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CoMath Update for March 10, 2023

I'm a week later than I wanted to be with the March CoMath Update, but so much happened in that week! We now have a bill in the legislature for math education and the webpage was launched for the K-12 math curricula grant program.

HB23-1231: Math in Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade

House Bill 1231, titled "Math in Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade," was introduced into the Colorado legislature on Tuesday. The bill was accompanied by a press conference covered by Chalkbeat, the Colorado Sun, The Gazette, Colorado Public Radio, KKTV (with video), among others. The bill is scheduled to receive its first hearing in the House Education Committee at 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 16 in HCR 0107.

CDE ESSER K-12 Mathematics Curricula Grant Program

CDE's grant program for K-12 mathematics materials is now accepting applications through Friday, April 19. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete the intent to apply by April 5. Some documents and details are still being posted to the website so we appreciate your patience if a link is broken or some information is missing.

Long-Term Substitute Opportunity

Nederland Middle-Senior High School is looking for a long-term substitute for middle school math starting April 10th through the end of the school year. Contact Principal Gavan Goodrich for more information.

Opportunity to Participate in Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is looking for districts to participate in 4th and 5th grade research about a new professional development program. Simulated Instruction in Mathematics Professional Development (SIMPD) has demonstrated positive impacts on the quality of math instruction and AIR has received a grant to run a randomized control trial study where local coaches are trained and teachers participate in the professional development. All costs and needed equipment are covered by the grant including compensation for teachers and coaches as well as training costs. There will be an intervention cohort that will participate in training and data collect 2023-2024. The “business as usual” cohort will just do data collection in 2023-2024 and receive the trainings in 2024-2025. If you are interested, contact Raymond Johnson ( to be put in touch with the project leads.

Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics

CCTM is seeking candidates to run for multiple board positions this spring, including NCTM Representative and Region Representatives from Region 1, Region 4, and Region 7.

CCTM is also planning an event for the Denver area this summer on June 29, to follow the NCSM Summer Leadership Academy (see below). More details will be forthcoming.

NCTM Virtual Conference

The NCTM 2023 Virtual Conference will be held from March 29 through April 1. The theme for this year’s virtual conference is Amplify & Activate in and Beyond the Classroom, and the live sessions during the week are scheduled for the evening as to allow greater participation from classroom teachers.

Save the Date: 2023 Teaching and Learning CoLabs

Save the date! The dates and host sites for this summer's Teaching and Learning CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 1: Grand Junction, hosted by Colorado Mesa University
  • Wednesday, June 14: Greeley, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado
  • Friday, June 23: Pueblo, hosted by CSU-Pueblo

The Teaching and Learning CoLabs are one-day, multi-disciplinary regional PD developed in partnership with Colorado's higher education institutions, professional teaching organizations, and CDE. This year's content areas are expanding to include ELA, math, health, PE, science, computer science, social studies, visual and performing arts, and school leadership. Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and content areas. Registration will be open in late March but if you are interested in attending, please complete this interest form to stay updated.

Standards Institute

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

TODOS 2023 Conference

The TODOS 2023 Conference will be held June 21-23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The early bird registration deadline is May 22 and the registration fee includes five meals and a snack.

NCSM Summer Leadership Academy

It (STILL!) has not been officially announced yet by NCSM, but save the dates of June 26-28, 2023, for the NCSM Summer Leadership Academy. The three-day event is slated to be hosted in the Cherry Creek school district and details should be available soon.

Future Conferences to Watch For