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CoMath Update for January 6, 2023

Happy New Year! This month's CoMath Update is full of upcoming professional development activities, from next month's Math on the Planes, to PCMI, to a new offering from NCTM, and this summer's CoLabs. Now is a great time to think about the PD you want for yourself or want to provide to those you can support and make your plans!

PAEMST Nominations Due January 9

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest awards bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The award recognizes those teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Recipients of the award receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip to Washington D.C. for recognition and professional development, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The 2022-2023 award cycle will award teachers in Grades 7-12. To nominate a teacher (or to self-nominate), see the eligibility requirements and submit your nomination at the PAEMST website. Nomination cycles are a bit earlier on the calendar than they used to be, so please note: nominations are due January 9, 2023, and applications must be completed by February 6, 2023. Colorado has a proud history of recognizing Colorado math teachers with PAEMST awards, so please think about the excellent 7-12 teachers of math in your area and nominate them!

Colorado Math Leaders

The next meeting of the Colorado Math Leaders is Tuesday, January 10 from 12:00 to 3:30. As usual, we'll start with a half hour informal lunch, followed by math pathways work from 12:30 to 1:30, then an "all together" meeting from 1:30 to 2:30, before finishing with work on math interventions from 2:30 to 3:30. You're welcome to attend for all or just part of the meeting.

Math on the Planes

Math on the Planes is back for 2023 with this year's workshop on Friday, February 24th (4:00-7:30 pm) and Saturday the 25th (8:30 am - 3:30 pm) at Denver Academy. The facilitator this year is Dr. Mindy Adair and the title is "Making Mathematics Meaningful by Expanding Your Identity as a Mathematician." A schedule and registration information is available on the CCLD website at

Applications for the Park City Math Institute due January 15

An immersive, three-week residential program, the Park City Mathematics Institute/Teacher Leadership Program provides participating secondary math teachers with the unique opportunity to engage in a deep dive into their own professional growth and learning, alongside parallel communities from across the larger umbrella of mathematics professions. In addition to doing math, reflecting on practice, and developing capacity as a teacher leader, both formal and informal interactions connect teachers to research mathematicians, mathematics university faculty, undergraduate & graduate students, and thought leaders addressing equity in mathematics education.

Eligible applicants must teach secondary mathematics at least 50% of the time and be returning to the classroom in the fall of 2023. If selected, there is a registration fee of $750 which is offset by a $500 honorarium and $250 meal allowance. In addition, travel, shared housing, opening reception, closing dinner and M-F breakfast & lunch are included along with all programmatic aspects of the institute. There are a limited number of scholarships available based on financial need. Next summer's institute will take place from July 16th to August 5th. Applications are due January 15th.

PCMI 2023 Workshop on Rehumanizing Mathematics

Rochelle Gutiérrez of the University of Illinois is organizing a workshop on rehumanizing mathematics to take place in Park City Utah from July 16 to July 29. Participants will further develop their understanding of equity (identity & power issues) in mathematics and consider how to expand our goals to rehumanize mathematical experiences for those with whom we engage.  In this workshop, participants will explore different perspectives/theories, reflect on their own practices, learn from experts in the field who have been altering their practices, and create action plans for work we intend to carry out after the workshop ends. Ideal participants will include mathematicians, mathematics teachers, and mathematics education professors who have a specific project upon which they would like to focus.  For example, you may have in mind a course you would like to alter in some way; a new initiative to launch; a summer camp or bridge program; a professional development or teaching activity to update; or simply a new way to think of assessments or evaluations.  By the end of the session, you will leave with a more developed action plan and feedback from others so you can put your best foot forward in your future work.

Participants who are invited to participate in the Workshop receive the following support from PCMI: travel allowance up to $600 for travel scheduled through the PCMI travel agent; private lodging for the duration of the workshop; informal breakfast and catered lunch on weekdays, the opening reception on July 17 and casual suppers TBD; a $500 stipend for full participation in the workshop. Applications are due January 15th.

2023 MidSchoolMath National Conference

The MidSchoolMath National Conference will be held March 3-4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and features both Jo Boaler and José Luis Vilson.

Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

NCTM has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Education to produce eight online, practice-based modules designed for teams of teachers to develop the capacity to support students' learning to enact the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Built on theories of practice-based professional development, every module includes opportunities to engage with scenarios of mathematics instruction, collectively learn to identify critical moves for supporting the standards, practice critical moves with their own students, and share their practice with peers and facilitators in order to receive feedback for improvement. The first course is covers SMPs 1, 3, and 6 and runs from February 6th to May 1. The second course covers SMPs 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 and runs from May 1 to September 18. Additional details and registration information can be found on the NCTM website.

2023-2024 High-Impact Tutoring Grant

CDE’s High-Impact Tutoring Program Grant will launch its next round of funding in January 2023. An application information webinar will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Intent to Apply forms are due Friday, Feb. 15, and applications are due Wednesday, March 1. More information and application instructions can be found on the HITP grants page.

Save the Date: 2023 Teaching and Learning CoLabs

The Teaching and Learning CoLabs will return this June with day-long professional learning events in Grand Junction (June 1), Greeley (June 14), and Pueblo (date TBD). More information will be forthcoming! To look back at last year's CoLabs, check out the 2022 Review.

Standards Institute

The five-day Standards Institute from UnboundEd will be in Denver June 12-16.