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CoMath Update for March 4, 2022

It's March and if you follow all the stories and all the links below, you'll get a sense of the "math madness" that's been my world over the past few weeks. We have a grant, professional learning opportunities this summer, teaching awards, CML meetings, CCTM nominations and elections, and I'm pretty sure I'm still missing some things.

ESSER K-8 Mathematics Curricula and K-3 READ Act Instructional Programming Grant

CDE's ESSER K-8 Mathematics Curricula and K-3 READ Act Instructional Programming Grant launched about two weeks ago and much has happened since then! On February 22 we held an application webinar and I outlined support that I'll be providing over the next two months to potential applicants (or anyone who wants to think with me about curriculum adoption processes). Last Wednesday I led a webinar about some high-level thinking and research about the role instructional materials plays in mathematics (sorry, the recording isn't posted yet) and next week, I'm creating a space for potential applicants to meet representatives of the providers of materials on our approved list (register here). I plan on keeping this page up to date with support for grant applicants. What I have listed is the current plan, but that might change as I better understand the needs of applicants between now and the April 29 application deadline.

Teaching and Learning CoLabs

This summer, teachers and leaders are invited to attend Teaching and Learning CoLabs, a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching and other organizations, and the Colorado Department of Education. The dates and host sites for this summer's CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 2, hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction
  • Wednesday, June 8, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley
  • Tuesday, June 21, hosted by CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo

Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and/or content areas. Focus content areas for 2022 include English language arts, health and physical education, mathematics, science, and computer science. Leadership-focused sessions will be provided for principals and other school leaders. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs website. To indicate your interest in attending, complete this interest form.

Congrats to Michelle Dillard, PAEMST Awardee

Michelle Dillard, a 5th grade teacher at Ford Elementary in Littleton Public Schools, was named a PAEMST Awardee last month and recognized at a virtual ceremony hosted by the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science teachers can receive from the U.S. government.

Colorado Math Leaders

The next CML meeting is Tuesday, March 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. We're planning to discuss Chapter 5 of our book study, do a little math, then spend time in small group conversations. We'll start gathering on Zoom at noon for lunch and casual chat before getting to the agenda at 12:30.

CCTM Board of Directors Nominations

The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics is accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Region 3 Representative
  • Region 6 Representative

All Colorado math educators are invited to nominate excellent math educators to serve on the CCTM Board. To serve as the Region 3 or Region 6 representative, nominees must either live or work in the region they represent. (See region map.) You may nominate more than one person and are invited to share the nomination link with colleagues. The nomination deadline has been extended to March 15, 2022.