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Capitol 2017 Advocacy Report from NCTM

NCTM just released their July 2017 Capitol Report letting us know what is happening in Washington with regards to education policy. Read the report here: NCTM Capitol Report: July 2017

Georgia ESSA State Plan Released

Georgia has released the draft of its state plan responsive to the Every Student Succeeds Act, the replacement for the federal law commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

The draft is being posted publicly to give all interested stakeholders time to review the plan and provide their feedback. The public-comment period will run for 30 days, closing on July 14, 2017.

“I deeply appreciate the involvement of many of Georgia’s teachers, parents, school and district representatives, and community members in the ESSA public feedback process,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I want to ask and encourage everyone who has already been involved to stay engaged with us as this work continues, and for anyone who has not yet been involved, I would ask you to be a part of the public review process moving forward. We can’t create a plan that serves students well unless we’re all working together.”

You can read the Georgia's ESSA State Plan here.

You can find an overview of the plan, along with some background information and instructions for providing feedback here here.

2017 GCTM Elections

The 2017 elections have concluded. The results will be posted soon!

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!