Directors, is responsible for administering the Math in Moscow program (MIMP).

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. In consultation with the CMS Office, to develop administrative guidelines for the annual delivery of the MIMP, including eligibility requirements, nature and scope of applications, and evaluation criteria.

  2. In cooperation with the CMS Office, to produce bilingual program materials related to the MIMP and ensure appropriate information is distributed in a timely fashion.

  3. To receive copies of all applications and, subject to the budget available, to determine the grants that are to be awarded.

  4. To inform the CMS Office of the decisions taken and to arrange for the administration and management of the award.

  5. To submit a report to the Education Committee and to provide the Education Committee with information related to the MIMP program.

  6. To draft any requisite reports for the CMS Office that may be required by funding sponsors.

  7. To evaluate and make annual MIMP recommendations to the Chair of the Education Committee.

Membership

The Sub-committee on the MIMP will consist of a Chair and two (2) other members.

1 Chair + two other members


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