April 1, 2014
A Reflection on 25 Years in Mathematics
Twenty-five years ago NCTM released Curriculum
and Evaluation Standards for Teaching Mathematics, which presented
a comprehensive vision for mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment in
grades K–12. Other significant publications continue to identify what we
believe students should know and be able to do throughout their school
mathematics experience. Since this is my final President’s Message, I thought
this would be a good time to look at what the mathematics education community
has accomplished since 1989 and the challenges that we must continue to address.
Principles to Actions: Ensuring
Mathematical Success for All
its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM has published Principles to Actions: EnsuringMathematical Success for All to define and describe the principles and
actions, including specific teaching practices that are essential for a
high-quality mathematics education for all students. Principles to Actions offers guidance to teachers, mathematics
coaches, administrators, parents, and policymakers. The publication builds on
NCTM’s Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics and its previous standards publications, and it supports
implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to attain
much higher levels of mathematics achievement for all students.
Principles to Actions in New Orleans
more about this landmark new title at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and
Exposition in New Orleans. The authors of Principles
to Actions will present several sessions at the conference about the publication’s focus on teaching and learning
and how to engage students in mathematics thinking. Don’t forget to stop by the
NCTM Bookstore—the book will be available for purchase in New Orleans beginning
at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 9, and available for purchase online at 7:00
you prefer to rely on choice rather than chance when entering a contest? Take
charge of your opportunity to win one of two iPad Minis! How it works: Collect
points for telling us how you use our resources, and the two highest-scoring
participants win. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to participate, but we’ve
got the tools to increase your chances of winning at our Illuminations booth
(located behind the Member Showcase). Visit here, or drop by
the NCTM Illuminations booth for details!
Meeting Preview Radio Interview
NCTM President Linda Gojak
recently previewed the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans,
April 9–12, with Larry Jacobs, host of Education Talk Radio. Learn more about
the preconference workshops, program and presentations, and all that will be
happening at this exciting event in the Big Easy! EducationTalk Radio
Smarter Balanced Field Test
Balanced member states are developing assessments aligned with the Common Core.
In the 2014–15 school year, these assessments will replace existing state tests
in English and mathematics. Before the assessments are implemented, however, Smarter
Balanced will conduct a field test from March 25 to June 6. This will ensure
that test questions are accurate and fair for all students. It will also give
teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness in advance of the first
operational assessments in spring 2015. Who will participate in the field test
and how can students and teachers prepare?
Teachers… Reaching Students… Building Futures!
nearly 38 years, NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) has been putting
money directly into the hands of educators who want to improve themselves and
the teaching of mathematics. Funding for grants, scholarships, and awards
ranges from $1,200 to $24,000 and can be used for conferences, workshops, and
seminars; research and in-service training in mathematics coursework; or
professional development activities. Congratulations to the recipients of the wintercycle of MET grants! The deadline for the next cycle of grants is May 2.
New Cookbook Debuts in New Orleans
Measurement, volume, ratio, proportional reasoning—and by
extension, attention to detail—are some of the key mathematical concepts that
are necessary to achieve successful and tasty results with any recipe. NCTM has
chosen to publish a cookbook, Recipes You Can Count On,
not only to demonstrate the everyday uses of mathematics, but also to raise
funds to support the dedicated mathematics and preservice teachers who benefit
from NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust.
Sessions, Workshops, and Bursts
NCTM in New Orleans April 9–12 for sessions that will help you “unpack” the
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), and get the tips, tools,
and fresh ideas that you need to help your students master CCSSM. Whether you’re
a veteran math teacher, math coach, math specialist, or a new or preservice
teacher, this conference has something for you.
Win an iPad
NCTM’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans next month? In addition to learning more
about NCTM membership benefits
at the Member Showcase, located in the BuzzHub of the Exhibit Hall, make sure
to stop by and get your badge scanned for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Air ($500
value)! And while you’re there, be sure to renew or sign up for an NCTM membership
and you’ll receive a Boston 2015 Annual Meeting T-shirt.
policy has been getting a public boost in recent weeks. That is, after months
of staff negotiations and efforts to jumpstart action on several education
policy bills, some all-too-rare bipartisan support for moving legislative
proposals seems to have coalesced just in time for spring! Although action on a
comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
remains stalled, momentum for other changes in federal education policy is evident.
New America Foundation held an event, “Beyond Screen Time: Early Learning and
Digital Media,” and discussed ways in which technology can be quite beneficial and even
enriching to young children, such as skyping with a grandparent, participating
in games that develop math concepts, and working with digital letters and words
is proud to support the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year, the White House will be honoring
outstanding K–6 math (and science) teachers. Have one in your life? Nominate him
or her for a PAEMST award—or nominate yourself! Nominations are due April
1; applications are due May 1.
Education Challenge Grant
Entertainment Software Association Foundation’s (ESAF) Education ChallengeGrant awards those who want to bring cutting-edge educational technology
into their classrooms. The grant is open to any school that wants
to leverage interactive entertainment software to strengthen its current
curricular offerings or create new learning experiences for its students. Proposed
lesson plans should reflect the significant impact that games can have on
learning. Winners will receive funding to implement their projects in the
classroom, grade, school, or district in the fall of 2014. The grant submission deadline is
Summer Travel Programs for Teachers
Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is offering professional development travel programs for
teachers in 18 countries this summer. Educators have the option to earn
graduate school or professional development credit while seeing the world. The
trips are 8 to 24 days and are designed to be interesting and affordable
for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials and the structure to
help teachers bring their experiences back to the classroom. The program
is available to K–12 and university educators and administrators of all
nationalities, as well as retired educators. Register no later than June 1.
in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition
The Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition on March 14 with the release of the
program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grants (up
to $3,000,000 each). In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program
continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement
and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. The i3
program includes three grant categories: development, validation, and scale-up.
The Department plans to announce applications for the validation and scale-up
categories this spring.
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