News from Western 2 Region
Sara Munshin, Western 2 Regional Director
As we conclude another school year, we congratulate the graduates at various levels and thank the mathematics teachers who helped make their success possible.
Summer is a time of reflection and re-creation for many of us. We may need time to relax a bit after a busy school year. We may want to catch up on some reading that was put aside during the year. In addition to whatever other types of reading you enjoy, consider reading at least one article or book related to the profession. Faster Isn't Smarter by Cathy Seeley is one I recommend. If you did not receive it at the NCSM conference, you can find it at www.mathsolutions.com.
We may be in the midst of activities such as summer school for students and professional development opportunities for teachers. In all situations, leadership skills are essential, whether they are used to help a classroom teacher work with students who do not yet understand mathematical concepts or whether they are used to help plan and implement high quality professional development.
Summer Mathematics Education Activities in Western 2 Region
The California Mathematics Council (CMC), in partnership with Math Solutions, is sponsoring two summer workshop series for teachers. The first will be held June 28 - July 2 in Pomona CA and the second will occur August 2 - 6 in Larkspur CA. For more information go to http://www.cmc-math.org
The Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics is sponsoring a summer institute, "Teaching Mathematics Using Graphing Calculators" from July 12 - 16 at Kailua H.S. For more information go to http://www.hctm.org
The Oregon Math Leaders Conference will be held August 1 - 3 at Linfield College. For more information go to http://www.octm.org
The Washington State Mathematics Council will be hosting the Northwest Math Conference this year. It will be held in Spokane WA October 7-9. For more information go to http://www.wsmc.net
The most recent recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics have been announced. They are:
CA: Sean Nank of Oceanside
HI: Yannabah Lewis of Kailua-Kona
OR: Marna Knoer, Eugene
WA: Nicola Wethall, Oak Harbor
Congratulations to all!
What with the final version of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) now released, states are forming panels to review these documents and determine whether additional standards are to be added in order to align them with the individual state standards. This promises to be a challenging process. Your state mathematics education organizations are the best source for current information on the CCSS in your state. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) published a joint position statement on the CCSS. To read it, visit our Leadership Resources page.