News from Central 2 Region
Connie Schrock, C2 Regional Director
Kansas: The budget is the big issue in Kansas. Many districts are dropping their math coaches for next year. The silver lining is the fact that math and science teachers are still in need because of the national agenda.
The committee for reviewing the state math standards was put on hold until the fall 2010. We want to infuse the 21st Century skills within the Standards. Another issue in the state is the Response to Intervention (RtI) which is called Multi-System of Support (MTSS) in Kansas. MTSS in mathematics is beginning to be discussed at the district level.
Minnesota: We are preparing for our state conference on April 30-May 2. We hold it in Duluth, Minnesota and usually have over 1000 attendees. It is a great conference and we invite all to attend!!
Missouri: At our December meeting (our state CSM organization, MoCSM, has 25 dues paying members!) we decided to plan for a daylong meeting in addition to the state math meeting followed by a two-day meeting in June 2010. This will allow for people to use the work completed at the June session and provide enough time for those planning to get everything together. We will be using the State Education department's notes to superintendents to garner greater exposure and coverage.
South Dakota: The work started this year to create a rigorous academic standards document that is clear, specific and measurable. The Standards Framework Committee met regularly to make decisions on the standards format, resources, professional development, and guidelines to nominate and recruit math standards committee members. The math Framework Committee started in January 2009. The committee created research-based guiding materials, and professional development opportunities for revision process. The timeline was decided. In the summer 2009, a multi-year revision cycle for all SD content standards begins starting with mathematics. Piloting of the new mathematics standards starts with the 2009-2010 school year.
The 17th SD Joint Math and Science Conference: In February, we held the conference, which brought in many teachers from the state. We saw a significant increase in attendance. The conference is growing and brings in speakers with national recognition. Next year, the conference is on February 4-6, 2010.
Initiatives and Grants:
AIMS (Achieve Improvement in Math and Science) focuses on individual teacher professional development in inquiry-based math.
PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Math Education) is a five-year, targeted Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) project aimed at improving the academic achievement of all students in the Rapid City Area Schools.
South Dakota COUNTS is a statewide initiative that first targeted math instruction at the elementary level then was extended to the middle school.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) has been working diligently to serve our membership. In the past few months the Board has approved a new position statement related to professional development in mathematics education. It is our hope that the membership will be able to use this position to support staff development opportunities in their districts. In addition, WMC's 41st Annual Mathematics Conference at Green Lake will take place on May 6-8. It is a wonderful staff development experience for all educators. As the WMC Board moves forward, they continue to look for ways to better serve mathematics educators across the state of Wisconsin.