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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.

2016 GCTM State Tournament Winners

Congratulations to Gwinnet School of Math Science and Technology, this year's state math tournament winners! Check out the list of placing teams and champions for this year's tournament.

Math Day at the Capitol 2016

Representative Mike Dudgeon has written a resolution to recognize Monday, February 8, 2016 as Math Day at the Capitol. Members of GCTM are invited to be present in the gallery to be recognized when the resolution is read. Members should be at the doors of the House of Representatives no later than 10:45 a.m. to be admitted into gallery. The House session will start at 11 a.m.

Information about public parking and entry into the Capitol can be found at https://gba.georgia.gov/general-public-parking

NOTE: This schedule is still tentative based upon the finalization of the adjournment calendar.

No Child Left Behind Act Replaced

As discussed by Diane J. Briars, NCTM President:

Earlier today, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. This legislation will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)—a statute that almost everyone agrees was well intentioned but unworkable in many ways. NCTM is pleased that the era of Adequate Yearly Progress and onerous "Highly Qualified Teacher" requirements is over... (read the full letter.)

Join us at the 2015 GMC at Rock Eagle!

The 2015 Georgia Math Conference at Rock Eagle, will be held Wednesday October 14 - Friday, October 16, 2015. We hope you will join us! This year promises to be a great conference! The theme this year is "Growing Student Potential in Mathematics" with emphases on the Mindset work of Carol Dweck and the Eight Effective Teaching Practices for Mathematics as outlined in the NCTM publication, Principles to Action: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.

On Thursday a special “conference-within-a- conference” will address leadership in mathematics education and will offer opportunities for state, district, and school leaders to interact with nationally known experts in the field and to collaborate with and learn from their peers. Although these sessions will focus on leadership they will be open to all conference participants.