We're One Week Away, So Get with the Program!

The 2017 CCTM Annual Conference begins in just one short week! We're very excited to welcome you all to the University of Denver for two days of learning, collaborating, and fun.

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Our Schedule-at-a-Glance and full programs are now available online to help you prepare for what promises to be a very busy Friday. Our program committee has worked to select a variety of sessions across our five conference strands: Teaching & Learning, Access & Equity, Tools & Technology, Professionalism, and Assessment. So "get with the program" and make your plans for the big day!

Featured Speaker: Geoff Krall

Joining our list of featured speakers at this year's conference is Colorado's own Geoff Krall.

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Geoff has no trouble attracting a packed house for his sessions at the NCTM Annual Meeting, and for good reason -- his presentations are fun, informative, and full of useful ideas. Geoff is a Math and School Development Coach for the New Tech Network, where he helped pioneer Problem-Based Learning in the network and supported it so that is now New Tech's primary pedagogical approach. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, two children, two cats, and two chickens. Geoff is writing a book for Stenhouse Publishers, and you can keep up with his other writings on his blog, emergentmath.com.

Geoff will be the final featured speaker on Friday, where he'll talk about using student artifacts as data. You can see him and all the other featured speakers at this year's conference, but first you need to register -- so do it today if you haven't already!

Annual Conference Workshops

For more depth than your typical conference session, CCTM has two workshops on Thursday, September 14th. The first workshop is aimed at teacher leaders, while the second one is focused on teachers.

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This year we are excited that our own Joanie Funderburk will be leading the leader workshop, while Dr. Amanda Jansen will be leading the teacher workshop. Make sure you check out Thursday's session descriptions and schedule and include the workshops when you register. Those attending the workshops are invited to stick around afterwards for CCTM's awards reception, where you can meet and learn about excellent teachers being honored by both CCTM and PAEMST.

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!

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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!

-Joanie