Welcome to a New School Year!

As always, summer seemed so short for me! I traveled, spent time with family, went to Denver with 3 other ICTM board members for the NCTM leadership conference, and had some downtime too. I read several enjoyable books over the summer. Look for reviews in our website coming soon. I hope you had an excellent summer with some fun and time to recharge. 

On behalf of the ICTM board members, I would like to wish you a successful and happy new year! Please plan now to join us for a fantastic conference on October 14 at Valley West Des Moines High School. We have 2 excellent keynote speakers Michael Fenton from Desmos and Tim Brzezinski from Dynamic Math, and a Geogebra trainer. Although they are very tech-savvy, both stress first and foremost the importance of good pedagogy and strong content knowledge,  reminding us that Instruction Matters! In addition to their keynotes, they will host sessions on Desmos and Geogebra. Also joining us as a featured speaker is Sunil Singh Co-Author of Math Recess. There were several slow chats on Twitter this summer discussing this book in which the authors advocate for more fun and play in mathematics. Sunil also will have some fun sessions where participants can play math with him. We have sessions for every grade level, for teachers and coaches, sessions that will inspire you to try new technology, and help you plan and use Achieve the Core and Illustrative Mathematics materials, and learn why Instruction Matters! 

We think this is going to be our best conference yet! Please plan to be a part of this fabulous learning experience!

Enjoy your year,
Deidra Baker
ICTM President


New at ICTM’s 2019 Annual Conference

Want to learn more about creating a classroom where students engage in meaningful discourse? Have a desire to incorporate more technology, like DESMOS or Geogebra?

Curious about improving your students’ acquisition of fact fluency? Using the IM Middle School resources or want to learn more about them?

No matter what your grade level or position in math education, we have sessions for you!

Micahel Fenton’s keynote “Designing Opportunities for Mathematical Discourse and Delight” is designed with the elementary level in mind. Michael works for DESMOS where the mission is: to help every student learn math and love learning math. He will explore ways to engage with our students and with each other, whether using Desmos or some other set of tools.

Tim Brzezinski’s zoom session was so popular last year that he is attending the conference in person this year! In addition to his keynote, Tim is offering a session with tips for fostering active, student centered learning and one exploring Geogebra’s 3D capabilities.

Iowa’s own Morgan Stipe is offering a deep dive into the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum for middle school. Whether you are entering year 2 of using the materials or just starting or wanting to know more, Morgan has a session for your interest level!

Stay tuned to this page or check out the conference program here to see more of the exciting sessions being offered!

Once you decide you need to be at this conference, register here!