• Leadership Team

  •  Cathleen Craviotto  

  • Middle School Teacher, Boulder County School District
  •  Delia Haefeli  

  • 6th Grade Teacher, Weld Schools
  •  Gulden Karakok  

  • Math Education Faculty, University of Northern Colorado
  •  Katie Morrison  

  • Math Faculty, University of Northern Colorado
  • Emeritus Leadership Team Members

     Bonnie Funk  

  • Retired Weld Schools Teacher
  •  Julie Samsel  

  • Retired Weld Schools Teacher
  • Our Sponsors

  • Work Out West

What is a Middle School Math Teachers' Circle?

Teachers' Circles are collaborations between research mathematicians, middle school math teachers, and school administrators. A Teachers' Circle provides an opportunity for teachers to engage in mathematical problem solving and deepen their understanding of mathematics. This problem solving approach to mathematics is a structure that can be implemented in teachers work with students.

The main activities of a Teachers' Circle are problem solving sessions for middle school math teachers led by a mathematician. Rather than emphasizing math exercises, the techniques discussed during the Teachers' Circles sessions aim to create a culture of problem solving among middle school mathematics teachers.

At each of our sessions, the first part will be devoted to actively engaging in mathematical problem solving together and the latter part of our time will be addressing teachers concerns, how to implement problem solving in the classroom and connections to the Common Core Standards.

Another important aspect of the Teachers' Circles is to create a network among math teachers and research mathematicians. This network becomes an invaluable resource of ideas, activities, and support with fellow professionals.

How Can I Participate?

The Northern Colorado Math Teachers' Circle will host its Fall 2015-Spring 2016 problem-solving evening sessions on Mondays September 14, October 19, November 16, 2015 and Mondays February 22, March 7, April 18, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 pm at UNC in Ross Hall 2060 (second floor).

The evenings are entirely free. Please join us for dinner and math. A flyer can be found here.  If you have further questions please email any of the leadership team (email addresses can be found to the left). We hope you will join us at one or every session.

We are very excited to start our Student Math Circle and have problem-solving sessions for students in grades 4-8th on Mondays November 16, 2015; January 25, February 22, March 7, April 18, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 pm at UNC in Ross Hall 2090 (second floor). We provide free dinner and math for students! A flyer can be found here.

The 2016 Summer Workshop (4th summer workshop) will be at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA during from July 11-15, 2016. The workshop flyer can be found here.  The deadline to apply is March 11, 2016 and CLICK HERE to apply online.

See our Summer 2015 Workshop page and our Summer 2014 Workshop page.

Our Summer 2013 Workshop problems and pictures can be found here.

NCTM 2015 BOSTON Presentation.

Want to Make Donation to Northern Colorado Math Circles?

We appreciate any donation you can make to the Northern Colorado Math Circles (Teachers & Students). CLICK HERE to make donation to our Circles (Fund # 9434).

Donations made to our program-the Northern Colorado Math Circles, are administered by the UNC Foundation office. The UNC Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. You should consult with your tax attorney/advisor concerning the deductibility of your gift.