Inside this edition:
- President's Message
- VCTM Fall Conference: Call for Proposals
- NCTM National Conference San Francisco Overview
- ATMNE Update
- Upcoming Professional Opportunities
- Feature Article: "Math Education: A Messy Problem" The current state of math education in America is certainly not ideal but mathematicians, researchers, policy makers and others are working on it -- and it is definitely a problem worth working on by Gizem Karaali, Pomona College
Aaahhhh… spring. We’ve made it through the mud, and there are flowers blooming here in Washington County. As we push through the final weeks of teaching and testing, keep in mind that VCTM is here to build our community of math educators by facilitating conversation and sharing resources. We are very excited about our new website and its potential to fulfill our Mission here in Vermont. As always, if you have ideas or would like to join the Board of Directors, please reach out to us—we would love to have you help support our work.
- Sessions are available as 30 bursts, 60 minute sessions, or 90 minute workshops
- The deadline for submitting proposals is July 15, 2016. Speakers will be notified by August 15, 2016. Please complete the form below.
- If you have questions, please contact Patty Kelly at email@example.com
NCTM National Conference 2016- by Patty Kelly, VT NCTM Representative
The 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition was held from April 13-16 in San Francisco, California. As a math leader in my district, I knew the value of attending this conference, and the opportunity that I would have to share my new learning and impact the instructional practices of teachers in my district.
The following day began with the Delegate Assembly. There were no resolutions this year. This allowed us to network with affiliate representatives and gain ideas and insights into the successes and struggles of math educators and math organizations nationwide.
The rest of the week was spent attending dynamic presentations by the country’s leading math educators. In a session with Jo Boaler about the latest brain research, she discussed changing the way we assign homework and de-tracking students. Some of the most interesting research that she presented included research about finger counting. Her work shows that we often push kids towards not using their fingers, but that we should actually encourage students to use finger representations as a physical support for learning arithmetic problems.
I’m looking forward to using the tools and resources that I gained from the conference and thank VCTM for supporting our learning as math professionals in Vermont.
ATMNE News by Sue Abrams
Christine Latulippe, VCTM Co-President, and Sue Abrams, ATMNE Representative, recently attended the spring meeting of the ATMNE Board of Directors. Much of their time was spent drafting revisions to the ATMNE constitution and by-laws, which will be voted on by the affiliates like VCTM.
Upcoming Professional Opportunities
1. Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) Conference “Mathematics Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”. This one-day conference will be held at UVM’s Davis Center on Saturday May 7. The Keynote speaker is Steven Leinwand, and breakout session topics include formative assessment, instruction for struggling students, and leadership in mathematics education.
2. The Dynamic Landscapes Conference, hosted at Champlain College in Burlington, May 23 and 24. If you want to explore classroom technology, maker spaces, creative scheduling, and even innovations in teaching mathematics, consider attending. Registration fees include 1-day and 2-day options.
- NEW Cubed Summer Conference, June 27-29 in New Rochelle, NY. The “NEW Cubed” is because this is a joint conference of NCTM Affiliates New York, New Jersey, and New England. The theme is Coming Together for Learning, Teaching, and Students. Registration is open now, and Steven Leinwand will be there, too…
- VCTM’s Fall Conference, October 14, 2016—Look for more details in this newsletter!
- The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE), Fall 2016 conference in Manchester, NH, October 20 and 21. As a member of VCTM, you are automatically a member of ATMNE. This year’s theme is “Vote with Math! Developing Informed Citizens through Mathematics”.