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CHAPTER 28 The Math Ed Forum Eric Muller “Anyone interested in mathematics education was welcome, and there were no formal requirements to become a member.” During the early days of the Fields Math Ed Forum, I was on its Steering Committee and co-chaired it with Fields Deputy Director Bradd Hart, who writes that “The Math Ed Forum has been one of the biggest success stories for the money that Fields has.” The Forum arose out of an initiative by Steve Halperin and the University of Toronto, but once it arrived at Fields, it took on a life of its own. We developed the structure of Saturday monthly meetings and focused on developing a welcoming environment for representatives of various Ontario groups interested in mathematics education. The Forum may be unique in fostering a conversation about teaching and learning mathematics among school teachers at all levels of education (elementary, middle school, high school,