Save the Date for the 2019 Summer Institute

The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative will be offering a 2019 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 two-day institute will run July 31–August 1 at Elmwood Park High School in Elmwood Park, IL.

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

2019-03-18T10:03:17-05:00 March 18th, 2019|News|

CryptoClub Summer Training Workshop Registration Now Open

The CryptoClub Project is offering a 2-day Summer Training Workshop for middle-grade teachers and afterschool educators at the University of Chicago, July 24-July 25.

Participants will be introduced to the CryptoClub curriculum, which teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle-grade students. CryptoClub uses games and other informal activities to engage students in exploring these important STEM topics.  It is adaptable to a variety of settings. Teachers have used it in their mathematics, technology, and elective classes, and in before- and after-school clubs. Others have used it in informal settings such as libraries, Boys and Girls clubs, 4-H programs, and YMCAs.

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 $100 for the CryptoClub Leader-Training Workshop, including leader materials and meals during the workshop. The workshop is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.
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,

2019-03-18T09:16:33-05:00 March 18th, 2019|News|

Congratulations to MCMI Participant Kristy Regan!

Kristy Regan, from Hazelgreen School in District 126 Alsip-Hazelgreen-Oak Lawn, is one of three finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) 2018. It is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science). She will be recognized on Friday, October 19, 2018, during the ICTM Conference at the Tinley Park Conference Center. 

2018-09-07T13:54:44-05:00 September 7th, 2018|News|

Illinois STEM Rising Star Award

The Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM), with the generous support of ETA hand2mind, are pleased to offer the Illinois STEM Rising Star Award for promising teachers looking to implement STEM in their classrooms. The winners will be honored at the 2018 Joint ISTA/ICTM Conference, held at the Tinley Park Convention Center on October 19–20.

  • There will be 3 awards—1 primary grades (K–2), 1 intermediate grades (3–5), and 1 middle school (6–8).
  • Applicants must provide evidence of a plan to implement STEM/Engineering Design projects that go beyond normal classroom teaching.
  • An emphasis is placed on plans that are innovative and that integrate multiple STEM areas.
  • Judges will be looking for evidence of current teaching practices that include hands-on learning, small group instruction, centers rotations, and overall student engagement.
  • Applications are especially encouraged from educators whose work involves student populations that are underrepresented in STEM fields.
  • The independent judging panel includes: ISTA/ICTM members, college/university professors, and/or last year’s winners.

Visit to apply and for more information.

2018-08-20T10:13:12-05:00 August 20th, 2018|News|

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.

2018-04-26T09:11:25-05:00 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.


2018-04-09T16:10:47-05:00 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.

2018-04-02T10:49:46-05:00 April 2nd, 2018|News|