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

Save the Dates for Upcoming CCTM Events:


Navigating the Unique Challenges of the Digital SAT Using TI-84 Technology

The SAT is now an adaptive test? On the computer instead of paper? Are you ready for the massive changes to the format and content of the new digital SAT? Familiarize yourself with the changes made to the math section of the digital SAT. Learn strategies, calculator skills, and approaches that promote success for your students on the digital SAT.

Session Presenter

Jeff McCalla is a mathematics teacher and the Test Prep Coordinator at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of TI-84 for dummies and travels the country training teachers on ACT and SAT prep as an instructor for Texas Instruments. In 2009, he won the Presidential Award for Excellence for Mathematics and Science teaching.


ViewHouse – Centennial
7101 S Clinton St.
Centennial, CO 80112
Session to be held in the Centennial Room (main level)

Date/Time Information

Saturday, October 21, 2023
9:45am - 10:00am - Arrive
10:00am-1130am - Session
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch, Beverages and Social Hour

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

  • Quality Standard 3, ELEMENT B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.

  • Quality Standard 3, ELEMENT C: Teachers integrate and utilize appropriate available technology to engage students in authentic learning experiences.

Click HERE to register!


Teaching for Thinking Book Study Opportunity:

Following on the heels of our June 29 Teaching for Thinking Summer Learning Institute, CCTM will be hosting a virtual book study on Teaching for Thinking for the 2023-2024 school year.  Books can be purchased from Heinemann, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller.  

The monthly study will kick off in October.  The study will run from October 2023 through May 2024.  Two sessions (Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening) will be offered each month to offer flexibility for attendance.  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 routines by reading, planning, and reflecting on student work and video 

October Book Study Dates

Thursday, October 12th, 6:30-8:00pm

Tuesday, October 17th, 4:30-6:00pm

Sign up for the book study HERE.

Additional Math Celebrations and Opportunities:

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is holding their annual national conference October 25 - 28 in Washington, D.C.  Click HERE for more information.  

  • The Colorado Rockies are hosting a Math Day at their September 26 game.  The first pitch is at 1:10 pm versus the L.A. Dodgers.  The Rockies will provide packets of baseball-related math for students to work on at the game or in the classroom.  Contact Ryan Tapp with questions or to reserve tickets: [email protected] 

  • 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 and 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.

  • The Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins is hosting Math Day 2023 on Thursday, November 2, 2023. High schools from across the region are encouraged to participate in this day of mathematics exploration. Registration fees are $25.00 per student, and each school is allowed to register up to 30 students. The deadline to register is October 27. For information and to register online, please click HERE.  

  • The University of Northern Colorado is offering a math contest for the 2023-2024 school year.  The first round is done remotely between October 25 and November 1 with the final round occurring on the UNC campus on Saturday, March 2, 2024.  See HERE for more information.  

  • Check out this LINK for more information on the Celebration of Mind Mathematics Festival at UNC on October 25, 2023.  This is an evening event designed for families to engage in math games, puzzles, magic, and fun!

  • UNC is also hosting an open house for STEM & Health on October 27.  This free event is for high school seniors to learn more about different majors, financial aid, and the application process.  Click HERE to learn more and to register.  

  • Are you interested in earning your PhD in Mathematics Education?  UNC has recently revised their Mathematics Education PhD program and will be hosting a virtual open house on October 14 to provide more information about the program. 6th-14th mathematics teachers who have a master’s degree and would like to obtain a PhD can apply to this program.  Click HERE to learn more about the program, and click this LINK to register for the open house.  

  • Did you know that Colorado has a Listserv email distribution specifically designed for math educators?  CoMath is a great way to 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 K - 6.  Consider nominating an amazing teacher you know today!  Learn more HERE

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


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