Math Bits - January 2024

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics



Annual Spring Conference 2024 

Seeing Our Mathematical Future

Join us for the MCTM Annual Spring Conference, April 12 and 13 at the DECC in Duluth.  Dr. Pamela Seda's Friday keynote, Creating Positive Mathematical Experiences with the ICUCARE Equity Framework, will focus  from an equity framework to implement practical strategies that create more equitable outcomes for all students.

Saturday's keynote, Increasing Opportunities for Students in Mathematics, features Kevin Dykema, current NCTM President.

Spring Conference Registration   


MCTM Foundation Updates 

Do you need Financial Support to attend the Conference and Symposium?

Check out this month's Foundation updates for information about scholarships and grants to support your attendance at this year's Symposium and Spring Conference. Applications due February 20th

2024 Ross Taylor Leadership Symposium 

  • Is your site/district worried about failure in mathematics?
  • Are you looking for practical ways to provide instruction/interventions through a lens of equity in your school/district?
  • Do you need space for your math leadership team to build a plan?

Consider attending the 2024 Ross Taylor Leadership Symposium with Dr. Pamela Seda

And, here's a LETTER with talking points you can use to advocate to attend!

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

Symposium 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, leaders will learn practical strategies and tools to monitor and support the effective implementation of an equitable mathematics program.

Date:  April 11, 2024 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm

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.

High School Math Teacher Needed for MDE Personal Finance Working Group.

Applications are open for the MDE Personal Finance Working Group.  Applications will close on February 2, 2024. MDE is seeking social studies, math, business education, family and consumer science, and agriculture, food and natural resources teachers, recent high school graduates, current Minnesota school administrators, and pre-service program faculty (see Personal Finance Working Group Assumptions). The goal of the Personal Finance Working Group is to develop guidance to support the development of personal finance courses in Minnesota high schools. Details are in Personal Finance Working Group Assumptions. Applicants must agree to the assumptions and the timeline, being available for all meetings, from June 2024 to October 2024. In addition to the five full group meetings, there may be small group meetings scheduled to draft pieces of the guidance between meetings. Please read the Personal Finance Working Group Assumptions prior to completing the application. 

Save the dates - 

Math Summer PD

MCTM MN Math Leaders will be hosting a variety of in-person and hybrid math professional development opportunities in mathematics Summer 2024 across the state of Minnesota.  Details on the content of the offerings and opportunities to sign-up will be available early March 2024. 

For now, SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES, for MCTM’s two Summer Math Institutes.  

June 17-21 & August 5-9, 2024

The MCTM website is updated with new resources and opportunities.


Join MN Math Leaders Group! 

Invitation to join a virtual MN Math Leaders PLC Are you a teacher leader, mathematics coach, specialist, or curriculum lead?  Are you interested in a virtual PLC for math leaders?  Join with your colleagues to discuss curriculum, instruction, standards implementation or topics generated by members of the MN math community.  Bonus, it's free!  Our goal is to have at least 1 math leader identified in every single MN school district. 

One opportunity of the group is the monthly Virtual PLC math leader groups.  There are two options each month, one session from 12:30 - 2:30 (next session is December 14) and a second session from 4:00 - 6:00 (next session is December 12).  Each session is led by a MN Math Leader and includes monthly MDE math updates.

Join today by signing up here.           




Mark your calendars! 

Free Math Professional Development on MLK Day 2024

Date/Time:  Monday, January 15, 2024 from 9:00. - 11:45 a.m.

Cost:  Free.  CEUs provided

Location:  Hybrid (In-person at Mounds View High School or Virtual via ZOOM)


Title: Mathematical Rigor, Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and the MN Math Standards 

Leaders:  MDE Math Team (Sara Van Der Werf, Angela Hochstetter, and Mike Huberty) 

Description:  Did you know Minnesota’s MCA items are aligned to DOK levels 1, 2 and 3?  Did you know the Minnesota Math Standards include a definition of Mathematical Rigor that has a relationship to the DOK levels?  Understanding DOK levels is a useful lens to view instructional decisions and materials to assure all students engage in the full depth and breadth and complexity of every benchmark leading to grade level understanding.  This will be a fun, interactive session giving practical ideas to increasing mathematical rigor in K-12 math classrooms. 

NOTE:  This presentation is designed for an in-person experience and most likely you will get the most out of this setting.  We will work to make both in-person and virtual settings valuable.  If you attend virtually, you will be asked to participate fully in discussions and activities (cameras on, etc)

We have your reading list for winter break! 

Join us for one or more of our four 2024 Book Club Opportunities!


The Minnesota Math Leaders Group is happy to announce the 2024 Math Book Club Series.  This year our group is hosting book clubs open to all math educators and leaders in Minnesota.  These groups will meet virtually and are FREE to join.  MN Math Leaders from around the state will lead these groups.  Join one or more group!

Step 1:  Get a book & Start reading!

Step 2:  Book Club Selection and Information GoogleForm

  1. Choosing to See by Pam Seda and Kyndall Brown (also available in audio book format)

Led by MCTM Regional Directors

Dates/Time: 1st Thursdays January-March, 2024 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  

  • January 4th 

  • February 1st

  • March 7th

  1. Building Thinking Classrooms (Peter Liljedahl)  (also available in audio book format)

Led by Jessica Strom 


Led by Laura Wagenman & Amy Nolte

Dates/Time:  Third Thursday’s from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • January 18, 2024

  • February 15 

  • March 21

  1. 6 Tools for Collaborative Mathematics Coaching by Nicora Placa 

Led by Megan Schmidt

Dates/Time:  TBD January-March

  • This book is great if you are a district or school math coach or leader.  

Building Thinking

Classrooms Together

Building Thinking Classroom January Updates - Consolidating After A Thin-Slicing Activity  by Jessica Strom

Still an opportunity to join the BTC Book Study.  Sign up HERE


Evidence Based Practices  What do you notice?  What do you wonder?  Where do you see Math in this?  

Article by Laura Wagenman, VP of Elementary and Spring Conference Chair

The Future of Mathematics Education  Share with your students the benefits of a career in mathematics education.

Article by Todd Frauenholtz, VP of Higher Education

Wise Words to Consider - Try something new  Feeling a bit burned-out?  Try something new in the New Year

Article by Jessica Strom, Win-E-Mac Schools

A New Year - New Resolutions - MCTM President's Message     What kind of new learning do I want my students to experience in the new year?  Where can I engage in new learning?

Article by Kristin Johnson, MCTM President  


MCTM Markdowns Taken at the

MCTM On-line Store


MDE Math Team Office Hours on ZOOM January 16th from 4-5 pm

Do you have a Math Question for MDE's Math Team?

The MDE Math Team would love to answer your questions on mathematics in Minnesota. Stop into our Zoom room Third Tuesdays each month from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and ask us a question.

What: An opportunity to meet together with MDE’s Math Team in the Academic Standards, Instruction, and Assessment Division

Why: Share your feedback, ask questions, and connect with MDE’s Math Team and math teachers across the state.

Who:  The Office Hours are open to anyone in Minnesota with a math question or comment.

When: The next office hours is Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 4–5 p.m. and ongoing the third Tuesday of each month. (1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21)

Where:We will meet via ZOOM.  Links to join each month are found HERE.

More Info & Contact:MDE Math Team Office Hours and Links Page

Renew your Membership!

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

Renew here

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