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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.

WVDE TREE Resources Available Now
Written by Mark Alvaro   

TREE LogoTREE LogoWith the upcoming change from the TEACH21 site to the new TREE teacher resource page, the West Virginia Department of Education has tasked West Virginia educators with finding the best, free Online Educational Resources (OERs) to place on the new site.

The final result of this project will mostly likely be a web app that teachers will be able to use to search for resources for Math 6, 7, 8, I, II, and III. While that web application is being developed, the state has released spreadsheets that list the OERs with titles, links, descriptions, and the CCRS alignment.  Each course's sheet contains tabs at the top to navigate through the domains.

WVCTM High School Teacher of the Year, Amy Cowgill, said of the resources: “We’ve narrowed the whole internet down to this list.”

Hopefully teachers will enjoy quick access to resources from Open Middle, Dan Meyer, Desmos, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Illustrative Mathematics, the Math Assessment Project, Emergent Math, the Math Vision Project, and more!

View the sheets by clicking here or you can use the following link:

President's Remarks


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Happy New Year!  I hope for each of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

I am very honored to be your new president.  My vision for my tenure is to keep mathematics education as the main focus in West Virginia.  Our students deserve the best that we as educators can give them.  By providing current ideas, strategies, techniques, and coherency in the forefront, we can enhance our professional practices, which will lead our students toward mathematical proficiency.

Believe me, we all have to work together to reach our goal. To do this, I ask you to work collaboratively with your school and county educators. In my county, the eighth grade teachers meet monthly during off school times.  We enjoy a cup of coffee and exchange ideas and lessons. I also ask you to attend professional developments that are of interest to you and to read blogs and follow some of the leading math educators.  All of the leaders in math are on Facebook and have blogs.

In fact, I would ask that if you find an especially interesting blog, article, or lesson, send it to Mark Alvaro and Jeremy Knight so it can be shared on our site and on our Facebook page. We are all in this together and it is up to all of us to provide the best mathematics education and make it accessible to all West Virginia students.

Thank you for all of your support and continued dedication to our students. I would also like to thank Shelia Ruddle (Past-President) and the executive committee for all the help and support that they have and are continuing to give me.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual conference at the Stonewall Jackson Resort on March 17-18, 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Myrtle Holland, NBCT

President, WVCTM

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