ICTM Newsletter for April 2023


We are excited to announce our keynote and featured speakers for the 2023 ICTM Conference (Friday-Saturday, October 13-14).
New this year are two pre-conference workshops on Friday, October 13, 2023 at DMACC's FFA Enrichment Center:

9:00am - 3:30pm: K-5 Workshop
Math Fact Fluency
~ Facilitated by Jennifer Bay-Williams ~

1:00pm - 4:30pm: 6-12 Workshop
Reaching All Learners through the Desmos Math 6-A1 Curriculum with
NCTM's 8 Effective Teaching Practices

 ~ Facilitated by Amplify Desmos Math ~

Meet our Conference (Saturday, October 14) Speakers!

Keynote speaker Deborah Peart is the founder and CEO of My Mathematical Mind. She speaks on a variety of topics related to math identity, elementary math content and instruction, and literacy connections to mathematics. Blending her training in yoga and mindfulness with mathematics instruction, Deborah advocates for a mindful approach to teaching mathematics in order to address math anxiety, build confidence, and support the development of positive math identities. She has dedicated her career to supporting educators with innovative teaching strategies that allow students to see themselves as assets to the learning community and curious problem-solvers. She is the Director of Elementary Learning at UnboundEd and the lead author for second grade for the Illustrative Mathematics K-5 curriculum. Deborah believes that all children deserve high quality instruction and the opportunity to become competent readers, writers, and mathers.

Featured speaker and workshop facilitator Jennifer Bay-Williams is a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and focuses on helping teachers and students attain basic fact fluency while also developing strong mathematical identities. Jennifer is a national leader in mathematics education, having served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), lead writer for the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (AMTE, 2017), and member of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL. She has written various mathematics teaching books including Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, the three-book series Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics, Math Fact Fluency, and Figuring Out Fluency.

Featured speaker Ji Yeong I currently works at the School of Education at Iowa State University. Ji Yeong does research on teaching for and learning of Emergent Bilinguals (a.k.a. ELLs) in Mathematics Education. Her current project is "Implementing Mathematical Modeling for English Learners".

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We can't wait to have you join us in October! 

Registration opens May 1. 

April is Math & Stats Awareness Month!  

What are you doing to celebrate? We've pulled together some activities here.

Get In with NCTM

  1. Are you an NCTM Member? Check out one of NCTM's free webinars. Your NCTM membership includes exclusive access to 100+ hours of on-demand professional development! NCTM Member-Only Webinars are delivered by experts in mathematics education, including NCTM authors.

  2. Check out the five (free!) webinars from NCTM Professional Development on Success Stories from Catalyzing Change

Have an Impact on Mathematics Education in Iowa

ICTM has had a great response to the call for volunteers! 19 members signed up to serve on committees for 2023 and help the Executive Board with our goals and all the exciting work to improve the organization. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered. We are very excited to extend the organization's important work to include more members. Members will also have the opportunity to volunteer at the conference next fall. Sign up here!

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Iowa Illustrative Facebook Group ICTM is hosting a closed hidden Facebook group for Iowa Illustrative Mathematics Users. Join here.

  2. ICTM can help YOU fund a webinar, book study, event, or course. We have a professional development grant and we would like to award it to you Check it out here. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now!

  3. NASA Webinar Series for Educators: Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Duncan and Dr. Keller who will discuss solar eclipses--from their first, seen from a rural village in remote Mexico, to the one that proved Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity that space can be bent, to the upcoming eclipses. Access registration here.  And, check out past episodes from their NASA Community Page: watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information.

  4. Data Science Lessons at youcubed: In partnership with Women in Data Science (WiDS) Next Gen, Jo Boaler's youcubed has launched four new lessons that are available for free. They can be found on the Data Big Ideas page for grades 8-10, and three of them are also suitable for grades 6-7. These lessons were developed with WiDS and aim to inspire secondary school students to consider careers involving data science, AI, and related fields. Data science is for every student: check out more lessons as well as number talks for kindergarten, grades 1-2, and grades 3-5.

  5. Introducing InSTEP, a New FREE Online Professional Learning Platform for Teachers! Our world is rich with data sources, and today’s media is flooded with graphs and data that require data literate citizens. Technology makes data more accessible than ever before, and statistics and data science skills can help students be ready for data-intensive STEM careers. As more data-rich experiences are infused into K-12, InSTEP is here to support teachers in building their confidence and skills for teaching with data. For more info, see the flyer here. To start a free account, register here.

  6. The 2023 Global Education Institute for Teachers: Global Perspectives on Social Justice, will be held June 8-29, 2023 in a hybrid format. FREE tuition and course materials for everyone! FREE housing to attend in person! The institute is organized by the Global Education Program at the Stanley Center and University of Iowa International Programs and presented by the UI Stanley Museum of Art and College of Education. K-12 teachers of all disciplines are invited to attend the institute and earn one license renewal credit. Join the institute co-directors and special guests to discuss how to apply global perspectives to social justice throughout the curriculum. Mandatory live Zoom sessions will be Thursdays (June 15, 22, 29) from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and other sessions (small-group discussions; videos; office hours; etc.) will be throughout the month. There will be one day of in-person sessions on Tuesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the UI campus in the new Stanley Museum of Art building. For more info, see the flyer here. More information and an application may be found here. The application deadline is May 4, 2023. *Registration is limited to teachers that have not participated in the last three years.

      Invite the Pres to Math Class

      The "Invite the Pres to Math Class" initiative has sent President Angie Shindelar to over 40 classrooms across Iowa. The campaign spotlights all the great things happening in Iowa's K-16 math classrooms. Our goal is to visit 55 classrooms in the 2022-2023 school year. Share with us all the great thinking and reasoning happening - highlight your growth as a math teacher and how you are making a difference! Have you signed up yet? Sign up here

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