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2019 WVCTM Conference

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for the 2019 WVCTM Conference is now closed. On-site registration will still be available!  Hope to see you all there!


Please join us for the 2019 annual conference of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, at the Stonewall Resort, located off I-79 approximately 30 miles from Clarksburg, WV. Reservations can be made either by calling 888-278-8150 or 304-269-7400. To receive the conference rate, please note as you reserve your room that you are attending the WVCTM Conference.

Dr. Christopher DanielsonDr. Christopher DanielsonThis year’s attendees are in for a very special treat as our keynote speaker will be Christopher Danielson. He has worked with mathematics learners of all ages for over twenty years, first as a middle school mathematics teacher, and more recently at the college level teaching College Algebra and Calculus, but specializing in work with future elementary teachers. He describes a conversation with his then four-year-old daughter that had a profound effect on his work. “We were enjoying a summer afternoon on our front porch when she asked, ‘Why don’t circles have tips?’ The ensuing ten minutes gave me a glimpse of the richness of children’s mathematical ideas. I have found that my daughter was not special in this regard—all children notice the shapes, patterns and numbers that surround them. All children think and wonder about relationships among these. All children do mathematics.”

Dr. Danielson has become passionate about helping parents, teachers, and other caregivers to understand and support the mathematical development of young children. From his books Which One Doesn’t Belong? How Many? and Common Core Math for Parents For Dummies, to his blog “Talking Math with Your Kids,” to a large scale family math event at the Minnesota State Fair called “Math On-A-Stick,” he has shared ways to encourage learners of all ages to refine and share their own ideas about mathematics. Dr. Danielson received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he worked with the authors of Connected Mathematics. He continues to work in the area of curriculum development in his present position as a Teaching Faculty member at Desmos, Inc. and in his work with Stenhouse Publishing.

And as in the past the WVCTM annual conference will give you an opportunity to learn effective teaching practices to support students’ learning, to examine new and effective differentiated instruction methods, and to refine your assessment techniques. From speakers presenting a variety of sessions to vendors’ displays, the 2019 conference entitled “Get Hooked on Math” is designed to create ways for our students to receive the best possible mathematics education.


Registration for the 2019 WVCTM conference is now open!


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



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. There will be no refunds for banquet tickets.
  • 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.

Miami University of Ohio's Project Dragonfly


Miami (of Ohio) University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2020 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. New for 2020: residents of the Jacksonville, Florida, area can study at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, AIP's newest Master Institution, and earn Miami's AIP master's degree.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

2019 WVCTM Election Results

The following individuals were elected to serve a two-year term as officers of WVCTM: Myrtle Holland (Musselman Middle School) as President-Elect; Matthew Campbell (West Virginia University) as College/University Vice President; Adam Fletcher (Bethany College) as Secretary; and Joy Hunt (Birch PreK-6 School) as Member at Large.

Other Awards from the 2019 Conference
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 development of a particular project in their classrooms.  Checks for each of the selected projects were presented by Dr. Holtan and Mr. Bennett.
This year’s Golden Holtan Grant recipients were Crystal Wheeler from the Village of Barboursville Elementary School in Cabell County and Jennifer McIntosh from Parkersburg South High School in Wood County.
Poster Contest Winners

Each year, teachers from around the state are encouraged to have their students make posters promoting mathematics learning.  The winner of the high school/college category determines the theme of the next year's WVCTM Conference.  This year's high school/college winner was Glenna Alt from Hampshire High School in Hampshire County.  Her poster, titled "Blast Off Into Math and Technology" will be the theme of the 2020 WVCTM Conference.  Ms. Alt's teacher-sponsor of her entry was HHS teacher Rowanne Shockey.

Other poster winners were: 

PreK-K  1st Eva Armhine, 2nd Kaylee Bidinger, and 3rd Isaac Edwards.  All students were from Springfield/Green Spring Elementary, Hampshire Co. (Teacher Gayle Allen).

Grade 1-2   1st Lily Brogan, Franklin Elementary, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Kim George), 2nd Aleonna Tucker, Matewan PK-8, Mingo Co. (Teacher Melissa Hackney), 3rd Ally Londes, Moorefield Elementary, Hardy Co. (Teacher Sabrina Dean)

Grade 3-5  1st Dawson Kenney, Buckhannon Academy Elementary, Upshur Co. (Teacher Sherri Hoover), 2nd Parker Mobley, Poca Elementary, Putnam Co. (Teacher Vickie Beller), 3rd Alexa Magee, Buckhannon Academy Elementary, Upshur Co. (Teacher Sherri Hoover)

Grade 6-8       1st Sybil Willis, Moundsville Middle School, Marshall Co. (Teacher Amy Ritz), 2nd Joleigh Young, Moundsville Middle School, Marshall Co. (Teacher Amy Ritz), 3rd Lily Resnik, Musselman Middle School, Berkeley Co. (Teacher Myrtle Holland)

High School/College Finalists   Daniel Medzius, Pendleton County High, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Cathy Bennett), Katie Scott, Pendleton County High, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Cathy Bennett), Stephanie Cottrell, Fairmont State University (Teacher Dennine Larue)


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:

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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