The Georgia Mathematics Education Trust (GMET)
What is the GMET?
Recognizing the vital importance of mathematical understanding and proficiency in a technological society, the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics established the Georgia Mathematics Education Trust (GMET) in 2001. It was created for the following purposes:
- To fund special projects that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in Georgia.
- To fund awards recognizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to mathematics education in Georgia.
What does GMET do?
Because students’ experiences in mathematics classrooms often play a major role in their attitude toward and interest in mathematics, GMET seeks to make those experiences positive and productive. One way that GMET tries to accomplish these goals is with the awards presented at the Georgia Mathematics Conference each year.
GMET provides grants of up to $300 to classroom teachers to encourage innovative and effective mathematics teaching. The process is competitive and applications are evaluated for creativity, innovation, impact on student achievement, potential for replication by and dissemination to other teachers, and advancement of NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Grant recipients are required to share their results by writing an article for GCTM’s journal, Reflections, or by making a presentation at the Georgia Mathematics Conference. The number of mini-grants awarded each year varies according to available funding.
GMET awards grants of up to $5000 to support projects that have a significant impact on the quality of mathematics teaching in Georgia. Unlike the mini-grants, these grants involve many teachers. The grants may focus on organizing a professional conference, providing staff development, developing innovative curriculum materials, or conducting research that directly impacts classroom practice.
What Could GMET Do?
Currently, more than $24,000 has been donated to GMET by generous individual donors, and most of that has already been used to fund grants. With increased funding, GMET could increase the number of grants it offers. In addition, increased funding would enable GMET to support multi-year projects. When a project spans several years, it is possible to use the results from previous years to improve succeeding years. That has the potential to make a more lasting impact on achievement.
GMET: An Investment in People!
Tax deductible contributions to the Georgia Mathematics Education Trust are an investment in the future of the people of Georgia. They will pay dividends in the success of Georgia’s students, in the enhanced quality of Georgia's workforce, and in the improvement of Georgia’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. Perhaps most importantly, through strengthening mathematical literacy they will help Georgia's people become more responsible and informed citizens.