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CoMath Update for May 8, 2023

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! This week has me thinking of my math teachers: Mr. Dirks, who took me in as a 6th and 7th grader, let me help with class and got me on the MATHCOUNTS team. Then there was Mr. Darland in 8th grade followed by Mr. Mouw, Mrs. Van Dyke, and Mr. Jones in high school. I learned so much and they helped open so many doors for me, and I appreciate them for it. Just like I appreciate teachers now -- it has its rocky moments, but day by day you help create the opportunities our students need to be happy, productive, and successful.

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

House Bill HB23-1231, titled "Math in Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade," passed the Colorado legislature on May 2 and now awaits the governor's signature to become law.

CoMath Conversation: If, When, and How Should We Use Zearn?

In April, Governor Polis announced that districts statewide will have free access to Zearn for the 2023-2024 school year. Are you thinking about using it? You're invited to register via Zoom to join other Colorado math teachers and leaders for a CoMath Conversation at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 11 to discuss your considerations and plans for potentially making Zearn part of your math program.

NCSM Summer Leadership Academy

It's official! NCSM will be hosting their Summer Leadership Academy in the Denver area from June 26 to June 28. The three-day event will focus on NCSM's framework for leadership, culturally relevant leadership, and coaching. There are discounted rates for NCSM members and for registering as a team. Early registration rates are available until May 31.

CCTM Learning Institute

CCTM is hosting a "Learning Institute" on June 29 featuring Grace Kelemanik and Amy Lucenta, co-authors of the books Routines for Reasoning and Teaching for Thinking.

Registration is open for the 2023 Teaching and Learning CoLabs

You can now register for this summer's CoLabs! The dates and host sites for this summer's Teaching and Learning CoLabs are:

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.

Job Openings

  • Nederland Middle School in BVSD is recruiting a 6-8 math teacher. Contact Gavan Goodrich ( for details. (Thanks, Monica!)
  • Westminster High School is looking for a math teacher to join their team. WHS uses a competency-based system of education and interested candidates are encouraged to contact Kiffany Kiewiet ( if they have any questions. (Thanks, Grant!)

Call for Reviewers for Educator Preparation Content Endorsement Standards

CDE is looking for P-20 educators to review educator endorsement standards, including both Secondary Math (7-12) and Middle School Math. Reviewers will receive training materials and be expected to spend between 2-5 hours on the review, which can be completed on your own time. Please complete this form by June 12 to sign up and direct your questions to CDE's Educator Preparation team at

Nominate a Teacher for the 2024 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 teacher? Nominate them now for Colorado Teacher of the Year so they can apply by the Thursday, June 2 deadline.

Colorado Educator Talent Pool Recommendations

CDE seeks applications and recommendations for the Colorado Educator Talent Pool. Elementary and secondary educators who have a minimum of five years of experience and who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership abilities are encouraged to submit their name for consideration. Educators on the talent pool list are candidates for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. The deadline for recommendations is Friday, June 2.

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.

Future Conferences to Watch For

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