Local Events Coordinator for 2021 Needed

AMATYC is coming to Phoenix in 2021 and we need a Local Events Coordinator. This person will work closely with the AMATYC conference organizers to showcase the activities and events available in Phoenix while the conference is in town. They will lead the team of local volunteers who will seek to give the 2021 AMATYC Conference that special Phoenix Flavor (Chili Pepper?). The full description of duties is here: LocalEventsCoordinatorDescription.

Please let the ArizMATYC Board know of your interest by contacting April Ström at april.strom@scottsdalecc.edu. (She’s on sabbatical this year, so you’ll get an out-of-office reply, but she is reading her email and will get back to you.)

News from AMATYC (Fall 2017)

By Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region

I have enjoyed being the Vice President of the Southwest Region of AMATYC for these last five and a half years. I have especially enjoyed attending ArizMATYC conferences and continuing to be involved in ArizMATYC. I know the next Vice President of the Southwest Region will represent the region very well.

The election for AMATYC officers is completed and the new board will start on January 1, 2018. For the Southwest region April Ström from Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ, is the new vice president. I extremely appreciate the members of AMATYC electing me as the President-elect of AMATYC. I look forward to serving AMATYC in this new position.

I hope that you are planning to attend the Annual AMATYC Conference in San Diego, AC, November 9 to 12. In addition to the great conference sessions, the exhibits, and the opportunities for networking with colleagues around the country, you will also be there for the unveiling of the new standards document called AMATYC IMPACT. I look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for having the faith in me to elect me for 3 terms as the Vice President. I am honored.

ArizMATYC Fall 2017 Conference Wrap-Up

Mathematics faculty from around the state gathered at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, October 6 to consider “Teaching Mathematics in 2017 and Beyond”. The conference featured three keynote speakers, Dr. Ted Coe, Dr. Francis Su, and Dr. Pat Thompson who were tasked to challenge participants to consider the role that mathematics faculty play in developing mathematical literate students.

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Fall 2017 ArizMATYC Conference at Chandler-Gilbert CC

Save the Date:

Teaching Mathematics in 2017 and Beyond
ArizMATYC – Fall 2017 Conference

October 6, 2017

This conference will include two keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and active discussions all focused on questions such as:

  • What do our students need to succeed in a 2017 world and beyond?
  • What role could/should technology play in learning mathematics?
  • How do we maintain a rigorous balance between conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, application/problem solving?
  • What strategies are most effective for student success in the mathematics classroom?
  • What mathematics should be taught and how should we teach it to meet the needs of our students and the academic/work culture they will face?

Plan to join your colleagues for active discussion about the teaching and learning of mathematics! Details about presenting, registration and accommodations will be posted soon.

News from AMATYC

By Kathryn Kozak, Southwest VP

During the first weekend of April, the AMATYC board met to discuss many topics. One of the major topic discussed was the adoption of a new mission and vision statement for AMATYC. The new mission statement for AMATYC is

To provide high quality professional development, to advocate and collaborate at all levels, and to build communities of learners for all involved in mathematics education in the first two years of college.

The new vision statement for AMATYC is

To be the leading voice and resource for excellence in mathematics education in the first two years of college.

The next step is to develop the new strategic plan. The purpose of a strategic plan is to take the organization from where it is right now (the mission) to where it wants to be (the vision). The strategic plan for 2018-2023 will be presented during a forum at the AMATYC Annual Conference in Denver. If you are attending the conference, please attend the forums to provide your input. The board will approve the final version of the strategic plan at its spring board meeting of 2017, and present the plan to the delegate assembly at the 2017 conference in San Diego.

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AMATYC Annual Conference in New Orleans

by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region of AMATYC

November 19-22 will be a great time in New Orleans. The AMATYC Annual Conference is being held in this exciting city during this time. This year there will be three themed sessions, one focused one statistics, another focused on teacher preparation, and the last one on precalculus, calculus, and beyond. Themed sessions are hosted by committees, and involve six, 15-minute sessions focusing on the theme of the themed session. The will also be a round table discussion on placement and assessment ideas. In addition, there is a research session on Thursday night, where you can see the latest research in two-year college mathematics education. The committees have been working very hard to make these sessions the best they can be. Please consider becoming involved in a committee so that you can be involved in the focus of the committees, and AMATYC, in the future. Each committee meets on Friday, November 20 from 4:15-5:45.

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