FAMTE, an affiliate of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, is a non-profit organization created to promote mathematics teacher education in all its aspects in Florida. At the recent meeting of FAMTE, interested faculty of public and private universities throughout Florida established the organization, ratified its constitution and bylaws, and elected a Board of Directors.
The members of FAMTE are concerned with the preparation and professional development of mathematics teachers. Thus we wish to work cooperatively with state and national agencies to enhance the mathematical, pedagogical, and clinical preparation of prospective teachers of mathematics at all levels, K-20, concerning criteria for credentialing and licensing of teachers.
Additionally, another of our goals is to establish productive relationships and networks among mathematics teacher educators in Florida and legislative bodies of the government to facilitate communication and collaboration among mathematics teacher educators at all levels; elementary, secondary, community college, college, and college university with state agencies. Due to the current needs for effective mathematics teacher educators and those anticipated in the state in the future, we wish to enhance high-quality mathematics education in Florida. Realizing that all stakeholders from many professional, legislative, and community groups have much to gain from collaborative alliance to improve mathematics teacher education, FAMTE members are prepared to develop action plans that are mutually beneficial for all stakeholders.