Region W1 Report - Spring 2011
News from Western Region 1
Richard Seitz, Western 1 Regional Director
I hope you attended the national NCSM conference in Indy in April! There are lots of resources to review the action. First, find many of the speaker handouts at http://grou.ps/mathedleaders/498547. This is a fun way to get some idea of the issues that were discussed at the Conference. Another online resource is the NCSM conference blog. Go to http://grou.ps/mathedleaders and you can see several conversations revolving around the meetings. Look for podcasts of the major presentations throughout the year.
There is a companion set of resources on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). You can watch the 2011 webcasts of the major sessions on the web at http://NCTM.org or more specifically at http://nctm.org/conferences/content.aspx?id=29005 I really enjoyed the webcast on "The Common Core: Were Do We Go from Here?" by William McCallum & Zalman Usiskin. Watch them all!
The conference also allowed us to connect with people from the Western Region. Some of the issues we discussed were: problems and challenges with Response To Intervention (RTI) for mathematics educators, the Common Core State Standards and implementation issues, funding and de-funding of education, and the need for more innovation in new mathematics curricula.
Plan now for next fall, NCSM and NCTM are coming to Albuquerque New Mexico! I hope to see you all there.
One final note-Wyoming has a great e-newsletter that is sent to its members. For a copy, send a request to email@example.com!