ICTM Newsletter for January 2023

You'll want to read this one to the end -- January's newsletter is packed with  opportunities, updates, and free PD!

The 2023 ICTM Executive Board 

  1. In fall 2022, the Executive Board revised the organization's mission and vision. Since then we have identified three goal areas to direct the organization's focus and will be finishing a 5-year strategic plan in January. We are excited for 2023 and the possibilities to improve the organization and its reach to more math educators in Iowa. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements! Check out the new mission and vision at About ICTM
  2. We express our deepest thanks to the Executive Board members whose terms expired December 31, 2022. Each of them have given many, many hours of service to helping ICTM further its mission and goals.

    • Marty Beck (Bettendorf CSD)
    • Mike Bevelacqua (Iowa City CSD)
    • Jordan Edgerly (Waukee CSD)
    • Caitlyn Gilbert (UNI student)
    • Vicki Hamdorf (retired)
    • Ji-Yeong I (ISU)
    • Sarah Martin (Shenandoah, CSD)
    • Chandra McMahon (Humboldt CSD)
    • Lori Mueller (Great Prairie AEA)
    • Suzanne Riehl (UNI)
  3. Pease join us in welcoming our new Board members:

    • Kristin Grotewold (Waukee CSD), President-Elect
    • Kimberly Conner (UNI), Post-Secondary Representative
    • Kevin Bogert (Keokuk CSD), Middle Grades Representative
    • Donny Short (Sioux City CSD), Elementary Representative
    • Nolan Brand (Central College), Student Representative

  4. Get to know the 2023 ICTM Executive Board at iowamath.org/board-2023/.
  • Angie Shindelar (retired), President
  • Kristin Grotewold (Waukee CSD), President Elect 
  • Kimberly Conner (UNI), Post-Secondary Representative
  • Sharon Jaeschke (retired), Secondary Representative
  • Kevin Bogert (Keokuk CSD), Middle Grades Representative 
  • Donny Short (Sioux City CSD), Elementary Representative
  • Wendy Weber (Central College), Secretary & Website Coordinator
  • Deb Tvrdik (retired), Treasurer
  • Val Sitzmann (Northwest AEA), At-Large Representative 
  • Deb Little (Denver CSD), At-Large Representative
  • Stephanie Steines (Decorah CSD), At-Large Representative
  • Shannon Pasgovel (Mississippi Bend AEA), At-Large Representative
  • Julie Yurko (Hamilton, IL), At-Large Representative
  • Nolan Brand (Central College)Student Representative
  • April Pforts, DoE Representative

Have an Impact on Mathematics Education in Iowa

We 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!

News & Events 

Turn your equations and graphs into art and prizes! The Desmos Global Math Art Contest is BACK with some exciting changes. Entries are due by January 15, 2023. Learn more here.
Math Community Circles

Math Community Circles are an opportunity to come together to share and discuss topics of interest to math educators. So far we have had interest in scheduling discussions for Peter Liljedahl's "Building Thinking Classrooms" and implementing Illustrative Mathematics. The dates for each topic are scheduled for Zoom meetings and all are welcome to join. Join us if you want to hear from others that are implementing, if you have questions, or if you would like to meet others and build your own network.

Go to iowamath.org to sign up for the meeting links. We will email the link the day before the meeting. Contact Angie Shindelar, ICTM President, with any questions at ICTMPres@gmail.com.

Invite the Pres to Math Class

The "Invite the Pres to Math Class" initiative has sent President Angie Shindelar to 21 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

"Invite the Pres" was invited to CAL at Latimer Elementary! Ms. Barrick's 6th graders had a variety of strategies for 75/5 in a Number Talk. They also created drawings and equations to make sense of fraction division problems. Challenging!! Students persevered, helped one another and shared their reasoning with the class. It was great to see the positive and supportive environment! Thank you Ms. State & Ms. Barrick for the invite!

High Fives all around to 2nd graders and 5th graders at Belmond Elementary (Belmond-Klemme CSD)! Mrs. Schultz's 2nd graders were hard at work making sense of place value to compose tens when adding two-digit numbers and developing great conceptual understanding! Ms. Schon's 5th graders were making sense of multiplying fractions. They explored patterns in a Number Talk and dug into a task about area - lots of thinking and practicing multiplying fractions. Great task!

Professional Development Opportunities

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

  2. Do you wish you had access to a recording of ICTM's 2022 Conference keynote address by Peter Liljedahl, author of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics" or the featured speaker talks by Doug Clements? As a member, you do! Login at iowamath.org, navigate to My ICTM, and watch them again!

  3. Join the PCMI 2023 Workshop on Rehumanizing Mathematics (July 16-29) and develop your understanding of equity (identity & power issues) in mathematics and rehumanize mathematical experiences for those with whom you engage. In this workshop, you will explore different perspectives/theories, reflect on your own practices, learn from experts in the field who have been altering their practices, and create your own action plans for work you intend to carry out after the workshop ends. Travel support & stipend are available. Check it out!

  4. Check out the five (free!) webinars from NCTM Professional Development on Success Stories from Catalyzing Change.  
  5. If you are looking for professional development in all K-5 Math areas, then the 2023 Virtual Math Summit (February 25-26) might be for you, and it's FREE with recordings available for 10 days. Visit https://virtualmathsummit.com/ and check out the great list of speakers. 

  6. 3-D Thursdays for Rural Educators  Join hosts Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm CT as they present a webinar series for K-12 rural educators across the nation. The webinars highlight NASA’s assets and connect rural educators to resources, networking, and further professional development opportunities. Visit the NASA Community Page to watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information!

    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 for K-2nd" and "Building Math Minds: Flexibility Formula for 3rd-5th Grades".

  7. 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. More details are posted on the website. In the meantimeJoin IA-NCSM to stay in the know! 

  8. Finally, don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2023 NCTM Virtual Conference (March 29 - April 1).

    Websites Worth Your Time

    1. Check out https://www.earlyfamilymath.org/  - it's a great non-profit promoting early math importance even before kindergarten with fun exploratory ideas. A great resources for PK teachers and parents!

    2. Explore https://mathforlove.com/. Dan Finkel and Katherine Cook, a husband and wife team devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned, have developed great games and activities for parents and teachers. It's also a great resource for professional development and lessons.
    3. Check out California's Early Math Project. Love the "I'm Ready!" video series! https://www.earlymathca.org/

    4. Don't forget to check out Pam Harris's site and learn instantly with a free 4-part series on Developing Math Reasoning: https://www.mathisfigureoutable.com/.

    Have you discovered a cool math site or resource lately!! Send us an email, and we will share next month! ICTMPres@gmail.com

    We Want to Hear from You!

    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 or submit an item for social media, the website, or the newsletter here.



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