Friday, December 18, 2015

Math Matter Montana - FREE; with stipend provided!!

Let’s give them something to talk about:
Student Discourse & Collaborative Grouping

Math Matters Montana
Looking for new ways to incorporate critical thinking and student engagement in your classroom?  Teachers: are you interested in working together to make your math class the best it has ever been? Principals: would you like to know what you should be looking for in an effective math classroom?    Get paid and receive OPI renewal hours to participate in a free, one-day math workshop provided by the OPI and Education Northwest.  Coming soon to a location near you!
January 9th
Plains, MT
January 16th
Fort Benton, MT
January 30th
Hardin, MT
February 13th
Brockton, MT

Math Matters Montana is here to help!

·       Increase participation and get your students involved in important mathematical conversations
·       Ensure equity for all of your students with collaborative grouping
·       Build local collaboration teams; many hands make light work
·       Administrator breakout session on things to look for in an effective math classroom

Who should attend?
All math teachers are welcome, we encourage school-based teams of at least two 8th – 12th grade math teachers and a school principal.

How will we pay for it?
$150 stipend and lunch will be provided by Education Northwest for all participants!

When will it occur?
Trainings are conveniently scheduled on a Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Follow-up coaching and online learning available at your convenience.

Don’t miss your chance!  Registration is limited to 45 people in each location.

About Education Northwest: Chartered in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts nearly 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face. Education Northwest’s professional development providers include nationally-renowned experts in mathematics, literacy, science and more.
To begin the registration process:  

Questions? Email Jake Warner:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

FREE Online PD!

Start the New Year with FREE Online Professional Learning in Mathematics!
Interact with instructors and other Montana teachers
Earn 15 OPI renewal units

For more information and to register ,

K-8 Teachers: January 18  – February 5 (Feb 12 for Mathematical Practices)
·         Mathematical Practices (grades K-8) – space is limited!
·         All about Fractions (grades 3-5)
·         Ratio & Proportion (grades 6-7)
·         It’s All Right: Pythagorean Concepts (grades 7-9)
Registration Opens January 4 – start

HS Teachers: January 11 – 29
·         Geometry: Transformations (grades 9-12) – space is limited!
Registration Opens December 28 – start

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Math Science Leadership Conference 2016

Monday, November 30, 2015

Announcing the 2016 Math Science Leadership Conference

The Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and Montana Science Teachers Association (MSTA) jointly sponsor this annual conference. Click here for weekly updates as we count down the weeks to the Math Science Leadership Conference 2016 in Bozeman, Montana on Friday-Saturday, 22 & 23 January 2016.

This year's conference will bring together math and science leaders from across the state working together to provide for concerted state-wide collaboration over the next two years. This year, the registration fee is $135.  Please join us and register for the conference using the Conference Registration Link.

And be sure to make your own reservations at the Comfort Inn 1370 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-2322 in Bozeman before the deadline January 1, 2016 using the Group Name, Math Science Leadership.  Single and double rooms available: $74 each/night. The conference begins at 8 AM on Friday 22 January and ends at noon on Saturday 23 January.  Friday meals provided including dinner and entertainment.

Monday, November 16, 2015


2nd Annual MCTM Trivia Night

The 2nd Annual MCTM Trivia Night was held this year at Hooligan’s on Thursday night of MEA MFT Convention. We had a great turnout with over 70 people attending. The winning team his year was Team Hope made up of Billings’ teachers. Mark your calendars for next years MCTM Trivia Night in Helena, October 20th.

Team Hope

MCTM Annual Meeting 2015

The MCTM Annual Meeting was held this year during the MEA-MFT Teachers Convention in Billings, Montana on October 15th at Skyview High School.

A huge Thank You was given to the MCTM program chairs for the MEA-MFT conference, John George and Mary Ellen Fisher. John and Mary put in countless hours to make sure that the MEA-MFT Teachers Conference ran smoothly. For David Erikson’s dedication to mathematics education in the state of Montana he was awarded and recognized as the 2015 winner of the Dean Preble Award.  The MCTM Math Contest was a huge success this year with students from across the state participating taking three tests at their regional test sites. MCTM awarded twenty $200 scholarships for regional winners and two $500 scholarships for our statewide winners.

The Elections Committee has compiled a list of nominees who have agreed to run for the board. Expect to see biographies for these teachers in the spring before elections.
  • Brooke Taylor - Region 4, High School
  • Rusty Bowers - Region 2, High School/Administrator
  • LeAnne Yenny - Region 3, Middle School
  • Becky Berg - Region 4, Elementary
  • Joe Zephyrs - Region 1, Middle School
·      We voted and accepted the following changes to the MCTM bylaws -
o   ARTICLE IV. Elections - An election committee of at least three (3) shall be named by the president. The election shall be conducted through ballots sent to all paid-up members by March 1st each year. Due date for return of ballots shall be March 15th of each year. All ties shall be resolved by vote of the Board. The election committee shall solicit names of MCTM members to serve as candidates for all positions that are open. The election committee shall propose two candidates for each vacancy. Further nomination will be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting.

A reminder went out to all MCTM members to check out the MCTM Website This is where you can find out more information on teacher scholarships, classroom grants and other opportunities available for our members.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Math Teacher's Circle Wednesday October 14th and November 12th!!!

Montana Math Teachers’ Circle
Fall, 2015

Billings: Wed. Oct. 14, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Missoula: Thur. Nov. 12, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

3D printing is a valuable tool for teaching mathematics and modeling. It has become less expensive and more accessible to teachers in K-12.  In this teacher circle event, we are going to investigate the geometry of a set of 3D printed cylinders and discuss possible ways of using 3D printing in teaching mathematics.

The vision of the Montana Math Teachers’ Circle is to invigorate middle school and high school mathematics teachers through problem solving activities, to facilitate connections among and between teachers and mathematicians, and to create an ongoing, supportive, and collaborative community.

The Montana Math Teachers’ Circle is part of the National Association of Math Teachers’ Circle Network and is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and the National Security Agency (NSA), and the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM).
Teachers come together, enjoy a nice dinner and do some fun math activities together.

Three OPI credits will be awarded for participation.

Please join us at one of the following location/time:

Billings: Wednesday Oct. 14, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Rocky Mountain College, RMC's Tech Hall
Missoula: Thursday Nov. 12, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
       UM Math Building, Room 108  
  1. Professor Ke Wu, 406-243-4818,
  2. Professor Matt Roscoe, 406-243-6689,
  3. Professor Fred Peck, 406-243-4053,
  4. Professor Dave Patterson, 406-243-4818,
  5. Jennifer Hudson,