Congratulations, Annie Forest!

A big shout-out and congratulations to Annie Forest on being elected president of the ICTM Board of Directors! We love collaborating with you and are so excited for your sessions at our summer institute.

2018-04-26T09:11:25+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|

Get Ready for the 2018 iEngage-Midwest’s Educational Technology Conference

West 40 and Berwyn South School District 100 are excited to partner together for the 4th annual, iEngage-Midwest! With this new opportunity, comes new learning experiences to see student learning in action and learn from teachers across the country.

This 2-day event on Friday, April 27th – Saturday, April 28th, 2017 will introduce teachers, parents and students from within and outside District 100 to see how 1:1 technology is utilized in classrooms.

See their flyer for additional information about each day’s activities, and visit their website for tickets. One and two-day registration are available.


2018-04-09T16:10:47+00:00 April 9th, 2018|News|

NCTM President Matt Larson’s Statement on Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics

Upper grade teachers, for those of you who may not have seen it, Matt Larson posted about the upcoming book and conference strand, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics, to be released this month at the annual NCTM meeting in Washington D.C.

We are looking forward to reading this book and hope it will have a positive impact on our upper grade pd discussions.

2018-04-02T10:49:46+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|News|

UIC’s CryptoClub Offers Summer Workshop for Teachers

We wanted to share this workshop opportunity with our participants. If you’re not familiar with CryptoClub, check out their website and information below:

The CryptoClub Project is offering a 3-day Summer Training Workshop for middle-grade teachers and afterschool educators at the University of Chicago.  June 26-28.

Participants will be introduced to the CryptoClub curriculum, which teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle-grade students in afterschool and enrichment settings. CryptoClub uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students in exploring these important STEM topics.

More information about CryptoClub can be found on the CryptoClub Project website. A three-minute video on the site shows the program in action.

Registration fees are $150 for the CryptoClub Leader-Training Workshop, including leader materials and meals during the workshop.
Note: The cost to implement the CryptoClub curriculum typically includes $12 per student book.

Workshop registration is now open.

Please pass this information on to other interested educators. For questions, email Janet Beissinger,

Thank you,

Cheryl Moran
The CryptoClub Project

2018-04-02T10:36:17+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|News|

The Power of Activating Students as Resources

Fourth Graders were working on developing strategies and the rectangle model for solving d x dd problems. So we gave them the MARS task, Waste Wise, to see which strategies and models they would use. Student responses to 31 x 25 were most interesting. Students tried to stretch the model or the algorithms they had developed for d x dd  to dd x dd but most were unsuccessful. Errors revealed that students were having trouble keeping track of the products and with the distributive property.

To re-engage students, we showed them the problem again and asked them to work with a partner to solve the problem again on a white sheet of paper. We also directed them to record their thinking so someone else could clearly understand. Students eagerly got to work, even without seeing their work from the previous day.

Check out their student work here. To further engage students in their thinking, groups traded papers, and each group prepared feedback for the work they reviewed. These questions guided their feedback: What questions do you have? Do you agree with their response? How is this students thinking like your thinking?

The conversations were fruitful because students were activated as resources. Students invented their own ways to extend the models and understandings they had already developed. They challenged each other’s misconceptions and discovered the errors in their own thinking, and the class revealed the varied ways they are thinking about multiplication.

2018-03-12T09:32:02+00:00 March 12th, 2018|News|

Save the Date: MCMI Summer Institute

The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative will be offering a 2018 Mathematics Summer Institute for teachers and administrators.


WHO should attend: Teachers of mathematics and administrators in grades K–12.


Teachers will work in grade-band groups on core issues of mathematics teaching and learning.

Teachers can also select breakout sessions based on their interests, contexts, and prior experience. Teachers either new to or experienced with our work are encouraged to attend.


Administrators may attend special workshops immediately following the featured speaker addresses. Administrators interested in working with teacher groups are also welcome to do so.


WHEN/WHERE: The three-day institute, with daily featured speakers, will run July 31–August 2 at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights.


Tuesday, July 31

Featured Speaker: Robert Berry, III, President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Wednesday, August 1

Featured Speaker: Eli Luberoff, Founder and CEO of Desmos


Thursday, August 2

Featured Speaker: Christopher Danielson, Teaching Faculty, Desmos and Author


MORE INFORMATION: For more detailed information, please contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich at or visit our website at Registration will be available in April.


Thank you. We look forward to working with you this summer!

2018-03-08T09:04:23+00:00 March 8th, 2018|News|