News from the Central 1 Region
Gwen Zimmermann, Central 1 Regional Director
Winter 2013/2014

As with many of our regions, fall is a busy time for conferences in addition to all the other work that is being done around mathematics education. Keep in mind that we post many of the upcoming conference and events on our Regional calendar including a link to more information. If there are events that are missing from the calendar that you feel our members or visitors to our website might be interested in, please contact your respective team leader:

  • Illinois: Edna Bazik ( and Fern Tribbey ()
  • Indiana: Jolee Garis ()
  • Kentucky: Amy Herman ()
  • Michigan: Gerri Devine () and Dana Gosen ()
  • Ohio: Greta S. Robinson ()

The team leaders are instrumental in helping keeping NCSM informed of area events as well as getting out the word about NCSM and the benefits membership provides.

In October, I attended the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference in Peoria, Illinois. The leadership pre-conference that focused on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics was a big draw. Past-president, Steve Leinwand, was a keynote speaker, and I co-spoke about working to support middle school teachers in transitioning to teaching the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The main conference offered many varied sessions with a significant participant representation of pre-service teachers. In the exhibit hall, I hosted an NCSM table and generated a lot of interest in the Great Tasks resources.

I have also had the opportunity to work with a small group supported by the Illinois State Board of Education on developing and organizing resources to support Illinois high schools that are interested in pursuing an integrated mathematics high school curriculum. Not surprisingly, many of the issues are related to leadership!

One of our Illinois team leaders, Dr. Edna Bazik, has been very busy this fall. She has done a number of presentations around implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics including at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and at National Louis University (sponsored by the Chicago Teacher Partnership Program). Dr. Bazik also presented at the NCTM Regional in Las Vegas ("Use Engaging Problem Solving Tasks and Math Projects") where NCSM's Great Tasks was highlighted as a resource.

Some other work, Edna is involved in this fall includes a Race to the Top Grant project focused on revising secondary mathematics content and methods courses to align with CCSSM and participating on the Illinois State Board of Education Mathematics Assessment Advisory Committee. This MAAC committee will discuss how Illinois will be addressing the issue of middle school and high school mathematics assessments as it relates to two pathways (traditional and integrated) as identified by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and PARCC. This group is scheduled to meet in December 2013.

This fall, one of NCSM's three leadership seminars was offered in our region immediately preceding the NCTM Regional conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The diverse group was engaged in learning and sharing together across grades K-16. NCSM resources, Great Tasks and Situations, were a driver to the conversations. Valerie Mills and I were able to greet many attendees who stopped by the NCSM booth in the NCTM exhibit hall. Past-president, Suzanne Mitchell, also enticed a few new members to join!

Did you know that the Ohio Journal of School Mathematics is seeking a co-editor? This is OCTM's award-winning professional mathematics education journal. More information about the position can be found on the OCTM home page, Anyone interested in applying should contact Ed Laughbaum by December 2, 2014. A great way to get involved!

Also, nominations are opened for an outstanding teacher (elementary or secondary) for the 2014 OCTM mathematics educator award! Descriptions of the awards are on the OCTM web page, and a nomination form is on-line.

Lastly, the Columbus Math Teacher Circle is being formed with a four-day summer immersion workshop in late June, 2014, followed by monthly meetings during the 2014 school year. Be on the look out for more information about how to apply!

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 sent to your district. It is not too early to begin planning for 2014. Have a great holiday season!

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