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Dr. Kinzer Annual Memorial Scholarship

NMCTM Members, NM Educators, et al,

It is with great sadness that the NMCTM reports that Dr. Kinzer, a long serving Executive Committee Member of the NMCTM and representative of the NCTM member affiliate program, passed away in a car accident in late February.  Our condolences are with her family during this very difficult time.

To honor her years of service in the educational community, the NMCTM Board has unanimously voted that the annual scholarship for Soar to Greater Heights Conference be hereafter named in her honor.  From this point forward, the scholarship will be known as the Dr. Kinzer Annual Memorial Scholarship.

It is our hope that this scholarship will continue to inspire future generations of educators with the story and legacy of her service, and serve as a model of how to give back to the educational community in NM and abroad.

The family has asked that anyone interested in paying respects to please consider giving to the NMSU scholarship fund that she spent years supporting.  That donation link can be found here:  Advancing NMSU

Sincerely,

NMCTM Executive Committee

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.