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2018 Conference Registration
Written by Myrtle Holland   

Registration for the 2018 WVCTM conference is now open!  The conference will take place March 16th through March 17th at Stonewall Resort. Use the buttons at the top of the screen to register and choose sessions.


Our keynote speaker is Math Snacks' Dr. Karin Wiburg, and the full program is available here.


The conference registration fees are shown below:


Online Registration $125
On-Site Registration $140
Saturday Only Registration $60
On-Site Saturday Only $75
Retired Member Registration $65
On-Site Retired Member Registration $80
Student Registration $25
On-Site Student Registration $40


Schedule of Events


Conference Check-in: 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Lobby

Onsite Registration and Payment: 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Lobby

Hospitality Room: 6:30pm to 9:00pm in Room TBA


Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment: 7:00am to 3:00pm in the Lobby

Business Meeting for All Members: 8:30am in Ballroom 2

Opening Session with Keynote Speaker: 10:00am in Ballroom 2

Sessions: 11:15am to 4:00pm in the Meeting Rooms

Banquet: 6:00pm in Ballroom 2 featuring the Grafton High School Entertainers

Game Room: After the Banquet in Room TBA


Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment: 7:30am to 9:00am in the Lobby

Sessions: 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Meeting Rooms


Please note that:

  • Online registration closes on March 9.
  • The cost of a banquet ticket is $30.
  • There will be a $20 cancellation fee on any registration transaction. Membership in the organization will remain active and no refunds will be given after the online registration period has closed.
  • If you are paying with a PO, also please note:
    • The signed purchase order must list the names of the teachers attending clearly indicating an amount for each (banquet and registration). The amount on the PO should match the request being made.
    • Upon the receipt of a completed and signed Purchase Order, it will be processed so that teachers can register.
    • There is a refund policy in place. Once a Purchase Order is processed, there will be no refunds for banquets and if a teacher cancels, then there will be a fee charged $20.
    • Once a Purchase Order is processed, no name changes can be made. If a new person wishes to attend, an additional purchase order will need to be sent.
    • There will be no cancellations or new Purchase Orders accepted after online registration closes.
  • Checks and POs should be mailed to WVCTM, 15 Hatfield Lane, Uniontown, PA 15401.

*Contact the treasurer with any questions regarding payment or cancellations.


If you haven't already done so, you may contact Stonewall Resort (304-269-7400) to make room reservations.

Keynote Speaker

Please join us for the 2018 annual conference of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This year’s attendees will hear a keynote address and have the opportunity to participate in two sessions from our featured speaker, Dr. Karin Wiburg.  Dr. Wiburg is a Distinguished Professor of Learning Design and Technology at New Mexico State University, and has served as the director of a STEM education research group.  She will share hKarin WilburgKarin Wilburger experience in successfully addressing all students to improve their mathematics performance, a topic that she addressed during a TED Talk in 2016.  She is particularly interested in changing the way in which mathematics is taught and learned and is currently the Principal Investigator of “Math Snacks: Addressing Gaps in Conceptual Mathematics Understanding with Innovative Media”, a research and development project that provides free games and animations about mathematics. 

Conference News
Written by Myrtle Holland   

Many of you have begun to inquire about the March 16 – 17, 2018 WVCTM conference.

Registration fees are:
Online registration* -- $125
On-site registration -- $140
Saturday only registration -- $60
Retired member registration -- $65
Student registration -- $25

The cost of a banquet ticket is $30.

If you haven’t already done so, you may contact Stonewall Resort (304-269- 7400) to make room reservations.

Registration will be opened after the program is finalized with the expected date sometime after the middle of January.


*Online registration closes on March 9.

Ins(pi)re the World, WVCTM 2018 Conference Info
Written by Myrtle Holland   

Conference Speaker Proposal

You are invited to submit a Conference Speaker Proposal for the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) Annual Conference scheduled to be held on March 16 & 17, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Resort.  This year’s conference theme is Math Ins(pi)res the World.  Presenters are granted free registration for the conference.  If more than one person is presenting the session, only the person named first on the application will be given free registration.  To submit a proposal to present, please click on the Conference Speaker Proposal link found at the top of the page or click here.


The proposal description should clearly describe the intent and purpose of the session. Be sure to identify the appropriate grade levels and the format of the session (hands-on or presentation). Proposals will be accepted until December 1, 2017. Notifications of accepted proposals will be made via email.

Please share your ideas with colleagues by presenting at this year’s conference!


WVCTM Teacher of the Year Awards

Nominations for the WVCTM Teacher of the Year Awards given at each programmatic level close on December 1, 2017.  The nomination form is available in the Nominations/Applications menu or just click here.  Nominees need not be members of WVCTM.

Teacher-in-Training or TNT Grant

If you know of an outstanding West Virginia student enrolled in a West Virginia college or university who should graduate by August of 2019, please tell them about the Teacher-in-Training or TNT Grant.   The $600 grant will be given to a student who is training to become a mathematics teacher and who has intentions of teaching in West Virginia.   The deadline for applying for this $600 grant is January 1, 2018.   Eligibility requirements and the application can be found in the Nominations/Applications menu or at this link.


Golden Holtan Classroom Mini-Grants

Teachers in West Virginia who are members of WVCTM can also apply for the Golden Holtan Classroom Mini-Grants of up to $400 for classroom projects. The application form can be found in the Nominations/Applications menu or at this link.  Also feel free to email applications to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 15, 2018.


WVCTM Officer Election

Please consider serving as an officer of WVCTM.  You are encouraged to nominate yourself of another teacher for the WVCTM Officer Election.  The application form is available in the Nominations/Applications menu and can be found at this link.  Nominations close on February 28, 2018.

NCTM Annual 2018 is Coming to DC!
Written by Mark Alvaro   

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The 2018 NCTM Annual Conference will take place in Washington, DC from April 25th through the 28th.  This is especially close to West Virginia so hopefully we'll see you there!  Check out the flyer for more info.

2017 WVCTM Conference "Reflecting on Math"

The 2017 annual meeting of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics was held on March 17 & 18 at the Stonewall Resort.  With the backdrop of the rolling hills of West Virginia and Stonewall Jackson Lake, participants were treated to the amenities of a luxurious resort and to a variety of opportunities to grow professionally.  This year’s theme logo, designed by Cole Shaffer, a student at Hampshire High School, was “Reflecting on Math”   Myrtle Holland, president, along with Sheila Ruddle, past president, provided leadership for coordinating the event.  The keynote speaker, Kate Nowak, opened the conference with  “Curriculum Adoption:  Advice from the Other Side.  Ms. Nowak, the Content Lead at Illustrative Mathematics where she is currently working on middle grades curriculum, emphasized the need for first adopting appropriate curricular materials and then committing to the fidelity of utilizing them. 

Over 80 sessions were available for educators at all grade levels, including “Developing Problem Solvers, NOT Problem Doers!”, “But This Isn’t Language Arts Class!”, “Put me in Coach! – Supporting Teachers’ Instruction with Coached Rehearsal,” ‘Tools of Talk:  Tasks and Techniques for More Math Talk,”  “Thinking Math:  Counting and Basic Facts,” “How are You Fostering a Growth Mindset in your School and Classroom?”, “Number Talks in the Elementary and Middle School Classrooms,” and “Building Understanding of Equivalent Fractions and Fraction Operations.”  Teachers found themselves in sessions immersed in both content and pedagogy.  The banquet, always a highlight of the conference, featured the Grafton High School Entertainers, as well as a wealth of vendor-donated door prizes and numerous teacher awards and recognitions.

WVCTM Recognizes Award Winners

Pictured left to right are Dr. Vicki Sealey, the 2017 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Barbara Zingg, the 2017 High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Amy Ritz, 2017 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Amanda Freeman, 2017 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Seated is “The Chair” recipient, Sheila Ruddle.Pictured left to right are Dr. Vicki Sealey, the 2017 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Barbara Zingg, the 2017 High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Amy Ritz, 2017 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Amanda Freeman, 2017 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Seated is “The Chair” recipient, Sheila Ruddle.The most prestigious award given by WVCTM is the Distinguished Service Award, presented to the individual who has done exemplary work statewide in mathematics education.  The award includes a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque, hence it is often referred to as “The Chair” Award.  The 2017 recipient is Sheila Ruddle, a retired teacher from Pendleton County Middle/High School. A graduate of Marshall University, she served twice as the WVCTM Vice President for Middle School and most recently was President of the organization. She has served on many state mathematics committees, including numerous curriculum adoption committees, writing teams for instructional guides, unit plans, project-based learning units, and materials for the WV TREE project for state dissemination.  She served as a leader in the NSF-funded Project MERIT initiative and as a staff member of the Teacher Leadership Institute for many years. The daughter of Walter Regula, a math professor at Marshall, Sheila first attended a WVCTM conference while she was a college student. Since then, she has presented at numerous conferences at the county, regional and state levels.  Sheila, a National Board Certified teacher, adapted her teaching to reflect her own learning, both from the classroom experience and professional development.  Each time she taught a lesson it never played out exactly the same way, but each time she learned new ways to make the content more meaningful to her students.  As a colleague shared, “Conversations with Sheila always serve to develop my own mathematical understanding and lead me to reflect on a deeper level about my own practice.”  As an early adopter of inquiry-based learning, Sheila nurtured a deep understanding of mathematics in her students, providing a model for teachers throughout West Virginia.

WVCTM Mathematics Teachers of the Year are those who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics teaching and provide a role model for their colleagues.

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