Throughout SSMA’s long history, it has served as a sounding board and enabler for all organizations seeking to promote, improve, and advance school science and mathematics and the integration of science, mathematics, and all STEM fields.  Four goals define the activities and products of the School Science and Mathematics Association:

  • Building and sustaining a community of teachers, researchers, scientists, and
  • Advancing knowledge through research in science and mathematics education and
    their integration;
  • Informing practice through the dissemination of scholarly works in and across science
    and mathematics;
  • Influencing policy in science and mathematics education at local, state, and national

Membership Benefits

Membership in the School Science and Mathematics Association is open to any person who supports the objectives of the Association, who has paid membership dues and completed an application. Benefits of SSMA Membership include:

  • Membership in an association encompassing both science and mathematics teaching and learning.
  • 8 issues of the official journal School Science and Mathematics.
  • 3 issues of the SSMA newsletter The Math-Science Connector.
  • Opportunities to submit presentation proposals for the Annual Convention.
  • Voting privileges for Association business and election of officers.
  • Opportunities to serve on an SSMA Committee or Leadership Team.
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SSMA  began in 1901 but has undergone several name changes over the years. The Association, begun in Chicago, was first named the Central Association of Physics Teachers with C. H. Smith named as President. In 1902, the Association became the Central Association of Science and Mathematics Teachers (CASMT) and C. H. Smith continued as President. July 18, 1928, marked the formal incorporation of CASMT in the State of Illinois on December 8, 1970.  Later the Association changed its name to School Science and Mathematics Association which aligned the organizational name with the name of the journal and embraced the national and international status the organization had managed for many years. Throughout its entire history, the association has served as a sounding board and enabler for numerous related organizations (e.g. Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

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