November 2022 Upcoming Events, Celebrations, Happenings and Opportunities (ECHO)

 Upcoming CCTM Events:

Virtual Learning Session: EmPowering Students Post Pandemic

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Bolz, NBCT Mathematics Teacher and Department Chair at George Washington High School

Date and time: Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm 

Description: Prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Dr. Joseph Bolz presented to the CCTM his take on Empowering Students, particularly during this time as we teachers struggled with how to successfully meet students where they were at. The work still continues, and is even more imperative now as students are returning to schools and facing social-emotional as well as academic stressors. Our challenge still remains - how do we teach students about the world using mathematics as a tool for learning and uncovering truths (as well as navigate the many sources of information we face on a daily basis)?

This professional learning session aligns to the following Colorado Educator Effectiveness Standards for Teachers: 

  • Quality Standard II, ELEMENT B:  Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.

Click HERE to register.

Virtual Learning Session: Differentiation and Discourse: Harnessing the Power of Math Instructional Routines

Presenters: Kim Smith, Secondary Math Specialist in Mesa County District 51, and Lisa Rogers, Student Achievement Coordinator in Fountain-Fort Carson District 8

Date and time: Wednesday, November 30 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Description: How can we engage students in low floor, high ceiling mathematics opportunities that give all students a daily math win?  This session will help educators harness the power of mathematics instructional routines as a means of differentiating for all students and for pushing students to think critically and creatively about mathematics.  The math resources shared in this presentation will give educators easy-to-implement routines that will help students embrace divergent and creative thinking in the mathematics classroom, as well as foster opportunities for rich student discourse.  Attendees will leave this session with a wealth of resources of ready-made and easily-adaptable routines that can be implemented in classrooms the following day with minimal prep-time.

This professional learning session aligns to the following Colorado Educator Effectiveness Standards for Teachers: 

  • Quality Standard II, ELEMENT C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.

  • Quality Standard III, ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.

  • Quality Standard III, ELEMENT D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Quality Standard III, ELEMENT F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.

Click HERE to register.

Additional Math Celebrations and Opportunities:

  • The Colorado Math Leaders (CML) in partnership with the Colorado Community College System and Colorado Department of Higher Education recently applied to the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin to be part of the Launch Years Initiative 2.0.  Colorado's application was accepted, so Colorado will receive guidance and support over the 3 years to develop guidance around mathematics pathways in high school.  The goal of this math pathway work will be to help districts around the state implement multiple, rigorous pathways aligned to students' postsecondary plans (statistics, calculus, quantitative literacy, etc.).  See the LINK for more information.

  • Did you know that Colorado has its own peer-reviewed, open access journal published by CCTM?  Check out the latest article submitted to the CMT Journal by Derek A. William, Building Logarithms as Functions! Click HERE to browse Colorado Mathematics Teacher.

  • Professional Learning Opportunity: PEBC's Minds on Math Institute is a lively two-day exploration of effective, equitable math instruction for K - 12 educators and coaches. We will explore the Math Practices through the workshop model, thinking strategies, and discourse. Join us December 7 - 8! More information and registration click HERE.

  • The Classroom Resource Committee for NCTM is presenting a series of 30-minute webinars that introduce teachers to classroom resources. This November, NCTM will highlight Figure This!  This session will focus on how educators can help families of middle school students work through mathematics together using Figure This!, a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that explore real-world contexts outside of the classroom.  The session is November 10th at 5pm (MST).Click here to register.

  • NCTM is hosting a Regional Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland from November 30 through December 2.  Learn more HERE.

  • PAEMST Nominations are now open.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are one of the highest honors to highlight teachers from across the country.  This year’s nominations are for teachers whose responsibilities are for students in Grades 7 - 12.  Consider nominating an amazing teacher you know today!  Learn more HERE

  • The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. The MAA AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics through classroom resources and friendly competition. The MAA AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.  Competitions are available for middle and high school level students in the public or private school setting.  Click HERE to register for the American Mathematics Competitions.

  • The Colorado Math League is accepting registrations for its upcoming competitions for students in Grades 4 through Algebra 1.  Deadlines to register for some competitions are in December.  Check out this LINK for more information.  


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