News from the Central 1 Region
Gwen Zimmermann, Central 1 Regional Director
We are off and running with the start of another school year. The 2013-2014 school year promises to be both challenging and rewarding as many of us are working hard to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) in meaningful ways.
As always, there is a lot happening in Central Region 1. At the end of July, one of the two NCSM Leadership Academies was held in Columbus, OH. Our Ohio Team Leader, Greta Robertson, provided support while also attending and participating in the academy.
Michigan held its annual MCTM conference July 30th - August 1. Where NCSM president, Valerie Mills, led a keynote session on formative assessment. As part of the conference, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, representing 57 intermediate school districts in the state, collaborated to develop Career and College Readiness curriculum and resources to support local school implementation of the CCSS. Mathematics consultants from around the state collaboratively planned and facilitated a statewide rollout of these materials at the conference in July.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is working hard to create resources and ensure alignment of materials and assessments to the CCSS-M. Some of this work included, a summer meeting for grades 3-8 committee to finalize ISAT assessments for spring 2014 that will be 100% aligned with CCSS-M. Simultaneously, lessons are being developed for most grade bands (3-5, 6-8, and high school). ISBE has presented a webinar to communicate updates with another webinar scheduled on September 26th. (See ISBE website for details about the webinars and the work around the CCSS-M isbe.net.) Our Illinois Team Leader, Dr. Edna Bazik, was one of several educators across 20 states invited to review PARCC assessment items. The work began this summer in Orlando, FL. She was also the only educator from Illinois to participate in the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) consortia whose work is to evaluate mathematics content, accessibility, and bias sensitivity of assessments items. These CCSM-aligned items are scheduled to be field-tested this fall. Fifteen different states are part of the DLM consortia.
Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio state mathematics conferences are this fall. Kentucky will be hosting the NCTM Regional in Louisville including a one-day NCSM Leadership Seminar on November 6th. Be sure to check out the dates and links on the Central 1 Regional calendar.
We have so many resources across our region. NCSM is the conduit that enables us to maximize these connections and learn from one another through networking, communicating, supporting, and motivating one another.
Keep in mind that if you are planning for an upcoming state conference, let me know if you need an NCSM leader to come speak or if you like NCSM information and handouts to district. I hope I have the opportunity to see many of you at the various state conferences or at the regional in Louisville. Have a great start to the school year!