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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

2017 Election Results

The following individuals were elected to serve on the Executive Committee for WVCTM for a two-year term:  Jeremy Knight, a teacher at Spring Mills Middle School in Berkeley County, will serve as President-Elect;  Karen Mitchell, a professor at Marshall University will serve as Vice President for College; Tiffany Brewer, a teacher at Gilbert Middle School in Mingo County, will serve as Vice President for Middle SchoolAdam Fletcher, a professor at Bethany College will serve as secretary; and Joy Marie Hunt, a teacher at Burch PK-8 in Mingo County, will serve as Member-at-Large

2017 Recognitions

Amy Ritz, one of the Golden Holtan recipients, is congratulated by Roger Bennett, Golden Holtans Chair, and by Dr. Boyd Holtan.Amy Ritz, one of the Golden Holtan recipients, is congratulated by Roger Bennett, Golden Holtans Chair, and by Dr. Boyd Holtan.At the banquet of the annual conference, Roger Bennett, Golden Holtan Grant chair, shared the purpose of the Golden Holtans, the new awardees of these grants, and encouragement for future applicants. Named for Dr. Boyd Holtan, a retired professor from West Virginia University, the Golden Holtans are grants for practicing classroom teachers for the development of a particular project in their classrooms.  Checks in the amount of $400 for each of the projects were presented by Dr. Holtan.  This year’s Golden Holtan Grant recipients were Amy Ritz, a teacher at Moundsville Middle School in Marshall County, for her project entitled “Gingerbread Geometry,” Amy Cowgill, a teacher at Frankfort High School in Mineral County, for her project entitled “After-School ACT-SAT Tutoring,” Lee-Dorah Wokpara, a teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Berkeley County, for her project entitled “I-Pad Air 2,” and Sara Harris Dailey, a teacher at John J. Cornwell Elementary in Hampshire County for her project entitled “Legos in K-5 and in the Title I Classroom.”

Sheila Ruddle, this year’s recipient of the prestigious “Chair” award and a former WVCTM president, presented the Walter Regula Mathematics Teacher-in-Training Grant to Laurie Hercules, a student at Shepherd University majoring in secondary mathematics education.  This grant is named in honor of Sheila’s father, Walter Regula (1914-1975), a Marshall University math education professor who also served as president of the Council. The $600 award is made annually to an outstanding college or university student who is training to become a mathematics teacher and who has intentions of teaching in West Virginia.  Laurie is said to possess the rare combination of knowing her content field thoroughly, knowing and understanding the best methods for teaching that field and enjoying her work with youth. As a youth, Laurie participated in Math Field Day in Berkeley County, and she credits that as providing a defining moment in her decision to become a mathematics teacher.  She has more recently worked as a summer school math tutor for Jefferson County Schools.  She states that she is committed to mathematics education and the well-being of WV students.

Also recognized were the 2016 West Virginia Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Bridget Jordan from Sherrard Middle School in Ohio County and Amanda Menihan from the Morgantown Learning Academy in Monongalia County.  

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