November 2023 Upcoming Events, Celebrations, Happenings and Opportunities (ECHO)

Save the Dates for Upcoming CCTM Events:

Save the Date! CCTM will be holding its next in-person event on June 13-14, 2024. More details to come!

Teaching for Thinking Book Study

CCTM has kicked off a free virtual book study on Teaching for Thinking for the 2023-2024 school year.  This book study is intended as a follow up and opportunity to put into practice what was presented at the Teaching for Thinking Summer Learning Institute.  Books can be purchased from Heinemann, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller.  

The study is running through May 2024.  Two sessions (Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening) will be offered each month to offer flexibility for attendance.  Attendance is not required from one month to the next, unless you would like to apply for college credit in the spring of 2024.  CCTM members who participate in the book study will have access to continuing education hours, book study resources, and session recordings.  Optional college credit is available for an additional fee from Colorado Mesa University.  

Book study participants will:

  • Study and implement the Five Essential Strategies for integrating instructional routines into classroom practice

  • Learn, practice and analyze two reasoning routines by reading, planning, and reflecting on student work and video 

Sign up for the book study HERE.


Additional Math Celebrations and Opportunities:

  • Have you heard about the new Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant Program (CO-AAP)?  The CO-AAP grant competition is expected to launch by December 15, 2023. Applications will be due February 15, 2024. CDE will award approximately $24 million in state funds over the three-year grant period. For more information, visit theCDE CO-AAP webpage. To help inform the CO-AAP grant program, you can complete this stakeholder survey.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on Friday, November 17.

  • The Colorado Department of Education in partnership with Growing Minds is developing math intervention toolkits and training materials to address unfinished learning in math.  Once the toolkits are created, these resources will be available to the public on the CDE website.  As work on developing these toolkits begins, CDE and Growing Minds want to hear your thoughts on the most crucial math skills and areas of concern for K-12 students in Colorado.  Provide your feedback by completing this Stakeholder Input Survey.

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is holding a regional conference February 7 - 9, 2024 in Seattle, WA. The conference theme, Everyone Belongs Here, aims to celebrate and embrace the experiences and differences that make each child unique. Click HERE for more information.  

  • Following the CCTM in-person SAT training with Texas Instruments, several attendees expressed interest in bringing a workshop to their school, district and/or region.  Visit TI SAT Workshop which details the training, delivery options and pricing. While this information does not specifically call out the digital SAT, the training moving forward will be focused around the digital assessment.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Brian Dunnicliffe at [email protected].

  • Middle School Teachers - Are you interested in a middle school mathematics competition? The AMC 8 exam is designed to develop students’ problem-solving skills and interest in mathematics. The exam can be given to students anytime during the week of January 18-24. To encourage greater participation in the AMC 8 exam by traditionally underserved students, the Colorado Math Awards (CMA) is offering grants to help defray the costs. To learn more about Colorado Math Awards and the AMC 8 mini-grant offer, visit the CMA website

  • CCTM membership is only $39 per year!  CCTM also offers a group membership option in which a district, school, or collection of passionate math educators have the option to pay $250 for a one-year group membership, which includes membership for 13 individuals.  CCTM members have access to our video archives of previous professional learning, as well as discounts for current virtual and in-person learning.  If you aren’t already a member, consider joining to get access to previous learning sessions from Dr. Robert Berry, Juliana Tapper, Mary Pittman, and Rachel Levy & Robyn Van Der Zanden, just to name a few.  Previous topics have included: number talks, student agency, mathematical modeling, unfinished learning, equitable mathematics instruction, math intervention strategies, and more. 

  • NCTM will also host its 2024 Virtual Conference April 10 - 13, 2024.  Stay tuned for more information as the dates get closer.

  • NCSM is once again offering Virtual Coaching Labs.  Virtual Coaching Labs are 90-minute virtual sessions in which leaders and coaches learn about mathematics coaching, hear from featured speakers, and have the opportunity to practice coaching skills.  During each session, participants will have the opportunity to practice coaching skills in real time through role play experiences in small groups.  Sessions are held from 3:00-4:30 pm MST.

  • PAEMST Nominations are now open.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are one of the highest honors to highlight teachers from across the country.  This year’s nominations are for teachers whose responsibilities are for students in Grades K - 6.  Consider nominating an amazing teacher you know today!  Nominations are due by February 6, 2024.  Learn more HERE

  • Did you know that Colorado has its own peer-reviewed, open access journal published by CCTM? Maybe you are researching or trying new practices in your own setting? Consider submitting your own article to the Colorado Mathematics Teacher (CMT)  to share your learning and experience. Click HERE to browse the CMT.

  • Are you aware of mathematics education podcasts?  Here are a few we enjoy listening to: Room to Grow, Mindful Math Coach, NCSM, and MTE.  Which podcasts do you enjoy listening to? Let us know.

  • NCSM is hosting their 56th annual conference in Chicago, IL September 23-25, 2024.  Speaker proposal submissions are due by December 1, 2023.



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