News from the Central 1 Region
Gwen Zimmermann, Central 1 Regional Director
Summer 2014

What a great conference in NOLA! It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends as well as to make new connections ("N" in NCSM is about networking!). For those who were able to make the conference in New Orleans, I hope you came away with lot of great ideas to bring back to your day-to-day work.

The annual conference is also a time for the regional team leaders to get together. In Central 1, we have experienced some changes. Fern Tribbey (IL) and Jolee Garis (IL) are stepping down from the role of team leader of Central 1. I cannot thank each of them enough for the leadership and vision they have brought to NCSM and, specifically, to Central 1. We now welcome a couple of new team leaders. Steven Shadel from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, IL, and Tom Blom from Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in Indianapolis, IN. Both were able to make the team leader meeting, together with Amy Herman, Gerri Devine, Dana Gosen, and Greta Robinson. Together we developed a strategic plan how we might better communicate to our membership resources offered by NCSM.

Below are Central 1 team leaders:

  • Illinois: Edna Bazik () and Steve Shadel ()
  • Indiana: Tim Blom ()
  • Kentucky: Amy Herman ()
  • Michigan: Gerri Devine () and Dana Gosen ()
  • Ohio: Greta S. Robinson ()


Earlier this winter I participated in a conference with a few hundred participants from around the state of Illinois that were interested in learning more about exploring and/or implementing an integrated high school curriculum aligned to the CCSS for mathematics. That day included several presentations, networking, and sharing of resources. Information about some of the work that Illinois has engaged in around the Common Core can be found at

Steve Shadel reported that he has been working over the past few months with a high school and community college alliance in the Chicago northwest suburbs. This summer he will be facilitating a workshop for college faculty and high school faculty on how to implement the practice standards and PARCC frameworks into assessments. The college faculty is very interested to see what students are learning in high school classrooms with the new common core standards. Also, he will be facilitating a workshop for high school teachers in the summer on how to incorporate mastery based grading and designing lessons for students that incorporates student mindset, perseverance and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Several professional learning opportunities he will be participating in include:

Computer Science conference is in St. Charles. Great for math leaders and computer science teachers. There will be discussions regarding the new AP Computer Principles course.

The NCTM summer institute is in Chicago this year from July 31 - August 2. This interactive institute is focused on implementing the mathematical practices into the classroom. The institute is great for PLC leaders or teacher leaders.

ICTM is coming up in Tinley Park, IL this fall. Amazing speakers from our state and Dan Meyer.

Complex Instruction Consortium will be offering upcoming sessions this fall. The consortium takes place in the fall and spring each year. Teachers learn how to incorporate team tasks using complex instruction techniques. Teachers also have an opportunity to write tasks and observe actual students working on their tasks to improve the tasks for future use in the classroom. - Joe Boaler has a summer course for teachers and administrators for $125. Teachers in our state loved this course last summer. I had a team of teachers complete this course last year and they couldn't say enough great things about the program.


Indiana has adopted new academic standards that read similar to the Common Core and include older Indiana state standards. More information can be found at :

Also keep in mind that one of the NCSM Fall Leadership Seminars will be in Indianapolis, Indiana- Wednesday, October 29, 2014. More information will be available soon on the NCSM website.


This summer, Michigan has a number of professional opportunities available. Some of these include:

July 22 - 24, 2014
Oakland Schools will be hosting an Elementary Fractions Content Institute in July. The 3-day series, intended for elementary general education and special education teachers, is designed to deepen teachers' understanding of the development of fractions across grades 1-5, with an emphasis on grades 3-5. Teachers will actively engage in mathematical tasks that highlight shifts in understanding as represented in the CCSS, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Attention will be given to instructional strategies that teachers can use as they incorporate tasks, such as those explored, in their classrooms.

Aug 5-7, 2014
The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be hosting Pre-Conference Institutes and the 2014 MCTM Conference on the campus of Hope College in Holland, MI. The 65th Annual - MCTM Conference is being held August 6 & 7, 2014. The Pre-Conference Institutes are being held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. For more information visit the MCTM Conference site at

Please take time this summer to reflect and rejuvenate! Don't forget to email me with dates to add to our regional calendar of upcoming events that our members might be interested in learning more about.

Have a great summer!

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