October 2018 

President's Message

ICTM President Jackie Murawska

Greetings mathematics educators in Illinois! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the ICTM/ISTA Conference on Friday and Saturday this week in Tinley Park, Illinois! Bring your colleagues. 

If you have not yet registered, you can still do so! 

Also remind your administrators that an administrator attending with a paid teacher registrant from your district may come to the conference for only $50!

Following are just a few highlights of this year's conference:

  • Fantastic lineup of speakers on mathematics, science, leadership and coaching, struggling readers in math class, STEM, and so many more!
  • Keynote speaker Tim Kanold on Friday
  • Featured speakers Kathleen Almy and Angela Andrews on Saturday
  • Friday evening ICTM Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm
  • Saturday morning ICTM Annual Business meeting 7:35 am
  • Exhibit hall with daily raffles for free prizes
  • Science flea market
  • Sessions and hands-on workshops
  • Breakfast and lunch on Friday, breakfast on Saturday

Until the next ICTM E-Bulletin, check out our daily ICTM posts on Facebook (ICTM) andTwitter (@MathICTM)!  

Membership Survey!

ICTM wants to know what you think! Please take our quick ICTM Survey! There are prizes.

The survey will close at 11:59 pm October 24th. At the close, we will randomly select a winner and he/she will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. We will also acknowledge 2 runner-ups, who will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner and runners-up will be announced in the next ICTM E-Bulletin. 

Notice of Annual ICTM Business Meeting 

The Annual ICTM Business Meeting will be held during the ICTM/ISTA Annual Conference

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 7:35 am - 8:20 am
Tinley Park Conference Center, Muirfield Room

Bylaws vote: At this meeting, we invite all members to vote for the proposed Bylaws changes.
You can read them here:

The list of changes to the ICTM Constitution
The marked-up version of the ICTM Constitution      

ICTM Annual Conference

2018 ICTM Conference logo

 October 19-20, 2018 in Tinley Park, Illinois

It's not too late to register! Come join us for the 2018 ICTM Annual Conference on October 19-20, 2018 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois! Great speakers. Integrated conference with ISTA (Illinois Science Teachers Association). Special discounts available for groups of 5 or more. And any administrator attending with a paid teacher registrant from your district may come to the conference for only $50. Yes, you can still register this week! Please do so as soon as possible.

Register here!  

ICTM Awardees 2018

On Friday, October 19 at the Tinley Park Conference Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, at 6 pm, ICTM will celebrate the remarkable contributions of eight outstanding educators. All are invited to attend!

Distinguished Life Achievement in Mathematics Award - Regeta Slaughter, Chicago Public Schools

Excellence in Elementary Mathematics Teaching Award - Kara Sand, Edison School, Morton Grove 

Excellence in Middle School Mathematics Teaching Award - Elvira Uriotegui, Daniel Webster Middle School, Waukegan

Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Teaching (T.E. Rine Award) - Mary Wiltjer, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview

Fred Flenner Award: Engaging Students in Mathematics Beyond the Classroom - Laura Yarber, Mascoutah Community Unit Schoool District 19, Mascoutah

Lee Yunker Mathematics Leadership Award - Sendhil Revuluri, Chicago 

Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award - Ashley Launius, Hamilton County High School, McLeansboro

Promising New Teacher of Mathematics Award - Tami Kelley, Rock Island Academy Rock Island 

Please come and honor these outstanding individuals and be inspired as you learn about things they have accomplished. There is no charge, the ceremony takes about an hour, and includes some extraordinary videos.

And while we are thinking about awards, it is time to start thinking about who you think deserves to be honored next year. To be recognized, an educator must be nominated. We know many exceptional educators have not been recognized yet. Please plan on helping to fix that situation. Information is available at the ICTM website under awards. https://www.ictm.org/ictm-awards

Conference Scholarship Winners for 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 ICTM Conference Scholarship winners!

Eduardo Amezqueta-Martinez - Tarkington School of Excellence, Chicago Public Schools
Natasha Lynn Lincoln K-8, Peoria Public School District 150
Lorraine Platek Little Village Academy, Chicago Public Schools
Kelly Shereyk Ogden International School, Chicago district 299
Elvia Uriostegui Daniel Webster Middle School, Waukegan Public Schools
Nicole Rogers Rosa Parks Middle School, West Harvey-Dixmoor #147
Miriam Schmid Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, Chicago Public Schools
Jessica Wilkes Chicago Public Schools
Shaun Billman Mary Miller Junior High, CUSD #4, Georgetown IL
Nicolette Staley Taft Elementary, District 86 Joliet
Jessica Gilruth Joliet Public Schools, District 86 Joliet
Alfreida S. Jamison Posen-Robbins School, Posen
Kathryn McGowan Burnham Elementary, Burnham School District
Margrette Francis Mother McAuley, Chicago
Catherine Rodriguez Komensky School, District 100 Berwyn
Colum Dillon Fairfield Elementary Academy, Chicago Public Schools
Alicia Brown Edward Coles, Chicago Public Schools
Derek Clayton Lombard Middle School, Galesburg
Jamel  Williams - Mount Carmel, Chicago
Elizabeth Unzueta - Sacred Heart-96th, Chicago
Andrew Negru - St. Margaret of Scotland, Chicago
Melissa Talaber - St. Pius V, Chicago
Clair Zaffaroni - Pope John Paul II, Chicago
Dianne Kenny - Holy Trinity High School, Chicago
Lisa Gaedt - St. Bruno, Chicago
Aurora Latifi - Leo Catholic High School, Chicago

Thank you to the generous donations of the following sponsors:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Grant

Big Shoulders Fund Chicago

Christopher B. Burke Engineering



Center for Success in High-Needs Schools

Individual Donors



Voting Open for NCTM and NCSM

NCTM members: NCTM voting for the Board of Directors is now open! Did you know that former ICTM Board member John Carter is running for NCTM President-Elect? Look for the email with the subject line "NCTM Election: Voting Starts Today." Voting closes October 31.

NCSM members: NCTM voting for the Board of Directors is now open! Did you know that current ICTM Board member Steven Shadel is running for NCSM Regional Director? You will need your postcard with your assigned unique code. Voting closes October 15.

IMT Journal 

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

IMT is peer-reviewed, visible online, free, and has an international readership!
Visit journal.ictm.org to read recent articles and to submit your own.

Report from Board Chair, Jeremy Babel

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 the motions approved at our August 2018 meeting.

As is customary, we approved the minutes from our prior meeting in April 2018 and approved the financial report submitted by our Treasurer, Rich Wyllie. Once a year, a budget committee meets and submits a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It was presented and the Board approved the budget for this fiscal year. The Board Secretary is appointed yearly by the Board Chair. Lannette Jennings has been serving in this role for my entire time on the Board and was re-appointed and approved by the board for the upcoming year. As Board Chair, I am thankful for her work over the past years and am thankful she has agreed to serve in the role again. We then appointed George Reese to serve as Treasurer, taking over in April 2019 as Rich Wyllie, who has served in this role for many years, let us know in April his intent to “retire” from this position. We all thank Rich for his long standing service to ICTM. His expertise and historical perspective on ICTM will be greatly missed.

There was a motion to keep the ICTM conference in the fall for 2020, but that motion was pulled and to be further discussed by one of the four priority teams. NCTM is moving its annual conference to the fall starting with October 2020 in St. Louis. Please be sure to share your thoughts with any Board members regarding this important decision.

It has been an ongoing discussion from the April 2018 ICTM board meeting to allow non-ICTM members to receive ICTM awards. This change cannot be made by the ICTM Board as it is in the bylaws that “each nominee must be a member of ICTM.” This requires a change to the bylaws so a committee was formed to look at necessary changes to the bylaws. A vote by the membership will take place at the ICTM business meeting at the upcoming annual meeting. Any and all ICTM members are encouraged to attend the ICTM business meeting. Here are links the relevant documents for voting: 
The list of changes to the ICTM Constitution
The marked-up version of the ICTM Constitution 

It is important to the Board that we keep the needs and interests of our membership in mind as we make decisions throughout the year. With that in mind, there is a membership survey. To encourage members to participate in the survey, a motion was made to allocate $100 for prizes to be awarded to people randomly selected of those that complete the survey. Our meeting was then adjourned.

Upcoming Events, Links, and Resources

NCTM Regional Conference in Kansas City, November 1-3, 2018

NCTM Regional Conference in Seattle, November 28-30, 2018

New Illinois Assessment for Grades 3-8

High School Transitional Math Information and the PWR Act

ISBE Classrooms in Action:  

The Classrooms in Action website, maintained by the ISBE Content Specialists, is the one stop shop for K-12 educators in search of resources. www.ilclassroomsinaction.org Whether educators wish to enhance their own knowledge, utilize a tool for immediate use or build local capacity, this site will deliver. Or go directly to the math section at www.mathteachersinaction.org and get specifics about math resources, professional learning opportunities, and join the #ILMathCom forum. And while you are there, click on the link at the bottom to join the listserv and get weekly updates about the happenings in Illinois.  

#ILMathCom The Illinois Math community is a place for Illinois math educators to feel welcome and embraced in both their struggles and successes in the classroom and as professionals. #ILMathCom provides weekly virtual video meetings hosted by the ISBE Math Content Specialists for educators to share ideas and start collaborations. Past sessions have focused on building communities, free technology available, and equity and access. Find out the latest offerings at http://www.mathteachersinaction.org/ilmathcom.html  
DuPage County ROE News: The DuPage Regional Office of Education invites you to sign up for the STEM newsletter, which is published 7-8 times per year. Featured are articles about various facets of STEM education, professional development, resources, and other news. If interested, email Mary Biniiewcz at [email protected]
edTPA News: On 9/1/2018, the state of Illinois increased the passing score required on the edTPA (15 rubric fields) from 37 to 39.
New Content Test for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Candidates: The mathematics contest test for secondary mathematics teacher candidates in Illinois has changed from the 115 to the 208. 

Can you help us....? 

Become a Board Member   

Encourage a College Student to Apply for a Scholarship

Illinois Mathematics Teacher (IMT) journal call for articles: 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.

About Your New ICTM Directors:

John O'Malley IV

I am a newly elected 9-12 Director and I am excited to be a part of this organization. During the day you can find me teaching mathematics at Glenbrook South High School. In the evening you can find me at Starbucks and on Twitter finding new teaching ideas. I have taken advantage of a lot of opportunities ICTM has offered and I am excited to be able to promote and share many of them in the future with you. My teaching goals tend to focus on engagement in the classroom and I plan to implement that goal as a member of the ICTM board as well. I want to meet and work with teachers throughout the state to assist in collaborating and sharing the great work that is being done. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve you and will do my best to engage you in all things mathematical in the years to come.

Matthew Foster

Hello!  As your newly elected ICTM K-6 Director, please accept my thanks! Here's a little bit about my life in mathematics:

Currently, I am the K-8 Math Coordinator in Waukegan where I support approx. 450 teachers in best practices, curricula implementation, professional development, and student-centered coaching. To remain relevant, I continue teaching math as an adjunct professor at the College of Lake County.  In addition, I am involved in multiple districts outside Waukegan as a leader of the Complex Instruction Consortium (CIC), where you may have attended our free bi-annual group learning workshops.  My unique view of math stems from having practiced Architecture for 20+ years.  

I hope to champion ICTM's partnership with K-6 teachers around the state in fresh, new ways. For example, this February, we expect to launch the first annual mini-conference for K-6 teachers to develop deeper mathematics pedagogy.  Please remember, I am your servant. Feel free to email me anytime!

John and Matthew will officially begin serving on the Board on October 19th, during the ICTM Annual Conference.

Renew your ICTM Membership 

 Image result for facebook image Like us on FaceBook: Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ICTM

Image result for twitter image Follow us on Twitter: @MathICTM 

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics