Sheila RuddleChange, it seems is the only constant in education. Something, however, that has been available to West Virginia mathematics teachers since 1948, is the support given to them by WVCTM. WVCTM continues this tradition as teachers around the state work hard to implement the Next Generation Standards. The leadership wholeheartedly supports the Common Core State Standards. Many of your officers have been, and still are involved in all stages of implementation, from preparing the standards for West Virginia’s framework, to writing units, to providing professional development at the school, county, RESA, and state level. Plus, many of us, like you, do the important work daily of addressing the standards in our own classrooms with students just like yours. A major focus of our 2015 conference will be providing rich professional development that supports these standards.
On a personal note, I find myself relying more than ever on information that I receive from NCTM. I encourage you to use its publications as resources. By “liking” NCTM on Facebook, one can read current messages from President Diane Briars, along with other up-to-date news. Remember, when joining NCTM online, a portion of your dues can be returned to WVCTM.
When thinking of WVCTM, many think of the annual conference. However, the work of the organization goes on year-round and there are many opportunities for involvement. The executive committee invites YOU to participate by nominating officers, by making recommendations for Teacher-of-the-Year at each level, and of course, in preparing for the conference by submitting a proposal to present at the conference.