New Regional Director Reports, Winter 2014/2015
Mathematical Association of America Celebrates 100 Years in 2015
Founded in 1915, the Mathematical Association of America will celebrate its 100th birthday with activities throughout the coming year. The association is now the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.
The centerpiece will be MAA MathFest in Washington, D.C., August 5-8, 2015. The meeting program promises prominent speakers, thought-provoking lectures, wide-ranging sessions, and special events and exhibits.
Learn more at the MAA Website
NCSM Annual Conference 2015: Boston
Registration and Housing for the Annual Conference in Boston is now open.
The Winter 2014-2015 Newsletter is now available to Members online.
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based, math modeling competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 45 US states and D.C. Working in teams of three to five, participants must solve an open-ended, applied problem focused on a realistic issue-in 14 hours. Scholarships totaling $125,000 toward the pursuit of higher education are awarded to the top teams. The real-world focus of the competition introduces students to applied math as a powerful problem-solving tool and, potentially, as a viable and exciting profession. Challenge weekend is set for February 28 and March 1, 2015. Registration opens in November at the website below.
Complete details, sample problems, rules,and archives of previous Challenges are available at: M3Challenge.siam.org
Volunteer to Review the 2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program Applications.
Triangle Coalition for STEM Education is seeking individuals to assist in the peer review of the 2015-16 candidate applications for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program.
NCSM Position Papers
Read two new position papers in the Improving Student Achievement Series
"Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics Through Formative Assessment in Instruction" (NCSM/AMTE)
"Improving Student Achievement by Implementing Highly Effective Teacher Evaluation Practices"
Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award, 2014
PARCC Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice
The sample items were available previously as downloadable printouts. The sample items have gone through a rigorous review process to ensure they are of high quality and are similar to the types of items students will see when the test is fully operational in spring 2015.
The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back
by Jo Boaler (November 2013)
Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions.
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NCSM Announces Election Results
Please join us in congratulating the following NCSM members on their election to the NCSM Board of Directors. The terms of the newly elected board members will begin at the conclusion of the April 2015 NCSM Annual Conference in Boston, MA.
2nd Vice President
Mona Toncheff, Phoenix, AZ
Canada Regional Director
Marc Garneau, Surrey, BC
S1 Regional Director
Deborah Crocker, Boone, NC
W1 Regional Director
Sandie Gilliam, Colorado Springs, CO