October 21, 2013
Principles to Actions: An Urgent Agenda
Following in the tradition of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM has developed Principles to Actions: An Urgent Agenda for School Mathematics, which outlines and describes the imperatives for an excellent mathematics education. Principles to Actions was developed to apply to all teachers and students in any school setting or under any set of standards. Comments on the public draft will be accepted until October 23.
New NCTM Position Statements
Why is it important for teachers to be mentored throughout their teaching careers? Why is mathematics important for early childhood learners? How can teachers ensure that they are supporting the mathematical development of all English language learners? Answers to these questions are found in NCTM’s three most recent position statements:
NCTM Members Gathered in Charm City
More than 2,600 attendees gathered last week in Charm City for the 2013 Baltimore Regional Conference and Exposition. To kick off the conference, NCTM President Linda Gojak visited Baltimore County Public Schools. Gojak led a number talk with students in Mark Bullinger’s sixth-grade class at Perry Hall Middle School. She also engaged with students in a lesson about the meanings of division in Mr. Ross Martin’s fifth-grade class at Perry Hall Elementary School. The three-day conference was jam-packed with more than 200 sessions and workshops. Thanks to everyone who joined us in Baltimore, and we look forward to seeing many others this week in Las Vegas and next month in Louisville!
Assessment to Enhance Learning and Teaching
NCTM’s Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education (APME) replaces the NCTM Yearbooks. The second APME volume, Assessment to Enhance Learning and Teaching, will focus on the important role that assessment plays in informing teacher practice and encouraging student learning. Articles should make strong links between research and practice and highlight important assessment issues. Manuscripts should appeal to a broad audience that includes mathematics educators in a variety of capacities, such as teachers, teacher leaders, professional development leaders, mathematics teacher educators, and researchers. The deadline is March 1, 2014. Submission details.
Developing Teacher’s Knowledge
In a recent article in Mathematics Teacher Educator about developing teachers’ knowledge, Nanette Seago and colleagues discuss engaging teachers in a transformations-based approach to similarity. The authors outline this approach by contrasting it with a traditional, static approach and by providing classroom examples of students using these different methods. Watch the videos: Video 1 and Video 2.
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“Spooktacular” Membership Deal
Take advantage of this “spooktacular” deal from now until October 31. Save $15 when you purchase or renew a full individual membership by using code OCT2013. But hurry, this deal ends at midnight on October 31!
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New Book for Elementary Math Specialists
Placing mathematics specialists in elementary schools is a recent development that is gaining momentum as schools move to more rigorous standards, such as the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Working with teachers to improve schoolwide mathematics performance, the math specialist is unique among the specialists at elementary schools today. This new handbook includes specific tips from experienced specialists, advice on effective collaboration between the principal and specialist, and more.
2014 Publications Catalog
NCTM’s 2014 publications catalog, Resources for the Mathematics Educator, is now available in a digital version. You’ll find many new and best-selling titles, plus information about membership and upcoming events. All NCTM members can save 25 percent by using code CAT2014 when placing an order. This offer is only for NCTM current members and cannot be applied to previous purchases; the offer expires on October 31.
Funding Is Available for New Orleans!
If you are an NCTM member who is a classroom pre-K–12 math teacher and have never attended an NCTM annual meeting, consider applying for NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Award. Supported by the Edwin I. Stein Fund and NCTM, awards of up to $1,200 plus meeting registration are provided for travel, subsistence expenses, and substitute teacher costs to make it possible for you to attend the NCTM annual meeting. A similar award, Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Award, is also available for preservice teachers. The deadline is November 8.
Did You Know?
MET grants, scholarships, and awards are not geographically restricted. NCTM members—our colleagues from the United States, Canada, and around the globe—who meet the eligibility and submission requirements are encouraged to apply!
Common Core Institutes: Bring Your Team
Join us in Orlando, February 14–15, for NCTM’s 2014 Interactive Institute Winter Professional Development Series, “Cutting to the Common Core.” Group discounts are available, and this highly effective, hands-on professional development series is the perfect intensive learning experience for your team. Organize a group from your school or district, and invite your principal and instructional school leaders to attend the school leaders institute. Space is limited; register early!
For anyone who wasn’t paying attention, an instant recap: The federal government spent October 1 and the first 16 days of fiscal year 2014 shut down. Education advocates and the country watched as congressional leadership bickered with one another and the president. So, what’s next? Read the Capitol Report.
Last month, the National Press Club hosted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the fifth consecutive year to hear about the state of American education. Read more about this event in the Legislative Update.
NSF Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, NSF bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Established in 1975 to commemorate the foundation’s first director, the Waterman Award is NSF’s highest honor for promising, early-career researchers. Nominations are due October 25. Learn more.
Siemens STEM Academy Professional Development Programs
Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation are accepting applications for this year’s Siemens STEM Academy professional development programs. Now through February 4, 2014, top middle and high school educators from around the country are encouraged to apply to one of two programs as part of the Siemens STEM Academy: Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and the Siemens STEM Institute. More info