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!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Math Morsels Spring 2018


Break into spring  by getting to know nearby math teaching colleagues, grades K-12!

At VCTM, we recognize that our small Vermont schools are wonderful, but we don't often have a chance to get out of our classrooms or schools and meet colleagues in neighboring schools and towns.

So, to meet this need, VCTM is hosting several Math Morsels social events across the state this spring so that we can do a little math with an eye on effective math practices, socialize while eating snacks together, and spend some time discussing burning issues.

Please consider joining us at one of these locations, dates and times this spring.

Register as soon as possible by emailing the VCTM zone representative in the right column below so that we can be sure to have enough refreshments and handouts.

VCTM
Zone
Day/Date
Time
Location
Zone Rep contact info for registering for Math Morsels workshop:
1
Thur, 3/29
4:15 - 5:45
BFA Fairfax, Room 253
75 Hunt St.
Fairfax
Jacie Kendrew
2
Mon, 3/26
4:15 - 5:45
Richmond Free Library
201 Bridge St.
Richmond
Kendra Christiana
3
Wed, 4/11
4:00 - 5:45
North Country Career Center, Room 380
209 Veteran’s Ave.
Newport
Jean McKenny jmckenny@together.net
4
Wed, 3/28
4:00 - 5:45
Montpelier High School, Library
5 High School Drive
Montpelier
Kasandra Reid
7
Wed, 4/4
4:00 - 5:30
Brattleboro High School,
Room 287
131 Fairground Rd.
Brattleboro
Katie Westby

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rookie of the Year 2018


Has someone new to teaching mathematics joined your staff?  
Are they doing a great job?


Please nominate that mathematics educator for VCTM Rookie of the Year!
We plan to award one elementary teacher (K-5), one middle grades teacher (6-8) and one high school teacher (9-12) the Rookie of the Year Award at our annual fall meeting.
The only criterion, beyond doing amazing things in the classroom, is that the awardees be in their first three years of teaching.
The winners will be invited to this year’s VCTM Fall Conference (no charge), receive free VCTM membership for the following year, be requested to write an article for the eNewsletter, and be invited to present at the following VCTM Fall Conference.  In addition there will be a small cash award and certificate given to recipients.  
To support a candidate for this award, be on the lookout for a link to an online form in the next eNewsletter.  You will be asked to include a letter of recommendation as part of your nomination.  The deadline for nominating an outstanding Rookie of the Year is June 1, 2018.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

VCTM January eNewsletter

VCTM January eNewsletter
  • Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators & Students
  • Second Annual Vermont Statewide Math Fair 2018
  • Report on VCTM Fall Conference 2017
  • PAEMST
  • Math Morsels Meetings
  • Expanding Horizons
  • NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition
  • ATMNE Fall Conference 2018
  • Middle School Webinar Series




Important Upcoming Dates for Math Educators & Students


February 15, 2018 Registration Deadline for VCTM Statewide Math Fair
March 2-4, 2018 T-cubed Summer International Conference (San Antonio, TX)
April 7, 2018 Statewide Math Fair (Burlington, VT)
April 25-28, 2018 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition (Washington, D.C.)
December 6-7 2018 ATMNE Fall Conference (Warwick, RI)






Second Annual Vermont Statewide Math Fair 2018

The Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics is proud to announce our sponsorship for the Second Annual Statewide Math Fair. We would like to welcome all Vermont students to participate in this event, which will again be hosted at the University of Vermont on April 7, 2018.

We call upon all K-12 teachers and parents to encourage any of their students to submit a project. The registration deadline for math fair projects is February 15, 2018. Students can register quickly and easily through our online form.

Last year we found that this event generated a lot of excitement about mathematics while also providing students an opportunity to attain evidence for proficiency in content and transferable skills through a more flexible pathway and low-stakes competition. Building on last year's successes, we're offering even more detailed information on registration, project idea generation, scoring criteria and more. This all can be found at the VCTM event page.

We hope you will consider getting your students involved in this exciting math opportunity!




Report on 2017 VCTM Fall Conference

In October 2017, VCTM was joined by educators from around the region for a day of thoughtful collaboration in some important current topics in mathematics education. On the premise of "Math is For Everyone," our attendees engaged in dialogue on a diversity of K-12 topics, from equity & access in the mathematics classroom, to personalized learning, to proficiency-based grading and learning & more. While VCTM hopes that all attending walked away with newfound knowledge and renewed ideas for best practices in mathematics learning and teaching, VCTM reflects fondly on this successful event. With appreciation to St. Michael’s College for hosting our event, much thanks to our participating vendors, and a special gratitude to our many participants that offered feedback, we’re proud to have produced another captivating conference and look forward to fall 2018!




PAESMT

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 is easy; fill out a simple 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! Please consider your colleagues (or a self-nomination) for this award. If you have further questions, contact the PAEMST Vermont State Coordinator for Mathematics, Lara White, at laradawnwhite@gmail.com.




NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition

VCTM will be reviving its Math Morsels meetings by hosting a math social event in each of the seven VCTM zones in the state this spring. You will get a change to do some math, socialize, and discuss issues of relevance to you with teachers from neighboring districts. Keep an eye out for notification of these fun events! Please see the NCTM event webpage for all pertinent information.




Expanding Horizons

As announced in prior newsletters, you should consider inviting a guest speaker from a Vermont college or university to address your students through the FREE Expanding Horizons program offered by the Vermont State Math Coalition. Simply visit the website, choose a topic of interest from the list, and contact the presenter directly to set it up.   




NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition

NCTM will be hosting the Annual Meeting & Exposition, Empowering the Mathematics Community, in April 2018. 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.






ATMNE Fall Conference

The Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association (RIMTA) will be hosting this year's ATMNE conference in Warwick, RI. Please visit the ATMNE 2018 webpage for a list of featured speakers, call for presenters, and further information on what should be an exciting event in our region.




Middle School Statistics Webinar Series

The California Mathematics Project is offering a series of webinars on the topics of equity, statistical reasoning and modeling in the teaching and learning of middle school statistics. Please check out the flyer for more information about registration and what exactly is offered in each seminar.