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:
- 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.
Finally, let us not forget what NCTM itself offers its members, including its affiliate members of NMCTM:
- Official Journals [Teaching Children Mathematics (Pre-K – Grade 6) & Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (Grades 5-9) & Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-14)]
- Professional Development [ NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition, NCTM’s Regional Conferences, NCTM’s Interactive Institutes
- Postitions & Standards that guide many of our most widely implemented National, State, and district initiatives. (The NMCTM President’s personal favorite!)
- 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)!