Save the Date!

NM STEM Educators et al,

We are proud to announce that this year’s Soar to Greater Heights annual STEM Conference for NM will be in Las Cruces, at Las Cruces High School from October 27th through October 29th.  Registration information here!

This year the conference is brought to you by New Mexico Science Teacher’s Association, New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Computer Science Teachers of America – New Mexico.  We are proud partners in STEM in NM!

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Kindly,

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

 

President’s Update

Math Teachers et al,

First off, thanks to all NM Math Teachers and the larger teaching community.

There is much going on in NMCTM-Land this Spring.  Most importantly, we finally filled the position of NCTM Representative that was left empty with Dr. Cathy Kinzer’s untimely passing.  We would like to formally welcome Ronda Davis, Math Specialist for Albuquerque Public Schools, B.A. Chemistry & Biology, M.A. Mathematics Education, National Board Certified AYA Mathematics, T^3 Regional Instructor, and much more that we can’t adequately express in words here.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ronda to the team.  Her complete resume can be found here.

[A reminder that there are five annual scholarships available in honor of Dr. Kinzer for our annual conference.]

This Spring I will travel with our NCTM Representative to the NCTM National Exposition in San Antonio, TX.  We will meet with the other State Regional Affiliates on behalf of NM and we will also attend various individual trainings to assist us in our own professional learning.  Again, we were all caught of guard with the loss of Dr. Kinzer, and so by us filling this position and us both attending this year together, I am confident we can reinvigorate our ranks with the support NCTM provides to its affiliates.  Some of those offerings are:

  1. Participate in NCTM Delegate Assembly process to help elect leaders that will be consistent with NM math teacher needs
  2. Privilege of participating in Affiliates Leadership Conference to share with other State leaders about methods of improving National and NM math education
  3. Financial rebates on membership (contact NCTM).

A complete list of Affiliate Benefits can be found here (not all of which are actively used in NM).

In addition to what NCTM provides NMCTM as an affiliate organization, we must remind our membership of what NMCTM provides you as an individual math teacher.  Firstly, the NMTeach Domains can be found here (1, 2, 3, 4).  In looking at NMTeach Domain 4b, Participating in a professional community, it can be seen that teachers are awarded exemplary if “The teacher is actively engaging in ongoing research, leads study groups, and identifies new practices for school and district implementation:  Teacher serves as an instructional leader, and is accepted by faculty for exceptional skills in delivering professional development and mentorship.”   Each year the NMCTM offers an annual conference, Soar to Greater Heights, with multiple STEM workshops, with pre- and post-conference service and field learning trips, and more importantly, with time for educational dialogue with educators across the State.  The exemplary category specifically calls for research and district-level implementation; working with partners at the State and National levels with NMCTM is a strong component towards achieving this end.   Exhibitors can look at last year’s statistics here.

NMTeach Domain 4di, on the other hand, Demonstrating Professionalism:  How high are the teacher’s professional standards and practices? is rated exemplary if “The teacher proactively and in a positive way seeks to continually improve the culture of the school by consistently raising expectations for adults and students, raising the engagement of adults and students and contributing to the efficacy of adults and students.”  In order to offer our districts the ‘highest’ in these standards and practices, it seems very likely that math educators would be compelled to reach out to State and National educators in mathematics.  As President, I certainly cannot do it alone, and I find the NMCTM is part of the bridge between these communities.

Finally, let us not forget what NCTM itself offers its members, including its affiliate members of NMCTM:

  1. Official Journals [Teaching Children Mathematics (Pre-K – Grade 6) & Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (Grades 5-9) & Mathematics Teacher  (Grades 8-14)]
  2. Professional Development [ NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition, NCTM’s Regional ConferencesNCTM’s Interactive Institutes
  3. Postitions & Standards that guide many of our most widely implemented National, State, and district initiatives.  (The NMCTM President’s personal favorite!)
  4. Much, much, more … visit nctm.org

In addition to these larger offerings, the NMCTM has a NM Math Educators Google Group / Listserv that you can sign up for and send and receive to other educators across the State.  Anyone can post to the list, however, if you are a full dues paying member you can post directly to the NMCTM Blog which will automatically post to our Listserv, Twitter, and Facebook (#nmctm @nmctm).  We are looking for members to volunteer to be professional development gnomes, who will post 5-10 items per month to our digital infrastructure that are germane to NM math educators in some fashion.  Email us if you are interested.  Intermediate technology experience required.  If you never received your NMCTM certificate, please fill our Membership Certificate Form.

So, now that you are convinced of what we have to offer and excited about our latest news, please go and renew your dues at our membership corner!   You will need to create an account with our website in order to do this and if you need help with that or encounter password recovery trouble, please email us.  In the meantime, please consider volunteering yourself or nominating another for one of our positions in the next calendar year.  We are always accepting applications!

The establishment of and job duties for these roles can be found in our By-Laws and Constitution.  Lastly, we are abundantly aware of the sacrifice that math teachers make every day balancing droves of content with a shrinking schedule, never ending excuses for lost instructional days, and a master schedule that never seems to be right for math!  In addition to the day to day grind, we all have to find some type of professional peace with our district, State, and National initiatives.  Committing oneself to leadership at this level is a means of confronting this difficult necessity directly.   Help us in the fight folks!  Join NMCTM or renew today!

More posts coming soon about our Wiki, our upcoming conference, our findings from NCTM National, and our sponsored booths and annual meeting at the NM PED’s STEM Symposium this summer (last year’s information)!

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Sincerely,

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Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM
#nmctm @nmctm

 

Elections – Final Call

NM Math Educators et al,

We posted the links below in October at our Annual Conference.  We have had limited applicants, and so we are sending this out again to ensure that we have buy-in from our community.  Remember, these positions help you meet elements in Domain 4.  Furthermore, being an instructional steward for your community is its own reward.  Please email president@nmctm.org if you have questions.

Regional Rep: https://goo.gl/forms/tXOLkBrFa9ZvNo8O2

Treasurer:  https://goo.gl/forms/RMJeHPhKfxyXPnHl2

President:  https://goo.gl/forms/P5lki0KQnuDLf0f02

Math Specialist / NCTM Rep:  https://goo.gl/forms/wupl3wMuRoAANJ4x1

NMCTM Secretary:  https://goo.gl/forms/T4i1TfT3o4w7tfjq1  

NMCTM Communications Specialist:  https://goo.gl/forms/NPloNEhXc5iS83xM2


Our staff directory lists our open and occupied positions and can be found here.

 

Sincerely,

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NMCTM Board Elections 2016-2017

It is that time of year again!  Annual elections for Regional Representatives, Treasurer, and President Elect up again!  Please use the links below to apply for your desired position.  Please forward these applications to any at large members that you feel might be appropriate for these duties.

Regional Rep: https://goo.gl/forms/tXOLkBrFa9ZvNo8O2

Treasurer:  https://goo.gl/forms/RMJeHPhKfxyXPnHl2

President:  https://goo.gl/forms/P5lki0KQnuDLf0f02

Math Specialist / NCTM Rep:  https://goo.gl/forms/wupl3wMuRoAANJ4x1

NMCTM Secretary:  https://goo.gl/forms/T4i1TfT3o4w7tfjq1  

NMCTM Communications Specialist:  https://goo.gl/forms/NPloNEhXc5iS83xM2

Sincerely,

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Jonathan Haack

President, NMCTM

Soar to Greater Heights 2016 – Social Media Splash!

Prizes?

Did I mention prizes?

With Soar to Greater Heights 2016 less than a month away, it is time to get fired about STEM!  [Forgot to register?  Go here!]  Take your zaniest, most STEM-influenced, and coolest and awesome photos!  Post them to Twitter and use:

#STGH_NM @STGH_NM

You can also post directly to Facebook at facebook.com/newmexicoctm … Let’s have fun while geek out on STEM!

Prizes!!!  Prizes!!! Prizes!!!

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Conference Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/soartogreaterheightsNM/

Conference Twitter:  https://twitter.com/STGH_NM

NMCTM Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/newmexicoctm/

NMCTM Twitter:   https://twitter.com/nmctm

Remember, even though you are having fun in this contest, you are also helping yourself achieve higher scores in Domain 4 … so make sure your dues are paid up while you are having fun splashing STEM photos everywhere!

Sincerely,
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Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

 

Dr. Kinzer Memorial Scholarship

We are just shy of a month away from our annual conference Soar to Greater Heights.  We encourage any STEM educators who have not yet registered to do so here.

But more importantly, we would like to remind our constituency of the passing of Dr. Kinzer – long time advocate of PD for math educators in NM and Board Member – and our subsequent decision to enact an annual scholarship in her honor.  The scholarship is $100 and the requirement is attending the conference in full.  Applicants are required to answer the application questions linked to below.

Scholarship Application Link

Sincerely,
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Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

Soar 2016 Proposal Registration

NM Math Teachers,

Registration for Soar 2016 is open.  See websites below …

More Information over at NMCTM.  Link here:
http://nmctm.org/2016/06/08/conference-proposals-soar-to-greater-heights-2016/

You can also renew your dues for 2016-2017.  Link here:  http://nmctm.org/subscriptions/

To register a proposal, visit our friends and co-hosts over at EEANM & NMSTA:  Link here:
http://www.nmsta.org/2016-conference-proposals/
(Remember to register a teacher account with the NMSTA website first, then follow the registration process through.

 

Sincerely,
Jonathan

 

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Conference Proposals – Soar to Greater Heights 2016

Looking to build up that curriculum vitae?  Keep trying to hit Exemplary in Domain 4e and 4b, but falling short?  A great way to become a better educator and get recognized in the community for it is to share the pedagogies and techniques that are working for you!  From October 14-16, in Soccorro NM, we are proud to co-host the Soar to Greater Heights Conference.  Maybe this year it is time for you to not only attend the awesome course offerings as an attendee, but to build up your resume and vitae by sharing your ideas.  Please visit the Proposal Registration site with our partners over at NMSTA, and don’t forget to Save the Date!

(You will need to register for the NMSTA website first – don’t forget!)

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Sincerely,

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Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

Exhibitor Registration – Soar to Greater Heights 2016

It is hard to believe that summer is already here and that we are only five months away from our annual conference, Soar to Greater Heights, which takes place October 14-16 at NM Tech in Soccorro, NM.  Registration for attendees is slated to open August 1st so stay tuned and make sure to check back on the website and listserv for when that opens.

At present, however, we are accepting registration for exhibitors, e.g., maybe you run a STEM Camp, or a Coding Club, or some other non-profit or private company that serves NM educators.  This is a great opportunity to expose your message and your offerings to NM teachers.  To register, visit our partners over at NMSTA.  In order to make an informed decision, please review the helpful facts from previous conferences below:

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If you have any follow up questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to NMCTM.

Sincerely,

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Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

NM STEM Symposium

NM Teachers, 

The NMCTM is proud to co-host a booth with the NMSTA at the NM Public Education Department’s 3rd Annual STEM Symposium.  Please visit our booth to inquire about our upcoming conference Soar to Greater Heights, hosted at NM Tech October 14-16.  Additionally, we encourage everyone to renew their dues this year which will assist you in Domain 4 with your annual evaluation.

Kindly,

Jonathan Haack

President, NMCTM

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