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First in Math Responds to School Closures

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Due to the closure of all PreK-12 schools in West Virginia, First in Math is offering free online and offline math lessons to West Virginia teachers to use with their students until July 2020!  First in Math is a K-8 resource WV districts can count on to facilitate learning from home.  Help your students build and retain skills vital to math success with 24/7 online content, plus an option for students without Internet access.  Students practice with standards-based online math games in school or at home; teachers curate and monitor the activity.  Choose from more than 200 K-5 worksheets to download and print for students who do not have internet access. 

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WVCTM 2020 Conference Online Registration Closed


Pamela HarrisPamela HarrisOnline conference pre-registration for the 2020 WVCTM Annual Conference has closed! You can still register at the conference, Thursday night, Friday morning, or Saturday morning.

 The WVCTM Annual Conference will be held at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, WV from March 13-14, 2020. Reservations can be made at Stonewall Resort by calling (304) 269-7400 or the Holiday Inn Express in Weston (about 20 minutes away) at (304) 269-3550.  Be sure to mention that you are attending the WVCTM Annual Conference to receive the conference rate.  To purchase a t-shirt for the event, please visit  Orders can be picked up at registration.

This year's event begins on Friday morning with the opening general session at 8:30, followed by the keynote presentation.  The remainder of the conference will be filled with breakout sessions for learning new ideas for teaching mathematics at all grade levels!

Friday evening, we hope you will attend the banquet, where awards will be presented to some of our outstanding mathematics teachers from around the state.  If you are bringing an additional guest, please purchase an extra banquet ticket when registering.

Pam Harris will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 WVCTM Annual Conference.  Currently, Harris teaches Elementary Math Methods at Texas State University.  She co-authored the Bridges in Mathematics textbook for grades 3-5 and was the lead author of Discovering Advanced Algebra, Third Edition.  According to her website,, her interests include teaching real math, building powerful numeracy, sequencing rich tasks to construct mathematics, using technology appropriately, smart assessment, and vertical connectivity in curricula in schools from Pre-K to 12.

Harris will be presenting the opening session of the WVCTM Conference on Friday morning, and she will also present during some breakout sessions on Friday.  We welcome Pam Harris to the WVCTM Annual Conference!


West Virginia’s math4Life initiative is a comprehensive and intensive statewide effort to improve student mathematics performance throughout the state over the next five years.  The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is working with counties and schools throughout the state to institute best practices, expand pedagogy, and student engagement strategies to improve students’ mathematics achievement. 

The five year plan emphasizes a system of mathematical improvement.  Using West Virginia’s College- and Career- Readiness Standards to select instructional materials, WV educators are implementing math programs, technology supports, and community engagement practices to promote the county math4life initiative. The WVDE, working with a national advisory team, including Dr. Jason Zimba, Dr. Cathy Seeley, and Dr. Jo Boaler is supporting county efforts with other national experts to support best teaching practices and administrative leadership, with a focus on ALL students.

The following is a synopsis of the plan and how it has been communicated to county chief instructional leaders:

Year 1

  • Data analysis and self-reflection; planning overview
  • Parent/Community involvement/awareness

Year 2

  • Monitoring progress and implementation of math4life content and strategies in schools and classrooms
  • Teacher/Administrator participation in online modules
  • Utilizing instructional coaches to support integration of math4lifecontent and strategies in the classroom
  • Sustainability
  • WVDE
    • PLC Guides
    • Educator Guides
    • Summer Speaker Series
    • Online Professional Learning Opportunities
      • Elementary PK-5 Math Modules
      • Radford University Elementary Modules
      • Algebra I Math Modules (Part I/Part II)
      • Geometry Modules (Part I/Part II)
      • Stanford University Mathematical Mindset’s Jo Boaler Online Course
      • Middle Math Modules
      • Principles to Action Toolkit

The WVDE, through the math4life initiative is providing a myriad of professional learning opportunities, both online and face-to-face, for teachers and administrators. It is the belief of the WVDE that ALL students can achieve high levels of mathematics if provided the appropriate instructional supports. It is the goal of our counties and the WVDE to revolutionize how mathematics is learned and taught in the state of West Virginia. For more information about the WV math4life initiative visit:

Golden Holtan Grant Application Available

In conjunction with the 2020 WVCTM Annual Mathematics Conference, you are encouraged to submit an application for the Golden Holtan Mini-Grant.  At the conference banquet, the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics awards a $400 mini-grant for classroom projects. 

To access the application for the Golden Holtan mini-grant, please go to and click on the Nominations/Applications tab found on the left of the webpage.   The deadline for submitting requests to present at the conference is February 15, 2020

2020 WVCTM Conference

Conference 2020 logoConference 2020 logoThe 2020 WVCTM Annual Conference will be held March 13-14, 2020 at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, WV.  This year's theme is Blastoff into Math and Technology.  The conference speaker proposal link is now live on our page.  Presenters get free registration for the conference (limit one free presenter registration per session).  We hope to see you at our 2020 WVCTM Annual Conference!

WVCTM Members Recognized

Allan Meck and Amy CowgillAllan Meck and Amy CowgillWVCTM Members Allan Meck of Hampshire High School in Hampshire County, and Amy Cowgill of Frankfort High School in Mineral County were recognized at the State Teacher of the Year Gala in Charleston.  Both Meck and Cowgill are teachers of the year in their respective counties.  Meck currently serves as the WVCTM Vice President for the high school level.  Congratulations to both educators.

2019 WVCTM Awards
Chair winner Myrtle Holland with her family.Chair winner Myrtle Holland with her family.
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 2019 recipient is Myrtle Holland, a teacher Musselman Middle School in Berkeley County.

Mrs. Holland is a National Board-certified teacher and was one of the first group of Project MERIT teachers. She helped take the state Math Standards through several different versions, revisions, and titles and has actively worked on textbook review committees over the years. A graduate of Ediboro University of Pennsylvania, with a Master’s degree from WVU, she has 37 years of teaching experience. Her list of accomplishments in the field could fill another page of text. Highlights include being a unit writer for Academic Innovations/WVU, serving as an SBAC Scale Score Panel member, being involved with Math Field Day, serving as a facilitator and author in WVLearns Online, and serving as Math Department Chair at MMS (2014-2016).


She has served as the President and Middle School Vice President of WVCTM and was named the organization’s Middle School Math Teacher of the Year in 2012. At the recent conference, she was elected President-Elect of WVCTM.

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

WVCTM College Teacher of the Year Joseph WoodWVCTM College Teacher of the Year Joseph WoodJoseph Wood was named as the WVCTM 2019 College/University Teacher of the Year.  Wood is a professor at Glenville State College.  

Wood has worked on curriculum development at Glenville and works to develop grant proposals to improve mathematics teacher quality in the state. He helps students integrate technology into their work and is a regular presenter at WVCTM conferences.

WVCTM High School Teacher of the Year Mark PurcellWVCTM High School Teacher of the Year Mark Purcell
Mark Purcell was recognized as the 2019 WVCTM High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Purcell is a teacher at Parkersburg High School.  

His nomination included the following statements: “Mark encourages discourse and creates activities that allow students to share their strategies for problem-solving, which leads to a deeper understanding of concepts. Mark has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching... [He has risen] to a level of leadership among his peers and is often involved with county level and state level workshops and trainings that benefit the math department at PHS and the students in that building.” A student wrote: “He makes math fun, and I understand math when he teaches it.”

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