eNews August 2012 

FORCE (Focus on Occupations, Recruitment, Community and Engagement)     August 28, 2012
The KCM's National Science Foundation-funded postsecondary FORCE project uses a multi-pronged approach, involving both academic and community-building strategies, to increase enrollment and retention in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. One of the most successful FORCE initiatives is UR-STEM, involving undergraduate students in STEM research projects. Since 2010 over 60 students have received funding to participate in research and delve more deeply into their STEM disciplines of interest. Students will be presenting their findings at the Summer Research Celebration, August 29, 4-6 p.m. in the Northern Kentucky University Griffin Hall Commons and Digitorium. Check out the NKU STEM site for more information about FORCE initiatives at NKU.


Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference     August 28, 2012
Theme: Interpreting, Implementing and Assessing Kentucky Standards, October 27, 2012, Lexington, KY. Note the September 1, 2012 deadline for early registration and for nominating a colleague for the Mathematics Education Service Award.


Middle School Mathematics Coaching Communities     August 28, 2012
The KCM is proud to partner with the Kentucky Department of Education and a nationally recognized leader in content-focused coaching to bring an exciting professional development opportunity to middle schools in our state.

Content-focused coaching is an effective school improvement support strategy that changes cultures, affects student learning and improves teaching practices. Building mathematics content-focused coaching communities is a long-range educational practice in which mathematics coaches work collaboratively with principals and teachers to design, implement, and reflect on rigorous, standards-based lessons that promote individual student learning. Content-focused coaching is grounded in current research and clinical knowledge on leadership and schools as professional communities of practice.

This is a FREE professional development opportunity for middle school mathematics coaches and their principals. If your middle school is looking for ways to empower principals and coaches to be change agents and culture builders for professional learning, then this is a PD opportunity that should not be missed! Space is limited and the deadline to apply is September 28, 2012.


Preschool: The Best Job-Training Program     August 28, 2012
According to James Heckman, Nobel-Prize-winning economist, "If you want 21-year-olds to have jobs, the best time to train them is in the first few years of life." Read about Heckman's study of early learning connecting to the success of unskilled workers in job training programs. "Researchers found, in general, the preschool kids got sick less often, were unemployed less often, and went to jail less often."


Erikson Early Math Project; Big Ideas in Early Mathematics     August 28, 2012
Because preschool (see previous item) is a tremendously important time for setting the course for academic and occupational success, and because early mathematics proficiency has been shown to be the greatest predictor of later school success , the KCM is bringing the Chicago-based Erikson Early Math Project to Kentucky. The 70 initial openings in the four scheduled pilot sections filled quickly and more than 70 additional preschool teachers are waiting for the opportunity to register for forthcoming additional course offerings. Read the flyer on the KCM offerings.


Help Wanted     August 28, 2012
The Kentucky Department of Education is accepting applications for the position of Elementary Mathematics Intervention Consultant. If you would like to work supporting mathematics intervention providers and Mathematics Achievement Fund recipients, please consider applying.


NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Regional Conference     August 28, 2012
The NCTM Regional Conference will be held in Louisville in the fall of 2013. This is another, and very convenient, opportunity to share Kentucky's excellence and innovation in mathematics education with many educators from within and without the state--please consider submitting a presentation proposal by September 30, 2012.


Add+Vantage MR Refresher Courses     August 28, 2012
Attending an AVMR (Add+Vantage MR) Refresher Course is a great way for experienced MITs (mathematics intervention teachers) to sharpen your pedagogical tools for assessing and advancing numeracy. If you are a full KCM member or earned the KCM Intervention Specialist award during 2011/2012, you are invited to attend, for free, any of the AVMR1 and AVMR2 refresher courses. MITs from schools receiving Mathematics Achievement Funds may opt to count attendance at the AVMR refresher courses toward the required in-person professional development. For further details, access the KCM online calendar or login to the members' database.


Mathematics Achievement Fund     August 28, 2012
MAF Schools will each receive $41,000 for 2012/203. The official notice of the award amount will be posted online by the KDE after the budget and assurance have been completed and submitted by the district, no later than August 31, 2012, to and The 2012/2013 budget form and assurance are posted on the KCM Intervention Resources webpage in the Kentucky Department of Education Section. As stated in the 2012/2013 budget form footnotes, the budget may include plans to purchase technology hardware, with a $5,000 maximum in expenses for that purpose allowed between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2015. link

The 2012/2013 MAF grant of $41,000 will be paid in installments, half in October 2012 and half in January 2013. Districts should send a detailed itemization of the actual expenses (with copies to the school principal and mathematics intervention teacher), to quarterly. The $41,000 must be spent (encumbered and paid) between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

The extra MAF amount of $2,666.22 sent in July for the 2011/2012 school year must be spent (encumbered and paid) by September 30, 2012 and does not need to be included in any budget. However, the expense should be documented in the district's final 2011/2012 MAF financial report.

The KCM is offering an online meeting Webinar regarding updates and review of requirements for experienced MITs (mathematics intervention teachers) Thursday, August 30, 3-4 p.m. et. Experienced MITs should have receive a Webex email invitation; the instructions on how to access the recording will be sent afterward. New MITs were invited to an earlier online MAF orientation Webinar and should have received a link to view the recording.