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Happy Summer everyone and congratulations for the successful completion of a difficult school year. I know distance learning was challenging for all, and most of us missed our favorite part of teaching, engaging face to face with our students. For all of the challenges this situation brought, I hope you were able to learn something from this unprecedented  teaching and learning environment that will benefit you in future years,  whether that be new technology, different ways to engage students, or creative ways to collect and measure student evidence of learning.  One thing that remained unchanged is the importance of all of you in the lives and education of the students of North Dakota. Your resilience and dedication to creating meaningful learning experiences did not go unnoticed. As a colleague, I want to thank you for willingness to discuss innovative ideas so we could learn from each other, and as a mother I want to thank you for trying to keep normalcy and a welcoming classroom environment for not only my children, but all of the students of North Dakota.

It was disappointing that we had to cancel the Spring 2020 conference due to COVID-19. I was looking forward to learning with all of you and hearing many of your presentations. It was frustrating to not hold a conference for a second year in a row. Looking ahead to next school year, our board members have decided not to hold a conference during the 2020-2021 school year. With so much uncertainty regarding the possibility of large gatherings during subsequent waves of the pandemic, we decided to postpone planning of a conference to the 2021-2022 school year. When we have a date and location of our next event, we will share that news with excitement.

Rather than focusing on this news as another loss, our NDCTM board is looking at the silver lining associated with taking a year off from a conference. This will be a year of research for board members to reach out to teachers and leaders across North Dakota so we can reassess how we serve our members. Watch for our surveys and please let us hear your voice so we can meet your needs. We hope to make changes in how we present professional development so we can reach all teachers who are interested. We hope to find creative solutions to overcome obstacles that have prevented teachers from participating in the past. I cannot wait to hear what our board discovers and look forward to sharing the news with you throughout the next school year. I am thankful to work with teacher leaders who are passionate about bettering themselves and others and to be part of an organization that empowers teachers to become leaders across the state and in their districts. 

Have a wonderful summer and I can’t wait to share news of great things to come!

Sarah Volk

President NDCTM


Established in 1966, the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) is a partner affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. NDCTM is a professional organization dedicated to supporting mathematics teachers across the state as they work to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. A primary goal is to provide forums for professional development and the exchange of ideas. Annual meetings, held in the spring of each year, alternate between the eastern and western regions of the state. Since 2016, the spring meeting has been held in conjunction with the ND STEM Conference, sponsored jointly by NDCTM and the North Dakota Science Teachers Association.

NDCTM members include elementary, secondary, and post-secondary classroom teachers. Current membership is at about 350.

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