Upcoming Events, Celebrations, Happenings and Opportunities (ECHO)

CCTM has two upcoming virtual professional learning events scheduled for October.  

Virtual Learning Session: Powerful and Easy Math Intervention Strategies

Presenter: Juliana Tapper, Math Intervention Specialist, CollaboratEd

Date and time: Wednesday, October 12, 4:30 – 5:00pm MDT

Description: Teaching students who struggle with math? In this 30 minute virtual crash course, you’ll walk away with multiple strategies you can implement tomorrow that will make math more accessible and inviting for your most struggling and apathetic students.

This professional learning session aligns to the following Colorado Educator Effectiveness Standards for Teachers: 

  • QUALITY STANDARD II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
  • Quality Standard III, ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.
  • Quality Standard III, ELEMENT D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

This professional learning session also aligns to the following Colorado English Learner PD Requirements:

  • 5.12 Quality Standard IV: Educators are knowledgeable in the teaching strategies, including methods, materials, and assessment for CLD students

Registration Link

Virtual Learning Session: Standards-Based Grading in Mathematics: Grades that are Meaningful, Precise, and Accurate

Presenter: David Woodward, Founder and President, Forefront Education

Date and time: October 25, 7:00 – 8:00pm MDT

Description: Standards-based grading can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Some call it Target Based grading. Others call it all kinds of things. The goal is honorable - increase the precision and accuracy of grades, improve communication with students and families, and promote positive student engagement with their own learning. How to do it is different in each and every circumstance.

Come join us for a conversation about grading, in particular "standards-based" grading. We will have some informal opinion polls, some idea gathering, some sharing of thoughts, and some breakout conversations. Consider this an opportunity to make some connections, hear some perspectives, and learn about what is going on in the world of grading reform and how folks are making it happen.

This professional learning session aligns to the following Colorado Educator Effectiveness Standards for Teachers: 

  • QUALITY STANDARD III, ELEMENT B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.

Registration Link

Additional Math Celebrations and Opportunities:

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is holding their annual national conference September 28 - October 1 in Los Angeles.  Click HERE for more information.  

  • Did you know that Colorado has a Listserve email distribution specifically designed for math educators?  CoMath is a great way learn about math happenings throughout the state. Learn more HERE and sign up today!

  • 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 7 - 12.  Consider nominating an amazing teacher you know today!  Learn more HERE

  • CCTM members have access to our video archives and previous professional learning.  If you aren’t already a member, consider joining and getting access to previous learning sessions from Dr. Robert Berry, Geoff Krall, Mary Pittman, and Joseph Bolz, just to name a few.  Previous topics have included: number talks, student agency, mathematical modeling, unfinished learning, equitable mathematics instruction, and more.

  • Did you know that Colorado has its own peer-reviewed, open access journal published by CCTM?  Click HERE to browse Colorado Mathematics Teacher.

  • Northern Colorado Math Circles will hold problem-solving sessions for teachers (all levels) and students (4th-9th grades) during the 2022-2023 academic year.  Check out the WEBSITE for events and how to attend.  The first event will be in-person on Saturday, November 5, at the University of Northern Colorado Campus in Greeley from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.  Dr. James Tanton will be the facilitator.  

  • Check out this LINK for information on the upcoming UNC Math Contest.  

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