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  • 02 Jul 2014 9:40 PM | Diane Leighty (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    As July begins, my term as your new president also begins.  I look forward to working with our energetic Board and all our members as we strive to support educators throughout Virginia.  The next year will be a busy one for VCTM as we co-host the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond and host an Academy in Virginia Beach.  Please consider becoming more involved by volunteering to help at the conference or volunteering for a VCTM committee.   

    ---Cathy Shelton

     

    Website Updates

    Take a moment to check out our website.  It has been updated, it looks great, and we believe it is easier to use.  And, don’t forget there is a members’ only section.  If you have not yet registered for the members’ only portion of the site, please do so.

     

    Regional NCTM Conference in Richmond:  Registration is now open!

    VCTM and The Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics are co-host organizations for the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond on November 12-14.  This is a wonderful opportunity in our own backyard.  Join us to hear presentations by Dan Meyer, Diane Briars, Skip Fennell, Linda Gojak, Steve Leinwand, Cathy Seeley, and Stuart Murphy as well as Virginia’s own Michael Bolling, LouAnn Lovin, and Joy Whitenack

    Go to http://www.nctm.org/Richmond/ to:

    Read about the featured presentations;

     

    Let’s make this NCTM’s most successful conference yet!!

     

    Save the Date for the VCTM Academy and Learn to Make Math Meaningful

    Next year, we will sponsor an Academy rather than the Spring Conference.  The Academy will be held March 6 – 7, 2015 and the location is Virginia Beach.  The format of an academy differs from a conference in that it is focused around a theme and participants are part of a grade-band group for the entire day and a half. The  grade bands are K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and above.  This year the theme is Making Math Meaningful: Inquiry Learning through the Process Goals. An Academy is also smaller than a conference and space is limited. So, watch for more information and be ready to join us in Virginia Beach.

     

    For questions about any of the items, to volunteer for a VCTM committee, or to express interest in serving on the executive board, please contact us at vctmath@gmail.com.

     

    Thanks for all you do for mathematics education!

  • 17 Jun 2014 10:35 PM | Diane Leighty (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    The end of this month marks the end of my term as president.  It has been an honor to serve this organization and I look forward to serving the organization in different capacities.  Cathy Shelton will be assuming the office of president as of July 1.  She will provide great leadership and I am excited to see what new things VCTM has in store.

    --Ian Shenk                                      

     

    Website Updates

    We recently collected survey data to check the pulse of our membership.  One of the common themes was to continue working to make the website more user-friendly and easier to navigate.  We’ve been gradually making changes to hopefully address these concerns.  Check out www.vctm.org and then let us know what you think!

     

    2014 Annual Conference

    We just want to send one last thank you to everyone who made our Spring Conference a success.  At our last Board meeting, we received a final report.  We had 962 attendees and 150 sessions.  A very special thanks is extended to LouAnn Lovin, Kyle Schultz and VVCTM.

     

    Election Results. 

    Beth Williams reported the following election results. All of the following will be serving two year terms.  Please congratulate them and thank them for their willingness to serve.  If you are interested in running for office in the spring, please contact Ian Shenk.

    • Elementary Representative - Eric Imbrescia
    • Middle School Representative - Anita Lockett
    • Secondary Representative - Bill Eggl
    • Four Year College Representative - Melva Grant
    • Mathematics Specialist - Spencer Jamieson

     

    Save the Date! 

    Because VCTM is one of the hosts for the regional conference (see below), in March we will sponsor an Academy rather than the Spring Conference. The dates are March 6-7, 2015 and the location is Virginia Beach.  There will be grade band themes for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 and above.  Stay tuned for more information but mark it on your calendar now.

       

    Regional NCTM Conference in Richmond Registration is now open!

    VCTM and The Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics are co-host organizations for the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond on November 12-14.  This is a wonderful opportunity in our own backyard.  Join us to hear presentations by Dan Meyer, Diane Briars, Skip Fennell, Linda Gojak, Steve Leinwand, Cathy Seeley, and Stuart Murphy as well as Virginia’s own Michael Bolling, LouAnn Lovin, and Joy Whitenack.  Go to http://www.nctm.org/Richmond/ to:

    Let’s make this NCTM’s most successful conference yet!!

      

    NASA STEM Teacher Professional Development Program. 

    Professional development can include a visit to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and service as an ambassador of NASA content at Busch Gardens during NASA Days on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd, 2014. Teachers interested in serving as an ambassador for NASA are invited to a face-to-face teacher workshop at NASA Langley Research Center on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.  Please contact NASA education specialist Marilé Colón Robles for more information Marile.ColonRobles@nasa.gov or at (757) 864-8672

     

    How you can help VCTM

    VCTM completely relies on our membership to be a successful organization.  Here are some ways you can help:

    • Share these updates with colleagues.
    • Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on our website.  Include a personal e-mail address if possible.
    • Volunteer to work at the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond.
    • Serve on a committee.
    • Nominate a colleague or yourself for one of our grants or awards.
    • Run for a position on our executive board.  For our next election cycle, we will be seeking nominees for President, Secretary, NCTM Rep, Elementary Rep, Middle School Rep, Secondary Rep, 2-Year College Rep, and 4-Year College Rep.

    Any help you can provide will ensure that VCTM remains an active and vital organization.

     

    For questions about any of the items, to volunteer for a committee, or to express interest in serving on the executive board, please contact us at vctmath@gmail.com.

     

    Thanks for all you do for mathematics education!


  • 06 May 2014 8:35 AM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)

    VCTM May 2014

    Corrections to the Virginia Mathematics Teacher

    The NCTM regional conference dates on the back of the Spring Journal are incorrect.

    The correct cities and dates for the fall NCTM regional conferences are:

    ·         Indianapolis, Indiana; October 29 – 31, 2014

    ·         Richmond, Virginia; November 12 – 14, 2014

    ·         Houston, Texas; November 19 – 21, 2014

    Regional NCTM Conference in Richmond - Registration is now open!

    VCTM and The Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics are co-host organizations for the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond on November 12-14.  This is a wonderful opportunity in our own backyard.  Join us to hear presentations by Dan Meyer, Diane Briars, Skip Fennell, Linda Gojak, Steve Leinwand, Cathy Seeley, and Stuart Murphy as well as Virginia’s own Michael Bolling, LouAnn Lovin, and Joy Whitenack.  Go to http://www.nctm.org/Richmond/ to:

    ·         Read about the featured presentations;

    ·         Check out the online conference planner to learn about more than 200 sessions that will be offered;

    ·         Reserve a hotel;

    ·         Download a justification toolkit to make the case for why you should attend;

    ·         Sign-up to volunteer; and

    ·         REGISTER to attend!

    Let’s make this NCTM’s most successful conference yet!!

    Tidewater Council of Teachers of Math Summer Conference

    TCTM is hosting a summer conference on Wednesday, July 30 with the theme Building a World of Mathematical Communicators and Thinkers. Please save the date.  More information will be available soon.

    VCTM Constitution

    Thanks to everyone who voted!  The proposed changes to the Constitution were passed. The new constitution will be available on www.vctm.org.

    Summer Opportunity for our Students

    CHROME STEM Summer Camp for Teens is open to rising 10th to 12th graders with at least a 2.75 GPA who want to pursue careers in STEM.  The camp is July 7 – 11 at Norfolk State University. It is free to participants.  Encourage interested students to go to www.chrome.org for more information and to apply.  Applications are due May 15, 2014.

    How you can help VCTM

    VCTM completely relies on our membership to be a successful organization.  Here are some ways you can help:

    ·         Share these updates with colleagues.

    ·         Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on our website.  Include a personal e-mail address if possible.

    ·         Volunteer to work at the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond.

    ·         Serve on a committee.

    ·         Nominate a colleague or yourself for one of our grants or awards.

    ·         Run for a position on our executive board.  For our next election cycle, we will be seeking nominees for President, Secretary, NCTM Rep, Elementary Rep, Middle School Rep, Secondary Rep, 2-Year College Rep, and 4-Year College Rep.

    Any help you can provide will ensure that VCTM remains an active and vital organization.

    For questions about any of the items, to volunteer for a committee, or to express interest in serving on the executive board, please contact us at vctmath@gmail.com.

    Thanks for all you do for mathematics education!

  • 11 Mar 2014 1:00 PM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)

    March is shaping up to be a very busy month!   Please read below for some important updates.

     

     VCTM Proposed Constitutional Changes

    ·         The VCTM Executive Board has been undergoing a periodic review of our Constitution in an effort to make it better reflect the changing role and activities of the organization.  We are recommending several changes to the current Constitution.  Among the major changes are the addition, removal, or combination of several committees and the addition of the office of historian.  Please take a minute to review the proposed changes at www.vctm.org.  

    ·         The approval of the constitution must be done by the membership.  You’ll have an opportunity to vote on the proposed changes at the conference, or, if you cannot attend, a ballot will be mailed by the end of the month. The Constitution can only be amended by two-thirds of the votes cast.

    ·         Thanks for your help in making VCTM a vital and active organization.   

      

    Annual Conference

    ·         The annual conference is just around the corner!  Pre-registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available Thursday, March 13, from 4 – 8 or on Friday, March 14, after 7 a.m.

    ·         To read more about our featured speakers, access the full program of over 150 sessions or find hotel information go to www.vctm.org/VCTM2014.

    ·         If you are planning on attending, here’s some important information:

    o   Registration is available in the HHS building on JMU’s campus. 

    o   Parking on campus limited.  VCTM conference attendees may park in the C10 and C12 lots on JMU’s east campus between the hours of 7:30 AM and 8:00 PM on March 13-15th, 2014.  Parking in other lots may result in campus guests receiving parking citations. An online campus map can be accessed at http://web.jmu.edu/parking/parkingmap.pdf

    o   Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 14th and on Saturday March 15th from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    o   Commercial Exhibits will be open in the Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. As you walk around the 1st floor of the conference, please take a moment to thank the exhibitors, without whom our conference would not be possible.  Everyone who collects the signatures of six exhibitors on the card provided at registration will be entered into a drawing for numerous door prizes!  The drawing will take place Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.  Be sure to check the VCTM table to see if you are a winner!   

    o   Local volunteers will be dressed in royal blue t-shirts with our conference logo.  If you have any questions, please look for one of these volunteers.  They will be happy to help!

    ·         A very special thanks to LouAnn Lovin, Kyle Schultz, and the Valley of Virginia Council for Teachers of Mathematics for their help in coordinating what is sure to be a fantastic event.

    ·         We hope to see you in Harrisonburg!

     

      VCTM Professional Development Grant:

    ·         Applications are now being accepted for VCTM’s Professional Development Grant.  The grant can be used to attend workshops, institutes, or other in-service opportunities.  Two $500 awards are given.   Applications are due by May 1, 2014.   For information or to download an application, go to www.vctm.org. 

     

     Please share these updates with your colleagues!  For questions about any of the items, please contact us at vctmath@gmail.com.  

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    Sincerely,

    Ian Shenk

    VCTM President

  • 04 Feb 2014 8:49 AM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)

    Don't forget to register for our 2014 conference!  Online registration for our 2014 conference ends on February 14.  Please make plans to attend and Unlock the Mathematical Mind at James Madison University.

    Featured speakers include:

    Linda Gojak, NCTM President
    John Almarode, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education – James Madison University
    Stephen Bismarck, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ed – University of South Carolina Upstate
    Michael Bolling, Director, Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools – VDOE
    Eric Imbrescia, VCTM 2013 Teacher of the Year

    To read more about our featured speakers, access the full program of over 150 sessions, find hotel information, or to register, go to www.vctm.org/VCTM2014.

    Special thanksto LouAnn Lovin, Kyle Schultz, and the Valley of Virginia Council for Teachers of Mathematics for their help in coordinating what is sure to be a fantastic event.

    Be sure to join your colleagues from around the state at James Madison University on March 14 and 15 for this exciting opportunity!

    VCTM Professional Development Grant:

    • Applications are now being accepted for VCTM’s Professional Development Grant.  The grant can be used to attend workshops, institutes, or other in-service opportunities.  Two $500 awards are given.   Applications are due by May 1, 2014.   For information or to download an application, go to www.vctm.org. 

     Please share this e-mail with your colleagues!  If you learn of opportunities for teachers or students, please send them to Pat Gabriel (pmgabriel@aol.com) or Ian Shenk (ishenk@hcps.us) to be included in our future updates.  

  • 21 Jan 2014 3:20 PM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)
    We are very proud to announce that Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, will be speaking at this year's conference.

    For the full list of featured speakers, go to www.vctm.org/VCTM2014.  The full program booklet will be available soon!
  • 06 Jan 2014 4:18 PM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)

    VCTM January 2014--Happy New Year!

     

    Dear VCTM Member,

     Please see below for several exciting opportunities for our members. 

     

    Registration is now open for our 2014 conference!

    ·   Plan to join us at James Madison University on March 14 and 15 as we share ways to Unlock the Mathematical Mind.

    ·   To register for the conference and find hotel information, go to www.vctm.org

    ·   Look for more information in our semi-annual newsletter arriving in your mailbox later this month.

     

    VCTM Professional Development Grant

    ·  Applications are now being accepted for the VCTM Professional Development Grant.

    ·   The grant can be used to attend workshops, institutes, or other in-service opportunities.

    ·   Two $500 awards are given.

    ·   Applications are due by May 1, 2014.

    ·   For information or to download an application, go to www.vctm.org.

     

    2014 Math Beauty Contest is open for students!

    ·   The contest gives students throughout Virginia a chance to show their problem solving ability in "beautiful ways."

    ·   Entries must be postmarked by January 15th.

    ·   Problems and full contest information are available on www.vctm.org.

     Other Opportunities for Students

    ·   BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It is a three-day, on-campus, summer STEM experience for current 8th and 9th graders from Virginia middle and high school.  It is a free program that will bring STEM alive to the participants through a series of innovative experiences.  Applications are due February 1.  For more information, go to http://blast.spacegrant.org.

    ·   Einstein fellow Jim Town has created a project-based online class designed for high school students and teachers.  The free eight week course opens on January 13.  Go to mathtown - coursesites to enroll.

     

    Become Involved with VCTM!

    VCTM is an organization of and for math teachers in Virginia.  We are always looking for new people to take leadership roles in our organization.  There are several ways to become involved, including:

    ·   Volunteering at our annual conference

    ·   Serving on a committee

    ·   Running for office

    ·   Writing for our journal

    ·   For more information or to volunteer for any of these opportunities, go to www.vctm.org or email vctmath@gmail.com.

     

    Please share these updates with your colleagues!  If you learn of opportunities for teachers or students, please send them to Pat Gabriel (pmgabriel@aol.com) or Ian Shenk (ishenk@hcps.us) to be included in our future updates.

     

    Thank you for all that you do for the students in Virginia – have a fantastic 2014!

  • 05 Dec 2013 10:10 AM | Ian Shenk (Administrator)

    See below for several important and exciting end-of-the-year announcements. 

    Registration is now open for our 2014 conference!

    • The 2014 conference will be held at James Madison University on March 14 and 15.    
    • To register and find hotel information, go to www.vctm.org.

     2014 Math Beauty Contest is now open for students!

    • The contest gives students throughout Virginia a chance to show their problem solving ability in “beautiful ways.” 
    • Entries must be postmarked by January 15th.
    • Problems and full contest information are available on www.vctm.org

     Annual Programs that Work Awards – Time Sensitive Information!

    • The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition invites you to nominate effective student and teacher educational programs for the VMSC "Programs that Work" Awards.
    • The Coalition is interested in recognizing exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated STEM programs that have a positive impact on student or teacher learning.
    • Applications are due on December 11, 2013.  Go to http://vamsc.org/PTW2014.html for applications.

     Fantastic opportunity for High School Students!

    • The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) announces a call for applications from U.S. high school students interested in participating in field research in Greenland!
    • Five high school students from the United States will join peers from Denmark and Greenland to spend three weeks during summer 2014 doing field science in and around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and visiting Summit Station, a research base on the Greenland ice sheet. Students and teachers will work alongside scientists on research projects in a wide variety of fields including biology, geology, climatology, chemistry, and engineering.
    • Students chosen for the U.S. team must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application, and they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    • Applications are due by January 31, 2014.  To apply or find additional information, go to http://www.arcus.org/jsep.

    If you learn of opportunities like the ones above for teachers or students, please forward the information to Pat Gabriel (pmgabriel16@aol.com) or Ian Shenk (ishenk@hcps.us)  

  • 23 Sep 2012 10:05 PM | Jennifer Hackley (Administrator)
    Find us @VCTMATH for updates.
  • 23 Sep 2012 9:05 PM | Jennifer Hackley (Administrator)
    • Additional practice items for the Algebra and higher level SOL math courses will be available next month (20 for each course).
    • Practice items for grades 3-8 are forthcoming.
    • Data analysis at the state level shows that the students did well with the technology enhanced items, the increased complexity of the problems was where they struggled.
    • A request for school divisions to participate in an ARDT field test has been announced.
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