News from Central 2 Region
Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Central 2 Regional Director
Although it may not feel like it temperature wise, spring is here! As I talked with members across our region this past week, the top two topics of conversation were the weather and the other sign of spring - the NCSM Annual Conference. While it may still feel chilly in most parts of our region, we look forward to the warmer weather and warm conversations, and bridges to be built between leadership and mathematics learning!
The 2016 NCSM Annual Conference in Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area will feature an amazing line up of speakers. If you are presenting at the conference, please consider sharing your presentation day and time by tweeting me directly at @comfortmath... I would love to meet you and have the chance to learn from you!
NCSM Regional Central Region 2 Caucus at the Conference: Tuesday, April 12
Please join us at the regional caucuses to network and learn with leaders in our region. The regional caucus is listed as Session 2608 (3:30 - 4:15) in room 0CC 202. The caucus provides opportunities for you to connect, network, and celebrate regional success with fellow leaders. I will share information on NCSM initiatives, state, national/provincial issues, and future events. There will be door prizes-we look forward to seeing you there!
Here are some happenings in our region:
Nebraska (by Josh Males): This has been a busy year! The Nebraska State Board of Education approved new Nebraska Mathematics Standards this past fall. The new standards will first be assessed in the 2017-2018 school year. There were 40 Nebraska educators on the original writing team and more than 100 Nebraska teachers provided feedback during the process.
NATM will hold its annual meeting September 9th and 10th , 2016, in Kearney, NE. The conference theme is "Turn the Walls to Glass: Sharing Best Classroom Practices". Dan Meyer will be the keynote speaker.
A number of Nebraska math educators participated in the M4 conference in Kansas City in March. Participants included K-12 teachers and administrators, university professors and NDE personnel.
Iowa (by Lynn Selking & Vicki Olson): Iowa welcomes April Pforts, our new Iowa Department of Education Mathematics Program Consultant. April hit ground running mid-January, reaching out to the many stakeholders in mathematics education in our state to become informed of the work already being done and to inform them of opportunities for more growth and synergy
Spring Upcoming Conferences:
North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) will be holding a joint State Math and Science Councils in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 21-22, 2016.
MCTM Spring Mathematics Conference will take place in Duluth, Minnesota April 29-30. The featured Keynote Speakers are: Yeap BanHar and Diane Briars.
The Wisconsin Mathematics Council's Annual Conference is scheduled for May 4-6, 2016 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI.
There are many regional and state conferences in the next few months in Central Region 2. Events and link to more information are listed in the calendar section of this web page. A list of NCSM State Team Leaders is posted on the Central Region 2 web page. Please contact one of us with information pertinent to your state. If you are planning an upcoming local / state conference and would like to invite an NCSM leader to speak; need information or handouts to display/give away, feel free to contact
Affiliates: CONGRATULATIONS to the Missouri Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (MoSCSM) and the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) for their successful completion of their applications to become NCSM Affiliates. We now have three Affiliates in our region! They will be recognized and will receive Certificates of Affiliation during the business meeting at the annual conference.
Speaking of affiliates… Does your 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.
Continue to reach out and invite your colleagues to join NCSM so that we can expand our mathematics education leadership community.