News from the Central 1 Region
Gwen Zimmermann, Central 1 Regional Director
Winter 2014/2015

Fall is an opportunity to take advantage of the many professional development opportunities offered this time of year. Hopefully each of you was able to either attend your state conference, another state's conference or maybe even an NCTM Regional.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting many members while at the NCSM table in Indianapolis. It was great to talk with members about how they are currently using NCSM resources, introduce them to new resources, or to simply say "thank you" for their support. I also had the great opportunity to meet many new faces and tell them about NCSM and everything our organization has to offer to support the work of mathematics education leaders.

I certainly wasn't the only NCSM member who was busy. Below are a few other activities and events in which our team leaders participated or have coming up in the near future.

ICTM (Illinois) Annual Conference - Steve Shadel

This year's ICTM conference was incredible! Over 800 teachers from around the State of Illinois gathered in Tinley Park for our annual conference. The conference was kicked off by Dan Meyer. Dan presented in the morning on incorporating Three Act Math Tasks into the classroom. He shared specific strategies teachers can use in their classrooms to allow for student engagement and discussion through engaging mathematics tasks. He also led a lunch session regarding the future of online textbooks. Dan shared his vision for how online resources can transform the way teachers teach and students learn.

The remaining sessions were powerful and engaging. Teachers throughout the state shared their work over the past few years implementing the Common Core Math Standards. Many sessions shared powerful units and discussions about how they changed their units of study to reflect the Mathematical Practices and the rigor of the CCSS. It was great to hear from teachers across the state on how their instruction has changed, as well as their supports to meet the needs of all of their students. Stay tuned for information about next year's conference in Tinley Park. The conference chairs are working hard to bring back another great slate of speakers!

CIC Summer Institute - Steve Shadel

This summer teachers from the Northwest Suburbs met at Evanston High School to share strategies they have used to implement rigorous tasks, grade based on the standards and high levels of questioning into their classrooms. This was an extremely organic professional development opportunity for teachers. Very rarely is there professional development opportunity offered by teachers for teachers. Another institute was held on November 19th at Niles North High School.

Upcoming OCTM Contest

Has your high school signed up yet for the 2015 OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Math Contest? If not, you still have time to register by January 31, 2015 without a late penalty. This year marks our 42nd annual high school math contest! Challenge your students to participate in the contest held Saturday, February 21, 2015. The one-hour contest consists of 40 questions ranging from Pre-algebra to Pre-Calculus, even including questions about the history of mathematics, logic, and mathematical vocabulary. With over 20 testing sites across Ohio, it should be easy to find a location in close proximity to your district. Approximately the top 100 students in the state will move on to the OHMIO (Ohio Mathematics Invitational Olympiad) held March 28, 2015 at Capital University. To register, find example contest problems, and manage your student roster, please check out our tournament website at You can also email the OCTM State Tournament Director, Chris Bolognese, at for more information. Thanks for your willingness to challenge your students in mathematics competitions!

As always, 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 distribute.

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