A Professional Network for a Professional Organization

Some people use Twitter, some people use Facebook. CCTM uses both, and we're adding one more. As a professional organization, it makes sense that we should also be using the more professional social network: Linkedin.

On Linkedin, you'll get the same timely updates we post to Twitter and Facebook. More importantly, though, is that by following CCTM on Linkedin you identify yourself as a member of Colorado's association of mathematics teaching professionals, and you're likely to make connections to other great math educators around the state. Join us!


The Conference is One Month Away! Are You Registered?

I hope that everyone had a relaxing summer and that you are off to a great start of the 2017-18 school year. The CCTM Conference Committee has worked diligently all summer preparing for our September 14-15, 2017 conference.

This year's conference will be fresh and new in many ways! First, we have moved locations to the University of Denver campus. Additionally, we have several featured speakers, both at the local and national level, including Annie Fetter, Amanda Jansen, Wendy Ward Hoffer, Lisa Bejarano, and more! We've kept our great exhibit hall, local speakers, and Thursday leader and teacher pre-sessions, as well as our Thursday evening awards ceremony. Don't hesitate - register now at www.cctmath.org. We hope to see everyone there, and bring a colleague or a group with you for support and focused learning after the conference.

Please note the following important conference items:

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with this year's conference. Sign up to volunteer here - we appreciate your help to make the conference great!
  • If you require ADA-accessible parking accommodations, please email Liz Zitterkopf (Liz.Zitterkopf@d51schools.org) as soon as possible.
  • Conference rates are available at two local hotels: the Fairfield Inn and the Embassy Suites. A free shuttle to and from DU will be available from the Embassy Suites, and the Fairfield Inn is just a few blocks from the Colorado Blvd. light rail station.
  • Parking is available on the DU Campus for $8/day or $6/half-day. Alternately, the University of Denver light rail station is just a short walk from the conference location on campus. 
  • You may purchase a box lunch for Friday with your conference registration ($15), or enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many food options on or near the DU campus.
  • We would love to have you present an Ignite talk on Friday afternoon! Learn more about Ignite talks here, then submit your 20 slides and talking points to Joanie Funderburk (joaniefunderburk@gmail.com) no later than Friday, September 8th.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you in September!


James Burnett to be Featured at CCTM

James Burnett of ORIGO will be featured at CCTM with a session titled, "What's Important in Math Today?"

James Burnett is the co-founder and president of ORIGO Education. He started the company because he is passionate about education and is continually striving to improve the way mathematics is taught. Over the past two decades, he has authored and co-authored more than 300 mathematics resources for teachers and students aged 5 to 12 and regularly speaks to audiences across Australia and North America.

As president, James aims to lift the profile of mathematics through dynamic professional learning and the development of quality print and innovative digital resources for the classroom. These achievements were recently recognised by winning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in his home country of Australia.

You can follow ORIGO on Twitter at @origomath. James is just one of many great presenters at this year's CCTM conference, and we want you to be there. Register today!

Featured Speaker: Lisa Bejarano!

CCTM is so happy to have Lisa Bejarano at this year's conference. So happy, in fact, that we're keeping her busy almost all day long with a featured presentation, time in the learning lounge, and a couple additional sessions. Don't miss her -- register for the conference today!

As a 14-year teacher with all the hard work that goes with it, Lisa Bejarano is enjoying the fruits of that labor -- she's National Board Certified, a PAEMST awardee, and was recently named as one of 20 Colorado educators to serve on the CDE Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet. Still, she she keeps her focus on her students at Aspen Valley HS, an alternative high school in Academy District 20, where she teaches Geometry, Precalculus, and AP Computer Science. Lisa enjoys encouraging and facilitating mathematical discourse and collaboration among her students, and she does that with a problem- and inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. If you want to know more about Lisa's approach to teaching, you can read her recent interview with Chalkbeat. Better yet, come to CCTM and talk to her yourself. She's excited to present multiple sessions at CCTM this year so there's no reason to miss her.  But if you do, you can still find Lisa on the internet where she tweets as @lisabej_manitou and blogs at https://crazymathteacherlady.wordpress.com/.

Wendy Ward Hoffer, CCTM Conference Featured Speaker

The CCTM Annual Conference program is shaping up and we're excited to announce that Wendy Ward Hoffer will be a featured speaker!

Wendy is a Colorado educator who has presented at CCTM and worked with teachers and schools around the country. A strong promoter of rich problem solving for students at all levels, Wendy is the Education Director for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) and the author of Cultivating STEM Identities (2016), Developing Literate Mathematicians (2016), Minds on Mathematics (2012), and Science as Thinking (2009). Wendy earned National Board Certification while teaching math and science and has an MA in Education from Stanford University. We're excited to have her back at CCTM, and we're looking forward to you being there, too, so register today!