About the Math Center

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Lewis Clark State college houses the Idaho Regional Mathematics Center for Region 2. The center is directed by Kacey Diemert and supported by Ryan Dent, our Regional Mathematics Specialist. The intent of the center is to provide professional mathematics support with both content and pedagogy to K-12 teachers in Region 2. The members of the Regional Mathematics Centers have experience in K-16 mathematics education, designing and delivering professional development, instructional technologies, and educational research. We are able to provide both regional and school-specific support in mathematics education. We welcome input from schools and districts as to the type of professional development they need. Our professional development begins with promoting mathematical thinking, problem solving, and the habits of mind students need to effectively understand and apply mathematics.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Keesje Mills, Administrative Assistant

Keesje Mills may not have a math degree, but it doesn't lessen her enthusiasm for the subject!
She actually attended LCSC as a super-non-traditional student, entering the Diesel Mechanics program as a 27 year old single mother. She continued her education earning a Bachelor degree in Diesel and a Bachelor degree in Management in 2010. She has worked at LCSC since then.  Now happily married and a mother of 3 boys she still tinkers on engines, leads a 4H hedgehog group and has learned to bake a mean loaf of bread.

Mathematical puns...

Mathematical puns are the first sine of dementia.


Free Number Sense Videos

Christina Tondevold, a.k.a. The Recovering Traditionalist, has released a free number sense video series!

These will only be available through October 12th.


They are actually a part of a full online course Christina does all about Number Sense.  So, people who register for the full course have access to all of them, plus many more videos (15 hours of instruction time).  During the final video Christina will be talking about how you can register for that course if you are interested.
If not, she always re-releases these free videos each time she is about to open registration for the course.  So, you could watch them when they get released again.

Dr. Kacey Diemert

Dr. Kacey Diemert is just starting her third year as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Lewis-Clark State College. In this position, Kacey has been enjoying the privilege of educating future K-12 teachers. Her research interests focus on professional development of K-12 teachers with specific attention to teacher-led professional development in mathematics content and practices for teaching, and identifying the professional knowledge most valued by teachers to support teaching with mathematics standards and other innovations. She accepted the position as Director of the Regional Math Center this summer.

Kacey taught high school mathematics in Longview, WA; and thanks to a rural upbringing, she is accustomed to the circumstances and needs of rural area teachers. Kacey grew up in a small farming community on the Hi-Line of Montana between Shelby and Havre, and is very excited to get to know her new community here in Idaho. During her free time, Kacey has a blast gardening, fixing her new house, and playing with her two miniature schnauzers, Anakin and Leia, and her cat, Finn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Connecting Fractions and the Number Line

Need ideas for helping students in connecting fractions and the number line?  Desmos can help with this this task.  Not sure how to implement this or other tasks in your classroom?  

Contact Ryan Dent, our Region 2 Math Specialist, for more support!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ryan Dent

Meet Our New Mathematics Specialist

Ryan Dent

Ryan will begin as the Region Math Specialist on July 1st! He has been serving as a K-12 District Math Administrator responsible for district-wide planning and implementation of ongoing, task-based professional learning experiences for teachers and administrators. With a clear passion for deep conceptual understanding in mathematics, student reasoning, problem-solving and productive disposition, Ryan has facilitat-ed professional learning at the local, regional and national lev-els on many pedagogical and mathematical topics. Having years of other experiences as an Elementary School Principal, Middle School Assistant Principal, Middle School Math Coach, Middle School Math Teacher, and Special Education Teacher, combined with his pedagogical content knowledge in math, en-ables wonderful opportunities to collaboratively support Region 2’s students, teachers and administrators. In his off time, Ryan loves spending time outside hiking, camping and snowboarding with his wife and their 3 children ages 9, 7 and 6. 

Jo Boaler's How to Learn Math

Don't Miss Out!

How to Learn Math from Jo Boaler is available now to take online: https://www.youcubed.org/category/mooc/

This is a newly recorded and updated version of the course, with new videos and research. The course has been hugely popular among teachers, taken by approximately 50,000 people!

Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics

New arrival to our library:

Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics: 21 Techniques for Differentiating Instruction and Assessment By Edward Thomas, John Brunsting and Pam Warrick