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Summing Up: April 17, 2014

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Attendees at NCTM 2014 Annual MeetingThousands Shared Big Ideas in the Big Easy

“Beautiful mathematics—like music or art—can be appreciated by large numbers of people,” said Steven Strogatz said during his talk, “The Joy of x,” in the Opening Session at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans. Listen to a segment of his presentation, as well as webcasts of other highlighted sessions at the annual meeting. In addition, you can browse through the Facebook photo album, review the #NCTMNOLA Twitter feed, and peruse all three issues of the on-site Daily News. We look forward to seeing you in Boston next year!   

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All 

Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM has published Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical 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. The publication’s release was announced by outgoing NCTM president Linda Gojak at last Wednesday’s Opening Session at the 2014 Annual Meeting. “Principles to Actions gives all stakeholders the ideas, the research, and the actions they need to dramatically improve mathematics education,” said Gojak. Read the Executive Summary, news release, and article in the Daily News.

Linking Research and Practice 

Congratulations to recipients of the 2013 Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award. This award is a part of NCTM’s ongoing effort to build stronger connections between research and practice. Since 2010, awards have been given each year to authors of articles from each of the three schools journals. See this year’s recipients.

Illuminations Engagement Contest 

Get involved, help Illuminations shine brighter, and get published! What’s more, you'll have the opportunity to win one of two iPad minis. Submissions are due by April 25. Join the NCTM Illuminations engagement contest today!


Mischief at Math Convention 

Who says math isn’t fun? Definitely not attendees of NCTM’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition! The local ABC station in New Orleans visited the conference—did you make the cut? WGNO ABC 

Guidance on Common Core Teaching Practices 

Education reporter Liana Heitin sat down with Steven Leinwand, lead writer of Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, as well as NCTM President Diane Briars, and NCTM Past President Linda Gojak. Education Week  

Common-Core Math and Special Needs 

Students with special needs are often taught exclusively through key words and direct instruction. Learn why a student with special needs says, “It took a stroke and a coma, but now I like math!” Education Week 

Dividers_SU_Other News 

Guide to STEM Opportunities for Teens 

TeenLife Media has just published its latest Guide to STEM Programs. This free digital guide for parents and students contains useful articles about the importance of STEM as well as descriptions of schools, summer programs, and colleges that offer STEM programming.

USA Science & Engineering Festival 

The USA Science & Engineering Festival will offer more than 3,000 fun, hands-on activities for all ages, as well as more than 150 stage shows, including music, magic, comedy, and more. It will also include a career pavilion and college fair for high-school students and a book fair with more than 25 featured authors. The festival will take place April 26–27 in Washington, D.C. It’s free! 


NCTM Celebrates MET in New Orleans

Miriam Leiva and Christian Hirsch were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition. View the webcast of the award presentation. The Jazz Up! event celebrated this year’s award recipients and previous Lifetime Achievement Awardees, along with MET grant recipients and MET donors. View photos.

MET Grant and Scholarship Proposals 

Stephanie Lynn Jacques, a full-time student at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, is the recipient of the 2013–15 Prospective 7–12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarship, supported by the Texas Instruments Demana-Waits Fund. The $10,000 MET scholarship is for tuition, fees, course materials, and other expenses directly related to Jacques’ academic program of study. MET is now accepting applications for its summer cycle of grants and scholarships (including the scholarship listed above) for in-service and preservice math teachers. The deadline is May 2. If you are seeking funding for professional development, action research, or for school in-service training programs, apply today!  


Keeping You Connected 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Member Showcase at the annual meeting, whether to renew an existing membership, obtain a new membership, or just to say hello. We would like to congratulate Amy Wells of Mesa, Arizona, for being the lucky winner of an iPad Air! Didn’t get to stop by? You can access lessons, journal articles, and more. Log in to your NCTM account today. We hope to see you next year in Boston!


Save on Summer Institutes 

Register early to take advantage of our lowest registration rates for NCTM’s InteractiveInstitutes. Don’t miss these exciting summer professional development opportunities that target the math Common Core needs of teachers at each grade level. Save up to $40 with early-bird registration.


Just before Congress left Washington for its two-week spring recess, legislators stirred up up a flurry of action on a handful of education policies. The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills—with bipartisan support, no less!

EverFi and Higher One hosted an event on financial literacy to release their second-year results in a report, Money Matters on Campus. The report surveyed 65,000 first-year college students across the nation to determine the aspects of student life that most accurately predict positive or negative financial outcomes. What did the report find?


2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is pleased to announce the 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching. MoMath is looking for an exceptional math activity to share with educators around the country. The winning activity will be innovative, engaging, hands-on, original, replicable, and designed for students in grades 4–8. The winning teacher will receive a cash prize of $25,000. Grades 4–12 math teachers at accredited schools in the United States can apply. Preliminary applications are due May 9.

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