Identities and Connections

As the MTC Network grows larger, our understanding of how MTCs affect teachers deepens

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Dear Math Teachers’ Circle Network,

This issue of the MTCircular highlights several facets of MTCs, including one that is incredibly striking: MTCs have the power to affect the very identities of those who participate. In The Identity Element, Katie Hendrickson traces this transformation in teachers experiencing MTCs for the first time, drawing on results from her recently completed dissertation (congratulations, Katie!). In A Circle in the Delta, Liza Cope describes how MTCs can both complement and extend the impact of other professional development opportunities. For those of you looking for great spring MTC session ideas, write-ups by Kimberly Muller (Freeing the Clones) and Tom Clark (Spotting Mathematical Structure) will provide plenty of food for thought and structure for exploration.

I’m excited to report that our national network is growing rapidly and currently includes 125 MTCs in 39 states. Perhaps even more exciting is the development of connections between nearby MTCs through regional networks. For example, the CSU Dominguez Hills MTC hosted four other MTC leadership teams from Southern California at a one-day meeting in October, where they planned exchanges and started brainstorming about pooling their resources for future meetings and workshops. The Montana MTC Network continues to pursue their initiative of bringing MTC participation within reach of every math teacher in the state.

To help encourage the development of additional regional networks of MTCs, the national MTC Network will offer some support for other leadership teams to meet face-to-face this spring. This support is made possible through a grant from the NSA as well as through generous Giving Tuesday donations. Please contact me at brianna (at) aimath . org if you are interested in finding out more.

Happy problem solving!

Brianna Donaldson, Director of Special Projects

This article originally appeared in the Winter/Spring 2017 MTCircular.


Crooked River MTC (Cleveland, OH) [1]

A Teacher and a Mathematician

MTCs have the potential to affect teachers’ beliefs about themselves and about mathematics
MDMTC summer immersion workshop 2015 edited

A Circle in the Delta

A Math Teachers’ Circle extends a Math Science Partnership

Spot It!

Spotting mathematical structure in a children’s game

Freeing the Clones

Exploring paradox through mathematical games

Taton Becomes Director of Mathematics for School District of Philadelphia

Joshua Taton brings the MTC spirit to the School District of Philadelphia

Bolognese, Davis, Phelps, Ray, Sudnick Win Ohio Teaching Awards

Five Ohio MTC members were recognized with awards from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Capasso, Hill Win Presidential Awards

Liz Capasso (Fairfield County MTC) and Patty Hill (MTC Austin) win the nation’s highest recognition for math and science teachers

Danforth Presents at National Conferences

Heather Danforth (AIM MTC) presented on Math Teachers’ Circles at two conferences this fall

Dispatches from the Circles

Local updates from across the country


Special events, recognitions, careers