Vote for your KATM officers! Biographies are available in the February bulletin (Click Bulletins) above!
The House has introduced another bill (2621) to ban the Kansas College
and Carer Ready Standards. A hearing will be held on the bill on
Wednesday beginning at 1:15. (Agenda Attached) The bill is much farther
reaching than last year. In addition to banning the standards in math,
ELA, science, social studies, social/emotional and some tech ed, it
would require schools to go back to assessments of 2012-13 and create a
committee of mostly parents to develop standards from this point forward.
Please consider testifying or submitting a written testimony.
Below you will find a list of those who favor this Bill. Willie Dove is
the author and there are many who are apt to support this Bill. I think
it is important to publicize this list. We urge you to take action and
contact those on this list who favor this Bill. Also, included is the
email that I sent today to those likely to vote in favor of the Bill.
In addition, I included William McCallum’s testimony he did in Wisconsin.
Thank you for your advocacy and please let the KATM Board know if you
have any questions.
To: Whom It May Concern
The Common Core State Standards are logical “next steps” for our
schools. They were developed at the grass-roots level (I served on the
review/revision team-2009-2010) with teachers and educators, state
legislators, school boards, and business leaders as collaborators. We
ALL have the SAME GOAL: ensure that students are prepared academically
for future opportunities.
Are you aware of the many hours Kansas educators have worked over the
past THREE+ YEARS to implement these Standards and meet this goal? Are
you aware of the millions of dollars that have been spent on
professional development and training of teachers and teacher leaders,
and the enormous amount of money we’ve spent purchasing textbooks and
other resources? Yet, despite the time and effort and money that has
been spent on implementing these Standards, they are once again under fire.
This Bill is a SLAP IN THE FACE of Kansas Educators!
The author of the bill is Willie Dove- email@example.com.
Others who are apt to support it include:
John Bradford firstname.lastname@example.org,gov
Shanti Gandhi email@example.com
Dennis Hedke firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Highland email@example.com
Jerry Lunn firstname.lastname@example.org
Kasha Kelly (chair of the committee) email@example.com
Amanda Grosserode firstname.lastname@example.org
Roderick Houston email@example.com
Kelly Meigs firstname.lastname@example.org
Opposed to the bill will probably include:
Sue Boldra email@example.com
Carolyn Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Dierks email@example.com
John Ewy firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Lusk email@example.com
Melissa Rooker firstname.lastname@example.org
Valdenia Winn email@example.com
Ward Cassidy (vice chair of the committee) firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Nominations!!!
The KATM Board is currently taking nominations to fill the following positions in the upcoming Board election. We are looking for educators that are interested in taking a leadership role in the field of Math Education throughout the State of Kansas. You can nominate yourself or someone that you know that has demonstrated a passion for advancing math in our state as well as someone that has a lot to offer in the way of supporting teachers. Please email Debbie Thompson, Past President – Nominations Chair (email@example.com) with nominations (including a short bio) or questions about the positions listed below. Regular members in good standing are eligible for positions on the KATM Board. Nominations need to be completed by January 31, 2014. Elections will be held online at www.katm.org starting March 1st and ending March 7th. An eBlast will be sent to remind you to vote.
Positions available for the upcoming election:
President-elect * 4-year term
(1 President-Elect, 1 President, 2 Past President)
The president-elect will serve for one year before then becoming president for a year, and then past-president for two years. The president-elect will assume the duties of president when needed. As president, the elected individual will preside over all KATM events and business meetings. The president will conduct the business of KATM as directed by the Executive Board and will represent KATM at a variety of functions, meetings, and conferences. The president is responsible for the overall functioning of the organization with assistance from the officers and Board members. As the past-president taking office in even-numbered years, this position will serve as the community relations representative for 2 years. This person shall be responsible for assuring communication between the Association and legislative, executive, and administrative branches of the government of Kansas.
Secretary * 2-year term
The KATM secretary will attend all meetings and conferences and is responsible for keeping records and minutes of the proceedings of all KATM meetings. Documents generated during joint strategic planning sessions, special committee meetings and other activities will be maintained by the secretary. (S)he is responsible for all public relations of the Association including press releases and related activities as directed by the president and Executive Board. The secretary may be called upon to correspond with individuals as directed by the president and the Board.
Vice President – High School * 2-year term
The vice president for high school will attend all meetings and conferences and will assist the president in conducting the business of KATM. Each vice president will also encourage membership and will promote issues of special interest to their level represented in addition to serving on various committees as assigned. The person elected to this position will act as a liaison to high school teachers.
Vice President – Elementary * 2-year term
The vice president for elementary will attend all meetings and conferences and will assist the president in conducting the business of KATM. Each vice president will also encourage membership and will promote issues of special interest to their level represented in addition to serving on various committees as assigned. The person elected to this position will act as a liaison to elementary teachers.
Open Appointed Position for Zone Coordinators:
If you are from the SW section of Kansas (Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal areas) or from the NW section of Kansas (Topeka, Kansas City areas) and would be interested in representing your section of Kansas on the KATM Executive Board, please send an email to Debbie Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will be contacted as a potential appointee.
KATM Supports the Implementation of the Common Core State Mathematics Standards: NCSM position paper
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