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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

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


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 >>

NMCTM Webmaster

Collaboration & High Quality Student Work

BIE Update: Collaboration and High-Quality Student Work via #constantcontact #nctm #nmctm @bie

In groups of three, student teams pushed their cardboard boats into the murky water and nervously worked together to row out to a deeper part of the lake. With each shifting movement the uncertainty showed on their faces as the cardboard and packing tape contraptions strained under the weight of the three amateur sailors. Students called out directions to one another to keep these team-designed boats afloat. Hundreds of other students from the school, along with local media, stood on the shore cheering every moment.