Dispatches from the Circles
Local updates from across the country
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The Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) had its Founding Board meeting in conjunction with the 2018 American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES) meeting. The Founding Board included K-12 teachers and administrators, professors, a student, and a non-profit leader. This Board reviewed the organization’s efforts over the past two years and outlined a path forward for AIMC including a full Advisory Board and work on formalizing Mission and Vision statements. Further, AIMC Regional Coordinator, Donna Fernandez, as well as four students co-presented at the conference with Directors Tatiana Shubin and Bob Klein.
– Contributed by Bob Klein
Mihaela Munday and Agegnehu Atena, both of Savannah State University, along with Sandra Riley-Howlett (Johnson High School) and Stacey Bragg (Islands High School), engaged a team of 29 K-12 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) math teachers at the inaugural Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC) workshop on November 10, 2018. SSU’s MTC is the first of its kind in southeast Georgia. It provides local opportunities for K–12 mathematics teachers and higher education faculty to engage in mathematical problem solving and dialogue that stimulates a mathematical growth mindset. The workshop is specifically designed for teachers who work primarily with students from groups traditionally underrepresented in mathematics. Contact Mihaela Munday for more information.
– Contributed by Mihaela Munday
Middle and high school teachers from Natchitoches and Shreveport visited the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) to attend the first of potentially many Math Circle meetings in the area. The event, hosted by Mathematics Professor Judith Covington of Northwestern State University (NSU), builds on and expands the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle Covington co-founded and directed in Shreveport, which is approximately one hour from Natchitoches. The event was funded by the Noel Foundation in Shreveport, a non-profit dedicated to supporting cultural arts, education, and community. If interested, contact Judith Covington.
– Contributed by Judith Covington
The newly formed Sandhills Math Teachers’ Circle in Cumberland County, N.C., had its inaugural meeting on November 17 (pictured at top). Over 45 educators were in attendance and plans are already being made for their next gathering in the Spring. The Sandhills MTC is the newest member of the North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles. For more information, contact Brandi Newell.
The North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles is hosting two separate Summer Camps for its members in 2019. The first camp will be from June 30 to July 2 and is open to all members of the Smoky Mountain MTC, Blue Ridge MTC, High Country MTC and new leadership teams interested in starting a Math Teachers’ Circle in their area. The second camp will be held July 25 to 27. This camp is open to members of the Sandhills MTC, Charlotte MTC, Triangle MTC, Central MTC, East Carolina MTC, and Wilmington MTC. Both camps will be hosted at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching campus in Cullowhee, N.C. These camps are provided with funding received though the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. If you have any questions, please email Nathan Borchelt.
– Contributed by Troy Jones
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 MTCircular.