Invigorating.  That’s the sentiment I hope you experience when you attend ICTM’s conferences.  We’re in full-swing planning our next annual meeting to bring you relevant and provocative content and pedagogy to enrich your classroom instruction, prepare pre-service teachers, or elevate your teacher leadership capacity.

     This fall’s conference is entitled, “Mindset for Action,” a call to educators to embrace a growth mindset and the effective teaching practices outlined in NCTM’s Principles to Action.  The mathematics education community in Iowa is already hard at work implementing these ideals, and ICTM wishes to promote and support those efforts.  We’re encouraging proposals that would reinforce these teaching fundamentals.  If you have ideas that could inspire teachers to promote reasoning and problem solving, connect mathematical representations, facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse, or one of the other essential principles, please submit a proposal to present at the conference!

     ICTM also hosts a free pre-conference for pre-service and first-year teachers the evening before our fall conference.  This gives us an opportunity to connect with our newest colleagues, and focus on their unique needs as emerging educators.  My heart beams with pride that our organization provides a setting for pre-service educators a chance to learn and ask questions from a cadre of veteran mathematics teachers.  Contact me if you would like to bring pre-service teachers or participate in this rewarding experience.

     Plan to be a part of the greatest professional development by presenting or encouraging outstanding educators to submit speaking proposals.  We desire to offer exceptional sessions, tailored to your needs and grade levels.  Whether you present or not, please join us Monday, October 9, 2017 at Valley High School in West Des Moines!

Brooke  Fischels, ICTM President