Thursday, September 24, 2015

STREAM: Teachers Needed

MCTM Members and Math Teachers:
Please consider this opportunity for yourself or a colleague. The STREAM project is highly regarded, very rewarding, and lots of fun! If you can’t participate yourself, please send this to a fellow teacher with a note of encouragement. A personal endorsement from you is worth more than 10,000 words! Thank you for helping us recruit!
Jennie Luebeck
The STREAM project has been funded for a fourth year! Our new activities focus on high school teachers, but we are continuing programs for K-8 teachers as well. STREAM offers something for everyone who wants to  explore big ideas in mathematics, dig into Montana’s math standards, and gain experience with effective mathematical practices for teachers and students.
This year's STREAM offerings are listed below. Each program title links directly to more information on the STREAM Web site at www.STREAMmath.orgAll programs are FREE and cover expenses for travel, lodging, and materials. All programs offer credit or OPI renewal units. Learn more about the benefits by linking to the program pages. You can also view a 5-minute overview video at
The first three offerings require an online application, with a deadline of September 30th. We strongly encourage rural, underserved, and high-need schools and districts. Don’t delay – jump in the STREAM!  Click on the links below to go to the STREAM website page for each program.
  • A full year of professional learning with peers across the state
  • Two 2-day workshops, four online modules, Summer Academy
  • Investigate content standards and Mathematical Practices
  • Design and teach mathematical modeling projects
  • Identify and use high-quality resource materials
  • Increase your mathematics content knowledge
  • to 6 months of school-based professional learning
  • Three on-site workshops, three online modules
  • Investigate content standards and Mathematical Practices
  • Identify and use high-quality resource materials
  • Work alongside colleagues with support from a Guide
  • Develop a personal plan for implementing standards
  • Earn 9 to 12 mathematics credits toward secondary licensure
  • Fellowships cover tuition, travel, lodging, and other expenses
  • Complete MSU courses (online and 3-week summer session)
  • Develop a long-range plan for licensure in secondary math
  • Requires application, interview, and administrator support
  • Enroll individually in any 3-week online module
  • Select from content areas for K-3, 4-7, and more
  • Investigate the standards and Mathematical Practices
  • Identify and use high-quality resource materials
  • Increase your mathematics content knowledge 
Dr. Jennifer Luebeck, STREAM Project Director
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, MSU – Bozeman

Lisa Scott, STREAM Project Manager
Mathematics Education Consulting, LLC
1102 Anchor Ave.
Billings, MT 59105

Monday, September 21, 2015


MCTM Scholarships

The Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) offers $3000 of scholarships for teacher members each year to pursue professional development opportunities.  The Karen Longhart Scholarship application deadline is October 12 and the MCTM Teacher Scholarship application deadline is November 30.

Upcoming professional development opportunities to consider include the annual MEA-MFT Conference in Billings on October 15 and 16, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional conferences in
Atlantic City • October 21–23  
Minneapolis • November 11–13  
Nashville • November 18-20
and the NCTM Annual Conference, Building a Bridge to Student Success in San Francisco, April 13-16, 2016.   And don’t forget the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-13) meeting in Hamburg, Germany July 24-31, 2016.

Each of our scholarships have specific dollar amounts.  Each of the two annual Karen Longhart Scholarships are for $500; local professional development in-state scholarships are for $250, and all out-of-state scholarships are for $400.  

Our most recent recipient, Ryan Swenson, a Capital High School mathematics teacher, attended the NCTM Annual Conference in Boston this past April.

More information and application forms are available on our web page:  For those desiring to speak to a person, call David Erickson, 406-243-5318 or email Karen Longhart Scholarship applications due October 12; other teacher scholarships due November 30. Please apply today! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing

Montana Contest for Girls

For a number of years, the NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) has given national awards to high school girls.  The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is for young women with aspirations and achievements in technology and computing.

This year will be the fourth year that there also will be a MONTANA contest for Montana girls.  The time to submit applications is Sept. 1 through October 26 and the application is found at

There are many qualified high school girls that would apply if they just had a little push from a leader like you.  Any interested female high school student would need to fill in the on-line application, and get a parent and a school official to approve it to be entered into both the national and Montana contests.

We have had winners from Anaconda High School, Arlee High School, Beaverhead County High School, Big Sky High School, Bozeman High School, Capital High School, Cut Bank High School, Helena High School, Missoula Sentinel, Noxon High School and Park County High School.  We hope your school will represented on the winners list this year. But they have to apply.

We are looking forward to recognizing Montana's talent, and hope that you would encourage the young women that you know to apply. Sometimes all they need is a little encouragement and you are the person to provide that.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MEA-MFT Fall Conference in Billings!

This year's MEA-MFT Conference will be held in Billings on October 15th and 16th.  

Registration Fees

August 15 - October 13
Onsite Registration
October 14 - 16
MEA-MFT Member
MEA-MFT Member - New Teacher their first 5 years of teaching
Member of Curriculum Group
Non MEA-MFT Member
Retired MEA-MFT Members
Presenter - earning renewal units

Presenter Only - not earning renewal units$0$0
MCTM Sectionals
MCTM once again has several presentations for you to attend and get great new ideas! If you want to look at the Math Sectionals, click here for a complete listing! 
HOTELS - Hurry and make your reservations. 

MCTM has also set aside blocks of rooms at 2 different hotels in the Billings area. 
The first motel we have a block of rooms in is the Northern Hotel.  Their number is (406) 867-6767
  • 12 Classic King Rooms  blocked for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  $83.00 for a single and $129.00 for a double.  
  • 3 Classic Queen rooms for Wednesday night. $83.00 for a single and $129.00 for a double.  
  • 7 Classic King rooms and 3 classic Queen rooms for Friday evening if needed. $83.00 for a single and $129.00 for a double.  
When registering for a room you must identify as being part of MCTM to get these rates.  This block of rooms needs to have reservations  made by September 13th. Also this is where the Banquet for Teacher of the Year will be held on Thursday evening.

The other motel reserved is the BestWestern Plus ClockTower Inn.  This is about two blocks from the Northern Hotel.  Their number is (406) 238-1796.

  • 10 Single Queen rooms at $99.00
  • 15 Double Double rooms at $109.00

These rooms are reserved for WednesdayThursday, and Friday nights.  When registering  please identify that you are a member of MCTM to receive these rates.  These room blocks are being held for MCTM until September 30.

This year's keynote speaker is Eli Luberoff, CEO of Desmos
Eli began his programming life on his TI-83 graphing calculator in elementary school, culminating with a working version of Monopoly which was destroyed when he removed the backup battery by accident. He began working on the software that would become during a year-long hiatus from Yale University in 2007, returning to graduate summa cum laude with degrees in Math and Physics in 2009. Eli was also selected by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 in 2011. 

Here's a little information on Desmos, if you are not familiar with it. 
At Desmos, we imagine a world of universal math literacy, where no student thinks that math is too hard or too dull to pursue. We believe the key is learning by doing. When learning becomes a journey of exploration and discovery, anyone can understand – and enjoy! – math.
To achieve this vision, we’ve started by building the next generation of the graphing calculator. Using our powerful and blazingly-fast math engine, the calculator can instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series. Data tables open up a world of curve-fitting and modeling. Sliders make it a breeze to demonstrate function transformations. As browser-based html5 technology, the graphing calculator works on any computer or tablet without requiring any downloads. It's intuitive, beautiful math. And best of all: it's completely free.


The 2nd Annual Trivia Night will be held Thursday, October 15th at Hooligan's Sports Bar - immediately following the Teacher of the Year Dinner (around 8pm)! 

Appetizers will be provided with a NO HOST bar. 

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