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Summing Up: January 16, 2014

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January 16, 2014


NCTM Strategic Plan
At its July meeting, the Board of Directors developed NCTM’s strategic plan to guide the Council’s future work. The plan, which was approved by the Board in October, includes goals for each of NCTM’s six strategic priorities: access and equity; advocacy; curriculum, instruction and assessment; professional development; research; and technology.

nominations20142014 Board of Directors Election
Do you know someone who would bring valuable experience, perspective, and judgment to the NCTM Board of Directors? Consider nominating them for the 2014 Board of Directors Election. Each year, NCTM’s Board makes important decisions that set the direction for the Council and mathematics education. Learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities of NCTM Directors, school incentives for Board service, and complete the online nomination form.

DSDNew Printable Playing Cards
Deep Sea Duel (3–8) has new printable playing cards! Have fun while doing math and building strategy. Play anywhere and learn everywhere by downloading the popular app for your mobile device. How could you modify this game? Tell us and you could be featured in our success stories!

Three Math-Instruction Tips for Preservice Teachers
Jennifer Bay-Williams, elected to serve on the NCTM Board of Directors beginning in April 2014, shares three lessons that she hopes preservice teachers in her mathematics methods course take away from the class. Her tips include engaging students in challenging tasks, using higher-level questions in the classroom, and tailoring instruction to students’ specific needs.
Dividers_SU_Other News

White House Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers
President Obama recently named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K–12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Check out this year’s recipients and learn more.

Teaching Math and Literacy
In a webinar held on Tuesday, Jane Porath, eighth-grade mathematics teacher and NCTM Board member, delved into some of the research behind literacy in mathematics and how to better support students’ literacy needs. As part of a series showcasing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection of blended lessons aligned to the Common Core, students practice literacy strategies while learning math and its practical application. Listen to the recording.

icedrillingLove for Numbers + Passion for Sea Ice
People don’t usually think of mathematics as an occupation that requires survival skills, but they might change their minds if they saw Kenneth Golden and his daring research team in action! New mathematical methods can be applied broadly to climate, medicine, aircraft design, and more. Read more.

FAQs for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

The National Science Foundation has published a set of frequently asked questions related to the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) call for proposals.


METJazzLet’s Celebrate!

If you’re planning to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition, we hope you can join the “Jazz Up! The NCTM Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Celebration,” on April 11, honoring our Lifetime Achievement and other MET awardees. Enjoy some sweet New Orleans-style comforts of beignets and coffee, conversation, and live jazz music. You will also have an opportunity to bid in a silent auction; proceeds will support MET programs. Tickets are $15 and attendance is limited; the event is sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company. Register today! 


14817Understanding and Teaching Fractions
Uncomplicating Fractions to Meet Common Core Standards in Math, K–7 provides math teachers with support for differentiated instruction. Math coaches can use it to assist teachers with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. All teachers will find it helpful to see the mathematical fraction learning that precedes and follows the grades that they teach. It is also an excellent text for preservice teachers as they prepare themselves and their students to understand and teach math with a deep level of understanding. Use code JAN25 and receive 25 percent off!


Speakers and Programs Announced for Common Core Institutes
NCTM is excited to announce an outstanding group of speakers who will be joining us in Orlando, February 14–15, for the 2014 NCTM Interactive Institute Professional Development Series Cutting to the “Common Core.” Through dynamic keynote presentations, knowledgeable facilitators, and focused sessions, you will leave these institutes with an action plan and the tools and resources to support Common Core implementation. Space is still available for elementary, middle, high school, and school leaders institutes. Registration closes on January 31!

Annual Meeting Preview
The online preview has everything you need to know about the Annual Meeting, including an overview of the conference and what you can expect when you get there. Learn more about the sessions and workshops, featured speakers, strands, and the exhibit hall—plus use the sampling of presentations and topics of focus to demonstrate the value of this professional development opportunity to your administrator.


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The Future of Math Education
Join NCTM Past President Francis (Skip) Fennell and Valerie Mills, president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, for a conversation about the future of mathematics education. Topics will include formative assessment, meeting the diverse needs of all students, the Common Core State Standards, and digital learning technologies. The webinar takes place on January 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register today!

STEWBest New STEW Lessons
STatistics Education Web (STEW) is a free online resource for peer-reviewed statistics lesson plans for K–12 teachers. There are cash prizes available for the best new STEW lessons in the grades K–5, 6–8, and 9–12 categories. Entries are due March 1. More info

2014 Statistics Poster and Project Competitions
Introduce your K–12 students to statistics through the annual poster and project competitions directed by the American Statistical Association/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The competitions offer opportunities for students to formulate questions and collect, analyze, and draw conclusions from data. Winners will be recognized with plaques, cash prizes, certificates, and calculators, and their names will be published in Amstat News. Posters (grades K–12) are due on April 1. Projects (grades 7–12) are due on June 1. Learn more.

DiscoveryChallengeAmerica’s 2014 Top Young Scientist

Discovery Education and 3M are announcing the 16th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5–8, the challenge rewards students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovative thinking, and communication skills. Through the challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” All video entries must be submitted online no later than April 22.

Aviation Design Challenge
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane are partnering for a second year to promote STEM education in high schools across the United States through an aviation design competition. The winning high school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher, and one chaperone to help build a Glasair Sportsman aircraft through Glasair Aviation’s well-known “Two Weeks to Taxi” program at its facilities in Arlington, Washington, in June 2014. Registration closes February 14. More info 


Capitol ReportAs the New Year began on Capitol Hill, Congress found itself focused on some of the work it wasn’t able to finish in 2013. Most notably, those in charge of the federal purse are debating how to divvy up more than $1 trillion for federal programs to be spent during fiscal year 2014, which began October 1 of last year. Capitol Report

The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology convened a hearing to examine public-private partnerships that are focused on improving STEM education in the country. Legislative Update