Region E1 Report - Winter 2016/2017

 

News from the Eastern 1 Region
Shawn Towle, Eastern 1 Regional Director
Winter 2016/2017

Hello NCSM members from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont! Here are some news items from our mathematics organizations and a few suggestions as you continue your school year.

It has been a busy fall in Eastern Region 1 with lots of conferences and many more coming up in the spring and summer of 2017.

First Annual New Cubed (AMTNYS, AMTNE, AMTNJ)

As part of my Eastern Region 1 work, I visit conferences and organizations throughout the region. The first conference I attended was the First Annual New Cubed Conference at Iona College in June. This conference was hosted by AMTNYS, AMTNE, and AMTNJ. This conference organized under the leadership of Jim Matthews was exciting as it connects teachers in ALL of Eastern Region 1. Many classroom teachers cannot afford to attend conferences with high hotel fees and registration rates and often find difficulty in giving up instructional time for their own professional development. This summer conference featured Eric Milou, Jenny Tsankova, Bob Rogers, Mary Altieri and Steve Leinwand as major speakers. The opportunity to hear well-known speakers and to attend grade specific break out sessions was terrific. Many participants took advantage of enrolling their children in STEM camp which also ran during the conference. There were also some great excursions for participants with trips into NYC for Jersey Boys, a Yankee Game or a Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan. Plans are now underway for next summer's 2nd Annual New Cubed Conference to be held July 9-12, 2017 at Siena College, Loudonville, NY. Mark your calendar and consider submitting a speaker proposal for the conference!

Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut (ATOMIC)

On December 5, ATOMIC held its annual meeting with over 600 participants. The theme was "21st Century Education: Bridging Engagement and Achievement." The keynote address was given by Eric Westendorf, the LearnZillion CEO and Co-Founder. Congratulations to Lyn Channey and her entire team for putting on this excellent conference for mathematics educators. It was great to meet current and brand new NCSM members at the NCSM membership table at the conference.

Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS)

AMTNYS held its 66th Annual Fall Conference in Rye New York with keynote speakers Nils Ahbel and Daniel Willingham. The theme was "driving success, steering change." The 67th Annual Fall Conference will be held November 3-4, 2017 in Buffalo, NY. Access information online at AMTNYS.org.

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM)

ATOMIM is running a 2-part series of dine and discuss sessions on formative assessment (repeated from spring 2016). They will be offering "part-2" follow up sessions in this series in spring 2017. The ATOMIM Spring conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 with a leadership evening planned on March 3.

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts (ATMIM)

ATMIM is hosting a winter conference on January 12 on the Next Generation MCAS. The maine presentation will be given by Jass Stewart, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education. ATMIM will host their annual spring meeting on March 24 at Assabet Valley Technical High School with the theme "Taking Risks in the New Frontier: Rigor, Reasoning, and Relevance. ATMIM is the co-host with ATMNE for the fall 2017 ATMNE conference on November 2-3, 2017.

ATMIM has also established the Margaret J. Kenney Presentation for their annual spring meetings. This presentation will be given by an outstanding mathematics educator from Massachusetts and will be based on number theory, discrete math, or geometry. This honor will keep Peg's memory alive and celebrate her "timely, participatory and enlightening mathematics presentations" given throughout the years throughout New England.

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England(ATMNE)

In October, the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics hosted the ATMNE fall conference in Manchester, NH. Over 350 educators from all over New England were in attendance. The Balomenos Lecture was delivered by Plymouth State University Professor Emeritus Richard C. Evans. I staffed a booth at the conference with help from NCSM member volunteers including: Rachel Saunders, Allie Maelstrom, Judy Curran Buck, Jenny Jorgensen, Lynn Rakatansky and Cathy Boutin. It was a great opportunity for NCSM members to connect with one another.

New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM)

The NHTM was the host for the ATMNE fall conference. Over 400 math educators came to Manchester, NH for 2 days of learning and networking. Speakers included Matt Larson, Peg Smith and Tom Reardon. The theme was "Vote with Math! Developing Informed Citizens through Mathematics."

New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS)

In September, NYSAMS hosted the 2016 NYSAMS Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Leadership Summit in Suffern, NY. 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees included: Valarie A. Elswick (Math Consultant, Author and Teacher; Retired, Wappingers Central Schools); Dr. Robert Rogers (SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York at Fredonia); and Mark Saul, PhD (Director of American Mathematics Competitions; MAA). The keynote speaker was NCSM President John Staley.

Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association (RIMTA)

We wish a warm welcome to NCSM's newest affiliate RIMTA. RIMTA joined NCSM as an affiliate this past fall. RIMTA began its year with keynote speaker, Kees de Groot from University of Rhode Island. The second annual RIMTA Trivia Night took place in early November. RIMTA is hosting their winter meeting on January 26 "Using Technology to Support Math Instruction." The RIMTA Spring meeting will be held on May 11 and will feature Diane Briars as a keynote speaker to speak on "supporting productive struggle and posing purposeful questions, all while building procedural fluency through conceptual understanding."

Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM)

In October, VCTM held its annual fall conference in Randolph, VT. The theme was "Making Math Meaningful." Patty Kelly chaired this year's conference. Rather than have a keynote speaker, the conference featured three IGNITES. VCTM is currently hard at work organizing a first ever state-wide Math Fair in March for K-12 students.

ATTEND THE NCSM ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The NCSM Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio April 3-5, 2016. We are trying something new this year with pre-conference sessions on Sunday, April 2. We hope you can join us for the pre-conference and the annual meeting. Register today!

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND A MATHEMATICS CONFERENCE

As you plan ahead for the summer and fall, here are some math conferences in our region:

2017EventLocation
January 12ATMIM Winter ConferenceHopedale, MA
January 26RIMTA Winter MeetingWoonsocket, RI
March 3-4ATOMIM Spring ConferenceNorthport, ME
March 16NHTM Spring Dine and Discuss with Greg TangConcord, NH
March 24ATMIM Spring ConferenceWorcester State University
May 11RIMTA Spring MeetingProvidence, RI
July 9-122nd Annual New Cubed ConferenceSiena College, Loudonville
November 2-3ATMNE Annual ConferencMarlboro, MA
November 3-4AMTNYS 67th Annual Fall ConferenceBuffalo, NY

For more information about each conference, check out the NCSM calendar of events.

STATE TEAM LEADERS

Wishing a warm welcome to our newest state team leader in Eastern Region 1. From Massachusetts, please join me in welcoming Rebecca Poulo to a great team of leaders!

NCSM AFFILIATES

Thank you to our Eastern Region 1 Affiliates of NCSM. We appreciate your affiliation with us!

Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM) Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE) Boston Area Mathematics Specialists (BAMS) New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS) Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association (RIMTA) Vermont Math Leadership Council (VMLC)

Warm wishes for a safe and happy winter. We'll see you in San Antonio!

All the best,
Shawn

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