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End of Year President’s Message

As we are ending this school year NMCTM would like to thank all of you for your hard work and perseverance as we learned new systems, rolled out new tests, and kept doing what we love to do everyday, helping students to learn.

We hope that as time goes on and we continue to build resources on our new website, that you will find more and more useful information and build collaborative relationships within our organization.

NMCTM is always looking for people to become more involved in the organization and to help us build.  Feel free to email us ideas and comments, talk to your regional representatives, or join us as an active member of the organization.

Thank you again for all that you do for the students in New Mexico.

Tori Gilpin

President NMCTM

NCTM News for NMCTM

Diane Briars, NCTM President, welcomed Boston Conference attendees to the 2015 Delegates Assembly.  She provided a welcome and gave updates on NCTM.  She shared the upcoming NCTM Board members including President Elect Matt Larson.  Diane provided information on the major NCTM initiatives that include:

  • Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All
  • NCTM.org redesign of website
  • NCTM-Hunt Institute video project
  • Professional learning strategic planning
  • Governance structure assessment and Board development
  • Research Committee Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education

Principles to Actions has many supporting resources on the website including PowerPoint slides, videos, activities, clips, and tasks. There are working groups that are advancing this effort to provide current research and information about the structures, policies, and conditions to ensure success for all students in mathematics. There are Principles to Actions toolkits available for a variety of audiences and a wealth of supporting resources. The 2015 Interactive Institutes are also listed on the website. They include offerings in Algebra Readiness, Practices and Process Standards as well as Connecting Number and Operations.  Check these Institutes out on the newly revised NCTM website and look for further information on the initiatives listed above.

There were several resolutions that the Board acted on prior to the 2015 Delegates Assembly. One was put forth by TODOS to ensure that electronic materials for students on the NCTM Illuminations website could be made available in English and Spanish. The NCTM Board approved this. Another resolution item was disapproved regarding changing the name of the Affiliates at Large. Additionally, the Central Caucus had submitted a prior resolution regarding Affiliates adapting their meetings to the annual schedule in 2020. The NCTM Board will address this on a case-by-case basis.

The LEADERSHIP CIRCLE 2015-2018 members that were recognized included:

SILVER Member

1. Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics
2. Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics
3. Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics
4. Ten County Mathematics Education Association (New York)

GOLD Member

1. Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc.
2. Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics
3. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
4. Women and Mathematics Education

PLATINUM Member

1. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
2. TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

New resolutions were put forth from the Regional Caucuses held the day before the 2015 Delegates Assembly. The Regional Caucasus provided opportunities for discussion on emerging issues in mathematics education.  The two resolutions that passed at the 2015 Delegates Assembly to be considered by the NCTM Board are:

  • RESOLUTION O.NR.15.01. The new NCTM website, in phase 2, shall include a designated space for Affiliate leadership networking and communication. The Central Caucus submitted this.
  • RESOLUTION O.NR.15.02. When a Caucus is held after the shuttle service has stopped, NCTM will provide transportation service to conference hotels for all Caucus participants. This was submitted by the Western Caucus.

The next Delegates Assembly will be at the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition San Francisco, California Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 7:30–9:00 a.m. It was also shared that the next 2016 NCTM Conference will be separate from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics venue that will occur in Oakland Ca. prior to the NCTM convening.

On another note, check out the new e-books Discovering Lessons for the CommonCore Standards from NCTM. They include great activities that are affordable and useful.

FEBRUARY PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

This is an exciting time for math teachers in New Mexico.  We have been gearing up since the implementation of Common Core standards and at the start of next month all school districts across the state will embark on a new type of testing.  As the President of NMCTM I hope that this will show the hard work that educators across New Mexico have put into preparing our students.

For New Mexico, the new tests will:

• Show whether students are on track to be ready for college and careers

• Compare performance with other states and countries

• Provide data to educators and parents to inform teaching and allow early intervention for students who need extra help

 

NMCTM Listserv

NM Science Math Colleagues,

The NMCTM Listserv has moved.  Please visit https://groups.google.com/d/forum/nm-math and apply to join … once you are approved, you can post at will … 
 
The new posting (email) address will be:  nm-math@googlegroups.com
 
These changes are part of a greater website redevelopment effort by the NMCTM … please visit www.nmctm.org where you can now create accounts on our website, and pay dues annually online … member only benefits such as creative WikiSpaces coming soon so we can share PARCC and CCSS resources, etc.  
 
If you have any difficulties using the above links, please email me at oemb1905@nmctm.org.  Please allow 24-48 hours for approval and assistance as I will busy at the conference this weekend.  
 
You have three months to complete the migration to the new listserv after which point it will be deleted.  Thanks for understanding and thanks to Sheila Hills for her patience during this migration.
 
Thanks,
 
Jonathan Haack
Northeast Regional Representative
 
Big thanks to the website team and especially to Halsey Farrington …