ICTM Newsletter for September 2022

Did you know that our October 15 conference is on a Saturday? No need to find a substitute! Check out the conference program, and don't forget to register before September 16 to get the early-bird discount!

And, be sure to check out the article post from the State Supervisor of Mathematics at the Iowa Department of Education.

2022 Annual Conference: Building Connections...Math + More

ICTM is hosting our annual conference on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at DMACC, Ankeny Campus.

The theme of the conference is "Building Connections...Math + More" featuring Peter Liljedahl, author of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics", as keynote speaker. 

For the first time our ICTM conference will have a Featured Speakers Series!  We are excited to welcome the following to Iowa:

  • Doug Clements is our PK-2nd Grade Featured Speaker. Doug is known for his work in Early Learning Trajectories in math and is excited to return to Iowa. 
  • Dionne Animata is the 3rd-8th Grade Featured Speaker. Dionne is the founder of Math Trust. Her work in supporting schools and teachers to look at math instruction with an equity lens is inspiring. She was the Lead Writer for the IM K-5 curriculum and also works with Unbound Ed. 
  • Kaneka Turner will be the Coaching and Leadership Featured Speaker. Kaneka is the founder of ReImage. She worked with Mike Flynn at Mt Holyoke College and has an extensive background as a classroom teacher, math coach and elementary math specialist, serving in one of the nation's largest urban districts. Kaneka's coaching efforts were recognized for state gains in student achievement. 

Check out the Conference Program and Register now! 

Early-bird Registration (discounted price) ends September 16. Seating may be limited.

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Conference + Book Study = Licensure Renewal Credit

Our online book study oPeter Liljedahl's "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning" will be held this fall in conjunction with our 2022 Conference. One licensure renewal credit will be offered. The class is through AEA Learning Online and will run from October 19th to November 29th. Most of the class will be asynchronous, but there will be 3 zoom sessions to attend. There will be weekly journal assignments. "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning" is required. Register for the class here. Search for Course # 204017 Section # 313243

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News & Events 

  1. Do you know a fabulous teacher that deserves to be acknowledged at the highest level? Consider 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 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations close on January 9, 2023.

    Applications for 7-12th grade teachers are now open. Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.

  2. The Modeling the Future Challenge (MTFC) is a project-based competition that allows Highschool students to practice real-world math modeling and data analysis research and make predictions about the issues they care about and win college scholarships. Get your student involved through this upcoming Nov 3 opportunity at Iowa State University. Lunch is provided and busing grants are available.

Nominations for the ICTM Executive Board

ICTM is looking for members with a passion for math education and a desire to help increase membership and improve member benefits for our members. Help us by participating in the nomination process! Open positions for this fall's election are President-Elect, Vice President Post-Secondary, and Vice President Middle School. Please use thinomination form to nominate yourself or someone you think would be a great leader for ICTM by September 15, 2022. Check out  the ICTM Constitution and Bylaws as well as the Executive Board Handbook for descriptions of each position.  All nominees will be contacted by the Chairperson of the Nominations and Elections Committee in early October to discuss the nomination. The election will be held in November 2022 with terms beginning January 1, 2023. 

Questions? Talk to a current Board member or email the ICTM President, Angie Shindelar, at ictmpres@gmail.com.


  1. Thank you to all first year teachers who applied for the Marilyn Zweng First Year Teacher Grant. Congratulations to the awardees and best wishes to all for a great first year! Please check out all the winners and their inspiring stories here.

  2. As you are settling in at school and writing your individual career development plan, remember to apply for the Marilyn Zweng Professional Development Grant. Grant monies can be used to take a class, join a webinar, or go to a conference outside of NCTM or ICTM. We will award annually up to 20 Marilyn Zweng Professional Development Grants of at most $250 each to support ICTM members in improving their instructional practice in mathematics teaching by engaging in a one-time professional development opportunity. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now!

  3. Please consider applying for the 6th annual professional development grant co-sponsored by TODOS and NCTM! Fostering Support for Multilingual Classrooms provides financial assistance to PreK-12 schools for in-service to increase understanding and expertise in fostering support of multi-language development when teaching mathematics. Grant maximum: $4000. Applicants must be TODOS and NCTM members by the date of application. Deadline: November 1, 2022.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Are you a Mathematics Coach/Curriculum Director or Leader? Then IA-NCSM is for you: IA-NCSM is the Iowa Affiliate of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics for connecting, learning and leading the Iowa Mathematics Educator community. Here's what's in store for the 2022-2023 school year:

    • IA-NCSM will be attending the ICTM Conference and beginning its 2022-23 Professional Learning Series with not one but TWO sessions where the focus is on coaching mathematics.
    • Beginning in November 2022, IA-NCSM will host 6-additional sessions and provide a licensure renewal credit!
    • More details are posted on the website. In the meantimeJoin IA-NCSM to stay in the know!
  2. Did you know that Iowa Virtual Professional Learning offers anytime learning for Iowa license renewal credit?  Check out Foundations of Fractions and Christina Tondevold's Building Math Minds IntroductionInside this module will be links to the self-paced courses "Building Math Minds: Flexibility Formula K-2nd" and "Building Math Minds: Flexibility Formula for 3rd-5th Grades".

  3. Looking for some great PD? Attend the 202NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in Los Angeles, CA (Sept 28-Oct 1), or the 2022 NCTM Regional Conference in Baltimore, MD (Nov 30-Dec 2)!

  4. Get ready to share! The Call for Proposals for the 2023 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 25-28, is now open for submissions. 

Get Involved: Volunteer with ICTM!

ICTM is looking for members to serve on various committees to enhance member benefit opportunities, increase our social media presence, provide input on website design, etc.  If you are interested, please fill out this short form.

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