Where Did Summer Go?  I had a great summer, with lots of travel and fun, but it went so fast!  However, I did have a lot of great mathematics opportunities over the summer.

NWAEA hosted 2 days of Principles to Action state summer trainings.  Steve provided much superb learning and humor, and I always look forward to incorporating his knowledge into my math work at the AEA.  We also had a MS/HS Math Symposium at NWAEA this summer, which provided resources and networking for our teachers.

Over the summer, I became a certified trainer for ST Math.  I’m so excited to assist teachers with the implementation of this program.  I’ve always been interested in brain research, and learning the neuroscience behind this program validates my thinking. If anyone wants to learn more about ST Math, just email me.

Additionally, I was a member of the Iowa Core Advocates group, and we had virtual meetings throughout the summer.  We learned from Achieve the Core experts and strengthened our own knowledge of math education.  I always enjoy networking with other educators from across Iowa.

Finally, I was also able to network with educators from across the nation in my OER Affinity group.  We are educators from Iowa, Nebraska, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, who share ideas about Open Educational Resources.  Several experts have attended our virtual meetings, and we are trying to implement some of these components in Iowa.

Best wishes to everyone for a fantastic school year.  I hope to see you at the ICTM Fall Pre-Conference/Conference.  It’s going to be a great conference!

Thanks,

Shari Collins

NWAEA, Educational Consultant

scollins@nwaea.org