Monday, May 21, 2018

VCTM May eNewsletter

In this edition of the VCTM eNewsletter, you will find:
  • Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators and Students
  • VCTM Fall 2018 Conference (new)
  • VCTM Second Annual Statewide Math Fair (recap)
  • VCTM Math Morsels (recap)
  • VCTM Rookie of the Year (repeat)
  • Mathematics Teacher Leadership Opportunity in Vermont (new)
  • Vermont State Math Coalition Talent Search (recap)
  • ATMNE Fall 2018 Conference (new)
  • NCTM/NCSM Annual Meetings (recap)
  • T-Cubed Summer Workshops & Summits (repeat)



Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators & Students
Local state events denoted with *

May-August 2018 T-Cubed Texas Instruments Summer Workshops (Various Locations/Virtual)
June 2018 T-Cubed Texas Instruments Regional Summits (Various Locations)
June 24-29, 2018 Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Mathematics (Burlington, VT)*
July 9-11, 2018 NCTM Affiliate Leaders Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
October 4, 2018 NCTM Northeast Regional Conference & Exposition (Hartford, CT)
October 19, 2018 VCTM Annual Fall Conference (Northfield, VT)*
December 6-7, 2018 ATMNE Fall Conference (Warwick, RI)



VCTM Fall 2018 Conference

The Vermont Council for Teachers of Mathematics is proud to announce the date and location for our annual fall conference and we hope you will consider attending and/or speaking at this event! This fall, the VCTM fall conference, aptly titled Moving Mountains with Mathematics, will take place on October 19 at Norwich University (Northfield, VT) so make sure to save the date. We hope that by returning to a central location it will allow mathematics educators from all corners, peaks, and valleys of our state to attend and join together in continuous dialogue, active learning, networking and above all progress for mathematics education in our beautiful, mountainous state.

Registration is not yet open but we are currently calling for presenters at this annual event. Regardless of your presentation experience, we welcome you to submit a proposal on our website. Spots are limited and there are three options for session length (30, 50, or 75 minutes). Like previous years, we anticipate a variety of session topics that appeal to all grade bands.

As we approach the event date this summer and fall, please visit our website and be on the lookout for future announcements, including our day-at-a-glance, directions to the event, and more.



VCTM Second Annual Statewide Math Fair
University of Vermont - April 7, 2018

VCTM would like to recognize the stellar student projects submitted and presented at the second annual statewide math fair in April. Building on last years’ inaugural fair, we are excited to report a significantly higher turnout in student participation, public attendance, and representation from a variety of schools and districts in our state. There were many smiling faces and brilliant mathematical investigations to be seen and heard throughout the morning at the University of Vermont, some of which were spotlighted in a story from WCAX!

We look forward to the future of this event as it continues to grow and offer more opportunity for rich mathematical exhibition for the aspiring and inspiring young mathematicians in Vermont. If your student(s) missed out this year or wishes to submit a project again, be on the lookout for information this fall. VCTM also wants to thank our judges, organizers, and donors for their generous assistance in producing this event as well as the constructive feedback offered from all participants!!



VCTM Math Morsels Recap

During Vermont’s slow transition to spring, VCTM hosted six Math Morsels events where teachers were “excited about talking to other math teachers and getting a chance to share and hear our struggles.” We played games, solved problems, snacked and chatted around mathematics in a “fun, friendly, mathy” atmosphere. In our efforts to bring FREE and fantastic networking opportunities to our members around the state, the events were held in Richmond, Fairfax, Montpelier, Randolph, Newport, and Brattleboro. Participant feedback has been positive, citing refreshing connections with teachers from different levels, and appreciation for “an opportunity to share ideas about math and pedagogy/curriculum.”  VCTM looks forward to providing more of these events in the 2018-2019 school year and we hope you’ll join us! (*all quotes are taken from participant surveys)



VCTM Rookie of the Year

VCTM is still accepting submissions for nominations for the annual Rookie of the Year Award!

The only criterion, beyond doing amazing things in the classroom, is that the awardees be in their first three years of teaching. One elementary teacher (K-5), one middle grades teacher (6-8), and one high school teacher (9-12) will be selected for this award.

Recipients will be invited to attend the fall conference (at no charge) where they will be announced and recognized as Rookie of the Year. They will receive free VCTM membership for the following year, be requested to write an article for the eNewsletter, and VCTM will offer them an invitation to present at the following VCTM Fall Conference. In addition there will be a small cash award and certificate given to recipients.

Submissions will be accepted through June 1, 2018. You will be asked to include a letter of recommendation as part of your nomination. You can submit your nominations through our online form linked below and posted VCTM website.




Mathematics Teacher Leadership Opportunity in Vermont

From Heather Bouchey, Acting Vermont Education Secretary:

Dear Mathematics Educators,
We are looking to recruit three exceptional high school mathematics educators in Vermont to pioneer an exciting mathematics initiative with the Vermont State Colleges, Agency of Education, and VSAC GEAR UP.
Selected educators will spend one week this summer working together to design a math class to bridge the gap between high school and college. You will work with college math faculty, other high school teachers, and education professionals. Together, you will address the challenges students face in the transition from high school to college math by:

  1. Formulating rigorous and achievable learning outcomes;
  2. Designing a delivery model to engage students and build success;
  3. Creating curriculum materials and lessons; and
  4. Designing assessments to measure student growth and understanding.

Your work will create a pilot course that will be piloted in a few select Vermont high schools to provide students with improved self-efficacy, improved math fluency, and decreased math anxiety.

What is involved?

  • Stipend: $3,000 for summer work paid by VSAC’s GEAR UP program
  • One week summer curriculum design workshop (July 30 - Aug 3) 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in central VT location
  • Overnight accommodations provided if needed
  • Three meetings during school year (2018 – 2019) to follow-up (substitute coverage and meals included): October 24, 2018 and January 23 & April 3, 2019

Schools/teachers/faculty who commit to this design phase are not committing to delivering the course.

You can access the application here.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting opportunity!



Vermont State Math Coalition Talent Search & Expanding Horizons

The fourth and final Talent Search Contest of the year concluded in March, capping off another great series of high-level problem solving executed by promising young mathematicians in our state. The solutions and top scorers for all four Talent Search Contest problem sets are posted publicly on the Coalition’s website:  www.vtmathcoalition.org.

Just a few weeks ago on May 3rd, the top ten placing students were honored for their achievements accompanied by their teachers and families at the annual VSMC dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in Burlington. Several of these students presented their novel solutions of various problems to a captivated audience. Some didn’t hesitate to delve into the tediousness of algebraic manipulation while others intricately walked through narrow pathways to achieve a clear and final result. Kudos to these folks and all of those students that participated. If you are a parent or teacher and have a student that missed out this year, be on the lookout for the first release of the 2018-19 Talent Search sometime this fall.

Lastly, please consider bringing college-level mathematics in to your classroom with the plentitude of presenters and topics offered through VSMC’s Expanding Horizons program. This opportunity is available at no cost to you and is a fantastic way to enrich your curriculum and bring the real work of pure and applied mathematics to your students.



ATMNE Fall 2018 Conference

Exciting things are underway in preparation for the Fall 2018 ATMNE Conference hosted by RIMTA (Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association) in Warwick, RI this December 6-7. Among many great speakers will be NCTM President-elect Robert Berry delivering much-anticipated information about NCTM’s new charge with Catalyzing Change. Please check out the conference flyer for event details including a quick link to register!!!



Recap from NCTM & NCSM Annual Conferences

VCTM representatives joined other math educators around the country in late April at NCTM’s annual meeting and exposition, reporting back much excitement around the innovative practices, curricular directions, and most notably the release of Catalyzing Change. Please check out the NCTM annual meeting event page for conference highlights, including some videos recapping the most memorable moments.

Please take note of the upcoming national events hosted by NCTM, including the Affiliate Leaders conference and regional conferences. Dates and further information on these events can be found on the NCTM event calendar or at a quick glance in the “Important Upcoming Dates” section of this newsletter.



T-Cubed Summer Workshops & Summits

As announced in our March eNewsletter, whether you’re looking for noteworthy professional development opportunities or simply tutorial and training on some of the top tools of mathematics instruction, consider the many workshops and regional summits offered by Texas Instruments in their T-Cubed Series during this coming summer. Some of these events are even offered virtually if travel is not possible or your schedule is booked!

Monday, March 12, 2018

VCTM March eNewsletter


In this edition of the VCTM eNewsletter, you will find:
  • Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators and Students
  • VCTM Math Morsels (new)
  • VCTM Second Annual Statewide Math Fair (updates)
  • Governor's Institute of Vermont on Mathematics (new)
  • VCTM Rookie of the Year (updates)
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 
  • Vermont State Math Coalition Talent Search 
  • VT AOE February Newsletter (new)
  • NCSM Webinar for a Call to Collective Action (new)
  • NCTM Annual Meeting
  • T-Cubed Summer Workshops & Summits (new)




Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators & Students
Local state events denoted with *

March 14, 2018 NCSM Webinar from the Call to a Collective Action (Online, 7:30pm)
March 26, 2018 VCTM Math Morsels @ Zone 2 (Richmond, VT)*
March 28, 2018 VCTM Math Morsels @ Zone 4 (Montpelier, VT)*
March 29, 2018 VCTM Math Morsels @ Zone 1 (Fairfax, VT)*
April 4, 2018 VCTM Math Morsels @ Zone 7 (Brattleboro, VT)*
April 7, 2018 VCTM Statewide Math Fair (Burlington, VT)*
April 11, 2018 VCTM Math Morsels @ Zone 3 (Newport, VT)*
April 23-25, 2018 NCSM Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)
April 25-28, 2018 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition (Washington, D.C.)
May-August, 2018 T-Cubed Texas Instruments Summer Workshops (Various Locations/Virtual)
June, 2018 T-Cubed Texas Instruments Regional Summits (Various Locations)
June 24-29, 2018 Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Mathematics (Burlington, VT)*
October 19, 2018 VCTM Annual Fall Conference (Northfield, VT)*
December 6-7, 2018 ATMNE Fall Conference (Warwick, RI)




VCTM Math Morsels
Various zones throughout Vermont - Late March through early April

VCTM would like invite you and your colleagues to attend our Math Morsels being offered in the near future throughout the state. VCTM zone representatives will be hosting these professional-social events among math educators such as yourselves into late March and early April. Registering is simple and takes little time: determine the location and date that work best for you and as soon as you are able contact the hosting zone rep. to RSVP. There is NO cost for attending!

Please check out the Math Morsels flyer or scroll down to our last blog post on Math Morsels for further information including how to contact your zone rep.




VCTM Second Annual Statewide Math Fair
University of Vermont - April 7

Less than one month remains until the second annual statewide math fair, which will again be hosted at the University of Vermont in Votey Hall. Registration is closed for project submissions at this time, however, VCTM is currently seeking help in the form of volunteers at this exciting event for Vermont students. Whether you are a practicing or retired mathematics educator, preservice teacher, or come from a STEM background, we welcome you to join us as a judge of student work or simply an extra set of hands for set-up and break-down of this event. If you’re available and interested, we’d ask that you let us know you are coming by submitting a quick online form:


If you have a student presenting a project at this year’s math fair, be sure to visit the Math Fair event page on the VCTM website. The same great resources (project guidelines, potential project topics, judging criteria) remain but the website has since been updated to include important event-day directions and even access to campus maps to ensure a safe travel to the UVM campus and smooth registration for all participants.




Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Mathematics
University of Vermont - June 24-June 29

From Linda Biafore at GIV:

Calling All 9th-11th Grade Mathematicians of Vermont!

Surround yourself with math-lovers like you at this week-long festival of mathematics! Theoretical and real-world applications of math will have you dazzled as you enjoy advanced lectures by renowned mathematicians and scientists. We’ll use our hands and brains to take on world-class mathematical challenges, and explore careers for people who like math. Head over to giv.org/math to learn more!

GIV is dedicated to being accessible for every Vermonter. Our sliding scale tuition goes as low as $10, making it affordable for every family.

Applications for the various institutes are open now and will close throughout March, so visit www.giv.org for more information and www.giv.org/applynow to apply today!




VCTM Rookie of the Year

VCTM has officially opened submissions for nominations for the annual Rookie of the Year Award!

The only criterion, beyond doing amazing things in the classroom, is that the awardees be in their first three years of teaching. One elementary teacher (K-5), one middle grades teacher (6-8), and one high school teacher (9-12) will be selected for this award.

Recipients will be invited to attend the fall conference (at no charge) where they will be announced and recognized as Rookie of the Year. They will receive free VCTM membership for the following year, be requested to write an article for the eNewsletter, and VCTM will offer them an invitation to present at the following VCTM Fall Conference. In addition there will be a small cash award and certificate given to recipients.

Submissions will be accepted through June 1, 2018. You will be asked to include a letter of recommendation as part of your nomination. You can submit your nominations through our online form linked below and posted VCTM website.





Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Do you know an excellent elementary mathematics teacher?

Please nominate them for this prestigious award! The PAEMST organization is accepting nominations in the 2017-2018 school year for teachers of mathematics in grades K-6. The nomination process requires you to fill out an online form at www.paemst.org. The teacher you nominate will be notified about how to further apply, with the possibility of winning a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation!

You may consider nominating a colleague or even self-nominate for this award. If you have further questions, take a look at the PAEMST information flyer or reach out locally by contacting the PAEMST Vermont State Coordinator for Mathematics, Lara White, at laradawnwhite@gmail.com.




Vermont State Math Coalition Talent Search & Expanding Horizons

From John Devino with the Vermont State Math Coalition (VSMC):

The fourth and final 2017-2018 Talent Search has been posted on the Coalition’s website:  www.vtmathcoalition.org. Please encourage your students to give it a try even though they might not have attempted the earlier contests.

This would be a good time to invite a guest speaker to one or more mathematics classes at your school. Click on the “Expanding Horizons” link on the Coalition’s website.  (If you have used this resource this year, I would appreciate your feedback.)





VT AOE February Newsletter

The Vermont Agency of Education released their bi-monthly Newsletter a couple of weeks ago and it includes even more great content for math educators and supporters in our state. Check out this February Edition for even more math-worthy events, resources, and literature.




NCSM Webinar from the Call to Collective Action
From NCSM:

NCSM invites you to join the mathematics education community in a conversation about “Excellence Through Equity” (Blankstein & Noguera, 2016). During the last two months we are continuing to build our collective knowledge and begin taking the actions needed to promote, develop and support a just, equitable, and sustainable system of math education for all children.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET

...for the second webinar from the Call to a Collective Action, From Awareness to Action: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education. In this webinar, the speakers provide a brief overview of the five principles (Getting to Your Core, Making Organizational Meaning, Ensuring Constancy and Consistency of Purpose, Facing the Facts and Your Fears, Building Sustainable Relationships) in Excellence through Equity, focusing on the supporting work and thinking of teachers, teacher leaders, and educators to guide student achievement. The webinar is organized around the five principles and will incorporate questions and dialogue between the participants and speakers.

More information about the online discussion community and webinar registration is available HERE.




NCTM & NCSM Annual Conferences

NCTM will be hosting the Annual Meeting & Exposition, Empowering the Mathematics Community, in Washington D.C. from April 25 to 28. With an exciting list of keynote speakers and sessions alike, as well as the much-anticipated release of Catalyzing Change, this is sure to be a memorable event.

Just days earlier, from April 23 to April 25, NCSM will also be hosting their annual conference in Washington D.C. This is another noteworthy national event for STEM educators that you may consider attending.

It’s not too late to register for either conference! For more information, including how to register, visit the NCTM or NCSM event pages.




T-Cubed Summer Workshops & Summits

Whether you’re looking for noteworthy professional development opportunities or simply tutorial and training on some of the top tools of mathematics instruction, consider the many workshops and regional summits offered by Texas Instruments in their T-Cubed Series during this coming summer. Some of these events are even offered virtually if travel is not possible or your schedule is booked!