ICTM News for December


It's a busy time of year, and we have many ways to support you and your professional development. Read on!

New Events

  1. Thanks to everyone that participated in the ICTM Executive Board elections. Congratulations to 

Sharon Jaeschke (Vice President Secondary),
Stephanie Steines (Keystone Regional Director), and 
Shannon Pasvogel (Mississippi Bend Regional Director).

  1. Join us on Monday, December 20th at 4:30 for our second ICTM Monthly Math Chat. This month we will be discussing self care. This time of the year is always challenging preparing for Christmas and finishing up the first semester. We will be doing some fun activities! Join our zoom and invite some colleagues to join you. Zoom information for this event can be found here.

  2. Mark your calendars! ICTM is partnering with Knowledgehook to provide an online conference on April 9, 2022. The conference will be free to all ICTM members. Peter Liljedahl, author of Building Thinking Classrooms and featured speaker at the 2022 ICTM annual conference, and others will be speaking at this conference. 

  3. Missed the summer Seven Doors In book study? ICTM is hosting another one from 4:30-6:30pm on Feb. 1, 8,15, 22 and March 1, 2022! Seven Doors In by Beth Rondeau (an Iowa educator!) details Beth's journey over three years teaching men in a maximum security prison. What can we do to help our neediest students before it is too late? Registration is required, but the event is free! One licensure credit will be offered to interested participants.

  4. Looking for more resources? Check out the Kentucky Center for Mathematics website and a short article summarizing some of the main features.

  5. Couldn't attend the NCTM Virtual Conference? You can catch up by reading about highlights from Lynn Selking.

  6. Congratulations to Sharon Jaeschke!  Sharon is a 2021 PAEMST awardee.  Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. More info about Sharon and these awards can be found here.

  7. Nominate a colleague or yourself for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST): the nation's highest honors for teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM, including computer science). This year's awards will honor teachers of the above disciplines working in grades K-6. Nominations (including self nominations) close on January 7, 2022.  Applications for K-6 grade teachers are now open and must be completed by February 6, 2022. Contact april.pforts@iowa.gov for questions.

  8. It is with heavy hearts that we inform you Diane Baum, died Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in Waterloo. Diane served in many roles with ICTM. She was a Past President and was the ICTM Registrar for many years. Diane never sought attention. Her only goal was to make ICTM stronger and to do whatever was needed to make that happen. ICTM has lost a dear friend. Click here for more information.


      1. Save the date, and get ready to connect, share, and learn. On Saturday, October 15, 2022, ICTM will hold its annual conference in person!  The theme will be "Building Connections: Math + More" with Peter Liljedahl, author of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning" as our keynote speaker.  Keep reading our newsletters for details.  The Future & New Teacher Workshop will be the evening of Friday, October 14.

      2. Looking for financial support for your professional development? NCTM's Mathematical Education Trust (MET) 

        annually awards more than $150,000 to teachers, schools, and organizations through more than 30 different grants addressing a range of needs such as professional development, coursework, research, and conference attendance.

      3. Have you heard of the Iowa Mathematics Ecosystem (IME) The IME is for Iowa Mathematics Professional Organizations and any member of the Iowa mathematics community to connect and collaborate. Interested in joining the network and being kept up to date with the latest happenings?  Register your Iowa educator information here to see who is in the ecosystem

      Do you have ideas for future emails, professional development activities, or website and social media posts? We'd love to hear from you; contact us at one of our email addresses.


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