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Public Talk on Math and Olympiads on 3/25/17

What is the value of learning Math? What is the value of math competitions? On Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 P.M. at Georgia State University, Dr. Po-Shen Loh, national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team, will be giving a free public talk where he will share his philosophy on the "why" of Math and Olympiads, which centers around the development of creativity. He will discuss practical ways to build these skills, and share his own experience transitioning from high-school Olympiads, to academia, and to guide entrepreneurship for transforming the education landscape.

The talk is intended for a general audience. A wide variety of age ranges may find the content interesting, from middle-school students considering math competitions, to parents, to educators and entrepreneurs. It will take place in room 220 of the Urban Life Building at 140 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. There is free parking nearby on G Deck at 121 Collins Street.

Po-Shen Loh is a math enthusiast and math evangelist. He is the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the founder of expii.com, an education technology startup providing a free artificial-intelligence math tutor on every smartphone. As an academic, Po-Shen has numerous distinctions, from an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal to the National Science Foundation's CAREER award. His research considers a variety of questions that lie at the intersection of combinatorics, probability theory, and computer science. As an educator, he led Carnegie Mellon University's Putnam team to multiple 2nd-place finishes among all North American universities. His approach to coaching the national Math Olympiad team received significant press coverage after the USA's historic victories in 2015 and 2016. Through Expii, Po-Shen extends his activity to the global mainstream, combining algorithms and crowdsourcing to deliver a free personalized learning system to all. He has been covered by media outlets spanning The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and China Newsweek.

For more information, see the following flyer.

Math Day at the Capitol, 2017!

The fourth annual Math Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22. Senator Chuck Hufstetler from Rome is sponsoring the resolution that will be read in the Senate shortly after 10 a.m. GCTM members are invited to be present in the Senate gallery and will be recognized after the reading of the resolution. Members are encouraged to arrive at the Capitol by 9:30 to go through security and be in the gallery when the session begins.

**Please respond to this Doodle poll if you plan on attending so that we will have an idea of the number of people to expect.

More information about accessing the Capitol can be found here, but below are some items you will probably want to know:

  • To enter the Capitol building, visitors may use the Washington Street or Mitchell Street (ground floor) entrances of the Capitol.
  • When the state legislature is in session (January – April), the closest public parking lot is located one block from the Capitol at 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (at the former World of Coca-Cola building). Parking fees apply. Please call 404-872-8868 for additional information about this lot.
  • Metered parking is available on city streets.
  • Additional information about parking can be found here
  • All adults aged 18 and older must show a photo I.D. upon entering the Capitol. In compliance with security regulations, visitors must enter the Capitol through a metal detector; the X-ray machine must examine hand-carried items. No weapons, including pocketknives, are allowed in the Capitol.
  • Pictures are allowed throughout the Capitol, with the exception of the House and Senate Galleries when the General Assembly is in session (January - April).

Hope to see you there!

Proposed High School English and Mathematics Standards

On November 3, 2016, the SBOE approved the posting of the proposed standards for Post-Secondary Options (PSO) English and Post-Secondary Options (PSO) Mathematics. The proposed PSO English and PSO Mathematics courses were written and submitted by a Georgia school district and are designed to provide increased flexibility for core English and mathematics courses leading to a high school diploma. If approved, PSO English would be a core English course serving as a substitute for American Literature and Composition; PSO Mathematics would be a core mathematics course serving as a substitute for either Analytic Geometry/Geometry or Advanced Algebra/Algebra II. If approved, these courses would be included on the list of state-funded courses beginning in 2016-2017 and will be available for all Georgia school districts for students who entered ninth grade in 2008-2009 or subsequent years.

Drafts of the proposed course standards and surveys for feedback are available for public review and comment from November 4, 2016, until Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

News from NCTM...

NCTM has been busy -- there are regional conferences coming up in October, the 2017 Innov8 Conference, upcoming Annual Meetings, A Centennial Conference, an election, a new Principles to Actions Toolkit, and much, much more.. Read all about it...

Education Listening Session (in Dublin)

There will be an Education Listening Session on Tuesday, September 13th, sponsored by the House Education Committee. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • With a major emphasis related to the Governor's Ed Reform Commission and concerning the education community on the teaching of reading (K-3) and Math (K-5), we are interested in how both subjects are being taught. (Specifically: best practices, barriers, and other suggestions)
  • How can the state improve Teacher/Leader evaluations? The Governor’s Ed Reform Commission is recommending differentiated pay/pay for performance. How best can this process be implemented? What objective measures can be used? How should this be "phased-in"?
  • Are the changes made to testing SB 364 sufficient? What other suggestions related to this might be recommended?
  • How can school climate be improved?
  • Other comments and suggestions

Please submit your comments in writing to be used by the committee in summarizing the meeting. Also, we encourage you to submit any other suggestions and positive solutions for any area of instruction that is not included in any of the above mentioned questions. The session will be held at the Theatre Dublin, 314 Academy Avenue, Dublin GA 31021, and will follow the schedule below:

4:00-5:30PM Superintendents, Board Members and Principals
5:30-6:00PM Break
6:00-8:00PM Teachers

Your participation is important and will help the House and Senate Committees identify the key issues and solutions from teachers on these important matters. Please tell your fellow teachers about this vital meeting and encourage them to attend. A 5th listening session will be held in early October in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Further details will be sent at a later date.