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The ALM bulletin is a bimonthly newsletter from Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM).

ALM is an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults.

ALM Bulletin: May 2024

Welcome to the May 2024 bulletin, which brings important information about registration for the ALM31 conference and a final call for session proposals, plus new opportunities to support the work of ALM and engage with other events. Some of these opportunities are coming up very soon so please read on!

I am very grateful for the work done by all the ALM trustees and for other members who have joined the international team responsible for organizing the ALM conference this year. An extension to the deadline for session proposals means it is not too late to submit an abstract and add your own personal contribution to the conference. It is also time to get yourself registered, either as an online participant or for attending one of our two face-to-face venues (Dubin, Ireland or Lund, Sweden). We would love to see as many ALM members as possible at ALM31, but please also invite any colleagues or friends to join us who have an interest in adults learning mathematics.

I would also like to encourage ALM members to attend the AGM this year, which will be held online on July 3rd. The AGM has not always been well attended but we hope that it will be easier for members when online. At the AGM we will elect (or re-elect) our trustees for the next year. I am aware of being very dependent on the expertise of a small but very committed group of trustees and we would welcome new trustees, especially ALM members with good technical or organisational skills. Alternatively, you might like to assist with the work of ALM without becoming an actual trustee. If you would like to know more about the possibilities or what being a trustee might involve, you are welcome to contact either myself at chair@alm-online.net or Catherine Byrne at secretary@alm-online.net for an informal chat.

A formal announcement of the AGM will be set to members in June and papers will be available on the ALM-website before the meeting at http://alm-online.net/about/agm-documents/

Diane Dalby
Chair of ALM trustees

ALM31 conference - Relationships with Mathematics in Adult Education

Conference venues
As you will be aware from earlier ALM bulletins, ALM31 will be held on July 1st and 2nd in four clusters (Australia & New Zealand; Europe; Ireland & UK; North, South & Central America). You can join a cluster online, but it is also possible to meet in person by travelling to either Dublin (Ireland) or Lund (Sweden). Further details are being added to the conference website as confirmed but if you have any questions about the face-to-face venues you can contact Catherine Byrne for Dublin secretary@alm-online.net, and either Linda Jarlskog linda.jarlskog@lund.se or Lena Lindenskov lenali@edu.au.dk for Lund.

Session proposals
Session proposals The deadline for session proposals has been extended to Friday May 10th. We hope this short extension will give more people the opportunity to get their abstracts finished and contribute to the conference.

Conference registration
You can now register for the conference on the ALM website at https://alm-online.net/alm31/. We would encourage everyone to register promptly and commit to attending the full conference (2 days) if at all possible. There is a small conference fee (£15), which applies whether you attend online or in person. Those attending in person will also be expected to pay for their own travel, accommodation and meals.

Conference theme and keynote speakers

The conference theme of Relationships with Mathematics in Adult Learning will incorporate a range of ways in which adults relate to numeracy and mathematics in different learning situations and life experiences. We are delighted to be welcoming Dave Tout (Australia), Brooke Istas (USA) and Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn (Ireland) as keynote speakers for ALM31. You can find out more about our keynote speakers and their presentations on our website at https://alm-online.net/alm31.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on July 3rd, 2024, the day after ALM31. Papers and reports will be available prior to the meeting on the website, see https://alm-online.net/agm-documents/. This is an important meeting where we will discuss future plans and hear reports of ALM activity in the past year, as well as electing our trustees. We would encourage all ALM members to attend and help make decisions that will affect the future of ALM.

The National Numeracy Network (NNN) invites you to a digital seminar.

Our partner organisation NNN would welcome any ALM members to join them at a seminar with Dr. Margaret Patterson for an interactive research presentation on Numeracy Skills and Skills Use Among Adults with Learning Disabilities. Dr. Patterson uses data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to inform her work. The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 9th at 5pm Eastern (USA). To register and receive the Zoom information, please fill out the brief Google Form here.

Special item for UK members: Mastering Maths project

The Mastering Maths research project is a new initiative, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and run by the University of Nottingham, which builds on the successful trials of mastery approaches in Further Education colleges that were carried out previously as part of the Centres for Excellence in Mathematics programme. The research team are currently recruiting teachers from Further Education colleges in England to participate in the new project and are holding some regional ‘roadshows’ for anyone interested. There is more information on the project website https://www.masteringmaths.org/ and any queries can be sent to Marie Joubert at the University of Nottingham.

CERME 14

CERME 14 will provide a great opportunity to meet with others who are interested in mathematics education. We are particularly excited because this time there will be a new thematic working group on adult mathematics education (TWG7). This will allow those with a special interest in adult
mathematics education to meet and discuss current issues in this field. The conference will take place in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, February 4-8 th, 2025. The TWG leaders are keen to receive proposals for papers and posters on relevant topics to make this new group a success. Further information is
available on the CERME 14 website but please note that the deadline for submission of papers and poster proposals is September 15, 2024.

ALM Membership

If you are not already a member of ALM, please do consider supporting the organisation in this way. By becoming a member, you support ALM to maintain a public presence and develop as an international community where research and practice concerning adults learning mathematics is promoted through hosting virtual seminars and other events such as our annual conference. Membership of the ALM community also provides you with the chance to share your knowledge and experiences with colleagues from across the globe, with leading figures in mathematics education research, policy and practice, numeracy practitioners and postgraduate researchers. Our online seminars and annual conferences offer members unique opportunities to discuss practical experiences as well as access new thinking within a supportive and friendly research environment. If you are not yet a member, find out more about how to become a member by clicking on the following link: https://alm-online.net/become-a-member/. If you are unsure about your membership status, or have any other queries, you are very welcome to contact ALM Membership Secretary at membership@alm-online.net.

Are you interested in hosting a future ALM conference?

The ALM trustees are keen to spread ALM conferences around the world and would welcome new partners for future conferences. If you might be interested in hosting an ALM conference in the future or would just like to have a chat about what this might involve, please contact Diane Dalby at chair@alm-online.net.

Watch ALM's previous webinar on ALM YouTube channel!

See the latest ALM webinar, Dyscalculia Uncovered: The Big Questions with Rob Jennings here. You can also watch previous webinars and keynote talks from previous ALM conferences on our YouTube channel.

Future bulletins

We hope that you are enjoying the regular ALM bulletin. If you have news from your part of the world that may be of interest to our international community, then please do get in touch by Linda Jarlskog at linda.jarlskog@lund.se or send her a short draft item for the next bulletin by July 4th 2024.

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