ATOMIC Dine, Discuss, and Learn

ATOMIC is excited to present

Dine, Discuss, and Learn

Thursday, May 2, 2024

5:00-8:00 PM

Thompson Brook School

150 Thompson Road

Avon, CT

Did you miss the 2024 ATOMIC Conference?

Were there sessions you wish you had attended but did not have space in your schedule?

We will be offering the following repeat sessions from the conference! Don’t miss out!

Sessions for All Educators

Access for All: Providing Entry Points for MLs into Problem Solving

How We Grade in a Thinking Classroom

Sessions for Specific Grade Bands

Thin Slicing in a BTC Classroom (6-12)

Struggling for Success (K-5)

(Click below to register:)


Registration will close on April 29, 2024.

There will be no registration at the door!

Schedule Details:

  5:00 – 5:30     Check In and Dinner

  5:30 – 5:45     Opening Program

  5:55 – 6:55      Breakout Session #1

  7:00 – 7:55      Breakout Session #2

Cost and Registration:

This is a free event for ATOMIC members and $25 for non ATOMIC members

Your payment will provide you with a one-year ATOMIC membership

Event Flyer

Please join us for this awesome event.

ATOMIC Presentation

Hartford teachers and Alums Jackie Rankin and Kate Grayeb also presented with Mario Carullo, the director of math in our partner-district Hartford, on Homegrown Teacher Leadership: Building a Districtwide Model for Supporting Building Thinking Classrooms Implementation. The session was in such high demand, they were asked to run it TWICE

Kate Grayeb PAEMST Finalist

UConn Alum and Noyce Fellow Kate Grayeb was honored at the ATOMIC Conference as the state’s finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a highly prestigious award given by the National Science Foundation. She is now being considered for the national PAEMST teacher of the year.

2024 Intel Math Application

Apply today for the FREE 2024 K-8 Math Institute!
The Institute is funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and managed by the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Department of Mathematical Sciences Professional Development Outreach Program.
Intel Math is an intensive, 80-hour, content-based course that requires full participation including take home assignments. The course is designed for you as a learner to deepen your own understanding of the K-8 math content and connections between concepts. This is NOT a course on any resource or curriculum.
There will be two Intel Institutes this summer and both will take place on the CCSU campus, in New Britain, CT
Cohort 1:
Where: CCSU Campus, New Britain, CT
When: July 22, 2024 to August 2, 2024
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (including two short breaks and for lunch on your own)

Cohort 2:
Where: CCSU Campus, New Britain, CT
When: August 5, 2024 to August 16, 2024
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (including two short breaks and for lunch on your own)
Competion of the Intel Math summer course includes a $1,500 stipend for participating teachers. Teams of teachers from districts and schools as well as teachers from Connecticut Alliance School Districts will be given priority, but all interested teachers in grades K – 8 are encouraged to apply by completing the form found on the link below by April 15th.

If selected to participate, you will need to fully commit to the two-week course including attendance at all sessions and completion of assignments.
Please send an email to Dr. Robin S. Kalder with any application questions and view this brochure for more information about Intel Math.

CT Science Center Annual STEM Achievement Award

Help us celebrate extraordinary individuals, youth, and organizations who are trailblazers in their fields and share our mission to inspire lifelong learning in the next generation of STEM professionals. Nominations for the 2024 STEM Achievement and Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Awards are open now through May 24, 2024. Click here to submit your nomination and to learn more about the awards and past winners.

– Innovator Honoree
– Industry Honoree
– Organization (Non-profit) Honoree
– Student Honoree
– Higher Education Honoree
– NEW Dr. Theodore S. Sergi K-12 Educator of the Year Award
Submit Your Nomination
Explore the 2023 Honorees

Introducing the Dr. Theodore S. Sergi K-12 Educator of the Year Award

The Connecticut Science Center is proud to introduce the Dr. Theodore S. Sergi K-12 Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional K-12 Educators who are making significant contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning in their classrooms. Read more.
Submit Your Nomination

MTL Video Showcase

The MTL program was selected by NCTM to be showcased during the 2023 NCTM’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in video format. This video honored the work of the MTL Fellows and advocates for math teacher leadership as an asset and important factor in advancing more equitable mathematics education for students. The video was produced by NCTM through WebsEdge with support from the Neag School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is available below as well as online through video and social media platforms (#NCTMDC23)

Visual Access to Mathematics Research Project

This project is for grades 6 and 7 math teachers who have at least one ML/EL student in their class. VAM is a free professional learning course as part of a research study. Participation in VAM will enable you to:

  • Engage in mathematics tasks to deepen your understanding of using visual representations for proportional reasoning content.
  • Integrate mathematics problem solving and language strategies to support ELs/MLs.
  • Learn about interactive online tools to enhance mathematics learning.
  • Collaborate and network with teachers from across Connecticut.

Check out this flyer to learn more and to register for an upcoming information session.

American Institutes for Research PD

The American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) is conducting a study of the Simulated Instruction in Mathematics Professional Development (SIM PD) program. This innovative professional learning opportunity is offered at no cost to districts. SIM PD is designed for 4th and 5th grade math teachers and leverages a simulated classroom, where teachers work in small groups with the support of a coach to practice math questioning and discussion strategies. What makes this program especially unique is that teachers have the opportunity to collaborate and try out instructional approaches with avatar students prior to implementing these strategies with their own students. The AIR team is currently seeking districts to participate in SIM PD during the 2024-25 school year. See the attached flyer for additional information.

Please click here to schedule a time with a member of the AIR® team to learn more!

Defined Professional Learning Opportunities

Defined Professional Learning Opportunities

The CSDE, in partnership with Defined, will offer two introductory professional learning opportunities in February. Defined Learning and Defined Careers are two of the three components of the Defined ecosystem available to all CT districts at no cost.

Defined Learning

This immersive and collaborative professional learning session is designed to introduce teachers and curriculum leads to Defined Learning’sstandards-based resources and best practices for implementation. The session will be held February 27th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at 165 Capital Avenue, Hartford. This session is designed for educators who are new to Defined Learning.

To learn more about the Defined Learning, watch this short video.

Click here for more information and to register.

Defined Careers

This immersive and collaborative professional learning experience brings together school counselors and educators to deepen their understanding of how to utilize Defined Careers in the classroom, in advisory, and for career guidance. The Defined Careers resources are aligned to 16 Career Clusters and 79 Career Pathways to provide broad exposure for students.  The session will be held February 28th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at 165 Capital Avenue, Hartford.

To learn more about the Defined Careers, watch this short video.

Click here for more information and to register.

All inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Tokarski at