Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Membership Meeting October 16, 2014

Who Are We as Math Leaders?
    Vermont Math Leadership Council (VMLC) Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 16th
Windjammer Restaurant in South Burlington

Join us for appetizers at 5:00pm, elections of the Council’s new Board Members (President Elect, Treasurer, and Members-at-Large*), followed by work on defining our roles (continued from our August meeting), and time for networking.
*Nominations are still being accepted.
Contact: Elaine Watson,, Elections Committee Chair

Returning and New Members are welcome!** We welcome guests at our meeting for a fee of $20, which may be applied toward membership should you choose to join the Council. Only members may vote. **membership forms are available.
Contact: Julie Conrad,, Membership Committee Chair

Contacts: Linda Horn and Patty Kelly, Meeting Coordinators.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The VCTM Fall Conference "Teaching Mathematics Today" at St. Michael's College in Colchester

The VCTM Fall Conference "Teaching Mathematics Today" at St. Michael's College in Colchester is fast approaching- attached (below) is the full program- and then you can register here.  The conference is designed for all teachers, K-12 with many opportunities for discussions and explorations on a wide range of topics, with a focus on Common Core and SBAC, as well as newer teaching techniques and ideas from proficiency based learning to STEM.  

This is a great opportunity to connect with the greater Vermont math community and share in our resources!

Friday, September 19, 2014


Calling All STEM Superheroes
What one problem would you tackle to change the world and how would you do it? That is the question posed to students in the Disney Big Hero 6 XPrize Challenge, a nationwide video contest inviting young people, ages 8-17, to create innovative ideas using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics to tackle the biggest challenges in schools, communities, or the world. Inspired by Disney's new animated feature Big Hero 6, this student challenge seeks out the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes.
Six winners will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Big Hero 6 in early November. They will also go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering" experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes. Deadline for submissions is October 12. Learn more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SBAC Online Achievement Level Setting Opportunity

Update on Achievement Level Setting
Smarter Balanced member states will establish a common set of performance standards in English language arts (ELA/literacy) and mathematics across grades 3-8 and high school. This process, known as Achievement Level Setting has three phases.
The first phase of Achievement Level Setting is the Online Panel (October 6–17). The Online Panel is an unprecedented opportunity for educators, parents, community members, and other interested parties to help recommend performance standards. Educators received the first invitations to participate and have been the primary target of recruitment efforts. To date, 60% of registered panelists are teachers, and another 20% are non-teacher educators or school administrators. Registration for the Online Panel will close on September 19. To learn more about the Online Panel and register to participate, visit
Recommendations from the Online Panel will be shared with 500 participants during an In-Person workshop (October 13–19), the second phase of Achievement Level Setting. The information collected will be disaggregated by role so participants can take into consideration the recommendations made by teachers, higher education faculty, and others. Teachers will drive the in-person workshop, comprising 65% of its participants. Non-teacher educators, such as curriculum specialists and other K–12 administrators, will comprise another 18% of participants, followed by higher education faculty (12%) and members of the general public (5%).
The final phase of Achievement Level Setting is the Vertical Articulation Committee. A subset of the 500 panelists from the In-Person workshop - approximately 60 individuals - will examine all the recommended achievement levels in ELA/literacy and mathematics, to ensure that the system is aligned from grade to grade. Leadership from the Smarter Balanced Governing States will vote on the recommended achievement levels in fall 2014.
Collaboration in the development of Smarter Balanced assessments is key to ensuring that the assessments are fair, accurate, and reliable for all students. We encourage you to make your voice heard and register for the Online Panel today!

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 14th Retreat Minutes and Supplemental Documents Available Upon Request

Wow, what an exciting start to an important conversation! Thank you to those who were in attendance, and to those of you who continue to support our mission as a member of the VMLC.

If you would like a copy of the meeting minutes and supplemental documents, make a request at We now offer push notifications when there is news on the blog! Sign up in the right-hand column of the blog.

We are still looking for committee members for Conferences, Finance, and Elections. Let us know how you can serve.

Here’s to networking and support of each other as we foster a love of mathematics in everyone we work with this school year,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Special NCSM Webinar with Steve Leinwand. It’s TIME to Lead – A Call to Action for Mathematics Leaders

The webinar recording is now available in the archive section of the Carnegie Learning website. Also visit our website for additional materials, or to download a certificate of attendance. We invite you to share these links with your colleagues who were unable to attend the webinar.

 Thursday, August 28, 2014
3:00 PM ET
Now that It’s TIME-Themes and Imperatives for Mathematics Education: A Leadership Framework for Common Core Mathematics has been widely distributed and mathematics education leaders like you are launching their 2014-15 slate of activities, it’s the perfect time to turn to converting the ideas and suggestions of It’s TIME into specific actions.
This “call to action” webinar will provide focused and practical guidance to significantly improve the productivity of school and district mathematics education  systems. 
  • Suzanne Mitchell, Past-President, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

  • Steve Leinwand, Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research