News from the Western 1 Region
Mona Toncheff, Western 1 Regional Director
Winter 2013/2014

This fall has been quite an adventure. I was able to attend the AZ, AK, and ID Fall conferences and attended the NCTM Regional Conference in Las Vegas, NV. It was great to meet new members and old friends! A special thanks to Kim Rimbey, Samantha Wuttig, Gay Lynn Erb, and Denise Trakas for their assistance with setting up the NCSM booths! Check out the NCSM Facebook page to see their work.

As I traveled from state to state, I was impressed with the sense of urgency to support math teaching and learning. Conference sessions were focused on Common Core leadership and "how-to" meet the demands of the new state standards. Below is a short summary from four of the Western Region 1 states.

Arizona: Leadership matters...and joining forces promotes great leadership! Math leaders in Arizona engaged in two opportunities to network and to learn together in the past few months. Both of these efforts promise to provide ongoing opportunities to network, collaborate, and support the important work of implementing Arizona's College and Career Readiness Standards (common core).

First, math leaders from throughout the state began meeting quarterly to discuss the challenges and opportunities for standards implementation and the related assessments soon to come. The first meeting centered on issues regarding PARCC, and the second meeting focused on professional development models and strategies. This network is being coordinated through the collaborative efforts of representatives from local districts, the Arizona Department of Education, county superintendent offices, and philanthropic organizations. Special thanks to Mona Toncheff, NCSM Western Region-I Director and Mathematics Content Specialist for Phoenix Union High School District for her commitment to this effort.

Second, the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM), in partnership with our NCSM Western Region-I Director, offered a leadership strand during their annual statewide mathematics conference in September. These sessions were well attended by leaders throughout the state. The intention is to continue offering this leadership strand at the annual conference as well as to eventually offer a full-day pre-conference math leadership event in association with the annual AATM conference.

Colorado: The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics held their annual conference on Oct 10-11, 2013. An Administrator-focused pre-session was offered for the first time and had about 50 attendees. Over 100 concurrent sessions were enjoyed, and the keynote speaker, Ellen Whitesides motivated and inspired conference attendees to support student learning in the transition to new standards and practices.

Additionally, Colorado celebrates the election of Cathy Martin, CCTM president, to the NCTM Board of Directors.

Nevada: Nevada hosted its first State meeting and member event following the opening session of the NCTM Las Vegas regional. Around 40 State of Nevada mathematics leaders attended the event which included an opportunity to share what is currently working across the state in regards to Common Core implementation as well as identifying opportunities for growth or improvement in this area. The program was generously supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. NCSM president and Western Region 1 RD also attended the inaugural meeting.

Utah: The annual Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference was held on November 1 and 2 at East High School in Salt Lake City. The keynote speaker was Dr. Margaret (Peg) Smith, co-author of 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions. Peg's presentation was extremely well received. There were over 70 breakout sessions held over the two days with topics ranging from Kindergarten and Pre-school mathematics to high school mathematics. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast together and had a great time networking and learning from each other.

Upcoming Annual Conferences: Do you have plans to attend the 46th NCSM annual conference this year? The annual conference is in New Orleans, April 7-9, "Jazzed Up Mathematics Leadership." Several sessions are focused on Common Core State Standards and Emerging Leaders. The strand descriptions can be found on the NCSM website. Here is a great opportunity to enlarge your network of resources and tools.

Affiliates: Does your state math association want to be an affiliate with NCSM? NCSM invites state, regional and provincial mathematics leadership organizations that meet the criteria (listed on the website) to become an affiliate of NCSM. We hope that you will consider this opportunity to work more closely with NCSM and to gain benefit from the association.

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