LXV No. 1
Are you feeling underappreciated as an educator? Do you feel like your efforts at work have been undervalued lately? I can relate. As a full time teacher and volunteer worker for DACTM, this is a time of “do more with less.” This is a time of politicians creating laws about education at a significantly higher rate than ever before in Michigan.
In short, in my opinion, this is a time of action. As such, I am happy to report that we as an organization have formed a coalition with several math organizations across Michigan including the Michigan Mathematics Consultants and Coordinators, Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Our first step has been to defend our state standards and question its implementation process.
In addition, we have formed an exciting, new partnership with Michigan english, science, math and social studies organizations and are close to finalizing a joint membership. This will allow institutions and teachers the luxury of paying one reduced membership fee to receive the journals and professional development opportunities of EVERY organization. The purpose is to help support elementary teachers create the best possible lessons and learning environments they can. As soon as this process has been finalized (we are close) we will be sure to send out the information.
With this President’s Message we’re introducing one new way of increasing member engagement by soliciting members about what they are in need of. Feel free to fill out the following survey: DACTM member survey. I also welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions at email@example.com.
Being DACTM president is a great honor, but it’s also humbling. Over the past three years, I have gotten an opportunity to meet so many wonderful educators from the Detroit Metropolitan Area. I marvel at their ability to multi-task, motivate and inspire. I would like to publicly congratulate Desiree Harrison, DACTM President Elect, as she embodies all of these qualities.
One last thought, please remember to keep your heads held high, as you make a difference. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Have a great school year!
Scot Acre, DACTM President
Note from the Editor
The FACTORIAL! is a long-standing publication of DACTM. We are excited to resume publication and offer its contents online to all members. The purpose of the FACTORIAL! is to keep members informed and contribute to the professional growth of math educators in the Metro-Detroit area. In this edition, you will find practical applications for the classroom, a variety of features, and upcoming DACTM opportunities.
Fall is a busy time of the year! Scholarship and mini-grant applications are due on September 30. Scholarships are available to pre-service teachers with a math concentration. Mini-grants are available to practicing teachers with innovative ideas for classroom projects. Building Thinking Classrooms begins on Saturday, October 8 with a full-day professional development workshop led by Dr. Peter Liljedahl of Simon Fraser University. The annual DACTM/MDSTA Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, November 5. Save the dates!
In the coming months, the winter and spring editions of the FACTORIAL! will be released. If you are interested in contributing to future publications, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the current edition and the beginning of school of year!
Kyalamboka Brown, FACTORIAL! Editor