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OCTM Annual Conference

The (all virtual) 70th Annual OCTM Conference is in progress: October 1 - 29!    

(Pre-Conference sessions on Sept. 28 and 30)

*** Click here to find all information and to register! ***

PREVIEW all sessions NOW in our Conference-at-a-Glance!

Once you register, you can see the full program and create your schedule in our conference app, Eventsential (also available on the web to registrants). You must use Eventsential (on a device or on the web) in order to participate in conference sessions; instructions will be provided when you register for the conference.

We are very excited for our three keynote speakers:

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 exhibitors
Options for exhibitors have changed for 2020 since this event will be virtual -- click here to register now!  Contact Mark Jaffee (Annual Conference Coordinator and Exhibits Chair) at mark.jaffee@ohioctm.org with questions.

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.


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.

OCTM Town Hall: Racism and Social Injustice

OCTM held our third Town Hall on Racism and Social Injustice via Zoom on September 15.  The discussion was moderated by Charles Bowman (OCTM Director of Diversity and Inclusion) and two guest educators from Kent State University with backgrounds in antiracism and social justice.  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 information to join 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 at this link.

Find the resources and slides from our first Town Hall (June 11) at this link and our second Town Hall (July 15) 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 Algebra 1 Learning Community

Looking for collegial support in teaching Algebra 1?  Our Algebra 1 Learning Community is beginning!  Consider joining today as we collaborate, encourage, share resources, support and grow together.  Visit this link for more information.

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.


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)

Our Mission

Engage, Inspire, Empower with Mathematics!

OCTM does this by:

  • Supporting the growth of mathematics educators
  • Promoting diversity and equity through inclusive structures and practices that promote access to mathematics for all students and educators

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone is enthused about mathematics, sees the value and beauty of mathematics, and is empowered by the opportunities mathematics affords.

As part of an interconnected world, our work extends beyond our state borders. As such, OCTM has adopted the vision statement of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Our Core Values

OCTM believes diversity, effective teaching practices, and opportunities to learn and grow are critical to the work of our organization.  Please click here to see our complete statement of core values and principles.

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!


Congratulations 2020 OCTM Awardees!
See this page for more information.

District Awardees

Central District: Katie Baker, Katie Tennant
East District: Ashley Tomassetti, Sandra Wilder
Northeast District: Staci McDaniel, Brian Johnson, Margot Calcut
Northwest District: Abbey Mezinko, Pamela Riffle
South District: Kathleen Smith Ross
Southeast District: Courtney Vogt, Lindsey Doudna
Southwest District: Tara Nutt, Kelsey Winebar, Tammy Dietz
West District: Laura Post, Matt Hickman, Tim Guindon

State Awardees

Elementary (Miller/Werner): Beth Flanigan
Middle School (Linda M. Gojak):
Jodi Hoffman

Secondary (Buck Martin): Jenny Walls
College (Kenneth Cummins):
Lynne Pachnowski

Emerging Leader: Megan Mayerle
Friend of Mathematics (Bert Waits): Carole Katz

Christofferson-Fawcett (Lifetime Achievement): No awardee this year since the recipient could not be honored in person

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


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.