The mission of the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics (CPAM) is to utilize the uniqueness and talents of its membership to influence the processes of teaching mathematics in order to promote and provide appropriate mathematical experiences for students.
To accomplish the mission, CPAM embraces the following goals:
First 9 Presidents and Denise Griffiths in Indianapolis - 1994
Left to right: Row 1: Charles Hamberg, IL '83, Pres. 1985-87 (1) Timothy D. Kanold, IL '86, Pres. 1988-89 (3) Karen Dotseth Page, IA '84, Pres. 1989-90 (4) Wallace C. Rogelstad, OR '85, Pres. 1992-93 (7) Row 2: Sanderson M. Smith, CA '86, Pres. 1993-94 (8) Guy R. Mauldin, TN '86, Pres. 1990-91 (5) Laurie Boswell, NH '86, Pres. 1991-92 (6) Row 3: Christine J. Comins, CO '84, Pres. 1994-95 (9) Beverly W. Nichols, KS '84, Pres. 1987-88 (2) and Denise I. Griffiths, DE '83, Secretary and Newsletter Editor 1984-93
The Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics (CPAM) is an organization of recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. CPAM’s first annual meeting as an official organization was held in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the NCTM Annual Meeting in April 1986. CPAM became an affiliate of NCTM during that NCTM meeting. Since 1986, CPAM has met for its annual business meeting in conjunction with the NCTM Annual Meeting.
In the early years of the Presidential Awards program, the only opportunity for awardees to get together was the breakfast sponsored each year by Silver Burdett. From Silver Burdett’s first breakfast in April 1984 came CPAM’s newsletter, logo and ultimately CPAM’s existence. Over the years, other publishing companies began sponsoring social activities which have provided awardees with opportunities to get together to renew old friendships, to begin new friendships, and to share teaching ideas. With a membership from such a vast geographic area, the opportunities for awardees to gather at the NCTM Annual Meeting and at many of the NCTM regional meetings are greatly appreciated.
The preceding information tells us how CPAM came to be, where it has been and where it is now. Where CPAM goes in the future is up to you.
Facts and History provided by CPAM member,
Denise I. Griffiths, DE '83
November 1, 2021