for the First Days of School…
…and all year long! Keep seating charts
handy. Become an advocate for mathematics. Let go of things that don’t really
matter. Plan for a successful school year by getting into good habits from the
start! Read these helpful
tips from NCTM to help you get started.
We Seeing Our Kids Thinking Yet?
In his recent post, “Joy
and Inspiration in the Mathematics Classroom,” on the Mathematics Teacher blog, Greg Stephens jokes with his students
that he forgets everything over the summer: “Not just the stuff I teach but
even how to think about the stuff!” he writes. “We laugh at both aspects of
it—that we all forget stuff during summer break but also the irony of thinking
about thinking itself.”
School—The Time to Engage Parents and Families
Did you catch the August President’s Message? As you
plan for the new school year, don’t forget to make explicit plans for engaging
parents and families. Parents can be invaluable supports for their children’s
mathematics learning. Although it’s helpful to send parents basic information
about their children's mathematics class, such as course outlines, assignments,
and descriptions of teacher expectations, they typically need much more than
that to be prepared to support
their children’s mathematics learning.
Imagine having your whole year planned out before
stepping foot in your classroom. Cindy Stofferahn, third-grade teacher at
Sturgis Elementary School in South Dakota, already knows what she’s teaching
today, tomorrow, and for the rest of the year. Read her
success story and send us yours about how you used Illuminations to prevent
summer learning loss.
Join the SBAC Online Panel
in the Online Panel process to recommend achievement levels
for the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics.
Recommend an achievement level score that demonstrates how much students should
know or be able to do in order to meet the grade-level standards and to be on
track for eventual college and career readiness. This opportunity will allow a
large group of educators and administrators to help establish consistent
measures of progress for the Smarter Balanced interim and summative
assessments. The Online Panel to Recommend Achievement Levels will be in
session October 6–17. Register by September 19.
Toolkit App is designed to help parents navigate their child’s growth and
development from pre–K through grade 12—in the classroom and beyond. For each
grade, the app offers benchmarks that parents can use to see what their
children will be learning in school, as well as recommendations for diet,
sleep, and physical activity. The grade-by-grade tips are designed for parents
to incorporate into their everyday schedules to support their children in what they
are learning and promote a healthy lifestyle. Pass this along to your students’
parents this year!
First Woman to Win Top Honor in Math
History was made last month! Maryam Mirzakhani, 37,
became the first
woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, widely acknowledged to be the
Nobel Prize of Mathematics. Mirzakhani is also the first Stanford professor to
be awarded the prize since its establishment in 1936. Mirzakhani is being
recognized for her work in the fields of geometry and dynamic systems. “I will
be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,”
Mirzakhani said in a statement. “I am sure there will be many more women
winning this kind of award in coming years.”
for Nominations: NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award
NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) is currently accepting nominations for
its Lifetime Achievement Award,
awarded to members who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in mathematics
education at the national level. Consider nominating an exceptional colleague
who is an NCTM member and has contributed significantly over a lifetime to
mathematics education through leadership, teaching, and service. The award will
be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. Submit a
nomination packet by November 7.
Common Core to Journal Articles
Discovering Lessons for the Common Core State Standards in Grades 6–8, a new eBook-only
title, is the first of a three-book series and is intended to create a critical
and timely resource that aligns articles previously published in NCTM journals with
the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Teachers will find
ready-made CCSSM alignment with high-quality, peer-reviewed, engaging
activities from NCTM’s outstanding journals that they can use with their
students in grades 6–8.
Back to School Savings with NCTM!
Members save 25% off all books and special products for the month
of September! To ring in the new school
year and thank our wonderful members, NCTM is offering 25 percent off all NCTM
publications, such as the newly released Lessons Learned from Across the World
and the landmark Principles to Actions: Ensuring
Mathematical Success for All. In addition, show your love
of all things mathematics with our fun NCTM gear and posters, including the
best-selling I Love Math Pencils and the
beautiful I Heart
Math posters. Use code SUM25
when placing orders. Offer expires September 30.
Dynamic Exhibits and More than 200 Presentations
Whether you’re a
classroom teacher, administrator, college professor, preservice teacher, or math
coach, the NCTM Regional
Conferences have something for you. Explore best practices for
implementing college- and career-ready standards, learn the most effective
teaching practices to support students’ learning, refine
your assessment techniques, and more.NCTM’s 2014 Regional Conferences will be held in Indianapolis, Richmond, and Houston. Register early and save $80!
Now that school is back in
session, make sure that your NCTM member profile is as up to date as possible.
Whether you have changed schools, or moved to a new home, we want to ensure that
we have the most up-to-date information for you in our records so that you will
continue to receive all of the latest news and information that NCTM has to
offer! Make changes to your
While Congress was out of town in August, education advocates busily
prepared for the last few months of the 113th Congress. When the members
return, they could make some progress on a number of policies of interest to
NCTM and its members. Capitol
Because of the August recess, this issue of Summing Up has no Legislative Update. Instead, we invite you to
learn more about the status of early
childhood education policy, the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act, and the Higher
CBMS National Forum
The Conference Board of the Mathematical
Sciences (CBMS) National Forum will
be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia, October 5–7. The focus and
theme will be on building student success in the first two years of college
math. This will continue and expand the work begun at our previous national
forums. These previous four forums have focused upon K–12 mathematics education
and the lifelong education of K–12 teachers. Register by September 25!
Albert Einsten Fellowship
Applications for the 2015–16 Albert Einstein Distinguished
Educator Fellowship Program are now being accepted. The
AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K–12 educators in
the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve
in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal
agency or U.S. congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom
knowledge and experience to STEM education programs or education policy
efforts. Applications are due by November 20.
Preschool Development Grants
A new preschool development competition will
offer $80 million to states lacking a robust early-childhood education program,
as well as $160 million in expansion grants to states with existing successful
preschool programs. The goal of Preschool
Development Grants is to support states in building, developing, and
expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities
for children from low- and moderate-income families.
Strategy for American Innovation
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is calling on thinkers,
doers, and entrepreneurs across the country to submit their proposals for
promising new initiatives or pressing needs for renewed investment to be
included in next year’s updated Strategy
for American Innovation. What will the next strategy accomplish? In
part, it’s up to you. Your input will help guide the administration’s efforts to catalyze
the transformative innovation in products, processes, and services that is the
hallmark of American ingenuity. Responses must be received by September 23.
Innovation in STEM Education
Corps Teams Program administered by the National Science Foundation encourages
proposals that take discoveries and promising practices from education research
and development and promote opportunities for widespread adoption, adaptation,
and utilization. I-Corps for Learning Teams will receive support—in the form of
mentoring and funding—to accelerate innovation in learning that can be
successfully scaled in a sustainable manner.
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