[CSD Math MS] ISD: Mathematics Community Opportunities - Week of September 5th, 2017

Duncan, Allison ALLISON.DUNCAN at canyonsdistrict.org
Wed Sep 6 16:10:13 MDT 2017

Secondary Mathematics Teachers,

This email contains information from USBE regarding math learning opportunities for teachers. (information only)

Thank you,

Allison Duncan
Secondary Math Specialist
Canyons School District

From: SecondaryMath <secondarymath-bounces at lists.uen.org<mailto:secondarymath-bounces at lists.uen.org>> on behalf of "Ausmus, Christina" <Christina.Ausmus at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Christina.Ausmus at schools.utah.gov>>
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:24 PM
Cc: "Ference, Shannon" <Shannon.Ference at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Shannon.Ference at schools.utah.gov>>
Subject: [SecondaryMath] Mathematics Community Opportunities - Week of September 5th, 2017

Mathematics Community Opportunities

September 5, 2017

I hope your Labor Day weekend was an enjoyable one! For this weeks exciting mathematics opportunities, please pay close attention to the upcoming registration deadlines  especially the deadline of tomorrow, 9/6/2017, for the last day to register for the Online Professional Learning Opportunities (see below).

Here are some other great mathematics opportunities for our community! Check out the experiences below to become more engaged in the mathematics community around us.  If you have anything you would like to have included in this weekly e-mail, send the information to Christina Ausmus, christina.ausmus at schools.utah.gov<mailto:christina.ausmus at schools.utah.gov>



  *   Online Professional Learning Opportunities: Principles to Actions: An Overview, Magnifying 8th Grade Mathematics, or Magnifying 6th Grade Mathematics - Courses start this Wednesday, 9/7/2017

  *   Math Teacher's Circle - Thursday, 9/7/2017  at Westlake High School in Room C132
Fractions as Numbers: Unifying Representations and Interpretations - Tuesday, 9/19/2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Making Your Math Class a Model to Behold Series:- Tuesday, 9/26/2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Early Geometry Concepts: Making Connections to the Real World - Thursday, 9/28/2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

  *    The Leonardo’s Educator Newsletter – September 2017

  *   STEM Action Center Grant Applications:
     *   Computing Partnership Grant:  Open through September 5, 2017.  This competitive grant is for K-12 schools/LEAs that wish to establish a computing pathway.
     *   STEM Competitions Grant:  A single, school-wide grant to help cover costs associated with students participating in STEM competitions, such as Science Fairs, robotics competitions, etc. This application is open through September 8, 2017.  This grant application is competitive in nature.
     *   Classroom Grant: A competitive grant awarding up to $1500 for classroom supplies and materials for STEM activities. Open through September 29, 2017
     *   STEM Organizations: This competitive grant is intended for organizations that are not schools offering on-going programs for STEM content. Funds should serve three purposes: broaden student impact, increase student resources, and encourage student involvement in STEM activities. This application open September 15, 2017, and closes October 1, 2017.
     *   STEM School Designation: Intent to apply open through Oct. 9, 2017, this program is for schools desiring to be awarded a STEM School Designation.

Check  stem.utah,gov<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__stem.utah.gov_&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=dAWur3RV1tpWXeNkSZCVKt1COSrsupDGFU6pwjSFY7Q&e=>  for more information on any of these programs and to access the applications.
Thank You,
STEM Action Center


  *   STEM Fest - October 3-4, 2017
  *   Math Teacher's Circle - October 5, 2017 (1st Thursday of every month until May 2018, details listed below)


·         Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Application is open – Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 16, 2017

MARCH 2018

·         Thanksgiving Point – ECO Challenge – March 2018



Online Professional Learning Opportunities: Principles to Actions: An Overview, Magnifying 8th Grade Mathematics, or Magnifying 6th Grade Mathematics -

Courses start September 7th, 2017


Please join us for the Fall USBE online courses in mathematics. Courses start September 7th, 2017 and you can now register through UEN by going here:
Please note registration closes tomorrow, September 6th, 2017 :


Courses available for enrollment:

  *   Principles to Actions: An Overview
  *   Magnifying 8th Grade Mathematics
  *   Magnifying 6th Grade Mathematics

For more information on each course, please see below:
Principles to Actions: An Overview
Want to increase your capacity to ensure the mathematical success for all students in your classroom, school, and community?  Join us in the Principles to Actions course examining mathematical teaching practices and guiding principles for school mathematics.  The primary source used in this course is the recent NCTM publication Principles to Actions.  Participants will receive an electronic version of the book Principles to Actions (available in print version $28 at NCTM.org<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__nctm.org_&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=4ns4dUCVe7TT-GNkoi5SsMT04nQHLNLyugDPts-Tr3g&e=>).
Our learning objectives are:

  *   Understand and implement the guiding principles for school mathematics to improve the quality of mathematics instruction.
  *   Understand and implement the mathematical teaching practices to increase student learning.
  *   Work with colleagues to establish an educational community that incorporates mathematical teaching practices and guiding principles.
  *   Increase capacity with content of the Utah core mathematics standards.

Online, 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour. Course starts September 7th, 2017
Magnifying 8th Grade Mathematics

Eighth grade is an essential part of students’ middle school mathematical experience. In the course, Magnifying 8th grade Mathematics, we will take a deep look into what makes 8thgrade mathematics unique and the essential understandings that every student needs to leave 8th grade knowing to be confident in high school mathematics.  We will identify key differences between the 8th grade and 9th grade concepts so that math educators are familiar with the separation between the two grade levels.  We will also connect prior learning from 7th grade mathematics and discuss how 8th grade teachers can use this to help their student’s become successful in learning the 8th grade core.

Course starts Online, 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour. Course starts September 7th, 2017
Magnifying 6th Grade Mathematics
This course highlights connections between sixth grade standards and standards from grades below and beyond sixth grade. Participants will focus on understanding how particular sixth grade standards build conceptual understandings that support future learning while other standards are a procedural culmination of previous grades.

   Math, at all levels, should be taught conceptually with the use of various representations such as concrete models, drawings and diagrams, and equations. This course demonstrates the use of such representations and offers participants the opportunity to engage in creating their own models.

   Participants will gain ideas for engaging students in activities that develop positive attitudes and dispositions, build essential understandings, and promote a growth mindset with regard to mathematics.
   Online, 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour. Course starts September 7th, 2017

Math Teacher's Circle

  *   Thursday, September 7, 2017 -  Westlake HS (room C132) - Please email your RSVP to Troy Jones tjones at alpinedistrict.org<mailto:tjones at alpinedistrict.org> by TODAY, 9/5/2017 to ensure there is enough food.

Fractions as Numbers: Unifying Representations and Interpretations
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
For registration details, please select the link listed below:

Fractions as Numbers: Unifying Representations and ...<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__home.edweb.net_webinar_fractions-2Dnumbers-2Dunifying-2Drepresentations-2Dinterpretations_&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=99dFggW22DQimYfY2d__FODpgl73w7nrVdBM86duR_w&e=>
Amplify Education’s Drew Corley, PhD, and Lauren Whitley explore questions about student learning and teaching practices for fractions.

Making Your Math Class a Model to Behold Series:

Part 3 - Attend this live event:
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Formative Assessment with Mathematical Models<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__home.edweb.net_webinar_formative-2Dassessment-2Dmathematical-2Dmodels_&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=rZIvGRdMPWpi5S4UcvQjXYUtfWE2PZfOS6PXgVILG2o&e=> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__home.edweb.net_webinar_formative-2Dassessment-2Dmathematical-2Dmodels_&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=rZIvGRdMPWpi5S4UcvQjXYUtfWE2PZfOS6PXgVILG2o&e=>
Presented by Dr. Julie McNamara, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at California State University East Bay

[http://media.edweb.net/.ee7bf4c]Dr. Sara Delano Moore is the presenter for the Building Understanding in Mathematics community. She focuses on helping teachers and students understand mathematics as a coherent and connected discipline. An experienced teacher and nationally recognized speaker, her work emphasizes the power of deep understanding and multiple representations for learning.

Please join the community. We look forward to meeting you online!

Please visit this website below to further explore this opportunity and to register:

Early Geometry Concepts: Making Connections to the Real World
Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
For registration details, please select the link listed below:





STEM Fest – October 3–4, 2017

ATTENTION: Principals, teachers, and administrators,

Have you signed your school up to attend STEM Fest?! Come and be a part of the most unique gathering ever assembled in Utah! Enjoy exciting hands-on experiences with science and technology that will spark your student’s imaginations and give them a peek into their future career opportunities right here in Utah. Your kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize that they’re learning! More than 100 hands-on experiences to visit!

Follow the link below to register your students to attend. You can also apply for transportation reimbursement. Bus funding will be provided on a first come, first served basis...so don't wait!

October 3-4, 2017

8:30 - 3:00 p.m.

5th-10th Grades

October 3, 2017

Open to the public (all ages)

2 p.m. - 8 p.m.



Math Teacher's Circle 2017-2018

Math Teacher's Circle will be held the first Thursday of each month, alternating between Westlake HS and Taylorsville HS from 4-6pm. Any and all math teachers, as well as any other interested parties may attend and are encouraged to do so.

What is a Math Teacher's Circle? It is like a book club for math. We first start with a delicious meal while informally socializing. After about half an hour we jump in and work on an interesting math problem in small groups. After about an hour of productive struggle, we come together and share our solution strategies and discuss implications of using this type of approach in our math classes and other pedagogical issues.

Math Teacher's Circles are fun and invigorating. You work with quality people. You discuss interesting ideas. It is free and you get free food. And you will be done in time to spend the evening with your family.

Give it a try! After the first meeting, you can decide if it is for you.  And you might even want to recruit others to come.

For more information, or just to let me know you are coming so I can plan for food, contact me, Troy Jones: tjones at alpinedistrict.org<mailto:tjones at alpinedistrict.org>

Math Teacher's Circle Dates
Thursday, October 5th          Taylorsville HS (room G204)

All other dates:
Thursday, November 2nd      Westlake HS (room C132)
Thursday, December 7th      Taylorsville HS (room G204)
Thursday, January 4th          Westlake HS (room C132)
Thursday, February 1st        Taylorsville HS (room G204)
Thursday, March 1st            Westlake HS (room C132)
Thursday, April 12th             Taylorsville HS  (room G204) (April 5th is during Spring Break)
Thursday, May 3rd               Westlake HS (room C132)



Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Application is open – Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) program is now accepting applications. Applications are due November 16, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time. More information and applications can be submitted at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/Einstein<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__science.energy.gov_wdts_Einstein&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=cKuf3BjV-mfoVmS-Z9mcJatQaQag8pjJSsK6DAPicDY&e=>

Program Overview

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.

Current sponsoring agencies include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The DOE sponsors up to four placements in congressional offices.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act (Fellowship Act Public Law 103-382, Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994) was signed into law in November 1994 and gives the DOE the responsibility for managing the program. The DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) manages this program for DOE in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and other partners.

Some outstanding contributions of past AEF Program Fellows include:

·         Designing new elements of national STEM education programs;

·         Implementing major components of national STEM education programs;

·         Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;

·         Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;

·         Creating web-based science education tools; and

·         Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM.

Please go to their site for information, applications, and questions - https://science.energy.gov/wdts/Einstein<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__science.energy.gov_wdts_Einstein&d=DwMF-g&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=5np-t6yauREKw5yuoQFr5RjRzTP-7qYCKmK-JmZa44E&s=cKuf3BjV-mfoVmS-Z9mcJatQaQag8pjJSsK6DAPicDY&e=>


MARCH 2018

Thanksgiving Point – ECO Challenge

Dear Middle & High School Teachers,

On behalf of Thanksgiving Point, we formally invite you and your students to be involved in the Explore, Create, Observe (ECO)  Challenge during the 2017/2018 school year!

What is the ECO Challenge?

The ECO Challenge is a multidisciplinary, environmental education program designed to give high school students, grades 7th-12th, the opportunity to learn about green careers and how they can make a difference in their communities. By appealing to their innate sense of creativity and curiosity, ECO Challenge invites students to investigate difficult environmental challenges, devise imaginative and effective responses, and take action to address them.

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, students are invited to our Green Careers Day, where they can meet professionals working in science and engineering careers from state agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. They learn about the needs of these groups related to the challenge and spend the next several months designing and prototyping solutions to address the challenge in ways that make sense to them. From producing public service announcements to inventions in aid conservation efforts, students selected unique and authentic ways to contribute their ideas and solutions. In the spring, students present their prototype products to industry representatives and compete for prizes that help their schools provide real-world environmental science in the coming year.

Last year was a resounding success, with more than 700 students participating from 15 different schools across the state. One student comments:

“The ECO Challenge showed me that a lot of people in the world care for the environment, and that I wasn’t alone or trying to help something that was impossible to save.”

We are really looking forward to next year and are excited for what we have planned to make ECO Challenge 2017/2018 an even bigger success! Green Careers Day is planned for September 21, 2018, so be sure to mark your calendars for the beginning of this program.

If you would like to know more about the ECO Challenge or would like to sign up your school/classroom, please reach out to Lindsey McBride, Community Experiences Coordinator, 801.768.7480 or challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org<mailto:challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org>.

We hope you will immerse your students in an authentic, hands-on environmental science program!


Please note:  These are opportunities that have been requested to be shared with the Utah math and science teacher community.  The Utah State Board of Education has not specifically vetted or endorsed the programs shared.  Any concerns or questions should be directed at the organizations associated specifically with the event.

Thank you,

Joleigh Honey
STEM Coordinator
Secondary Mathematics Specialist   |   Teaching & Learning   |   Utah State Board of Education
Vice President of Membership   |   Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics  (ASSM)  |   2017 -2019
Past President   |   Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics  (UCTM)
250 E 500 S | PO Box 144200  | Salt Lake City, 84114-4200
(: 801.538.7794 |  *: joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov<mailto:joleigh.honey at schools.utah.gov>

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Shannon Ference
Elementary Mathematics Specialist
Gifted and Talented Facilitator
Teaching and Learning  | Utah State Board of Education
250 E 500 S | PO Box 144200  | Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
801.538.7617<tel:(801)%20538-7617> |  Shannon.Ference at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Shannon.Ference at schools.utah.gov>
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