This Week in Math Ed: January 26, 2018

Math Ed Said

Graham Fletcher presenting at the 2017 NCTM Annual Meeting
January 19: If you missed it earlier, here again is Graham Fletcher's Fraction Video Series.

Shared by: Shauhna Feitlin, CMC - CA MathCouncil, Nita Cochran, Kit, Devin Anderson

January 20: Robert Kaplinsky did us all a favor and reminded us that a great resource is the Formative Assessment Lessons from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS). My recommendation: Do not underestimate how much thought went into these, and be willing to trust them even if you're accustomed to making a lot of adaptations to your usual off-the-shelf lessons.

Shared by: Ed Southall, Shelby Aaberg, Jazmine Falicetti, Gregory White, Emily Campbell, John Faig, Ed Campos Jr, Kimberly Wassmuth, Martin Joyce, Ann Crilley, Nita Cochran, Jennifer Lawler, Robert Kaplinsky

January 21: To show support for Laurie Rubel, the American Association of University Professors are collecting names of people who wish to stand with Laurie.

Shared by: Equity MathEd, Kit, Peg Cagle, Annie Forest, Matt Owen, David Kung, Carrie Diaz Eaton

January 22: With a second contribution to this post in three days, this time of his own design, Robert Kaplinsky shared his Depth of Knowledge Matrix for Secondary Math.

Shared by: Nicol Reiner, Heather Sugrue, Patty Stephens, Bridget Dunbar, Brandi Moore, Robbyn Glinsmann, Kit, Pam J Wilson, Jill Gough, Bob Lochel, Robert Kaplinsky

January 23: Steve Wyborney's "Cube Conversations" is back on this list again after an appearance the first week of the year. I think of these as doing something geometrically to prompt math discourse similar to how arithmetic problems prompt math discourse in number talks.

Shared by: Denise Gaskins, Kit, Donna Boucher, Kat Hendry, Steve Wyborney, Lindel

January 24: Lots of people shared and reshared the announcement of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship.

Shared by: John Berray, Julie Reulbach, Levi Patrick, Heather Kohn, Nolan Doyle, Daniel Luevanos, Eli Luberoff, Melynee Naegele, Audrey McLaren, Ed Campos Jr, Peg Cagle, Shelley Carranza, Cathy Yenca, Jedidiah Butler, Allison Krasnow, Scott Leverentz, Julia Finneyfrock, Bob Lochel, Nerissa Gerodias, Christopher Danielson, Jennifer Fairbanks, Jon Orr, Molly Daley, Annie Perkins, Andrew Busch, Mary Bourassa, Lisa Bejarano, Eric Blask, Kathy Henderson, Dan Anderson, Kristen Fouss, Jocelyn Dagenais,

January 25: More people shared the Desmos Teaching Fellowship announcement.

Shared by: Darren Burris, Norma Gordon, Jennifer Fairbanks, James Cleveland, Sara VanDerWerf, Chris Lusto, Karl Fisch, Clara Maxcy, Christopher Danielson, Patty Stephens, John Colgan, Kit, Matthew Baker, Bridget Dunbar, David Sabol, Imtiaz Damji

Math Ed in Colorado

Conferences: Math on the "Planes", TI's Education Leadership Summit, and MidSchoolMath

There are dwindling number of openings remaining for Math on the "Planes", the two-day math conference hosted by the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities. The conference will be held February 23-24 in Centennial and will feature Dr. Barbara Dougherty. Register today!

Texas Instruments is hosting a one-day Leadership Summit in Denver on March 22. The title of the summit is "The Leader's Role Implementing STEM and Computer Science Initatives" and the keynote speaker is Peter McLaren, past-president of the Council of State Science Supervisors. Other speakers include Dr. Joanna Bruno of CDE, who will discuss science and computer science in Colorado; Gwen Perea Warniment, who will talk about designing K-12 STEM initatives, and CCTM President Joanie Funderburk, who will focus on mathematics education.

If you're thinking about attending the MidSchoolMath National Conference in Santa Fe, NM, their standard registration deadline is Friday, February 2. The conference features Jo Boaler, Dan Meyer, and Tracy Johnston Zaeger.

Job Openings

Woodland Park is seeking someone to teach Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 beginning February 12. More information can be found at


The 2018 CCTM Annual Conference will be August 2-3 at the University of Denver. By moving the conference to just before the start of school, you can worry less about your sub plans (and your district won't have sub costs) and you can focus your attention on connecting with your Colorado peers in two days of great math teaching and learning.

CCTM is accepting nominations for five positions on its Board of Directors: President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Regional Representatives for Regions 2 and 5. Nominations close on February 2.

CCTM is also accepting nominations for its teaching and leadership awards. Awardees receive a plaque, one year of CCTM membership, complimentary registration to the CCTM Annual Conference, and a $200 award.

The next meeting of the Colorado Math Leaders will be held at the Instructional Support Facility at 5416 S. Riveria Way in Centennial from 10:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday, February 21. (Note: This is a recent change in location!) If you aren't on the CML mailing list and would like to be, send me an email.

Grant Opportunities

CSEd: Districts have until February 28 to apply for the Computer Science Education grant and receive up to $10,000 for their district to spend on professional development, tuition, books, or other programs and resources to directly support the teaching of computer science in Colorado. Details about the grant and other computer science opportunities can be found on the CDE website.

Lemelson-MIT: If you want to learn more about the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT STEM grants, there is a webinar on Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30-5:30 MT. More information about the program can be found on the Lemelson-MIT website.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

The Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey (formerly TELL Colorado) is a key tool to help CDE and other education stakeholders understand the conditions of education around Colorado. The survey should take less than 15 minutes and it closes February 23. Schools and districts that reach the 50 percent participation threshold (and at least five respondents) will be able to access their own data after the survey window closes. This is valuable data that can lead to very rich discussions about improvements for your school and/or district.

COpilot Class: Co-Teaching to Improve Collaboration & Instruction

You may be interested in a class being offered through CEA's COpilot platform that focuses on co-teaching relationships between a general education teacher and a teacher who supports students with disabilities, language learning, or other students from special populations. This class is designed to be taken by both teachers in the relationship. For more information, see the COpilot website.