As the second semester of the year is starting, teachers across the state are working diligently to prepare our students for state testing. Most teachers are aware of the changes underway. If you would like more information on the Spring 2019 New Mexico Standards-Based Transtion Assessmentof Math and ELA, including pre-recorded webinars, blueprints, and performance level descriptors, please visit the PED Website.
In an effort to provide NM math teachers with timely help, we have started a Facebook Group. Our goals is to provide a place where we can ask questions about math, programs, students and more and get answers that reflect the values of our teachers. To join, go to the New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics page, click on groups, then click join. We would love for you to post your questions and chime in with answers.
As the legislative session continues, we will keep an eye on NM House Bill 5 and 212. These bills focus on public education changes and the teacher evaluation system. Their outcomes will have an effects on all educators. We will be sure to update you on what those changes mean to you. If you want to read through them for yourself, visit the NM Legislature website.
If you would like to become a part of our executive committee, please send me an email. We currently have the President Elect position open. At present, we are reviewing an application for the NE Regional Representative.
The NMCTM is proud to support the 3rd Annual Julia Robinson Math Festival. This event is hosted by STEM Santa Fe and will be held at the SF Community College.
The festival centers around the Math Circle approach to mathematics, which often involves low entry problems that are highly scale-able to more advanced concepts. The circle approach brings participants closer to the beauty of mathematical analysis and investigation.
We are proud to support this event and encourage teachers, educational leaders, and others who want more information to visit STEM Santa Fe and the event homepage.
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 also piloting a mathematics NMCTM Wiki to store lessons and pedagogical strategies. 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!
Happy belated New Year. We will be holding a Board Meeting this Saturday, February 2nd. If you are in the general membership and/or public, and desire to attend, please email the Communications Specialist for access to the meeting.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Tech Trek, under the umbrella organization of AAUW (American Association University Women) offers Science Camps for middle school girls. Their course offerings might be of benefit to NM Math and Science educators and can be found at the link below. #nmctm #nctm #techtrek
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact email@example.com 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/
It’s that time of year again! NCTM is hosting the Regional Conferences & Expositions in Atlantic City Oct 21-23, Minneapolis Nov 11-13, and Nashville Nov 18-20 … Visit NCTM’s website for more information or click the images below …
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
Want your students to know and appreciate critical numeracy, but frustrated that they can’t also appreciate high-concept math understanding and solve real-world problems with technology? Consider visiting Computer Based Math and joining the discussion forum, downloading resources, etc. More information and materials at Computer Based Math Materials.
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:
Four Corners Conference: The Promise of Hope, features Pre-K – 3 grade content, and is open for registration to all teachers featuring Dr. Douglas B. Reeves as keynote … more information at Four Corners. #nctm #nmctm
Our friends over at NMSTA just notified everyone on the NM.Science Listserv about Microsoft’s new Minecraft in Education website. Lots for educators and STEM teachers to explore here … #nctm #nmctm There are also some open-source spin-offs for the old school purists here: TrueCraft and MineTest
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
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
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
In need of interactive Geometry and CAS functionality for your math instruction? Have a tight budget? Geogebra is completely free and also has a whole suite of ready made modules that you can tweak to fit your needs … #nctm #nmctm
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 …
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
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
Teaching in Santa Fe, NM this fall? Check in with the local representative at your school about Santa Fe Alliance for Science tutoring …, or perhaps you want to visit one of their Science Cafes. #nctm #nmctm
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
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
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.
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:
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)
1. Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc.
2. Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics
3. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
4. Women and Mathematics Education
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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 (http://m3challenge.siam.org) 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 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.
Expeditionary Learning National Conference this December … > http://elschools.org/nationalconference > > 2014 National Conference > > > Registration is closed. See you in Boston! > Click here to view the master class catalog. > Dates: Sunday, December 7th – Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, with an optional pre- > conference day on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. > > Hotel Information: Rooms are available at the Sheraton Boston Hotel at the rate of $159 per night (+tax). The Sheraton will honor this discounted rate until November 10th, or until all of the rooms in the block have been filled. > > Please make your reservation online or call 1-617-236-2000, and identify yourself as part of the Expeditionary Learning (or EL) 2014 National Conference. Reservations must be made by November 10th to secure the group rate. Please contact Laura Maruca at firstname.lastname@example.org@elschools.org> with any questions or concerns about booking a hotel room. > > Conference theme: Independence: Preparing Leaders of Their Own Learning > > To build a better future, we need to equip students with the independent skills for college, career and civic life. That’s why the Common Core State Standards cite independence as the first disposition of college and career readiness. Long before the Common Core State Standards raised the importance of independence, Expeditionary Learning schools have been supporting students to be self-reliant, innovative and to persevere – to be leaders of their own learning. Today, Expeditionary Learning’s Common Core curriculum and resources place independent, productive struggle with challenging text at the heart of learning. > > Our three-day conference offers a mix of interactive master classes, structured discussion groups, regional gatherings and discussions focusing on a wide variety of topics to support and inspire school and classroom leaders. > > Highlights of the conference: > Keynote speech by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and noted expert on science and math education with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. > Keynote speech by students from Casco Bay High School on Closing Day, Tuesday, December 9th at close of session, from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM. > Pre-conference events: local school visits, slices of science and humanities-based learning expeditions that immerse participants in fieldwork/research and other pre-conference offerings to help educators deepen their understanding of Expeditionary Learning. Schools can purchase slots for the National Conference and Pre-Conference day as part of their Cooperation Agreement with Expeditionary Learning. Click here for a full list of pre-conference day offerings. > > Registration: Registration is closed. Click here to view the master class catalog. > > For Expeditionary Learning member schools (schools contracted with EL) refer to your school’s Cooperation Agreement to determine the number of National Conference slots contracted. Arrangements can be made to purchase additional slots by communicating with your School Designer or Regional Director. > > The out-of-network fee to attend the three-day National Conference is $1,100 per person, for in-network participants, the fee is $800 per person. The Pre-conference Day is $200 per person. Pre-payment is required. > > For general questions, please contact Patty Mengel at email@example.com@elschools.org> > For registration questions, please contact Laura Maruca at firstname.lastname@example.org@elschools.org> > > Click here to watch the 2013 keynote speech by students from Polaris Charter School. >
November 23 rd, 2014 <> Upcoming STEM-H Educator Grant Opportunities Youth Garden Grants Apply for this award Application deadline December 5 Twenty (20) awards will be offered this year to support programs in the United States. Eligibility – Your school or organization must plan to garden in 2015 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. Grant packages – This year we will present awards to 20 schools or youth programs. 20 programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store, curriculum, a generous donation of seeds, a pair of garden gloves, a window box fromWindowbox.com , and plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and an Ames tool package. The top ten winners will receive a raised bed from New England Arbors. ACH-Hach Professional Development Awards Apply for this award Application deadline December 15 The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms. Eligibility – Applicants must be a high school chemistry educator teaching in a U.S. or U.S. territory school. Grant – Teachers can request up to $1,500 to fund the professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Including – Conference or workshop registration fees, Travel expenses, Tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses, Books and online instructional resources Shell Science Lab Challenge Apply for this award Application deadline – December 19 The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Eligibility – Applicants may be individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools. Package – One Grand Prize Winning School will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000; 4 National Finalist schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500; 18 district winner schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000; and more. <> Here Comes the 2015 Southwest Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Download this PDF for information and to register: 2015 Southwest Junior Science Symposiu m <> The STEM-H Center Scientific Equipment Lending Library Offers Amazing Resources Available to Students, Teachers, Schools and Community Groups __________________________________________________________________________________ Central New Mexico Science Olympiad 2015 Saturday, January 31st University of New Mexico, Johnson Center What is Science Olympiad? The Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit, tax exempt organization, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participation in Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. Registration Deadline Teams MUST REGISTER <> with the New Mexico State Science Olympiad – we do not register students here at STEM-H CORE. To register a team in the New Mexico State Science Olympiad, you must complete a registration form available at: http://infohost.nmt.edu/~science/olympiad/ STAY CONNECTED Use the Coupon Code NMSTEM and receive 5 % off and free shipping on all orders. As part of a collaborative partnership between NM STEM Connection and STEMfinity.com , we are happy to offer this coupon code to use at checkout to receive 5% off and free shipping on all orders! This offer is valid only at <>www.stemfinity.com . Please note a portion of the proceeds from sales using the NMSTEM code will be donated to the STEM-H Center for the NM STEM Connection website’s ongoing development & maintenance costs!
Vote for your favorite in SmartBrief’s 1st Educators’ Choice Content Awards SmartBlog on Education this year launched a monthly Editor’s Choice Content Award, which recognized the best content written by educators, for educators. SmartBrief Education editors and writers sifted through thousands of sources, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers. Our editors selected the two best original content pieces each month and posted them on our blog . Now we need your input! Select the original content piece from the list below that made an impact on you, challenged you to think outside the box, and inspired you. The two with the most votes will be named the Educators’ Choice Content Award winners of 2014. Enter by December 10. Winners will be selected and announced in mid-December.
Dear Principals and K-12 Education Leaders, Innovate+Educate and the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of our “Teachers and Technology” competitive grant program for K-12 school teachers within the CenturyLink service areas who demonstrate an innovative use of technology with students. We hope you have a minute to check-out this great opportunity and/or share it with your teachers, which would directly benefit the students in your classrooms. Below is more detailed information regarding the grant and eligibility, and enclosed is a flyer that you can use to spread the word! The application can be found at: http://innovate-educate.org/centurylink-presents-teachers-and-technology-competitive-mini-grants For questions, please contact Samantha Garza at email@example.com@innovate-educate.org>. Purpose of Grant The purpose of this grant is to: Improve student learning experiences in the classroom; Recognize New Mexico teachers who are using technology in innovative ways with students; Increase an awareness of how teachers are using technology in the classroom; Model best practices with technology integration improving student achievement. Eligibility All K-12 public, private and charter schools within CenturyLink ILEC service areas will be eligible for the program. Grants are to be utilized by teachers to benefit the students in their classrooms. CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in review of applications. Purpose of Grant The purpose of this grant is to: Improve student learning experiences in the classroom; Recognize New Mexico teachers who are using technology in innovative ways with students; Increase an awareness of how teachers are using technology in the classroom; Model best practices with technology integration improving student achievement. Eligibility All K-12 public, private and charter schools within CenturyLink ILEC service areas will be eligible for the program. Grants are to be utilized by teachers to benefit the students in their classrooms. CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in review of applications. Samantha Garza Program Specialist, Talent Marketplace Innovateducate firstname.lastname@example.org@innovate-educate.org> www.innovate-educate.org 505.238.8466 NMTIE-flyer.pdf
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.
Begin forwarded message:
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 >>
BIE Update: Collaboration and High-Quality Student Work http://conta.cc/1sJFLBr 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.
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.