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Get Involved in Colorado Mathematics Education
CoMath is a listserv designed to bring content, news, and information to support quality mathematics education to educators in Colorado. CoMath is Colorado's original social network for mathematics educators, and owes its origins to rural math teachers from around the state who started the listserv in the 1990s. Today, CoMath generally features:
- 1-3 posts per week from members with information about events, professional learning opportunities, job postings, news items of interest, or questions for the field
- Regular posts from Raymond Johnson, CDE Mathematics Content Specialist, about the latest in mathematics education
- Moderated, non-commercial content
To sign up for CoMath, or to have an item included in a CoMath Update, email Raymond Johnson.
Colorado Teacher Organizations for Mathematics Educators
CCTM is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the largest professional organization of mathematics teachers in the country. CCTM serves its membership by hosting an annual conference, publishing a journal three times a year, providing grants to communities of learners, recognizing outstanding teachers and teacher leaders with annual awards.
Colorado Mathematics Leaders (CML)
CML is an affiliate of the National Council of Supervisors Mathematics and is comprised of district mathematics leaders (math specialists, coordinators, coaches, TOSAs, department chairs, consultants, etc.) from across the state of Colorado. They meet monthly throughout the school year to share questions, resources, and support. The meeting schedule for the current school year can be found below under Events. For more information, or to be added to the CML mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoMMIT is a group of leaders in math and special education who collaborate to help solve the challenges we share in working to serve the needs of all learners in math education, especially those who struggle most. CoMMIT meets semi-regularly as group needs dictate. More resources and contact information can be found on the CoMMIT website.
National Teacher Organizations
Founded in 1920, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 35,000 members and more than 230 affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) is a mathematics leadership organization for educational leaders that provides professional learning opportunities necessary to support and sustain improved student achievement.
The CCTM Annual Conference is the largest annual event in Colorado supporting the professional development of teachers of mathematics. The 2019 conference will be held July 29-30 on the campus of the University of Denver. For more information and to register, visit https://www.cctmath.org/conference.
On July 16, NCTM will host their Leadership Conference in Denver at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Speakers include Robert Berry (NCTM President), Angela Barlow (Editor-in-Chief of the new MTLT journal), Marian Dingle, Mary Pittman, Joanie Funderburk, Michelle Naidu, Kim Smith, and Andrew Busch. The registration deadline is July 8 and the cost is $250, but you should not wait to register as space is limited.
A statistics workshop for 5-12 teachers is being offered as part of the Joint Statistical Meetings, conducted this year in Denver by the American Statistical Association. The Meeting Within a Meeting will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31. The workshop fee is $50.
The National Council on Measurement in Education is holding its Third Annual NCME Special Conference on Classroom Assessment on September 18-19, 2019, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Featured speakers include Deboarah Ball, Margaret Heritage, Lorrie Shepard, Megan Bang, Erin Furtak, and Bill Penuel. Register by August 1 to receive a discounted registration fee of $175. Conference grant assistance is available for K-12 educators.
Each February, the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) hosts a two-day workshop for teachers of mathematics with a focus on struggling learners. For more information, see the CCLD website. The 2019 Math on the "Planes" featured Steve Leinwand and was held February 22-23 in the Adams 12 School District. Information about the 2020 Math on the "Planes" workshop will be available in late 2019.
The Colorado Math Leaders (CML) meet monthly throughout the school year. Meeting dates, times, and locations for the 2019-2020 school year are on the following Wednesdays:
- September 11: 10:00-2:00, Summit County
- October 16: 10:00-12:00, Virtual via Zoom
- November 13: 10:00-2:00, Littleton
- December 11: 10:00-12:00, Virtual via Zoom
- January 22: 10:00-2:00, Cherry Creek
- February 12: 10:00-12:00, Virtual via Zoom
- March 11: 10:00-2:00, TBD
- April 15: 10:00-12:00, Virtual via Zoom
- May 13 (Annual Business Meeting): 10:00-2:00, TBD
For meeting locations, agendas, and other details, please subscribe to the CML mailing list by contacting Raymond Johnson.
Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle meets the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 until noon at the University of Colorado Denver. For more information and to RSVP for a meeting, see https://clas.ucdenver.edu/rmmcp/rocky-mountain-math-teachers-circle.
Rocky Mountain Math Students' Circle is a collection of activities, with math circles held in various districts along with math circle summer camps. For more information, see https://clas.ucdenver.edu/rmmcp/rocky-mountain-math-students-circles.
Northern Colorado Math Circles (NoCOMC) provide math circle sessions for both middle school math teachers and middle school students (4th-8th graders). For more information, see http://northerncoloradomathcircles.org/.
Mathematics Grants and Awards
Multiple organizations work to honor and support Colorado's many stellar educators. These grants, awards, recognitions occur annually with specific application windows, so refer to each program for more information.
CCTM awards both teachers and leaders by CCTM region. For more information, see https://www.cctmath.org/grants-and-awards.
NCTM has multiple grant application windows each year. For more information, see https://www.nctm.org/grantsawards/.
PAEMST is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Nomination and application windows are open in the early months of each year. For more information, visit https://www.paemst.org/.
PAESMEM honors U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM education and workforce. Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories or possessions, particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).