A reminder that Bootstrapworld.org, an organization that has been monumental in leveraging programming and code to support explicit mathematics instruction, is visiting NM June 4th through the 6th. This training is part of the greater CS PD Week that CSTANM is hosting and is tied to National efforts that emphasize the same outcomes and skills. Those interested in NCTM National’s policy toward CS infusion into mathematics pedagogy should review this Position Paper.
The NMCTM would like to remind folks that Bootstrapworld.org visited us at last year’s Soar to Greater Heights Annual STEM Symposium Conference that NMSTA, NMCTM, and CSTANM co-hosted, and is now returning to do more work with NM educators this summer! This session is invaluable and we are encouraged by the numbers of folks signed up already. For those who missed this session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved in teaching math with CS instead of just passing students and sending them to alternative courses. We strongly endorse this training, and are proud to be its formal sponsors, and look forward to meeting and working with constituents in ABQ at the training.
If somehow the CS PD Week missed you, please visit CS PD Week, and we strongly encourage you to reach out to our partners at CSTANM. We are proud at NMCTM to sponsor this training and want to know from you, our membership, how we can continue to support you in leadership efforts across the State! Reach out to us!
A reminder that this Friday is the NM PED’s annual STEM Symposium. We look forward to seeing educators at the Symposium. A reminder and follow up to earlier emails that:
1) The NMCTM has multiple presenters at the session – please visit and ask questions or get involved.
2) Our Annual Meeting and elections have been formally moved to the Symposium for this school-year, and potentially others, so see everyone at the pull out!
Please bring ideas about policy, curriculum support, etc., to the Annual Meeting. If you have not done so yet, please renew your dues here: https://nmctm.org/register/
Also, the NMCTM is proud to announce the formation of the Dr. Kinzer Math Teacher Professional Development Endowment this year. By investing in the future of teacher PD, the NMCTM continues to position itself in ways that can directly benefit educators for trainings, workshops, webinars, travel reimbursement, study sessions, and more. Interested parties should email email@example.com. The endowment was created with the assistance and stewardship of the private fiduciary Longview Asset Management, located in Santa Fe.
Thanks again for finishing a great year of teaching and service! See everyone soon.
I would like to introduce myself as the new president of NMCTM. I have been the Central Region Representative for the past 2 years and look forward to working with you in this new capacity!
At our Annual Meeting, which was held at the Soar to Greater Heights Conference in October, we gained some new members and said hello to familiar faces. The committee put a lot of time into planning the event and we are glad that it was a great experience for you all! If you would like to become more involved with NMCTM, we have an opening for Central and Northeast Region Representatives as well as President Elect.
If you are a member of NMCTM, remember we can play a role in your teacher evaluation. NMTeach Domain 4b is all about participating in a professional community. We have an opportunity for you to do just this! The NM Stem Symposium will be held June 1st and is looking for dynamic presenters. You can get more information and submit your proposal here. (We will also send out information about attending as it becomes available.) Another way to help your increase your evaluation score is to become a member of the NCTM, our affiliate. NCTM offers its members many benefits such as
NMCTM also has a NM Math Educators Google Group / Listserv that you can sign up for. This will allow you to and send and receive important information relative to our work as well as invitations to Math related offerings in 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).
I know spending money on professional organizations is not at the top your to-do list, but if you have not renewed your dues with NMCTM, please do so at our membership corner! You may need to create an account on our website. This allows you to post on the website as well as pay your dues online. 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.
We would like to thank you for your dedication to New Mexico students. Math education is a necessity and you are making it happen! It takes hard work every day to help these students achieve, and we are all doing it! Your commitment to your students and our profession is fundamental to our organization and we commend your work!
Thanks for all your hard work in making 2017 a huge success. Membership is at our highest numbers in the last decade, our financial situation is secure, and we continue to offer regional grants and positions for educational leaders. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our new President, Tammy Hernandez, will be reaching out soon to the membership for some feedback on this year’s professional development offerings and more. Please visit in the next week or so to catch the official 2018 President’s Update.
We are proud to introduce Dr. Bill Gutman as our keynote speaker during Saturday’s sessions at this year’s – #STGH_NM – STEM Conference, Soar to Greater Heights 2017. The conference will be held at Las Cruces High School October 27th – 29th. Dr. Gutman will deliver the keynote just after the luncheon on Saturday, from 12:30pm – 01:30pm. Dr. Gutman’s bio is included below, and more information on the schedule of events can be found at the Event Schedule and General Information Page.
A Brief Biography
“Dr. Bill Gutman has been the Director of Aerospace Operations for Spaceport America since October 2009, although his deep involvement with the project goes back to the mid 1990s through a technical support contract with New Mexico State University. As Director of Aerospace Operations, his major responsibilities are to oversee launches and flight safety, to maintain the FAA Launch Site Operator License, and to be the technical liaison with launch customers. He also has the honor and privilege of being the face of Spaceport America’s STEM outreach program. In that capacity, he tries and frequently succeeds at exciting the upcoming generation about STEM careers. He presents space demonstrations and videos to every sixth grade science class in the Las Cruces Public Schools as well as to many other school groups around New Mexico using both in-person and virtual methods.
Prior to joining the spaceport, Dr. Gutman was employed by the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory and worked on a variety of projects. These included high power laser propagation research, development of optical instrumentation systems, and development of advanced sensor systems. Beginning in 1999, he participated in the development of the unmanned aircraft program at NMSU PSL. Dr. Gutman earned his Ph.D. in optical and molecular physics from Ohio State University.”
According to Emmanuel Schanzer, co-founder of Bootstrap,
“Bootstrap:Algebra is a 20-hour curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming.”
And when / if one digs deeper into the guiding philosophy of Bootstrap, they will find that students are explicitly taught math standards using tools drawn from computer science, design, and other subjects. All too often, this paradigm is switched, with math teachers typically being asked to augment or support instruction in other fields, while this approach does the exact opposite.
Bootstrap uses other fields, notably computer science and one of its most demanding branches, programming, in order to augment mathematics pedagogy (not the other way around). This paradigm switch is a necessary development as the country matures into the realization that computer science has essentially become a new subject alongside the four traditional content areas. Finding meaningful ways to transfer skills and conceptual learning in both directions is essential, and Emmanuel Schanzer and Bootstrap provide the balance that is essential for any institution to implement an engaging and helpful mathematics program.
Here are some descriptions of the Bootstratp:Algebra program …
And equity is at the center of all of this folks … let me demonstrate the project’s commitment to equity by introducing Emmanuel in his own words:
“Emmanuel Schanzer is the founder and co-director of Bootstrap, one of the largest research-based K12 computer science initiatives in the US. He spent several years as a program manager and developer before becoming a high school teacher and middle school academic coach, and has long been involved in connecting educators and technology, building partnerships with professional organizations, universities, and companies from across Silicon Valley to bring rigorous, high-quality CS education to all students – particularly underrepresented groups. He holds a bachelors in computer science and a doctorate in algebra education research.”
As you can see, this unique approach of Bootstrap and that of Emmanuel as an individual demonstrate a core alignment with equity in mathematics instruction. This is both essential for student learning, and helps generally promote equitable mathematics instruction for all. Along this line, educators who are interested in diversity and mathematics instruction should alos visit and apply for our other scholarship, based on the NMCTM partnership with TODOS, an educational organization devoted to equity in mathematics instruction for students of all backgrounds. That scholarship is available here: nmctm.org/scholarships. (expired)
Bootstrap Scholarship Benefits FAQs
How does this scholarship and workshop help me as an educator?
This workshop will introduce educators to programming that supports Algebra 1, to representing mathematics in different ways, notably the concept of circles of understanding that Schanzer developed. Educators will leave with a basic overview of how they can support students in Algebra 1 by engaging them in a meaningful design and game design lesson.
Do I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes, please contact Tammy email@example.com if you have not received your certificate after two weeks from the completion of the conference. You will receive your certificate of attendance if you were accepted and awarded the scholarship. All applicants must possess a current NM Teaching License.
How does it work and when do I get the reimbursement?
Educators who are awarded the scholarship will receive two disbursements of funds, i.e., one at the first workshop this fall and then the second reimbursement at the required follow up conference late in the Spring of 2018 (info TBA). Teachers or districts may also optionally choose to allocate the scholarship to the conference registration costs if that is more fitting.
What is taught at the workshop and what is the value of this workshop?
The workshop will briefly cover the concepts of transfer, circles of influence, implementation of the Bootstrap:Algebra curriculum, familiarity and help with the platform and Pyret programming language. Bootstrap normally meets with educators for intensives that last 3 days and cost nearly $600 for educators. The NMCTM and Bootstrap, recognizing the limited budgets and urban / rural divide in NM, have partnered to make this training a Deep Dive half-day session that is not only free for NM educators, but incentivized through a scholarship. NM educators will be paid $50 after attending the first workshop, and $50 after the attending the second workshop in Spring / Summer.
Who is teaching the workshop?
The founder and CEO of Bootstrap, Emmanuel Schanzer.
Welcome Soar to Greater Heights 2017 participants,
Soar to Greater Heights is the fall STEM educator conference sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Science Teachers Association, the Computer Science Teachers of America New Mexico and the New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The conference’s location moves throughout the state in order to serve all of New Mexico’s educators. This year’s conference is in Las Cruces, hosted at the newly renovated Las Cruces High School.
The conference dates are October 27-29. The conference components include workshops and presentations for math, science, and computer science educators; exhibits from commercial vendors, nonproﬁt organizations, parks, outreach programs, and universities; social time; and extended learning opportunities and ﬁeld trips.
Registration links and payment options for exhibitors, presenters, and attendees are listed below. We look forward to your participation and another year of meaningful presentations that improve pedagogical practice and student learning.
Early Bird rates only $85 … PED Scholarships still available!
Are you planning to introduce educators to a product, textbook, device, learning tool, etc.? If so –>
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!
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.
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:
Participate in NCTM Delegate Assembly process to help elect leaders that will be consistent with NM math teacher needs
Privilege of participating in Affiliates Leadership Conference to share with other State leaders about methods of improving National and NM math education
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.
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)!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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.
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:
You can also post directly to Facebook at facebook.com/newmexicoctm … Let’s have fun while geek out on STEM!
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!
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. [2017 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.
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!)
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:
If you have any follow up questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to NMCTM.
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.
The Soar to Greater Heights Annual Conference is right around the corner so Save the Date! This October 14-16 we will be co-hosting our annual conference at NM Tech this year with the continued support of the NMSTA and EEANM.
At this time, we are accepting Exhibitor Registrations only, and those parties are encouraged to apply at the following registration link. Please be advised that this link will take you to the NMSTA website, where you might have to first create an account prior to submitting your application.
There will be a post regarding registration for the conference itself in the near future. Stay tuned …
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
First of all, happy new year to all the teachers out there, especially our NM Math teachers who struggle to balance curriculum with high stakes testing, evaluations, and an ever changing digital pedagogical environment. Thanks for the work all of you do. I know in my own district and at my own sites, that it is my family of teachers that empowers me to finish the year off with strength and energy. I’m sure you will also be resting on the shoulders of your peers and fellow teachers, collaborating and sharing stories of success, finding ways to increase achievement, and enjoying the students. With each other, we can continue to succeed.
I am proud to start my tenure as President of the NMCTM this January. I want to express my thanks to the entire membership and especially to the former President, Tori Gilpin, for her mentorship and guidance. Most importantly, I would like to continue the great work we have been doing:
Soar to Greater Heights Conference
Website Renovation & Recruitment Redesign
Social Media Integration
Membership posting rights
Wiki space for sharing lessons
I would also like to call out on fellow math educators across the state, both current and retired, whether from a math background specifically, or from another STEM position, to reach out to the NMCTM and tell us how we can best serve you. The teaching environment is ever changing, and I call on all of you for help in developing a comprehensive Mathematics Vision for NM Students to help all of our students in NM learn mathematics in the most effective way possible. I will advocate for you as teachers and for the students as our shared body of learners, but I ask in return that you join in on the discussion with us, apply for membership, apply for leadership roles within the organization, contribute to the math dialogue by posting to our blog and listserv. Share the stories from your community with others across the state, borrow and contribute lesson plans to the upcoming wiki, post events, competitions, workshops, etc., etc. And although your contribution fulfills NM Teach 4B, remember our task is even larger than that. Our task is student learning.
Remember, as members you have user privileges that allow you to post exciting news about mathematics opportunities within the state directly to the blog. Or you can also sign up for our public listserv, and send and share opportunities to email@example.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble or have questions.
Welcome back to another wonderful school year. I hope you are all as excited as I am. Last year was full of changes, and we weathered every storm and continually worked to meet the needs of our students.
We hope that you are enjoying the new website and Social Media feeds. As a council we are doing our best to reach out and network with math teachers across the state.
Please join us, along with NMSTA, and EEANM, at the Soar to Greater Heights STEM Conference October 13-15 in Hobbs, New Mexico. http://www.nmsta.org/conference/
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.
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
The Executive Board, along with the Executive Committee, are pleased to present to the General Membership our newly updated website. We have been working hard to find new innovative ways for our New Mexico Council to have more opportunities to network with other math teachers across the state. We have implemented Social Media sites through Twitter and Facebook, we are working on our Linked In, and we are looking at Pinterest as well. Now through this hard work and effort we are ready to unveil a new and improved website. Some of the new features will include:
Ability to post to a blog
Ability to pay for your membership online through Paypal
Links to useful websites
Links to our social media sites
More current information
This is a work in progress so please be patient as we work out all the glitches. We are extremely happy to offer this to you and hope that you will be equally as pleased with our efforts.
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 email@example.com. 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.