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An important message from OCTM

As educators, one of our most important roles is helping others see perspectives beyond their own. Racism has impacted the lives of African Americans and Black people in our country for over 400 years. They continue to suffer, along with people of color and other marginalized people in our country as their voices and lives are oppressed by those with privilege. Staying silent in our society when injustice occurs promotes continued oppression. OCTM is committed to actively supporting, including, and engaging educators representing all of the diversity in our communities. We see you; we need you, and we are better with you. We assume responsibility for working to welcome and elevate all and to allow your important voices to be heard. We must work together to create a future for our children where no voices are silenced and where all lives are equally cherished and valued.

Our second Town Hall: Student perspectives
OCTM held our second Town Hall on Racism and White Privilege on July 15.  The discussion was moderated by Charles Bowman (OCTM Director of Diversity and Inclusion), Charissa Hunt, and Kim Jones, and we heard from two inspiring young women of color, Brianna and Anaya, about their experiences in school.  We are very grateful to all who are participating in these conversations.  There is much more to be done, and OCTM is committed to this work.  Find the resources and slides from the Town Hall at this link

If you are interested in participating in the new Network for Mathematics Educators of Color, please complete this form.  You can find more information about this group in the link just above.

Find the resources and slides from our first Town Hall (June 11) at this link.


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 the two links below.  We will update these as soon as we are able after each meetup.  In these documents, you can also see upcoming session topics with presenters, dates, and times.
  • Resources from all Virtual Meetups through June 2
  • Resources from all Virtual Meetups June 9 and beyond
All information for joining the Virtual Meetups (through Zoom) can be found on this page at the ODE website.

Additional resources for remote learning:
  • We hope that you can find some encouragement and support through our Distance Learning Groups for K-12 teachers and our daily mathematics conversation starters from March/April that are still accessible on our Twitter account.
  • Our ODE mathematics team has also created a very helpful document called Ohio's Math Resources that provides many resources for engaging students and families during remote learning.


OCTM Geometry Learning Community 2.0

Looking for collegial support in teaching high school Geometry?  Our Geometry Learning Community is continuing into year 2!  Consider joining today as we collaborate, encourage, share resources, support and grow together.  Visit this link for more information.


OCTM Annual Conference

Get ready for the 70th Annual OCTM Conference in October! 

COVID 19 update: On June 12, the OCTM Board voted to offer our annual conference in an entirely virtual format this fall. The conference committees are now working on creating a schedule for online sessions, and more information will be released as our plans are finalized.  We hope that this will allow many more people to participate from every part of Ohio. Stay tuned!

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

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

For questions about the program, please contact Alexa Fulmer (fulmera@cpsboe.k12.oh.us) and/or Brooke Lovely (brookelovely@foresthills.edu), Program Co-Chairs.

Information for vendors
Options for vendors will change for 2020 since this event will be virtual; more details to come soon. Download the typical 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 (annwsu@gmail.com), General Co-Chairs.


Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients!
Visit this page for more information.

Sofia Ayres-Aronson  (John Carroll University)
Anna Cavanaugh  (Heidelberg University)
Christopher Irick  (Bowling Green State University)
Brittany Katona  (Otterbein University)
Julia McCavitt (Bowling Green State University)
Taylor Thien (Bowling Green State University)

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!


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!


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


Congratulations to our newly elected leaders!

These new OCTM Board members will assume their roles in October during the annual conference.

Vice President - Secondary: Rachael Gorsuch
South District Director: Leah Blevins
Southwest District Director: Alexa Fulmer
West District Director: Corrinne Fischer


Who has made a difference for you?

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 .