CMC Central Symposium

Registration is open for the CMC Central Symposium “Making Mathematics Accessible For All Students”, March 13-14, 2020 in Bakersfield, CA. Download the flyer.

Friday, March 13, 2020 will feature Mario Valdez, “Releasing Control To Students Through Socratic Sense Making”.   Participants will observe and participate in a simulation of a rich task lesson, with an emphasis on releasing control to our students through Socratic sense making. A group of Oak Grove 5th Graders will take part in the lesson simulation. A panel discussion with Mario Valdez, Troy Hays (principal), and students will follow the activity.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Keynote Speaker Fawn Nguyen: Fawn has spent the last 30 years in the classroom and has been a featured speaker at many math conferences throughout her career. She is currently in her first year as a Math TOSA with Rio School District.  Learn more about Fawn at 

Saturday Afternoon Featured Speakers include Chris Luzniak, Enchantee Minor, and Christina Lincoln-Moore.

The CMC Central Section supports two annual scholarships honoring Margaret DeArmond, who dedicated her career to supporting mathematics teachers and improving the quality of mathematics education. This award enables two CMC Central Section teachers with fewer than six years of teaching experience to attend the annual CMC Central Mathematics Symposium. The Margaret DeArmond Scholarship reimburses each of these teachers up to $500 for the Symposium and provides a one-year CMC membership, including a subscription to the ComMuniCator. Application deadline is February 21. Apply online. 

CMC North and South Conferences

Proposals to speak at the CMC North and South Conferences can be submitted after February 1. The theme for CMC North is Powerful Mathematics - Perseverance through Productive Struggle, December 4 - 6, 2020. CMC South is November 6 and 7, 2020. The theme is 20/20 Vision: Math For All Students

ComMuniCator Call for Articles and Activities

The themes for the June 2020 issue of the ComMuniCator are Data Analysis Across the Grades and Facilitating Student Discourse in the Mathematics Classroom. The ComMuniCator Editorial Panel is looking for articles and activities related to both these themes. A brief description of each theme was included in the December 2019 issue of the ComMuniCator  (log in to your member account to see page 32 of the edition only at Deadline for submissions is March 6, 2020. Information about how to submit a manuscript is given on the inside back cover of each issue and at the CMC website at If you have questions about submitting an article or activity, contact Crystal Davis, the new ComMuniCator editor, at [email protected].

2020 PAEMST Awards

It’s not too late to nominate someone for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  If you know a great math teacher, or a great computer science teacher, go to the PAEMST portal to nominate a K-6 teacher of mathematics for the 2020 award. Visit to nominate a teacher or to download an application for yourself.  The nomination period is open until March 1, 2020 and the application must be completed by May 1, 2020. 

Grants, Scholarships, Awards

Want to bring the California Math Festival to your school?

In order to expand the opportunity for K-8 schools throughout California to benefit from the exciting learning of a Math Festival, CMC is offering a limited number of scholarships, up to a $1,000, to partially fund your school’s daytime or daytime/evening Festival. For more details about the Math Festival program, including the fees, visit the Math Festival website.   Applications are reviewed and awarded throughout the year.  Apply for the Math Festival Scholarship today! 


Student Activity Trust Fund

GOT MATH?  Apply for a grant that supports student-centered activities in mathematics! A few examples are Mathematics Field Day, Family Mathematics Night, Mathematics Olympics, Pi Day, and mathematics field trips. The deadline to apply is on January 25, 2020. Apply now at Follow us @SATFcmc.

 Affiliate and Partner Events

CMC encourages you to network locally through your affiliate throughout the year.

  • MaThink Mini Conference: Standards for Mathematical Practice, February 22, Riverside County Office of Education. 
    Deepen your knowledge of California Standards, and learn how they will affect learning and teaching in the next few years. We will provide active sessions that will help make this information personal and applicable to your classroom.
    Deadline to register is February 7 at 

  • Orange County Math Council (OCMC) Symposium from 4:30 - 8:00 PM on February 24, 2020 at Pioneer Middle School, Tustin  Registration for the very popular OCMC Symposium is now open. The title of this year’s keynote is “There’s Greatness in You!” presented by Laila Nur (follow Laila at @mslailanur).The registration cost of $20 (only $10 for pre-service and BTSA teachers, as well as those who attended the 2019 OCMC Math Tech Night) includes dinner, keynote presentation, breakout sessions, raffle prizes, and 2020 OCMC membership! Math educators and administrators from all grade levels are welcome.

  • Greater San Diego Math Council (GSDMC) Annual Mathematics Conference, February 29, 2020 at Palomar College 2020 Vision: Bringing Equity into Focus. Keynote speaker is Jo Boaler. Featured speakers include Diana Ceja, Erica Heinzman, Robert Kaplinsky, Christina Lincoln-Moore, Dan Meyer, Chris Shore, Andrew Stadel.  Visit for more information.

  • Mt. Lassen Math Council Conference. Saturday, March 7, 2020 8 AM - 4 PM  in Redding, CA Keynote Speaker is Steve Wyborney, Students Talk Math; Teachers Listen

  • Ventura County Math Council Spring Mini-Conference "Can We Play That Game Again?"
    March 12, 2020, 4 - 6:30 PM Ventura County Office of Education. Visit
    For more information, contact Vicki Vierra at [email protected]