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OCTM support for educators, students, and families during the COVID-19 crisis
**Including materials from Virtual Meetups with ODE**

OCTM is incredibly thankful for all Ohio educators, and we want to do all that we can to support our statewide community in these challenging times.  
  • We are very pleased to co-host an ongoing series of Virtual Meetups for educators with our ODE mathematics team.  You can access all of the shared materials from the Virtual Meetups at this link.  We will add these as soon as we are able after each meetup.  In this document, you can also see upcoming session topics, with presenters, dates, and times.
  • All information for joining the Virtual Meetups (through Zoom) can be found on this page at the ODE website.
  • We hope that you can find some encouragement and support through our new Distance Learning Groups for K-12 teachers and our daily mathematics conversation starters from March/April that are still accessible on our Twitter account.
  • We will continue to share resources and ideas that we believe may be useful to you.


OCTM Board Elections through June 12

OCTM members: Make your voice heard by voting in our 2020 election for the Board of Directors!  You should have received an e-mail about the election (or a mailing if we do not have a working e-mail address for you).  
  • Click this link to begin voting -- note that you must be logged into your OCTM account to vote.  (Click "Forgot Password" on the login page that appears if you need to reset your password; you will need to provide the e-mail address at which you received the election e-mail.  Please e-mail membership@ohioctm.org if you are not able to log in.)  
  • Voting will be open through Friday, June 12.  Thank you for your participation!


OCTM Annual Conference

Get ready for the 70th Annual OCTM Conference in Sharonville (Southwest Ohio) -- October 15-16, 2020! 

COVID 19 update: While we are not planning to cancel the conference, we will reassess the plans in coming weeks and will issue an updated statement after the OCTM Board meeting scheduled for June 12.  In the event that we will not be able to offer the conference in its traditional format, the team is considering options based on the program being compiled.  Rest assured that any final decisions will prioritize the health of the public and our community.

We are excited to announce that our planned keynote speakers are:

Kristopher Childs (website)  Twitter: @DrKChilds
Christopher Danielson (website)  Twitter: @Trianglemancsd
Sara VanDerWerf (website)  Twitter: @saravdwerf

The Program Committee is now reviewing session proposals to create another excellent program for us!

Session categories are: M ~ Mindset A ~ Access and Equity T ~ Teaching and Learning H ~ How to Assess

For questions about the program or session proposals, please contact Peggy Kelly (peggy.kelly@wright.edu) and/or Alexa Fulmer (fulmera@cpsboe.k12.oh.us), Program Co-Chairs.

Information for vendors
Please download the vendor information sheet here.  Contact Mark Jaffee (Annual Conference Coordinator and Exhibits Chair) at mark.jaffee@ohioctm.org with questions or to register as a vendor.

For more information
For general questions about the conference, please contact Christina Sherman (christina.sherman@ohioctm.org) and/or Ann Farrell (ann.farrell@wright.edu), General Co-Chairs.


OCTM Memorial Scholarship applications now available: Apply by June 15

Each fall, OCTM awards six $750 scholarships. Anyone interested in applying must fit the following qualifications:

  • be a junior, senior or graduate student in the fall of the award year at a college or university in Ohio; 
  • be enrolled in a program that leads to an Ohio Resident Educator license in a field which includes the teaching of mathematics at some level, K-12 (Early Childhood (EC), Middle Childhood (MC), or Adolescent Young Adult (AYA)); and 
  • be a prospective first-time teacher (i.e. must not have taught professionally).


  • be enrolled in a full-time graduate program related to the teaching and learning of mathematics for those who already hold an EC, MC, or AYA license that includes the teaching of mathematics at some level in grades K-12*.

Please see this page for more information and the application form.


OCTM Membership and Engagement

What opportunities do you and your mathematics colleagues have to participate in informed, collaborative professional growth?  If you are an administrator, do your teachers participate in OCTM?  You can help colleagues become part of this organization comprised of a strong network of 3,000+ educators in Ohio.
  • Information you can share about OCTM: Share this video in which 5 OCTM members talk about their reasons for being involved, and share this file that includes 10 specific ways to be involved in OCTM all year long.  Visit the links to the left for more details.

Additional ways for you to be involved:

  • We invite you to respond to this brief survey that will help OCTM leaders to provide opportunities that support professional growth.
  • On Twitter, watch for tweets from OCTM members sharing their professional learning and growth at @ohioctm and #octmconnects .
See a list here of all those who have invited at least one new member to become part of OCTM since Fall 2018.  This is how we grow!


OCTM's Mission
OCTM promotes quality teaching and learning of mathematics in Ohio by supporting educators and their professional growth, fostering collaboration, and advocating for informed public policy.

Learn about 10 ways to be engaged in OCTM throughout the year!

OCTM's Vision
To be a highly valued community in which teachers of mathematics can grow professionally in order to foster deep mathematics understanding for all learners.

OCTM Board
Find the full directory of OCTM leaders here.

Help OCTM earn funds from NCTM
From now through January 1, 2021: When you join the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics or renew your membership, you can help OCTM earn $5 by using the code OCTMLC20 (first character a capital O; last character a zero).  Thank you!


Professional Opportunities in Ohio for Mathematics Teaching and Learning

View professional development opportunities that are open to all Ohio mathematics educators at the OCTM event calendar HERE. Please note that these events are not sponsored or officially endorsed by OCTM unless indicated.  We encourage you to participate in the events sponsored by our local affiliate groups and the Ohio Math Teacher Circles. If you would like to request that an event be added to our calendar, please contact Kaytlin Bortolani at kaytlin.bortolani@ohioctm.org .

SE Ohio Math Teachers' Circle 
photos provided by Courtney Koestler


OCTM loses a treasured leader and friend

On March 12, the Ohio mathematics community suffered a great and sudden loss.  Our friend and colleague, Lynn Aring, passed away after collapsing at a meeting of the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Lynn has been instrumental in the leadership of GCCTM and OCTM for many years, as well as being active in OEA, and it is hard to imagine these organizations without her.  E-mail tributes have been quickly collecting among those of us who knew her, and both GCCTM and OCTM plan to create some permanent way to honor Lynn in name.  Lynn taught mathematics at Bay Village HS for many years and had also taught chemistry.  Lynn was at several OCTM affiliate events this spring, including in Cincinnati, where the above picture was taken.  She had been planning to drive to Chicago for the NCSM/NCTM conferences.  Lynn will be incredibly missed, and this is once again a reminder to share our appreciation with people whenever we have the opportunity. 

As an organization, we are incredibly grateful for the work of those who came before us.  We truly stand on the shoulders of giants. 

In honor of those who have come before, we have a series called "They Made a Difference" to highlight educators who have made a difference for YOU in mathematics.  To submit a brief remembrance for this series, write to Jodie Bailey (jodie.bailey@ohioctm.org).  Find this series and other OCTM history at this page on our site.


Congratulations 2019 OCTM Awardees!
See this page for more information.

District Awardees:
Central District: Jennifer Haley, Jeannie Doukakis, Jonathan "Brian" Ledford
East District: Erika Poston, Jennifer Stachowiak, Jenny Walls
Northeast District: Stacey Beacher, Kimberly Lentz
Northwest District: Valencia Perry, Sarah Richards, Kelly Horstman
Southeast District: Colleen Ulbrich, Molly Mirgon
Southwest District: Beth Flanigan, Haley Johnston, Kristen Fouss
West District: Linda Price, Ellen Guthrie, Meghan Arnold

State Awardees:
Elementary (Miller/Werner): Joe Stahl
Middle School: Korianne Krill
Secondary (Buck Martin): Rachael Gorsuch
College (Kenneth Cummins): Anita O'Mellan
Emerging Leader: Katie McIntosh
Friend of Mathematics (Bert Waits): Steve Miller

Christofferson-Fawcett (Lifetime Achievement) Awardee: Trish Koontz

Questions about awards may be referred to Matt Carpenter, OCTM District Director at Large, at matt.carpenter@ohioctm.org .