Author: Lauren Burton
Ahhhh, summer! The weather is beautiful. The smell of BBQ is in the air. Family and friends are starting to look familiar again. The time when teachers press reset button for the school year. Hats off. This is your time .
For those of you who need something to read by the pool (kiddie or hotel), I found this article by Matt Larson (NCTM president) wherein he highlights the purpose and development of the Common Core State Standards and the five paradigm shifts that should occur to improve the system of math education. While we did not officially adopt the CCSSM, the principles he talks about are the same and, as he quoted the authors of CCSSM, "the standards are not just promises to our children, but promises we intend to keep."
We have all worked very hard to implement similar changes in our Utah State Core and recognize the benefit from the data gleaned from SAGE. Once you finish perusing the article, consider reaching out to your legislator and inviting them to your class to see how great this approach to the Utah Math Core can be.
To contact a senator: http://senate.utah.gov/contact/index.html.
To contact a representative: http://le.utah.gov/house2/representatives.jsp
As you may remember, Matt Larson is scheduled to be our keynote speaker at UCTM this November. Registration is now automated and quick at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utah-council-of-teachers-of-mathematics-conference-2016-registration-19496882701.
Have a great summer and don't forget the sunscreen!
With the Utah Primary Elections quickly approaching this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics would like to remind and encourage you to get out and vote next Tuesday! If your county is vote by mail, you should have already received your ballot and can cast your vote any time before Tuesday. In local politics especially, every vote matters. You can go to vote.utah.gov to track your ballot and see your specific voter information, including a sample ballot. Many areas in Utah will be voting for State School Board members during this primary election. We strongly encourage you to spend some time learning about these candidates before casting your vote next Tuesday. One good place to find accurate and unbiased information about State School Board candidates is OurLocalLeaders.com. There is also a closed Facebook Group called Candidates for Utah School Board which contains helpful information about the candidates. Please spend some time researching your candidates and then be sure to cast your vote in the Utah primary election next Tuesday, June 28.
Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Resolution in Support of Utah Core Standards
WHEREAS, the Utah Core Standards define what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level and advance equity of outcomes for Utah students by setting a bar for student performance, defining the floor but not the ceiling of student learning; and
WHEREAS, the Utah Core Standards are informed by standards in top performing countries, early childhood through secondary education leaders, higher education faculty, national content experts, leaders from business and the military, and public feedback; and
WHEREAS, the Council of Chief State School Officers (a non-partisan organization of state commissioners of education) and the National Governor’s Association (a bi-partisan organization of state governors) came together to start the Common Core State Standards Initiative to develop voluntary standards in mathematics and English language arts that states could use to ensure all students graduated from high school college- and career-ready; and
WHEREAS, the Utah State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts on August 6, 2010 and the Common Core State Standards were woven into the Utah Core Standards while also including components unique to Utah, such as the integrated pathway; and
WHEREAS, the Utah State Board of Education re-approved the Utah Secondary Mathematics Standards on January 7, 2016 and the Utah Elementary Mathematics Standards on April 14, 2016 following the revision processes that included extensive parent and community input, public review, and regional public input meetings, as instructed by Board policy; and
WHEREAS, the SAGE Summative testing provides meaningful data to inform improvements in instruction, targeted intervention and measures of student growth; and
WHEREAS, SAGE is a locally controlled testing system with a strong question bank that has been filled with questions authored and selected by Utah educators in order to assess the level of understanding of every tested student in comparison to the uniquely Utah Core Standards.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics strongly supports the newly revised Utah Core Mathematics Standards and the appropriate use of SAGE testing in Utah Schools.
Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Joleigh Honey, President
Karen Feld, President-Elect
Allen Jacobson, Vice-President
Cynthia Price, Exec. Secretary
Lisa Jasumback, Treasurer
The Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics wishes to congratulate Utah educator and former UCTM Board Member, Nathan Auck for being selected as a 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Thirteen accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the United States have been named 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows. The fellows will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform federal STEM education efforts.
The 2016-17 Einstein Fellows are as follows: