Math Bits - March 2024

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics


2024 Elections for MCTM Board


Thank you for participating in the 2024 Elections for the MCTM Board.

We are excited to announce the newly elected MCTM Board members. Their terms begin on April 13 at the conclusion of the 2024 Spring Conference.  Congratulations and Welcome to the MCTM Board.

President-Elect:  Laura Wagenman, Osseo Schools

Vice President for Elementary:  Sarah Moffett, St. Paul Schools

Region 2 Director: Jamie Fenicle, Pipestone Area Schools

Region 5 Director: Kim Le, Minneapolis Public Schools

Region 8 Director: Holly Fearn, Duluth Public Schools


Annual Spring Conference 2024 

Seeing Our Mathematical Future!

Spring Conference Registration

Last day for Early Bird Registration is April 2!

The Annual Spring Conference will be held Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

There are over 130 sessions to choose from.  Friday Keynote is Dr. Pamela Seda and the Saturday Keynote is Kevin Dykema. 

Saturday Keynote

Disrupting the Pattern of Failure in Mathematics:  2024 Ross Taylor Leadership Symposium.

  • Is your site/district worried about failure in mathematics?

  • Are you looking for practical ways to provide instruction and interventions through a lens of equity in your school/district?

  • Do you need space for your math leadership team to build a plan?

MCTM and MN Math Leaders are excited to learn with Dr. Pamela Seda, author of Choosing to See, A Framework for Equity in Math.  The Ross Taylor Leadership Symposium is designed for district and school math leaders, including teacher leaders and ideal for math leadership teams.   

Title: Disrupting the Pattern of Failure in Mathematics using the ICUCARE Equity Framework

Description:  A focus on equity-centered instruction is needed now more than ever. Many teachers have a desire to change their practice, but don’t know how. Equity-minded teachers are often frustrated by the lack of support or barriers erected by systems created to sort kids rather than educate all of them at high levels. In this session, I will give leaders practical strategies and tools to monitor and support the effective implementation of an equitable mathematics program.  

Date:  April 11, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:  DECC, Duluth, Minnesota

A copy of the book Choosing to See will be included in the registration fee of $205. 2024 Symposium Registration

  And, remember, if 4 or more members of your district/team register, additional registrations are $160 and include one free administrator for every four registrations.

A funding request to attend the Symposium

Summer 2024 PD Opportunities

CGI Institute with Jim Brickwedde and colleagues.  Roseville Area High School, August 5-9 with follow up during the school year. Focus for K-6 teachers.

Watch for the upcoming announcement of MN Math Leaders Summer PD opportunities, including two Building Thinking Classroom sessions, MDE sessions, and a three day session for elementary mathematics practices.

MDE Updates

It's good to remember (be reminded of) the importance of circling back to different topics discussed in the past because learning isn't a one-and-done situation.  As such, here's a list of "oh... that's right, the MCA is around the corner" different topics that have been discussed. This review highlights topics that (we believe) will be helpful as schools and districts turn a bit of their attention to the MCA's.

Without further ado, four topics, in no particular order, to remember/review (all in MathBits):

MDE Suggestions on Preparing for the MCA

MCTM Foundation News 

Are you a middle school teacher looking for financial support in completing coursework in mathematics?

The MCTM Foundation is still accepting applications for the Arnie Cutler Scholarship for a Middle School Teacher. 

Are you looking for a way to get professionally involved with MCTM?

The MCTM Foundation is looking for at least two new committee members starting Fall 2024.

The MCTM Foundation Booth at the Spring Conference will feature a book sale and a quilt raffle and a Lighthouse wood intarsia wall hanging raffle.

Read more about that and other opportunities in this month's MCTM Foundation Update - March 2024

Invitation to join a virtual MN Math Leaders PLC 

Are you a mathematics coach, specialist, or curriculum lead?  Are you interested in a virtual PLC for math leaders?  Join with your colleagues to discuss curriculum, instruction, or topics generated by members.  Two opportunities to participate in March.  You can join the conversation either on Tuesday, March 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 or Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 - 2:30.  Please forward this to interested colleagues.  Sign up form

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Renew your MCTM Membership  Is it time to renew or start a new sustaining membership for $25?  Sustaining memberships go toward supporting the Annual Spring Conference, promotes networking and professional learning opportunities.

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