February 2023 CCTM Newsletter

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Welcome from the CCTM Board

Welcome to the February 2023 CCTM Newsletter. CCTM is a non-profit designed to support educators with the teaching and learning of mathematics. This month our board message is by Chelsea Carstensen, our CCTM region 1 representative and her reflections on building an asset-based classroom.

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Upcoming Events, Celebrations, Happenings, and Opportunities (ECHO)

Each newsletter highlights upcoming events, celebrations, happenings, and opportunities relevant to Colorado mathematics educators.

CCTM Elections

Are you interested in becoming more involved with CCTM and serving the Colorado math community? This spring, CCTM will be holding elections to choose representatives for Region 1, Region 4, Region 7, and NCTM Representative. Region representatives must live or work in the region for which they are running. Click here to nominate yourself or someone else as a candidate for the election

Click here to view other math celebrations and opportunities.

Teacher Voice - Sparking Curiosity Through Project-Based Learning

Each newsletter we will highlight the voice of an educator within Colorado to share some of their amazing work and ideas. In this issue, Rachael Narcisi shares her thoughts about project based learning.

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Practical Practices -  2022 Year in Review- CCTM Board Picks

As we welcome 2023, we want to wrap-up 2022 with a list of resources that our board members engaged with during the year in order to learn more about the art of mathematics teaching or with mathematics itself. 

Click here to read about all the amazing books, podcasts, and websites that have inspired the CCTM Board of Directors from 2022!

Spotlighting Colorado Mathematics Educators and Teams

This section of our newsletter allows us to recognize the amazing mathematics teams, educators, and leaders in our community. This month we spotlight a teacher from Northridge High School in Greeley, CO - Abby Briggs.

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If you want to nominate an educator, leader, or team, please use the following form. Those selected to be featured in the spotlight will receive an educational care package (and the person nominating will also receive a care package). Use this link to nominate an individual or a team!

Trivia - A History of Mathematics

Each newsletter will have a trivia question. From those that answer correctly, five winners will be drawn and receive CCTM swag (either a water bottle or a tee-shirt). 


What famous statistician and founder of modern nursing was also believed to have been a member of the LGBTQIA+ community?

Submit your answer here!

(Click here to learn more about CCTM Trivia and Last Month’s Question and Winners!)

Colorado Math Teacher Journal - Featured Article 

Three Questions from CCTM Teachers About Mathematical Modeling

Robyn Stankiewicz-Van Der Zanden, North Lakes Academy, Minnesota

Rachel Levy, North Carolina State University

This article shares three questions and answers about mathematical modeling in the classroom from an April 2020 online conversation with participants of a CCTM webinar. We hope that the answers to these questions will motivate teachers to embrace the value of implementing math modeling tasks, help students see the math all around them in the world, and empower future professionals to reach for the mathematical tools in their pockets to make data-driven decisions.

link to full article

Get YOUR Word Out

Would you like to advertise or elevate an upcoming mathematical opportunity happening around you - in your school, district, etc? Do you want to celebrate successes in your mathematical community? Share your happenings in the CCTM’s next newsletter?  Click HERE to submit your events, celebrations, etc and be included in the next CCTM Newsletter’s ECHO (Events, Celebrations Happenings, and Opportunities) Section.