2015 Summer Math K-8 Academies FAQ

  • What if I don’t know what grade I’m teaching next year?
    We suggest you speak with your principal prior to registration and let him/her know that you are furthering your education this summer and would like to know this information. If this isn’t possible, attend the grade you anticipate teaching and have a colleague (or colleagues) attend other sessions so you can share information.

  • What if my session is ‘full/closed’? Is there a waiting list?
    Yes. There is a waiting list prioritized by first come, first served. If your session is sold out, we suggest that you choose another grade level at that site or choose another site with that grade level. This way, it will be easy to move you should your first choice become available and you also are able to attend your second choice if it does not become available. If it is not possible for you to attend a different date/site, you are welcome to email the Co-Directors at academies@gctm.org and request to be put on a waiting list, however this does not guarantee that you will be able to attend.

  • Will I receive a stipend and/or PLU credit?
    You may receive 1 PLU. To qualify, you must attend both days of your grade-level session at the academy and complete all required paperwork. Stipends will not be given through GCTM. However, your local system might have such an option. Please check with them for stipend information.

  • What are the directions to the site?
    Addresses of Academy sites are listed on the registration webpage for your grade selection. They are also posted in your confirmation email. Signs will be posted near the facility on Day 1 at each site. Please check with www.google.com/maps or mapquest.com/directions for specific directions.

  • Where do I go once I get there?
    The Academy will begin in your grade level room. Look for the GCTM Summer Academy signs once you get to the building. These will help guide you to your room.

  • If I need to stay overnight, what hotels are nearby?
    Note: GCTM will not be providing hotel or travel reimbursements for any participants. Check with your local system for reimbursement policy. Please know GCTM will not be endorsing any hotels and recommend you search the web for hotels near the site of your Academy.

  • Where do I park and is it secure?
    Each site will have parking available at or near the school and it should be marked. GCTM will not be responsible for parking security. Therefore, please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

  • If I get lost, who do I call?
    Please call the phone number at the site. In an emergency situation contact Peggy Pool at 1-855-ASK-GCTM extension 4.

  • What time does the academy actually start?
    Each day, the academy will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. and will end promptly at 4:00 P.M. You will not want to miss a second of these engaging and informative sessions. There will be a 1 ½ hour break for lunch and you may eat off-site or remain on-site during the lunch time. There are many local restaurants near-by.

  • What if I need to miss part of the academy?
    You will not want to miss a second of these engaging and informative sessions, however if you cannot avoid a conflict or if an emergency arises, please inform your facilitator prior to your departure. Missing part of the academy will affect eligibility for PLUs.

  • What do I wear?
    Appropriate attire is business casual. Whatever you wear to school as a teacher is OK. Remember, however, it is advisable to dress in layers because a room may be very warm or very cold in the summer based on the air conditioning system of the facility.

  • What do I need to bring?
    You should bring a writing utensil and paper for notes. Also, a computer, calculator, and/or tablet will be utilized during portions of the sessions, so if at all possible, please plan to bring them.

  • Will food be provided?
    Some sites will have food available as a fund raiser, others will not. There will be a 1 ½ hour break for lunch and you may eat off-site or remain on-site during the lunch time. There are many local restaurants near-by.

  • Who is facilitating my session?
    Facilitators are GCTM members who have applied, gone through a rigorous selection process (including recommendations), have experience providing excellent professional development in the past, and have been trained to present the curriculum.

  • What if my system wants to pay using a Purchase Order?
    GCTM does not take Purchase Orders. If this is the method of payment choice for your system, please register as though you are paying by check. Understand the check will need to be sent to to the following address along with a list indicating the names and invoice numbers of the teachers from your system being paid for by that check.

       GCTM
       P.O. Box 683905 
       Marietta, GA 30068
    
  • May teachers that work in private schools also attend an academy?
    The GCTM Summer Mathematics Academy is open for all educators of mathematics, including student teachers, private schools, home schools, etc. You are welcome to join us.

  • If I cannot attend the academy in my region, may I attend a different one?
    You may attend the academy location of your choice. Please know, however, that GCTM will not pay for any travel expenses. Check with your local school system to obtain approval for this kind of reimbursement.

  • What is the cost to attend an academy?
    The registration fee to attend an academy is $\$$120 for non-members of GCTM and $\$$90 for members of GCTM. This includes three full days of training and all materials. (Note: Annual GCTM membership is $20.)

  • If I am not a GCTM member, how can I register to attend an academy?
    There is no membership requirement to attend an academy. However, we would love for you to become a member of this wonderful organization. Please visit gctm.org to join.

  • I see only K-8 sessions available at the GCTM registration site. Will there be any sessions for High School teachers of mathematics?
    GCTM collaborates closely with the Georgia Department of Education. In one of our joint meetings, it was decided that for this summer, the GaDOE will handle high school training and GCTM will handle K-8 training. For more information, check out the GaDOE 2015 Summer Institute for High School Teachers