Circling to Connect

Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles



Journal of Math Circles

Emilie Hancock and Brandy Wiegers

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MTCircular is excited to announce a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal! The Journal of Math Circles (JMC) publishes high-quality, practitioner-focused articles documenting best practices for outreach and professional development in alignment with Math Circle core values: using worthwhile mathematical tasks, fostering problem-solving habits of mind, and building communities of mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. The journal was created in response to the increased engagement of mathematics professionals in scholarly thought and action around Math Circles over the past decade. Articles are authored by and for mathematics professionals, including K-12 teachers, who organize a wide range of community-responsive programs for K-12 students and teachers across the country. JMC publishes a minimum of one issue per year with special issues on themed topics. Learn more online or email JMC’s founding Editors-in-Chief, Emilie Hancock and Brandy Wiegers of Central Washington University.

Write for JMC

JMC welcomes original submissions offering thorough, evidence-based reflective commentary focused on one of the following three areas:

  • Lesson Plans. These papers are intended to support leaders of a Math Circle session or progression of sessions.
  • Outreach Programs. These papers are intended to support individuals or organizations in starting or sustaining Math Circle outreach programs.
  • Professional Development. These papers are intended to support leaders of K-12 Math Circle teacher professional development.


Review for JMC

Manuscript reviewers are vital to the publication process. Reviewers for JMC will gain valuable experience and help support the Math Circle community. Both experienced and first-time
reviewers are welcomed.

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