News from the Far West
Sara Munshin, Western 2 Regional Director
Fall 2010

Educator' years begin when school opens rather than when the calendar changes, and we are now into our new teaching year. Some of us also participated in or led various professional development opportunities during the summer in preparation for the beginning of school.

Summer Activities

The NCSM Board held its Strategic Planning session and Board meeting in July and is now in the process of implementing those plans. NCSM is moving forward to identify/revise/develop resources for mathematics education leaders to use as states look at the implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on their mathematics programs. We know that curriculum, assessment, and professional development will be directly affected in states that have adopted the CCSS. However, we believe states that do not adopt these standards will also be interested in resources that we develop. We planned to have samples ready by the fall quarter and additional materials ready for the April conference in Indianapolis IN, April 11-13, 2011.

The Members Only section of the website should be up and working in the fall. This allows for several of our products to be located there at a free or discounted rate for members while non-members will have to purchase them. The Coaches Corner section is also identifying and creating online resources for mathematics coaches and those who work with them.

A tradition in Oregon is the Oregon Math Leaders Conference. This year it was held at Linfield College August 1-3. Congratulations to NCSM State Team Leads Nancy Drickey and Patty Sandoz for their efforts in making this event both enjoyable and useful for participants.

Fall Conferences

Many of our state conference occur during the fall so that those who attend have the remainder of the school year in which to implement the learning gained at them. We have outstanding conferences in our Region as you can see below. You can go to the calendar for additional information about each event. Consider how to attend with a team of your colleagues in order to enhance your professional collaboration. Without the volunteer leadership of officers and committee members, these events could not occur. Thanks to everyone who works behind the scenes to make them happen as well as those who share their expertise and enthusiasm by giving presentations. Leadership comes in many forms.

From October 7-9, the 49th Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference takes place in Spokane WA. The theme is "Mining for Mathematical Gems." Mathematics educators from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia come together yearly at these conferences that rotate among the 3 locations. This year, the Washington State Mathematics Council is the host. For more information, visit

On October 16, the Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a Middle and High School Mini-Conference at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu HI. For more information, visit

The California Mathematics Council-South presents its annual Palm Springs Mathematics Conference November 5-6. The theme is "Equity and Mathematics: Access, Achievement, Identity, and Power." For more information, visit

On November 13, the Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a Mini-Conference for Elementary School Mathematics Teachers. It will be held at Manoa Elementary School in Honolulu HI. For more information, visit

The California Mathematics Council-North presents its annual mathematics conference December 3-5 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. The theme is "Exponential Opportunities in Mathematics." For more information, visit

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Two W2 states, California and Hawaii, have adopted the CCSS to date. Implementation of these standards and their impact on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development are in process and may take several years to complete.

Race to the Top

Congratulations to Hawaii for being a Phase 2 winner in the Race To The Top competition for federal funds.

Presidential Awards in Mathematics and Science

Applications are closed for this cycle. Nominations for mathematics teachers in grades 7-12 will open in the fall.

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