ICTM Vision and Mission

 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a community of PreK through Post-graduate (PreK–20) educators promoting equitable, high quality mathematics teaching and learning through leadership,
collaboration, advocacy and professional development.

The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the state leader in mathematics education.  ICTM is committed to sound pedagogy, teacher collaboration, and professional development, ensuring student achievement through engagement in meaningful and rigorous instruction. As a respected leader in mathematics education at the school, district, state, and national levels, ICTM serves as a collaborative partner to promote the achievement of every student. 

 December 2019   E-Bulletin

President's Message                           by Annie Forest, ICTM President

Annie Forest  Hi Math Educators!

Our annual conference in October left me feeling energized as I move into my role as president. How exciting it is to see passionate educators sharing their ideas during presentations and posters. How invigorating it is to see teachers engaged in conversations with each other in the halls. How inspiring it is to meet people in person that I might have only heard about or knew from social media.

One of my hopes is that ICTM can continue to provide you with opportunities to feel connected, excited, invigorated, and inspired. One such opportunity will be our upcoming NCTM Centennial Celebration in Chicago where we are a proud co-host with our friends at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC) on April 1-4. Or, you might connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. Watch for a book study to be shared soon as a way to learn and connect with math educators in Illinois.

Next, remember to make time to tend to your personal bucket. As they say, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Teaching is a rewarding but hard job. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. If you are feeling stressed, try zooming out and looking at the bigger picture. Our work is important and so is your family, hobbies, and rest.

Enjoy your work and enjoy your rest. Join in our professional development to make connections and feel rejuvenated.



Past President's Message             by Jackie Murawska, ICTM Past President

ICTM President Jackie Murawska Greetings to all the math teachers in Illinois!

Thank you for the privilege of serving as the ICTM President 2017-2019. I was able to meet amazing mathematics educators from around the state, and for this opportunity, I will forever be grateful. 

I continue to be inspired by the passion that all of you bring to your profession! Being a part of ICTM has indeed been transformative for me as a mathematics educator. Each time I come to our annual conference or attend one of our affiliates’ math events, I feel a connection to a larger community of friends and colleagues who help me, as eloquently stated by my colleague Sean Nank, rediscover my “WHY” and help me reflect and improve my teaching. Let us continue this spirit of belonging by continuing to bring early career educators into the ICTM community. It’s a wonderful time to be a math teacher!

Our annual conference in Peoria on October 18-19 was again a success. THANK YOU for attending, and a big THANK YOU to the speakers, the Conference Team, and all the volunteers (see below for more details) for making this event possible! Countless hours of behind-the-scenes work went into making this annual event happen. Mark your calendars for all the exciting math events coming to Illinois soon, including the NCTM Centennial in April, and the next ICTM annual conference next fall. Wishing you all a restful winter break with family and friends.


Board Chair Report                       by Steven Shadel, ICTM Past Board Chair

Photo Steven Shadel At each meeting, members of the Board are asked to bring motions to the table that are immediately actionable, and ideas or motions that need a significant block of time for discussion are deferred to one of our four Board priority teams which are focused on Mission and Marketing, Finance, Governance, and Equity and Access. Here is a summary of our December 2018 meeting.

As is customary, we approved the minutes from our prior meeting in December and approved the financial report submitted by our Treasurer, Rich Wyllie. The new Conference Chair, Anne Agostinelli and program chairs shared their conference report with the board. These reports were followed by detailed reports from all members of the board.

The strategic planning board working groups spent time discussing the four priorities in the strategic plan. Discussions took place regarding the future of the annual conference, membership and the need for an Executive Director for ICTM. Results from the statewide survey were analyzed and will be utilized as we make future decisions about our organization and annual conference.

There were two motions approved at the board meeting. A small group from the board met with our financial advisor Paul Hillard regarding our investment strategy. His recommendation was to move into a new suite of funds, however keeping our risk level the same, was approved. The second motion was brought forth and approved regarding the use of profits from the recent NCTM regional conference. 10% of the rebate ($3200) into the outreach fund, split the rebate with all active affiliates. 

ICTM Annual Conference NEWS

Our October 18-19, 2019 Conference held in Peoria was a wonderful gathering of math educators from around our state. We look forward to seeing you all soon at an upcoming math event. Stay tuned for more details soon on the next ICTM Annual Conference to be held in the Chicago suburbs in fall of 2020.

Congratulations ICTM Awardees 

On Friday evening, October 19, the ICTM awards were presented to many deserving individuals. The recipients were recognized by their colleagues for their excellence. It truly was inspiring to experience the good feelings that went out to these distinguished colleagues. We would once more like to recognize the awardees.

2019 Conference Scholarship Winners

  Kayla Smock:  Olivet Nazarene University  
                           Ryan Dela Cruz:  Elmhurst College 
                                  Cerys Boston:  Eastern Illinois University 



 2019 ICTM Awardees

  • Illinois Promising New Teacher of Mathematics Award:  Stephen Cimaglia, Lake View High School (Chicago)
  • Excellence in Elementary Mathematics Teaching Award:  Melissa Wise, Greenwood Elementary (Waukegan)
  • Excellence in Middle School Mathematics Teaching Award:  Sunya Coleman, Daniel Webster M.S. (Waukegan)
  • Excellence in Post-Secondary Mathematics Teaching Award:  Amy Clyne, Waukegan High School (Waukegan)
  • Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award:  Martin Gartzman, University of Chicago
  • Fred Flener Award: Engaging Students in Math Beyond the Classroom:  Steve Shaff, Sauk Valley Community College
  • Lee Yunker Mathematics Leadership Award:  Scott Miller, Naperville Central High School
  • The Distinguished Life Achievement in Mathematics Award:  Carol Nenne

Nomination Packet and Application:  https://ictm.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/Awards/ICTM%20Awards%20Application.pdf


  Thank you to all 2019 Conference Speakers, Conference Team, and Volunteers!

  ICTM Conference Planning Team   

  • Jean Goldrich, Conference Coordinator
  • Cathy Kaduk, Registration Chair
  • Adam Poetzel, Membership Chair
  • Anita Reid, Exhibitor Chair
  • Craig Cullen, Program Co-Chair
  • Martha Reilly, Program Co-Chair
  • John O’Malley, Marketing Chair

 Conference Contributors

  • Board Members
  • Awards Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Conference Volunteers
  • Community Engagement Team


Thank You
Words cannot describe how grateful our organization is for the contributions of our dedicated members. Special thanks to the following folks, all of whom were honored at the 2019 ICTM Awards Ceremony:

Rich Wyllie
20 years of service as ICTM Treasurer

Sue and Randy Pippen
15 years of service as ICTM Scholarship Chair



With Much Appreciation to Our Outgoing Board Members and Committee Chairs

 Esther Song, Tammy Voepel, Steven Shadel, Rich Wyllie, Sue Pippen, Randy Pippen



Thank you to another SUCCESSFUL YEAR - 2019 Board Members and Committee Chairs


 First row: Chen-Yao Lin, Jennifer Dao, Lindo Blanco, Jackie Murawska, Annie Forest, Lannette Jennings, Micki Lewis. Second row: Christina Betz-Cahill, John O'Malley, Matthew Foster, Gavin Creaden, Justin Brennan, George Reese, Martha Reilly

Announcements and More News!

NEW ICTM Executive Director 

Please welcome our new ICTM Executive Director, Micki Lewis.  We are so happy to be working in partnership with Micki.

Micki Lewis’ MS, PCC, CPLP is a builder and developer; she builds organizations by developing their people. Ms. Lewis is a Nationally Certified Workforce Learning and Performance Professional (CPLP) Internationally Certified Coach (PCC) and Former President of Chicago’s Learning and Performance Association (ATD - Association for Talent Development).  Lewis holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership and a from Benedictine University. Currently, Lewis is an Executive Coach, Organizational Effectiveness Facilitator of Leadership and Management Development Academies across North America. Micki co-creates strategies and frameworks WITH clients, partnering for success. Lewis is very much looking forward to collaborating with the ICTM Board to continue the ongoing accomplishments. 

NEW ICTM Treasurer
ICTM welcomes George Reese as the new ICTM Treasurer!

NEW ICTM Board Chair
ICTM welcomes Christina Betz-Cahill as the new ICTM Board Chair!

Huge Congratulations!!!
Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Becker, of Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Becker was recently informed by the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University
in New Brunswick, N.J. that Rutgers has received a donation of $100,000 to establish a named fellowship in his honor, to begin this fall 2019. Its name is "The Jerry P. Becker Annual Fellowship in Mathematics Education."  The donation will be sufficient to establish many fellowships for graduate students in mathematics education at Rutgers. [Dr. Becker was a tenured faculty member at Rutgers for a number of years before returning to the Midwest - the donation is made by a former graduate student, a career mathematics teacher at the school and university levels, and her husband, who is Chairman Emeritus of the Stryker Corporation.]  https://gse.rutgers.edu/academic-programs/fellowships-assistantship-and-scholarships  (and scroll down).

National News from NCSM 
The NCSM annual conference is going to be in Chicago this spring! Mark your calendars for March 30 - April 1, 2020. This is a great conference for teacher leaders, instructional coaches or administrators.
The conference theme for this year is “What are the essential actions for all mathematics leaders?”
There are two preconference sessions available on Sunday, March 29th followed by the 52nd Annual NCSM Conference from March 30th - April 1st. There will be regional specific sessions for our region on March 31st at 3:30pm. Be sure to look for the Central 1 Regional Session in the brochure and meet other math leaders from Illinois.

Very Sad News
Leroy Sachs, past president of ICTM, passed away on October 3, 2019, having almost reached his 102nd birthday. “Leroy was a great leader in math education and a wonderful friend. I had known Leroy for 30 or 40 years.” ~Al Foster  
Also see: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/olivette-mo/leroy-sachs-8878602 .  Note that memorial donations go to the Math Education Trust of NCTM (which he gave to every year).

Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Events

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual WMC (Wisconsin Mathematics Council) Mathematical Proficiency for Every Student conference. The conference will be held at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, December 5th. Join national and state educators for a discussion on Promoting Mathematical Excellence for All Through Responsive Instruction. With the lens of improving the mathematics education of all students, this one-day conference will help teachers and administrators re-imagine the types of mathematical learning experiences we create for students. More details and registration information are available on the WMC website

NIATM Meeting

Come to the next NIATM meeting on December 3rd. More information can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/13g2h3vMOitobkhseA0hcKVThwBZcSgV1/view 

MMC Meeting

The next MMC Dinner Meeting is on Friday, December 6, at the Elks Club in Des Plaines.  Bridget Tenner will be speaking on Bijections: Sometimes It Counts Not To Count.  Please RSVP by December 2. More information here: https://mmcchicago.org/dinner-meeting/

 MMC Conference of Workshops

The MMC Conference of Workshops is open for registration. The conference will be on Saturday, February 1st at Adlai Stevenson High School and registration must all be done ahead of time. More information here: https://mmcchicago.org/conference/ 

NCTM Centennial Celebration

The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago are hosting the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition at McCormick Place in Chicago! Join us, your colleagues, and education leaders Wednesday, April 1-Saturday, April 4 for high-quality professional development and networking opportunities, compelling exhibits, updates on best practices, and the latest strategies to engage your students and get them excited about mathematics. Make your plans to attend this celebration of NCTM’s 100th anniversary:  nctm.org/100/  


 ICTM Webinars ~ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT    STAY TUNED:  A schedule of upcoming monthly webinars can be found on our webinar page. Our webinars are always FREE and participants earn PDHs (Professional Development Hours) after participating. 

What's Important TO YOU?  How Professional Development & Renewing your ICTM Membership supports YOU and your SUCCESS!   https://www.ictm.org/join-us

Be an ICTM Board Member: Call for Nominations

Interested in furthering your passion?  Want to learn more leadership and be a part of a leadership Team? Consider running for a position on the ICTM Board of Directors! The Call for Nominations will be coming out soon. Questions? Email ICTM Past President Jackie Murawska at [email protected] 

Board Motions Passed
Following is a list of the motions passed by the ICTM Board of Directors Meetings

May 2019: Host the ICTM 2020 Conference on either Saturday, October 10th or Saturday, November 14th; non-members who register for the 2019 conference will automatically become a member at a start date determined by the Membership Chair; all primary presenters who register for the 2019 conference not presently members of ICTM will automatically become a member at the start date determined by the Membership Chair; Executive Director job description approved; a selection committee was created to bring Executive Director recommendation(s) to the Board at the August Board meeting, a separate “Donate” tab on the ICTM website was created; and Christina Betz-Cahill was approved as the new Board Chair.

August 2019 Following is a list of the motions passed by the ICTM Board of Directors at the August 2019 meeting: treasurer is authorized to purchase insurance for the dual purpose of the conference being insured and acquiring a vendor number from Chicago Public Schools; Micki Lewis was approved as Executive Director, beginning September 1, 2019; ICTM will offer Professional Development credit to those who attend the webinar live and who are ICTM members; ICTM will offer a Saturday only CPS promotion for the 2019 Conference for $20 per teacher, up to 50 teachers, if they ride the STEM bus. Teachers who take advantage of this offer will receive a one year ICTM membership; and the Bylaws of the Council proposed amendment will be brought to the ICTM Business Meeting during the conference to be voted on by the membership.

October 2019

Original Wording (ARTICLE XI Amendment to the Bylaws)
The Bylaws of the Council may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at any Annual Business Meeting of the Council, provided the amendment has been submitted to the Board and notice of the proposed amendment shall have been sent by mail electronically on the ICTM listserv and on the ICTM Website too so every member of the Council has had an opportunity to review the amendments before the Annual Meeting.

New Wording (ARTICLE XI Amendment to the Bylaws) Passed at the 2019 ICTM Annual Business meeting:
The Bylaws of the Council may be amended by the following process:
  1. The amendment has been submitted to the Board,
  2. Notice of the proposed amendment has been disseminated to ICTM members (i.e.: ICTM listserv and on the ICTM Website) at least one week prior to voting so every member of the Council has had an opportunity to review the amendments before the vote,
  3. The proposed amendment has been approved by a majority of the members voting by either an in person vote at the annual meeting or an electronic vote.  **Electronic votes will be open for a minimum of 72 hours. 

Do You Know Someone Deserving of an Award? 

If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please do! Specific award criteria and application forms can be found on the ICTM website. Or start the process by using this quick Nominate a Teach for an Award form. With your help, ICTM can continue to recognize excellent mathematics educators in Illinois!

IMT Journal: Call for Articles

Did you know that our Illinois Mathematics Teacher (IMT) journal is peer-reviewed, visible online, and free to read? We also know from the number and nature of PDF downloads (often over 100 PDF downloads per article!), that our readership includes international readers!

The IMT editors invite submissions from both new and experienced authors, and accept articles on a range of topics, including: innovative classroom activities and lessons; applications to the classroom of pedagogical research and best practices; examples of implementing standards; reviews of recent books on pedagogy; any other articles that will support the professional development of ICTM members. Visit journal.ictm.org to read recent articles and to submit your own.

The latest issue (volume 64, 2018) of the Illinois Mathematics Teacher Journal is complete!
Click here for this issue's table of contents page.

Resources and Links

ISBE Classrooms in Action 
We encourage all ICTM members to join the ISBE Math Teachers in Action listserv today!

If you are not receiving these weekly updates during the the school year about important happenings in Illinois (many are PD opportunities, some are online chats, and ALL are relevent to our work), sign up today! Visit http://www.mathteachersinaction.org/, a website maintained by the ISBE Math Content Specialists, and scroll to the bottom to subscribe to the listserve.

ICTM Listserv
Did you know that there is a separate ICTM Listserv, independent of membership in ICTM? Subscription to the ICTM Listserv is an optional benefit of your ICTM membership. Emails sent through the Listserv often contain job postings, professional development opportunities, links to math sites, news articles, and announcements from math teachers around the state. All subscribers to the Listserv can send out messages to the recipient list.To subscribe or unsubscribe, visit https://lists.mste.illinois.edu/lists/info/ictm and look for the “subscribe” link on the left. You can choose to unsubscribe from the Listserv at any time.

New Illinois Assessment for Grades 3-8

Illinois Mathematics Teacher (IMT) journal call for articles: Visit journal.ictm.org to read recent articles and to submit your own.

Rebate Code for Illinois

Planning to renew or join NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)? During checkout, please enter this code: ILCTMLC20.  For every ICTM member who joins or renews their NCTM membership, NCTM will provide ICTM with $5.00 which helps to fund the programs that ICTM does to serve YOU, our membership! Be sure to use your code before it expired on through Jan 31, 2020. 

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