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NMCTM Membership



  1. Pay your dues here:  Online Store (Only $10)
  2. Register here:  Registration & Certificate Corner
  3. Create Account (Optional):  Website Account

The NCTM requires us to keep track of our membership , so thanks for answering the form questions.  Our certificate serves as formal documentation of your service and educational leadership with the NMCTM – do not forget to submit to your supervisor for Domain 4.  You are welcome to optionally create a website account and join us in posting math education news, developing our wiki, and more.  Thanks for your leadership.

CS PD Week

NM Math Educators,

A reminder that, 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 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 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!

NMCTM Membership

NM PED STEM Symposium

NM STEM Educators,

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:

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  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.

NMCTM Membership

President’s Update 2018

Hello NM Math Teachers!

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  

  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 Conferences,  NCTM’s Interactive Institutes
  3. Postitions & Standards that guide many of our most widely implemented National, State, and district initiatives.
  4. Much, much, more … visit

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!   


Tammy Hernandez


NMCTM Yearly Renewal

NM Math Educators et al,

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 for more information.

You can renew your dues over at Square Market:

Interested in running for one of our leadership positions?  If so, please head over to the application for the position you are interested in:

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.



NMCTM Executive Board

Introducing Dr. Bill Gutman – Keynote Speaker Soar 2017

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.”

– Dr. Bill Gutman

Event Schedule & General Information


Questions / Comments

Email Tammy Hernandez at

Soar to Greater Heights 2017 – Scholarship

What is Bootstrap:Algebra and


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: (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 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.

How do I sign up for the scholarship?

You can apply for each of the four scholarships here: (expired)

Below, please find a one-page flier that can be forwarded to your district officials, evaluators, colleagues, etc.  Spread the word!


PDF Version

apply here

Need to register or want more information?  Start here … (expired)

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

Soar to Greater Heights 2017 – Registration


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 –>

Exhibitor Registration


Perhaps you want to attend the awesome keynote and workshops, swing by a Deep Dive, and then head over to the annual meeting to discuss NM pedagogy?  If so –>

Attend the Conference


Planning to present on a meaningful approach to learning, a field trip, or a workshop / roundtable, etc?  If so –>

Submit your Proposal


Event Schedule & General Information



Questions / Comments

Email Tammy Hernandez at

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!





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

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)!



Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM
#nmctm @nmctm


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:



Math Specialist / NCTM Rep:

NMCTM Secretary:  

NMCTM Communications Specialist:



Jonathan Haack

President, NMCTM

Soar to Greater Heights 2016 – Social Media Splash!


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:


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

Prizes!!!  Prizes!!! Prizes!!!



Conference Facebook Page:

Conference Twitter:

NMCTM Facebook:

NMCTM Twitter:

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!

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM


Dr. Kinzer Memorial Scholarship

[Archived Post]

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.

Scholarship Application Link

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM





Event Schedule & General Information


Questions / Comments

Email Tammy Hernandez at

Soar 2016 Proposal Registration

NM Math Teachers,

Registration for Soar 2016 is open.  See websites below …

More Information over at NMCTM.  Link here:

You can also renew your dues for 2016-2017.  Link here:

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






UWC-USA Workshops 2016

UWC-USA is hosting International Baccalaureate training sessions in every topic-including Math Studies, SL, HL #nctm #nmctm – Albuquerque, NM

Any other NM STEM Educators are encouraged to reach out to me for support from #NMCTM #NCTM

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

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!)



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:


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


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.


Jonathan Haack

President, NMCTM

Viles Foundation: Northern New Mexico Outreach Program

STEM Educators in Northern New Mexico are often amazed by their wonderful students.  It is even more amazing when we have exemplar students who have overcome adversity in their lives, including but not exclusive to having been orphaned.  If you teach in Northern NM, and think one of your students might qualify for assistance from The Viles Scholarship Foundation, use the link below to reach out to them … #nctm #nmctm

Viles Foundation

AP Annual Conference

Teach STEM in NM?  AP Calculus?  AP Bio?  Or, teach elementary and concerned about horizontal alignment with AP courses?   #nctm #nmctm The AP Annual Conference is right around the corner during July 22-26 in Austin, TX.



The College Board offers the following guidelines:


Next Generation Science Standards & Crosscutting Concepts

Teach math but concerned about how students connect that learning to science?  Teach science but want and need your students to understand the mathematics needed to make an argument and defend it?  The Next Generation Science Standards explicitly call for “crosscutting” conceptual development, or taking your other subjects including math to explain and articulate the findings in science … #nctm #nmctm


Spotlight on PARCC

Many NM educators already get this newsletter, but if you don’t or in case you missed it, Parcc Inc. CEO Laura Silver sat down last week to discuss the first year of implementation and why she thinks it is “worthy of American students.”  Be informed!  #nctm #nmctm

Spotlight PARCC

Wolfram Alpha & Much More …

Fan of Wolfram Alpha?  Ever wonder where it came from and wondering if you could use that power to create technologically driven instructional modules?  Check out Mathematica coding and its suite of ready made instructional demonstrations at the Wolfram Demonstrations Project … #nctm #nmctm


Desmos: Free Online Graphing Tool

Desmos has been around for a while now, but it never stops getting better … perhaps you are teaching Calculus and the f’, f”, tests and want to overlay the original function with its two derivatives to teach curve sketching?  Maybe just want your students to appreciate what the a, b, and c coefficients do in a standard quadratic function?  Desmos can do that and more … #nctm #nmctm … Best part yet, it has a Chrome app too, with user accounts …


Schoolzilla: District Data Management Software

Part of an administrative team and charged with robust data analysis of your school’s attendance?  Maybe you are at part of payroll and need to evaluate a school’s budget margins?  Whatever it is, Schoolzilla has amazing potential and power to generate those data into meaningful visuals and analyses … #nctm #nmctm



Academy for the Love of Learning

Department Chair?  Professional Learning Community Chair?  Small Learning Community?  Interested in facilitating leadership growth at your school this fall?  Consider the programs at the Academy for the Love of Learning … #nctm #nmctm


UNM-PNM Math Contest

Teaching math this fall in NM?  Interested in having your students engage in a mathematics competition?  Consider the UNM-PNM Math Contest, which has been happening since 1965.  #nctm #nmctm


Santa Fe Institute

New to NM?  Live around or near Santa Fe?  Consider visiting the Santa Fe Institute and signing up for their newsletter.  There are some societies and course offerings that might be of assistance to secondary STEM teachers.  #nctm #nmctm


National Association of Math Circles

Math Circles are not just informal meetings and social hours, but are a style of exploration that can’t be fit into a box per se … if you are interested in reading further, a great place to start is the National Association of Math Circles. #nmctm #nctm




A great STEM opportunity from Santa Fe Institute below …


“SFI Camp was intellectually challenging and a great experience for our son — we strongly recommend it. The other students came from a wide range of backgrounds, and were interesting and friendly. The Groton location is first rate, and over two weeks our son got a unique perspective on complexity and complex systems from SFI’s excellent faculty.”  

– Tom Coyne, Golden, CO

2015 CAMP – Groton, MA  – Apply Now!

2014 CAMP Proceedings

This intensive two-week residential science Summer CAMP introduces participants to complexity science scholarship. Through individual projects, computer simulation activities, analysis of ecological data, lectures and seminars, along with related weekend activities, students conduct research in this cutting edge field. Days are made up of instruction, small working group sessions, and research time interleaved with sports and extra-curricular events.

PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (STEM Specialization)

NMCTM members and friends … great offer below for doctoral work …

We are writing to ask your help to let prospective doctoral students know Texas Tech is recruiting experienced K-12 math educators for its (mostly) online PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in STEM education.  The attached FAQ has more details.

Perhaps you would be interested.  Perhaps you can tell others who might be interested.

We will start to review completed applications on March 1, so people should start the application process right away.

The program website can be viewed at

There are two parts to the application.

  1. Starting with an application to the TTU Graduate School at
  2. And then applying to the TTU College of Education at

We have already had great success in the science education field and are excited now to open the program to K-12 educators in all STEM disciplines.

When you reply, please reply to all.


Sun Young Han, PhD

Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Important information below about the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge listed below … download and print the fliers for your classes!




Since the New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics plays such an important and influential role in promoting math education, I am writing to see if you could help spread the word to teachers and educational professionals in your region about a great FREE contest. We would love to be able to reach out to attendees at an upcoming conference or general promotion by sending flyers, freebie mechanical pencils, and a few door prizes.

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge ( is an Internet-based, applied math competition for high school juniors and seniors. Now in its tenth year, the competition is free to register and participate, and is open to high schools in 45 states and D.C. New Mexico became newly eligible for the Challenge just last year, and we are excited about drawing a great turnout from the state. Approved by the NASSP for listing, the contest awards scholarships totaling $125,000 to winning students toward the pursuit of higher education.

Working in teams of three to five, participants solve a realistic math modeling problem in 14 hours. For instance, last year’s applied problem asked students to quantify school lunch nutrition and taste, a topic that stems from concerns surrounding childhood nutrition. Past years have also asked students to quantify America’s plastic waste to determine the best recycling methods for U.S. cities, and to develop math models to improve the Census count, for example. This real-world focus introduces applied math to students as a powerful problem-solving tool, and as a viable and exciting profession.

I invite and urge you to review the Challenge website for more information and for details on past contests:

I hope and anticipate that you will consider promoting this worthwhile contest; we share the same end goal of promoting math education and enhancing classroom learning. If you are willing, please send me an estimated number of attendees, a shipping address, and date by which materials should arrive. We would happy to overnight the package if needed as well.

Thanks very much for your time and consideration,



PARCC Twitter Office Hours Continued


PARCC has continued the efforts to receive feedback from educators using #askPARCC hashtag and it may be helpful to also include @PARCCplace

This gives educators an important forum in which to express concerns and ask questions about the solutions to those concerns!  Information below.

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PARCC Twitter Office Hours Focused on Access for All
PARCC continued its series of monthly twitter office hours last week with a focus on PARCC’s accommodations and accessibility features in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Participants shared resources and had questions answered by PARCC accessibility experts.  In case you missed it, we have archived all of our office hours sessions.

Our next office hours session will be held on November 20, 2014 from 5-6 ET. PARCC will announce the date and topic for office hours each month through the PARCC Updates newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook.

We would love to hear your suggestions for future office hours topics. Tweet us @PARCCplace using the hashtag #askPARCC. More >>

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