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Welcome to the 2018 MidSchoolMath National Conference! 

To register for the Conference, or learn more about MidSchoolMath, please visit the MidSchoolMath National Conference website

Session sign-up for registered attendees will open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Information about activating your Sched account, selecting your sessions and more is provided in FAQs.  Helpful information about planning your trip to Santa Fe, including airport options and Featured Hotels, can be found in the Location section of the Conference Website. 

Please note this is a draft agenda; session titles and topics may change and new sessions may be added prior to January 2, 2018.    

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Thursday, March 1
 

7:30am

Pre-Conference Workshop: Arrival & Check-In
Pre-Conference attendees can check-in, pick up your attendee packet, then meet and mingle with fellow attendees while enjoying complimentary coffee or tea and breakfast snacks!

Thursday March 1, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:15am

Pre-Conference Workshop: Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had
This workshop is dedicated to exploring new thinking from vibrant classrooms. You’ll grapple with big ideas: How is taking risks inherent to mathematics? How do mathematicians balance intuition and proof? How can teachers value both productive mistakes and precision? 
You’ll also find dozens of practical teaching techniques you can try in your classroom right away—strategies to stimulate students to connect ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalize, conjecture, and persevere; routines to teach students how to collaborate. All teachers can move toward increasingly authentic, delightful, robust mathematics teaching and learning for themselves and their students. 
Note: Additional fee to attend. Contact 575-737-8446 to add this workshop to your existing registration. 

Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school lea... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Zager

Tracy Zager

Author & Educator
Tracy has worked in many schools over the course of her career, first as a fourth-grade teacher, then as a supervisor of pre-service teachers and their in-service mentors, and currently as a math coach. Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had grew out of Tracy’s work in cl... Read More →


Thursday March 1, 2018 8:15am - 4:00pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:30pm

Early Check-in: Pick up your Attendee Packet
Planning to arrive in Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon? 
Stop by the Convention Center between 3:30 and 5:45 pm to pick up your attendee packet, so you can skip the check-in lines on Friday morning!  Please use the Grant Avenue Entrance. 
Note: Free 10 minute parking is available in the Grant Avenue Loading Zone.

Thursday March 1, 2018 3:30pm - 5:45pm
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Friday, March 2
 

7:15am

Arrivals, Check-ins & Breakfast Snacks
Check-in with the MidSchoolMath Team, pick up your attendee packet, then meet and mingle with fellow attendees while enjoying complimentary coffee or tea and breakfast snacks!

Friday March 2, 2018 7:15am - 8:15am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:15am

Opening Session
Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school lea... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 8:15am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom (Sweeney E/F) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:15am

Transition to Sessions
Head off to your first Concurrent Session! 
Concurrent sessions are held in breakout rooms that are clustered in three areas within the Convention Center.  Use the Convention Center map provided in your attendee packet or ask a MidSchoolMath Volunteer if you need help in locating your breakout room.  

Friday March 2, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Invisible Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

Mathematics, for many students, is a subject devoid of meaning and sense-making.  This is partly due to the invisible nature of its subtleties. 
Invisible mathematics are numbers or operations which are hidden from view. Invisible mathematics act as obstacles for students and must be addressed for students to make sense of mathematics and persevere in problem solving. 
In this session, we will explore the invisible nature of the number 1, the invisible operations, and the invisible meaning in some common mathematical notations. We'll cover topics relevant to multiple grades and address student misconceptions that result from a misunderstanding of the invisibilities. We'll also explore a great resource for unearthing student misunderstanding of mathematical notation.

Speakers
AG

Andrew Glaze

7th and 9th Grade Teacher, Doctoral Candidate, Utah State University
Andrew Glaze teaches 7th grade and 9th grade mathematics at Farmington Junior High School in Farmington, Utah. He is also a Ph.D student of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. With over 20 years of teaching... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Same or Different: Introducing and Connecting Strategies by Keeping it Simple
Limited Capacity seats available

The "Same or Different" discourse prompt, brought to prominence by Brian Bushart, has gained popularity as a means for primary and elementary students to explore visual models of foundational concepts. In this prompt, two similar images are presented and students are asked simply, "What is the same?" and "What is different?"
This session moves the structure into math strategies as students make connections between two presented methods and guides teachers to the process of designing their own. You'll be introduced to the "Same or Different" prompt, using the NCTM's 5 Practices for Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse; see and explore sample prompts; and learn how model the design process using common presentation tools and paper/markers to demonstrate the ease at which a prompt can be created. You'll conclude the session by creating your own prompt for use in an upcoming lesson! 

Speakers
avatar for Devin Rossiter

Devin Rossiter

Instructional Specialist, Bakersfield City School District
Devin Rossiter is a K-8 math specialist out of Bakersfield, CA with a unique background in broadcast media. Originally from Staten Island, New York, Devin supports teachers in California's largest K-8 district in understanding the strategic depth of mathematics. Last year, Rossit... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Shifting from Remembering How to Understanding Why
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Featured Presenter Steve Leinwand for this look at supporting conceptional understanding through effective differentiated instruction. 


You'll look at a range of middle school examples that pair the deadliness of "remembering how" to follow rules and get answers with the excitement and importance of "understanding why" to build conceptual understanding.  The focus will be on alternative approaches and multiple representations - the essence of effectively differentiated instruction. 


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication of “Everybody Counts”, as president of... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Writing in Math Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear from a group of middle school teachers who have been working with a professor from Lipscomb University's College of Education to learn how to incorporate writing strategies in the classroom. 
Writing helps students explain what they know, explain how they solved the problem, use math in real-world scenarios, and justify their answer. In this session, you'll learn several different writing strategies that you can incorporate in your math class on Monday. 

Speakers
JC

Jennifer Clay

6th grade Math Teacher, Lipscomb Academy
JK

Jill Knott

Lipscomb Academy
EM

Emily Medlock

Lipscomb Academy
SM

Sara Mitchell

Lipscomb Academy
PW

Pat Wood

Math Teacher, Lipscomb Academy


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Everyone Could Use a Helping Hand: The Role of Peer Feedback in Developing Mathematical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve heard it: “use more pictures and words” or “organize your work better.” Ugh! 
Tired of hearing the same feedback suggestions that just did not make a difference in improving learning, we set out to develop an approach to peer-to-peer feedback that would revolutionize our math classroom. We knew that in order for our students to give better feedback, they needed to truly appreciate WHY they were giving it, and HOW to make it meaningful. 
From this journey evolved, “Helping Hands.” We'll share the success criteria that has been co-created with students for a math task and model how weak feedback can be kicked up out of the stratosphere with thoughtful choices in language and reflective mathematical thinking. We'll demonstrate to implement this practice with your students, and, using videos, testimonials and maybe even a live Q&A with our students in Toronto, you'll hear first-hand how it is having a positive impact on our students!  can have a positive impact on their learning!  

Speakers
avatar for Justin Hui

Justin Hui

6th Grade Teacher, York Region District School Board
Justin Hui teaches sixth to eight grade mathematics, and has previously taught in the primary division as well. He is a Mathematics Lead teacher, and has taught teacher education programs in mathematics. He has presented at a number of Mathematics conferences across Ontario, and... Read More →
avatar for Ken Pettigrew

Ken Pettigrew

Principal in Leadership Development, York Region District School Board
Ken Pettigrew has been an educator for over twenty years, teaching first through eighth grade. He has also been a curriculum consultant, school administrator, and, most recently, a central principal for leadership development in mathematics. He has also taught teacher education p... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Creating a Student Centered Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Students learn better when they are in the driver’s seat, but letting kids drive can sometimes seem terrifying! 
This session will help you understand the components to creating engaging lessons where students are doing the heavy-lifting. We will model an engaging mini-lesson, deconstruct the mini-lesson to distill out the elements that make it engaging, and brainstorm strategies for implementation in individual classrooms. You'll leave with a list of engagement strategies and the beginnings of your own engaging activity.

Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Garrison

Lorraine Garrison

Teacher/Coach, Mapleton Public Schools
As an experienced middle and high school math teacher, Lorraine is currently part of the innovative CareerX team in Mapleton Public Schools, Thornton, Colorado. The team supports teachers and students by bringing engaging, standards based units into middle school classrooms. Cros... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Tarbutton

Elizabeth Tarbutton

Secondary Math Teacher, Peak to Peak Charter School
Elizabeth has been an educator since 2002, teaching science and math to students from 6th grade through medical school. Elizabeth currently teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, Colorado and teaches college-level math for the Pre-Collegiate... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Introduction to Interactive Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

The face of math education has dramatically changed over the last 10 years and we, as educators, are continually working to provide quality education for all students. 
Sheltering techniques, traditionally used for second language students, can be used for all students to increase their understanding and knowledge of content areas. In this workshop, you'll gain an introduction to tangible techniques that you can immediately implement in your classroom. These techniques will increase collaboration, student talk, and understanding for all students.

Session Note: Already familiar with these techniques? Want to gain an introduction, then learn even more? A master class on this topic will be offered on Saturday at 9:55 am.  

Speakers
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Shannon Mashinchi

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a veteran teacher, it has been career changing to work toward a classroom where students are engaged and find success. In our school district there has been an influx of students from war torn countries with interrupted educational experiences. Providing opportunities to inter... Read More →
avatar for Clair Thiel

Clair Thiel

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a 6th year teacher, I have immersed myself in the world of Interactive Strategies. As a Sheltered Math Teacher, I have the opportunity to take students with varying educational background and push them toward deeper thinking. As a teacher leader on the Interactive Strategies T... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Probability Everyday
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you'll be introduced to a variety of hands-on activities that introduce probability and ratios before they are taught - like "The Wheel of Chance." All of the activities shared are low-tech ways to illustrate, experience and explore probability and ratios, supporting deeper learning by showing students how these concepts can be found in everyday life. It will also give examples of how to use ratios for classroom management and helping students work on conversions. 

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Delaney Cuilty

Melinda Delaney Cuilty

6th Grade Teacher
I have taught 6th grade for the 5 years, in many types of settings. I recently move to Texas from New Mexico and it is interesting learning a new school system. I have learned students do well when they don't even realize they are being taught something new and are engaged.


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

So Now You’re a Math Teacher Leader?
Limited Capacity seats available

Calling all new math teacher leaders!

Are you taking on responsibilities, in addition to your role in the classroom, as a math department chair, team leader, head teacher or instructional leader? Join others who are also in this position - or anticipate moving into this role in the near future - to connect with colleagues and explore what it means to be a teacher leader. We will explore and examine resources pertinent to your role, share goals, resources, and identify problems of practice. 

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:15am

Snack Break
Help yourself to a snack, along with fresh coffee, tea or water, then head off to your next Concurrent Session!
Snack and Beverage stations are located in both the Lobby and the Pre-Function Hallway. 

Friday March 2, 2018 10:15am - 10:40am
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Empowering Young Mathematicians with Math Circles
Limited Capacity seats available

Many students see mathematics as a series of facts, formulas, and procedures to be memorized and believe that people who are “good at math” are those who are able to recall these quickly and easily. Unfortunately, students often do not understand that mathematicians see math as a creative, collaborative endeavor filled with many twists and turns in the pursuit of interesting, challenging problems. Math Circles can change students’ beliefs, allowing them the opportunity to act as mathematicians and tackle problems that engage them and deepen their understanding of what math is really all about.

In this hands-on, participatory session, teachers will be introduced to the Math Circle model, which encourages students to "do" mathematics, rather than just learn about it. Session participants will engage as mathematical problem-solvers in an abbreviated "Math Teachers Circle," and will learn how this model can be used in the classroom to teach key problem-solving strategies and support development of the Common Core Math Practice Standards, as well as mastery of required math skills and content. They will grapple with what makes a good problem that is worthy of students' time, and will leave with an understanding of how Math Circles can offer depth, complexity, skills practice, and a joyful rigor that will leave students wanting more.

Speakers
HD

Heather Danforth-Clayson

Director of Curriculum, Helios School
Heather Danforth-Clayson began her teaching career working with low-income students through Teach for America, then earned her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. After graduation, she served as a gifted and talented coordinator for Park County School... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Number Talks in the Middle School Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Number Talks can be a fun and engaging technique for developing students’ number fluency and flexible thinking in the classroom, while cultivating mathematical mindsets. 


In this introduction to Number Talks, you'll experience a Number Talk as a learner and have an opportunity to prepare for a Number Talk by doing the mathematics using multiple strategies, anticipating student misconceptions, and thinking about the mathematical connections across strategies, i.e., place value connections, use of base ten structure, associative property, commutative property, distributive property, and identity property. You'll also explore research results from teachers who have begun to implement Number Talks in their classroom.  

Speakers
KK

Katherine Kanim

Co-Director, Mathematically Connected Communities
avatar for Zachary Leonard

Zachary Leonard

Education Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Math and Science Academy
Zachary Leonard, Ed.D., is a professional development and school improvement specialist with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Math and Science Academy. His work and research interests consist of mathematics and science content and pedagogy, student engagement, professional lear... Read More →
avatar for Randy Merker

Randy Merker

Education Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Math and Science Academy
Randy Merker is an education specialist with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy (MSA). He has provided math and science professional development, instructional coaching, and leadership in developing math coaching programs and practices for continuous impr... Read More →
RW

Regina Watson

Professional Development Specialist, Mathematically Connected Communities
Regina Watson is a professional development specialist with Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2), where she has worked for 13 years. Before coming to MC2, Regina taught middle and high school mathematics for 12 years. Her current work is dedicated to supporting teachers imp... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Do You Know Your Math FACTs? (Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques)
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted some quick temperature checks to use in your classroom to assess how your students are progressing in what you are teaching other than think-pair-share and thumbs up/thumbs down? 
Join us as we learn 30+ techniques for quickly checking where your students are in their learning. Many of the FACTs you will participate in as a student, while some will be described with examples. All of the FACTs can be immediately implemented as soon as you return to your classroom. Come join in and learn your FACTs!

Speakers
avatar for Holly Willis

Holly Willis

Math Interventionist, Ed Willkie Middle School
Holly has been teaching middle school math for 21 years and was recently named as the teacher of the year for her campus! Two of those 21 years she taught in Eastern Europe, and four of those years she was a math curriculum coordinator for a small district where she got to create... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Culturally Responsive Math Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school lea... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Engaging All Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for simple, easy-to-implement methods for supporting your students while managing your classroom? 


My students and I will share many of the tips and techniques we use, as we model them with you in this session. You'll explore a wide range of methods, from common favorites to newer methods, to manage students, classroom work and cooperative groups including: math circles; showdowns, think pair shares and other Kagan activities; cafe, bingo and menu activities; jigsaw and carousel techniques; reciprocal/peer teaching and more! You can also share your own ideas and suggestions. You'll leave with personal experience in all of the strategies and activities shared, and resources so you can use and apply them when returning to your school. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeanette Henshaw

Jeanette Henshaw

Math Enrichment & Special Education, Taos Academy
I am a 27 year veteran teacher and current NBCT candidate. I have experience in private, public and public charter and special ed schools. Most of my experience has been in middle school 5-7th grades. But I have taught 3rd- 12th grades, all subjects. I have expertise and experien... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Fermi Problems for Engagement, Number Sense, and Estimation
Limited Capacity seats available

A Fermi Problem is a problem that calls for a ballpark estimate, usually in a situation where accurate numbers and measurements are not available. These problems involve quantitative reasoning, strategic thinking, estimation, proportional thinking, understanding inequality, and often scientific notation. Middle School students can be very engaged by these problems, as they imagine large numbers and often involve opportunities to observe and explore the world around them. For example, the Fermi Problem of: "How many ants are there in New Mexico?" might lead students to a solution by way of observing the number of ants in one square foot of the schoolyard.


In this session, you'll have the opportunity to work with your colleagues to solve several Fermi Problems, using hands-on tools and modeling to visualize and discuss the problems. Then, we'll explore and discuss some of the mathematics behind Fermi Problems. What properties of numbers and operations are needed to approach a Fermi Problem? What kinds of visual models can be used to understand very large numbers? How are Fermi Problems related to the Middle School CCSS Math topics? Finally, we'll share our experiences using Fermi Problems with Middle School students. You'll leave with lessons plans that use Fermi problems at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade level, along with guidelines for using them in lessons and in enrichment activities.

Speakers
AC

Allison Conway

Middle School Math Teacher, J. Paul Taylor Academy
I work at a K-8 public charter school in Las Cruces, New Mexico where I am a “math department of one” for our middle school program, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math classes. I started my career in bilingual education and taught kindergarten for several years in... Read More →
TS

Ted Stanford

Associate Professor, New Mexico State University
I am a topologist by temperament and training, which means I have trouble telling the difference between a donut and a coffee cup, or between a five-dollar bill and a ten-dollar bill. I managed to earn a PhD in 1993, after which I had faculty positions at the University of Califo... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

If Math Isn't Fun, Why Do It?: Hands-on Games for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Games are an excellent way to engage and motivate, as well as challenge your students. 
This fast-paced session will introduce you to a variety of games and activities that are easily integrated into any curriculum, encourage mastery of skills, provide opportunities for problem solving, build interpersonal relationships and will excite your students. You will leave with proven resources that require common materials, ready to implement on Monday. Additionally, you will acquire strategies for modifying games to meet the specific needs of your students, as well as to create your own games. Join the fun, because of course, MATH IS FUN!
This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Martha E. Hildebrandt

Martha E. Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

Probability: Problems, Puzzles, and Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on, minds-on session explores the mathematical principles of probability and addresses common misconceptions. 


Experiments, simulations, puzzles, and problems will be used to develop multiple representations and models for understanding and decision making random events and outcomes. Simple and compound probabilities, conditional probability, and expected values will be explored. Together, we'll develop deeper understanding of fundamental principles of probability, explore appropriate representations and models to support calculations, and discuss strategies for addressing student misconceptions. You'll leave prepared to implement these activities with your students!


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and serves on the Affiliates Connections Committee for the A... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:40am

A Beginner's Guide to Three Act Math Story Problems
Limited Capacity seats available

According to Mark Turner in his book The Literary Mind, "Narrative imagining — story — is the fundamental instrument of thought... Rational capacities depend on it. It is our chief means of looking in to the future, of predicting, of planning, and of explaining...Most of our experiences, our knowledge and our thinking is organized as stories.”




Imagine the power of using story in your math class! Join Scott & Megan as they present this introduction to the 3-Act Story Math Problem concept. Megan and Scott will guide you through the essential components of 3-Act Story Math, and then will task you with beginning to build an adventure for YOUR students!


Note: this session is recommended for attendees who are NEW to the three-act math story problem concept and have NOT taken part in MidSchoolMath Story Project Workshops, retreats or sessions in the past.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:55am

Lunch on your own
Enjoy lunch on your own - and getting out and about in Santa Fe - at one of the many nearby cafes! 
A list of suggested restaurants and walking directions are provided in your conference packet. Remember to be back at the Convention Center in time to start your afternoon session at 1:30 pm sharp!

Friday March 2, 2018 11:55am - 1:30pm
Downtown Santa Fe

1:30pm

Making Inequalities Conceptual
Limited Capacity seats available

Many students in middle school struggle with the idea of inequalities due to their complexity. In this session, we'll share how we created a lesson to help students understand inequalities conceptually by participating in a human number line, using real world examples of inequalities. The lesson focuses on both equations and inequalities in order for students to fully understand the differences between the two. 


You'll leave this session prepared to implement this lesson with your students, along with a better understanding of how to make inequalities more engaging and understandable to students. 

Speakers
avatar for Meagan Venstad

Meagan Venstad

Math Instructional Coach and 6th grade Math Teacher, Frisco ISD
I have 10 years of experience teaching math in various settings from functional academics, resource, inclusion, and general education setting. My Bachelors degree is from the University of North Texas and my Masters in Teaching is from St. Edwards University. I hold various certi... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Shifting from Remembering How to Understanding Why
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Featured Presenter Steve Leinwand for this look at supporting conceptional understanding through effective differentiated instruction. 


You'll look at a range of middle school examples that pair the deadliness of "remembering how" to follow rules and get answers with the excitement and importance of "understanding why" to build conceptual understanding.  The focus will be on alternative approaches and multiple representations - the essence of effectively differentiated instruction. 


Note: This session will be offered twice; please sign up for only one of the two sessions. 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication of “Everybody Counts”, as president of... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Student-Made Instructional Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

Students learn and retain information more when they are put into a position to teach others. In this session, you will learn how to incorporate student-made instructional videos into your unit plans. 
Letting students film, edit, and then share their instructional videos, allows opportunities for student-led discussions as they critique one another's films, use of vocabulary, and methods used to solve problems. This gives you, the teacher, the chance to truly facilitate the learning taking place, while the students take ownership in their understanding of the content. You'll see examples of this in action, then leave with detailed steps and resources on how to implement this lesson, recommendations on sites and apps for editing, and rubric-building (also a task completed by students).

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Fites

Katelyn Fites

8th Grade Advanced Math/Algebra 1 Teacher, Griffin Middle School
I am a self professed math nerd, and proud educator! Teaching is a great passion of mine, and I truly feel called to this field. Like many, middle school and high school were rough years for me, and my teachers were the ones who made the biggest difference in my life, and kept me... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

The Parking Lot Coordinate Plane
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how one teaching team uses a 25' x 25' coordinate plane, painted in the parking lot, and student teamwork to open a world of possibility for their students! By scaling everything up to an exaggerated size, they find the lesson has a profound and lasting impact on the students.
You'll experience an abbreviated version of this lesson for yourself, exploring how using a live-sized coordinate plane can gets your students outside and engaged in exploring concepts from coordinate points to graphing linear equations, as teams rotate, and reflect a large scalene triangle about a giant coordinate plane. Then, explore student artifacts from 8th graders who have completed these lessons, and discuss other lessons you could develop or teach on a life-sized coordinate plane. 


Note: Because this session has limited capacity, it will be offered twice. Please only sign up for one of the two sessions.  

Speakers
avatar for Richard Armentrout

Richard Armentrout

8th Grade Pre-algebra and Algebra Teacher, Cuba Middle School
I became a mathematics teacher later in life. I received my master's degree from the University of Arizona's "Teach Arizona" program. I've taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics in both Arizona and New Mexico. I teach 8th grade mathematics and Algebra 1 at Cuba Middle School in New... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Brondo

Joseph Brondo

Math Teacher, Cuba Middle School
Joseph has taught secondary mathematics for the past ten years in the Philippines, Mississippi, and New Mexico.  He currently teaches 6th and 7th grade math at Cuba Middle School.  This year, Joseph is a participant of the IrRational Number Institute sponsored by Los Alamos Nat... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Word Problems: Living the Math to Deepen the Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

For many teachers embarking on their math journeys, their biggest hesitation seems to be with utilizing the power of word problems in developing mathematical thinking. Teachers may shy away from inquiry-based word problems because they fear not knowing the answers, or that there are simply too many answers. We know that effective word problems stimulate curiosity, demand problem-solving skills, lend themselves to meaningful mistakes, and generate robust conversations in the service of discovery. 


In this session, you'll work collaboratively with participants and presenters to develop the craft of creating creative and meaningful word problems. You'll look at typical word problems, delving deeper into what thinking skills they actually demand of students and what math concepts they are tackling. You'll receive a critical framework and checklist for reflecting on current practices and models, and making small, but profound changes, that open up the learning for students. Watch video examples, then work together to develop fun and creative word problems that allow students to role play, so as to live the math as they discover it, use it, and understand it. 

Speakers
avatar for Justin Hui

Justin Hui

6th Grade Teacher, York Region District School Board
Justin Hui teaches sixth to eight grade mathematics, and has previously taught in the primary division as well. He is a Mathematics Lead teacher, and has taught teacher education programs in mathematics. He has presented at a number of Mathematics conferences across Ontario, and... Read More →
avatar for Ken Pettigrew

Ken Pettigrew

Principal in Leadership Development, York Region District School Board
Ken Pettigrew has been an educator for over twenty years, teaching first through eighth grade. He has also been a curriculum consultant, school administrator, and, most recently, a central principal for leadership development in mathematics. He has also taught teacher education p... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

PARCCfit: Making the Shift
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel like lesson planning leaves you caught in balancing game, trying to juggle student engagement, student comprehension, covering content and preparing for standardized assessments?


Join Featured Presenter Jacqueline Johnson for this this high intensity work session that is sure to DELIVER! Jacqueline will walk you through her process to support planning curriculum in a way that targets shifting the heavy lift from the teacher to the learners in your classroom. You'll walk away from this facilitated collaborative planning session with a math lesson for your students and ideas you can use to create more lessons that engage students, support deeper learning - and prepare your students for the PARCC and other standardized assessments. 


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Math Instructional Specialist, ALCY Education Solutions
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her re... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Sizing Up Student Work
When analyzing student work, what do you look for? What patterns can you find? How do your findings guide your feedback and future instruction?
 
In this session, you'll work in small group professional learning communities to learn from student work. Each participant needs to bring a classroom set of student work to share with their small groups.  We will analyze the level of alignment the work has to the objectives and do an error analysis to find patterns in student understanding.  Finally, we'll consider next steps in instruction and assessment. You'll leave with new ideas and new understandings of how to use feedback and assessment to better support your students. 


Note: Plan to bring examples of student work with you to this session for analysis. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Lead Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
My work is quite diverse, from student-centered instructional coaching to whole group professional development to curriculum writing and project management.
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Annalise Zosel

Primary Teacher, Roots and Wings Community School 


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

3D Printing and Design for the STEM classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

You can often now find 3D printers in schools, at public libraries and in enrichment centers. But how can you use them in the STEM Classroom to support student learning objectives?  


In this session, you'll get hands-on experience with a range of 3D printers, with guidance and support from educational specialists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. You'll leave with an understanding of how 3D printing works and how 3D printing activities can be used to support classroom goals and objectives.


BOYD: Please bring a laptop or tablet with you to this session. 
This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
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Dave Forester

Professional Development Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Reaching and Teaching the Outliers
Limited Capacity seats available

Connecting with and engaging your Outliers - Do you have students who are simply not engaged or feel isolated in your classroom?  This session is a high-leverage opportunity to improve your classroom and school performance while making breakthroughs in individual student learning.  One of the highest leverage points in moving a school toward the improvement goals is through outliers.

In this session, you'll gain an understanding of how to identify the outliers and what might be causing student concerns or behaviors, discover the feelings and consider the thought process of your outlier students. We'll talk about student traits and characteristics - and ways to break through to students and build connections. We will work on strategies to engage these students in order to ensure all students are reaching their potential.

Speakers
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Trevelyn Everitt-Gyure

Math Interventionist, Denton ISD
I moved into the educational arena in 2008 after spending my years in the business world. I began my career in Raleigh, North Caroline in Wake Country Public Schools where I served in many different capacities. Upon returning to Texas, I moved into Urban education for many years... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Creating Three-Act Math Story Projects - Part I: Our Story Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Heather and Sharyn to learn how they have been using three-act math story projects in their school! Experience their story projects, while they detail the framework they use to create them and share the impact story projects have on their students.

Speakers
avatar for Sharyn Gray

Sharyn Gray

6th Grade Math Teacher, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →
avatar for Heather Herd

Heather Herd

Turquoise Trail Charter School
What I love most about teaching is making learning happen everyday! It is a beautiful thing, and yet it is not as easy as opening a textbook and assigning a set of problems every day. We need to look beyond the old " sage on the stage" methodologies. For me, the innovation in... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Scaffolding Three Act Tasks for English Language Learners and Students Who Struggle with Math
This session is designed for teachers who are already familiar with using Three Act Math Tasks and Story Projects with their students,  but work with struggling students and English language learners who may face challenges with this format.


In this session, you'll learn specific, classroom-proven strategies that have supported struggling students and english language learners, including outcome differentiation, visual representations, vocabulary previews and more. You'll also have the chance to share your experience and success stories with other participants. You'll leave with concrete ideas to for planning and delivery of 3 Act Tasks to ensure all students are engaged in, and enjoy, this fun and powerful teaching technique. 

Speakers
avatar for Erin Mayer

Erin Mayer

Classroom teacher, AIM4SCubed Developer, Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts
Erin is a classroom teacher, a developer for the AIM4SCubed Math Framework (Achievement Inspired Mathematics for Scaffolding Student Success) and has taught remedial math courses at the local community college. She is driven by a desire to give all students equitable access to ma... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:15pm

Transition to Next Session
Head off to your next Concurrent Session!

Friday March 2, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

Operation: MATH! Family Night
Looking for ways to create a strong community of math learners at your school, engaging students and their parents? Enter Operation: MATH!, a family night program at La Jolla Country Day School designed to build a strong community of math learners (students, parents, and teachers). The goals of the program are to have fun with math; encourage growth mindset; develop logical thinking; build student confidence; include parents in the middle school math program; and to help students, parents, and teachers form connections.

Learn about how this program was developed, experience an abridged version and leave prepared to run your own Operation: MATH! family night program with templates, start-up documents and more!

Speakers
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Amy Rohrbach

Middle School Math Department Chair; 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, La Jolla Country Day School
Amy Rohrbach inspires greatness for a better world by encouraging students to see that math is a key component in making sense of our world. Math is about discovering patterns, making connections, and communicating with others. Students are often surprised that we incorporate cre... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

The Parking Lot Coordinate Plane
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how one teaching team uses a 25' x 25' coordinate plane, painted in the parking lot, and student teamwork to open a world of possibility for their students! By scaling everything up to an exaggerated size, they find the lesson has a profound and lasting impact on the students.
You'll experience an abbreviated version of this lesson for yourself, exploring how using a live-sized coordinate plane can gets your students outside and engaged in exploring concepts from coordinate points to graphing linear equations, as teams rotate, and reflect a large scalene triangle about a giant coordinate plane. Then, explore student artifacts from 8th graders who have completed these lessons, and discuss other lessons you could develop or teach on a life-sized coordinate plane. 
Note: Because this session has limited capacity, it will be offered twice. Please only sign up for one of the two sessions.  

Speakers
avatar for Richard Armentrout

Richard Armentrout

8th Grade Pre-algebra and Algebra Teacher, Cuba Middle School
I became a mathematics teacher later in life. I received my master's degree from the University of Arizona's "Teach Arizona" program. I've taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics in both Arizona and New Mexico. I teach 8th grade mathematics and Algebra 1 at Cuba Middle School in New... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Brondo

Joseph Brondo

Math Teacher, Cuba Middle School
Joseph has taught secondary mathematics for the past ten years in the Philippines, Mississippi, and New Mexico.  He currently teaches 6th and 7th grade math at Cuba Middle School.  This year, Joseph is a participant of the IrRational Number Institute sponsored by Los Alamos Nat... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

PARCCfit: Making the Shift
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel like lesson planning leaves you caught in balancing game, trying to juggle student engagement, student comprehension, covering content and preparing for standardized assessments?


Join Featured Presenter Jacqueline Johnson for this this high intensity work session that is sure to DELIVER! Jacqueline will walk you through her process to support planning curriculum in a way that targets shifting the heavy lift from the teacher to the learners in your classroom. You'll walk away from this facilitated collaborative planning session with a math lesson for your students and ideas you can use to create more lessons that engage students, support deeper learning - and prepare your students for the PARCC and other standardized assessments. 


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Math Instructional Specialist, ALCY Education Solutions
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her re... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

3D Printing and Design for the STEM classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

You can often now find 3D printers in schools, at public libraries and in enrichment centers. But how can you use them in the STEM Classroom to support student learning objectives?  


In this session, you'll get hands-on experience with a range of 3D printers, with guidance and support from educational specialists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. You'll leave with an understanding of how 3D printing works and how 3D printing activities can be used to support classroom goals and objectives.


BOYD: Please plan bring a laptop or tablet with you to this session. 
This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
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Dave Forester

Professional Development Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

Engaging Students while Working with Number Lines, Plots, and More
Limited Capacity seats available

This lesson will display ways to help students make in-depth connections of number lines, dot plot, histograms, box plots and center tendencies, using real world situations to illustrate why math is useful. At the same time, we will also explore various approaches to engaging students and personalizing assignments to improve classroom instruction and better support student learning.
 
You will leave the lesson with activities to take back to your students and new techniques on how to use technology to display students' work, along with ideas for enhancing students' confidence around their peers and improve classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Roderick Langston

Roderick Langston

6th Grade AC Math Teacher, Griffin Middle School
Roderick Langston, born and raised in Elberton, GA. He graduated Cum Laude at Fort Valley State University, with his Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University. At Fort Valley, Langston served and graduated as a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Teacher Quality... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

Fruit Loop Statistics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you'll explore a hands on (and tasty) lesson suitable for most 7th (and 6th grade) students. Learn how to use Fruit Loops to explore a wide range of statistical and mathematical concepts, including sampling techniques, data representation, and comparing data using the mean, median, and MAD. We'll also explore using graphs, histograms and box and whisker plots to describe and compare, and plan two follow-up lessons. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hooper

Jennifer Hooper

Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University
Jen Hooper has been teaching 30 years in a variety of K-16 settings. She enjoys helping students to see that they can do mathematics and that mathematics makes sense. She has been a middle school math teacher and middle school math team coach. She also has taught mathematics cont... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

The STEM Toy Zip Line Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for an engaging hands-on lesson that promotes conceptual understanding and covers standards-based content? Come experience the STEM Toy Zip Line Challenge!


This lesson addresses a range of math concepts within a meaningful context for middle school students, when students are asked to become research developers who must design a unique, new toy made of recyclable material that will travel down a zip line! Each group then competes to create the fastest zip line toy. You'll get to experience the lesson for yourself, in a hands-on format, and look for opportunities for learning and teaching about a range of mathematical concepts including slope, geometry, ratio and proportions, timing, measurement and more! You'll leave with an understanding of how to implement this lesson in your classroom, plus handouts and ideas for differentiation and extension. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Vorensky

Sandy Vorensky

Instructional Math Coach/Middle School Teacher, Metuchen School District
Sandy Vorensky is an instructional math coach and middle school math teacher for Metuchen School District in New Jersey. Achievements have included NJ Middlesex County 2013 – 2014 Teacher of the Year, NJ Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award, National Raytheon Math Heroes awar... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

Creating Three-Act Math Story Projects - Part II: Your Story Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to introduce Three-Act Math Story Project into your classroom? You can use this session to sit down and start planning it out!  


Heather and Sharyn will share their framework for turning lessons you already do into story projects, then you'll have plenty of time to work - individually or in small groups and with the support of the facilitators - to start outlining a story project you can introduce in your classroom! 


Note: This session is designed for teachers who plan to attend Creating Three-Act Math Story Projects: Part I or A Beginner's Guide to Three-Act Math Story Problems earlier in the day, or are already familiar with the three-act math story project concept. 

Speakers
avatar for Sharyn Gray

Sharyn Gray

6th Grade Math Teacher, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →
avatar for Heather Herd

Heather Herd

Turquoise Trail Charter School
What I love most about teaching is making learning happen everyday! It is a beautiful thing, and yet it is not as easy as opening a textbook and assigning a set of problems every day. We need to look beyond the old " sage on the stage" methodologies. For me, the innovation in... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:30pm

Three Act Math: Putting Students Behind the Camera
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for teachers who are already familiar with the concept of Three Act Math Tasks and Story Projects - and are ready to flip the classroom, putting students in charge of creating their own three act math problems! Allowing the students to become the teacher will help to deepening their learning of the standards - while underscoring the relevance and importance of math in everyday life and problem solving.


This session will discuss the process from start to finish: grouping students, what criteria to give students, how to facilitate the students while they are producing, and how to differentiate for the low and high achieving students. You'll see examples of student work, from several different levels of students. You'll then go through a shortened process of creating your own Three Act Math problem, preparing yourself, first-hand, to see what types of questions students will have while creating,. You'll leave with a “how-to” guide and a rubric for assessment.

Speakers
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Christine Nordman

7th Grade Math Teacher, Rogers Ranch School
I am currently a 7th Grade Math teacher at Rogers Ranch Elementary School in Laveen, Arizona. I am in my fourth year teaching 7th grade math. In a previous district I was a part of a Math Cohort of teachers that helped provide methods of teaching to further conceptual understandi... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:20pm

Snack Break
Need a pick-me up? Help yourself to a snack, along with fresh coffee, tea or water, as you make your way into the Friday Keynote with Jo Boaler! 

Snack and Beverage stations are located in both the Lobby and the Pre-Function Hallway. 

Friday March 2, 2018 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:40pm

Keynote: Jo Boaler
Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school lea... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University
Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of youcubed. She is also an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie P... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom (Sweeney E/F) Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 3
 

7:45am

Arrivals and Breakfast Snacks
The Conference Center will open at 7:45 am; help yourself to complimentary coffee, tea, breakfast pastries and fresh fruit! You will not need to check-in today, but make sure to arrive in plenty of time for the Saturday Keynote with Dan Meyer at 8:15 am.

Saturday March 3, 2018 7:45am - 8:15am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:15am

Keynote: Dan Meyer
Dan Meyer takes the stage to teach a class of middle school students in this one-of-a-kind Keynote! 
After leading the class in a three-act math lesson and other activities, he'll debrief the presentation, sharing the structure and offer suggestions on how to improve teaching to strengthen student learning. 

Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school lea... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

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Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers internationally and in all fifty United States. He was named one of Tech... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:15am - 9:35am
Grand Ballroom (Sweeney E/F) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:35am

Transition to Sessions
Head off to your first Concurrent Session of the day!

Saturday March 3, 2018 9:35am - 9:50am
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Building the Foundations of Fractions
Limited Capacity seats available

In Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Liping Ma addresses the gap in student learning and suggests that it will also mean addressing the gap in teacher knowledge. This session strives to challenge teacher knowledge and assist teachers in creating future lessons that will enhance and challenge student understanding of mathematics and its importance to daily living, particularly as it relates to fractions.


You'll explore the concept of whole and part and apply this understanding to breaking down fractional parts into smaller parts, in conversations, small group work and more. You'll examine fraction forms and create representations of fractions using counting tiles and various models. Discussions will help you learn how to apply grade level standards of proportional thinking to new understanding of fractional knowledge. You'll leave this session prepared to support students in mastery of grade level skills, while at the same time taking the necessary side trips to strengthen their foundation skills in fractions.

Speakers
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Maria Ellis

Special Education Teacher Specialist, Davis School District
I have been teaching in junior high special education for 10 years. The light bulbs going on in students' minds is what keeps me in the classroom. It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to help other educators increase their abilities to enhance learning.
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Deanne Saunders

Special Education Teacher, Davis School District
I have been a junior high Special Education Teacher for 27 years. Seeing the excitement in student achievement keeps me in the classroom.


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Discourse done through the Mathematical Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

This session explores questioning, discourse, and how students can be part of building a rich environment using the Mathematical Practices as the foundation. 
By engaging in a hands-on math activity aligned to standards, we will work together to build a math practice poster that supports questioning and discourse. You will leave with a stronger understanding of what mathematical discourse is; what strategies can be used to create a Standard Base Learning Environment, and how to have students create questions that everyone can use to move learning forward. 
 


Speakers
avatar for Patricia Carden

Patricia Carden

Project Coordinator, Mathematically Connected Communities - New Mexico State University
I currently work at New Mexico State University with the Mathematically Connected Communities Program. We provide professional development for K-12 teachers around the state of New Mexico. Part of my job for the last eight years is working with teachers to build a Standards Base... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Introducing: MidSchoolMath Comprehensive Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Scott and Megan for an in-depth look at the MidSchoolMath Comprehensive Curriculum and see how online curriculum can go beyond the traditional textbook to create immersive and engaging learning. 


The MidSchoolMath Curriculum is a web-based system that integrates games, an adaptable test trainer, a library of three-act math story problems, proficiency assessment, clicker-based instant feedback, and proprietary learning management system (LMS) that provides an intuitive infrastructure. The entire system can be learned by teachers in less than an hour of training. Math content is delivered to students, on desktop computers, laptops or tablets, with rich, immersive context and teachers receive the immediate feedback they need to effectively respond to the individual learner and the collective classroom. 


The MidSchoolMath Curriculum is available for purchase for classrooms, schools and districts, providing standards-aligned content for 5th through 8th grade. 
This sponsor session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Risk and Grit: A Recipe for Math Thinkers...not Math Wizards
Limited Capacity seats available

What are the main ingredients of a mathematical thinker? In this workshop we will study, play and uncover what goes into molding and shaping a mathematical mind; a mind that takes risks and perseveres through failures. The math classroom is a petri dish for free thinkers and leaders. 


Let's work together to take children from every socioeconomic level, to the pinnacle of their personal best through intentionally crafted, fun and Common Core applicable math journeys. 


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Math Instructional Specialist, ALCY Education Solutions
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her re... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Walk a Mathematical Experience in the Shoes of your English Language Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we give English language learners access to rich problems and stories in our math classrooms? How can we decrease frustration and increase engagement and participation?


In this session, you'll participate in a short problem-solving lesson in Spanish to experience sheltering and scaffolding strategies that will support English language learners in the CCSS and Mathematical Practices. You'll explore how to to set up contextualized problems/ stories so that English language learners have enough background to go deeper and truly get to the active problem-solving. You will also gain insights into how to deliver timely and effective feedback in ways that students can understand it and use it to support their learning. You'll leave with concrete strategies and instructional moves to give English language learners access to the projects, Three Act Tasks and story problems that you are already using in your classroom, along with insights into ways you can provide more effective feedback and supports. 


Note: This session is appropriate for teachers who have zero to an intermediate level of Spanish; while a short lesson will be in Spanish, the reflection and share outs will be in English, so participants can fully participate in the professional dialogue. Strategies presented will be applicable for English language learners who speak a variety of languages, not just Spanish.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Chavez

Evelyn Chavez

Professional Development Coordinator, Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Evelyn Chavez is an experienced classroom teacher and a professional development coordinator committed to supporting teachers in meeting the needs of our language learners. She is a lead trainer with the math framework Achievement Inspired Mathematics for Scaffolding Student Succ... Read More →
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Lisa Meyer

Director of Programming, Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Lisa Meyer is committed to supporting teachers and schools with meeting the needs of English learners and academic language learners through high-quality, engaging instruction. As a classroom teacher, professional development coordinator, and developer for the math framework Achi... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Advanced Interactive Strategies for Increased Student Engagement
The face of math education has dramatically changed over the last 10 years and we, as educators, are continually working to provide quality education for all students. 

Sheltering techniques, traditionally used for second language students, can be used for all students to increase their understanding and knowledge of content areas. In this workshop, you'll explore advanced Interactive Strategy techniques that you will be able to implement upon returning to their classroom. These techniques increase collaboration as well as reading, writing and speaking opportunities for all students.

Note: Looking for a more introductory class? Attend an introductory session on Friday morning at 9:35 am.


Speakers
avatar for Shannon Mashinchi

Shannon Mashinchi

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a veteran teacher, it has been career changing to work toward a classroom where students are engaged and find success. In our school district there has been an influx of students from war torn countries with interrupted educational experiences. Providing opportunities to inter... Read More →
avatar for Clair Thiel

Clair Thiel

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a 6th year teacher, I have immersed myself in the world of Interactive Strategies. As a Sheltered Math Teacher, I have the opportunity to take students with varying educational background and push them toward deeper thinking. As a teacher leader on the Interactive Strategies T... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Building Connections for Instructional Coaches and Math Specialists
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is reserved for instructional coaches, math specialists and other educators who may not be in the classroom daily but have a leadership role in math teaching and learning!

You'll have the unique chance to gather together for networking and group discussions with your colleagues about goals, practices, causes for celebration and more! Featured Presenter Kevin Simpson will also highlight best practices, resources and trends related to leadership in math education.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Engaging Tasks + Powerful Questions = Lesson Magic in the Form of +/- 8 Slide Lesson Guides
Many of us struggle to craft and implement effective mathematics lesson that live up to the high expectations of the 8 Mathematics Teaching Practices found in NCTM's Principles to Actions.  


Join Steve Leinwand, who chaired the writing team behind this publication, to explore a development process and examples of +/- 8 slide lessons that have emerged from the process and that guide the planning and implementation of great lessons.


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication of “Everybody Counts”, as president of... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

If Math Isn't Fun, Why Do It?: Hands-on Games for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Games are an excellent way to engage and motivate, as well as challenge your students. 


This fast-paced session will introduce you to a variety of games and activities that are easily integrated into any curriculum, encourage mastery of skills, provide opportunities for problem solving, build interpersonal relationships and will excite your students. You will leave with proven resources that require common materials, ready to implement on Monday. Additionally, you will acquire strategies for modifying games to meet the specific needs of your students, as well as to create your own games. Join the fun, because of course, MATH IS FUN!


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Martha E. Hildebrandt

Martha E. Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Using Three Act Math Story Projects in your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Love the idea of implementing Three Act Math Story Problems in your classroom . . . . but aren't sure where to start or how to ensure you stay on track with all the material you have to cover?


Teachers from Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy will take you through their process of designing and implementing Three-Act Math Story problems. Over the last two years they have created numerous three-act math story problem lessons that have shown to be both engaging and rigorous for their students. You'll leave confident in your understanding of the successes to be had - and prepared to overcome the obstacles that might stand in your way - when you implement these strategies in your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Bryson

Paula Bryson

Math Teacher, Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy 
avatar for Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

Teacher, Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy 


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:05am

Snack Break
Help yourself to a snack, along with fresh coffee, tea or water, then head off to your final Concurrent Session!

Snack and Beverage stations are located in both the Lobby and the Pre-Function Hallway. 

Saturday March 3, 2018 11:05am - 11:30am
Lobby & Pre-Function Hallway Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Embracing the Struggle: In the Learner’s Seat
Limited Capacity seats available

Take off your teacher hat and experience problem-solving from the learner’s seat! 
In this session, you will sharpen your problem-solving skills by exploring a highly engaging math problem that will push your mathematical limits: the evil veterinarian problem! Patterns and functions are the basic building-blocks of this deep, rich problem. Participants will engage in high-level, intriguing mathematical exploration to find the solution. While solving the problem, we'll explore the critical elements of an inquiry-based mathematics lesson with a low-threshold (so anyone can participate) and a high ceiling (allowing for differentiation beyond the basic math principles).

Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Garrison

Lorraine Garrison

Teacher/Coach, Mapleton Public Schools
As an experienced middle and high school math teacher, Lorraine is currently part of the innovative CareerX team in Mapleton Public Schools, Thornton, Colorado. The team supports teachers and students by bringing engaging, standards based units into middle school classrooms. Cros... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Tarbutton

Elizabeth Tarbutton

Secondary Math Teacher, Peak to Peak Charter School
Elizabeth has been an educator since 2002, teaching science and math to students from 6th grade through medical school. Elizabeth currently teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, Colorado and teaches college-level math for the Pre-Collegiate... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Introducing: MidSchoolMath Comprehensive Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Scott and Megan for an in-depth look at the MidSchoolMath Comprehensive Curriculum and see how online curriculum can go beyond the traditional textbook to create immersive and engaging learning. 


The MidSchoolMath Curriculum is a web-based system that integrates games, an adaptable test trainer, a library of three-act math story problems, proficiency assessment, clicker-based instant feedback, and proprietary learning management system (LMS) that provides an intuitive infrastructure. The entire system can be learned by teachers in less than an hour of training. Math content is delivered to students, on desktop computers, laptops or tablets, with rich, immersive context and teachers receive the immediate feedback they need to effectively respond to the individual learner and the collective classroom. 


The MidSchoolMath Curriculum is available for purchase for classrooms, schools and districts, providing standards-aligned content for 5th through 8th grade. 
This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Risk and Grit: A Recipe for Math Thinkers...not Math Wizards
Limited Capacity seats available

What are the main ingredients of a mathematical thinker? In this workshop we will study, play and uncover what goes into molding and shaping a mathematical mind; a mind that takes risks and perseveres through failures. The math classroom is a petri dish for free thinkers and leaders. 


Let's work together to take children from every socioeconomic level, to the pinnacle of their personal best through intentionally crafted, fun and Common Core applicable math journeys. 


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Math Instructional Specialist, ALCY Education Solutions
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her re... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Shifting the Locus of Control for Deeper Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Truly understanding mathematics requires students to think critically, develop their own understandings and solve problems worth solving. While direct instruction has its place, deeper learning requires a shift of the locus of mathematical control from the teacher, as the expert, to the students as partners in the learning process. 


Using research from John Hattie's "Visible Learning in Mathematics" and NCTM's "Principles to Actions," you'll explore multiple strategies to increase student communication and collaboration; create meaningful math experiences that encourage deep thinking; and give students the fortitude to persevere. Through review of various learning tasks, we will consider ways to develop Surface, Deep or Transfer learning. These will be connected to the Math Practice Standards and reflect the critical areas for middle school math including ratios and proportional reasoning, expressions and equations and functions and geometry. Come join in and engage in sample activities, problem solving and sharing your own experiences; you'll leave with a digital toolkit with specific strategies and problems to use with your students. 





Speakers
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Cristina Frenkel

Math Curriculum Specialist, Capitol Region Education Council
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Marlene Lovanio

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Capitol Region Education Council
Marlene Lovanio has a BS-ED in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters of Liberal Studies in Mathematics from Wesleyan University. She went on to earn her 6th Year in Leadership and Administration from Sacred Heart University. She has served as a high... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Student-Led Math Tutorials using the Inquiry Process
Limited Capacity seats available

This session introduces the Steps of a Student-Led Math Tutorial. In this process, students are taught to identify a "point of confusion" they are having on a specific Common Core State Math Standard or math concept.  In small groups of 5-7 the students will participate in presenting their "point of confusion" while the other students use the tutorial inquiry process to support the presenter by using questioning to help the presenter become independent thinkers and help them  master their own learning through the practice of responding to higher-level questions. 
You'll observe and participate in a math tutorial session with 8th grade students, then have the opportunity to explore the process for yourself. You'll leave with the knowledge and experience to use and implement the process in your own classroom! 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Padilla

Jason Padilla

Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Name: Jason Padilla | Job at El Camino Real Academy (ECRA): I teach 8th Grade Math and Algebra 1 | If you knew me, you would know that … | I am a vegetarian and a Buddhist. I also love teaching and working with middle schoolers, and cooking and baking from different cuisines. I have two Yorkshire terriers that I rescued from becoming puppy mills named Foxie and Sohpie. I also like brewing wine and beer, traveling, and learning other languages (working on Spanish and Japanese). | | What I love most about working at ECRA is... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero

7th Grade Math Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Melissa Romero is Dual Language Exemplary Middle School Math Teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has taught middle school mathematics for 12 years and has facilitated national, district and school wide workshops in mathematics. Her goals as an educator... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Using Math Models to Promote Algebraic Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

The use of models to promote algebraic thinking is a research-based approach to help all students, including students with learning disabilities, understand how to solve equations and inequalities, particularly when compared to traditional practices of memorizing procedures and steps to solve algebraic equations. 


In this session, you'll learn about three models you can use with your students. The balance model is useful when multiple objects are being grouped and compared. The number line and arrow model are useful when a single unknown is changed. You'll then explore how to effectively implement the models to promote significant growth in algebraic thinking for students with learning disabilities. The mathematical concepts in this model are introduced as early as second grade and continue to develop into high school algebra.

Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Raugutt

Sabrina Raugutt

7th Grade Special Education Learning Disabilities Specialist, Cherry Creek School District
Hi! I am Sabrina Raugutt, a learning disability specialist in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. I have been a teacher for eleven years, nine of those years working in the field of special education. My educational background includes a B.S. K-8 elementary degree, K-12... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Bringing Life to Area Problems
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you'll investigate and solve two real-life area problems you can take back to your students: Gift Wrapping a Present & The Area of Places in (Your) Schools. These problems spark inquiry and investigation, and provide opportunities for discussion and further exploration. 
The story for both problems helps create student interest in the mathematics.  The start of each problem occurs in the classroom, so you can give effective feedback as students go through different problem solving techniques to find their answers.  Both problems deepen student learning by taking the explorations well beyond what normally occurs in textbook problems.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Walsh

Terry Walsh

Retired Educator, retired math teacher
After retiring after 32 years as a teacher and administrator in suburban Chicago, I moved to Colorado where I was a Secondary Math Instructional Coach in a district near the Denver airport and principal of a charter secondary school in northern Colorado. I was one of three foundi... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Engaging Tasks + Powerful Questions = Lesson Magic in the Form of +/- 8 Slide Lesson Guides
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of us struggle to craft and implement effective mathematics lesson that live up to the high expectations of the 8 Mathematics Teaching Practices found in NCTM's Principles to Actions.  


Join Steve Leinwand, who chaired the writing team behind this publication, to explore a development process and examples of +/- 8 slide lessons that have emerged from the process and that guide the planning and implementation of great lessons.


This session is being offered twice; please only sign up for one of the two sessions.   

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication of “Everybody Counts”, as president of... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Making It Happen: Strategic Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s a long road from idea to reality. As educators we go to conferences, look online, and get all these ideas that seem magical and transformative, but then we leave the conference and roadblocks bog us down. Most of the time, that’s where it ends. Not all schools are lucky enough to have updated curriculum, one ­to­ one tech or other new devices...meaning you have to get creative at times if you want to bring new activities and tech into your classroom.
In this session, you'll look at the resources you have and ways to avoid those roadblocks! You'll reflect on how to take an idea and link it with the outcome you want to see in the classroom. You'll even have planning time in this session to create an action plan to bring the strategies and ideas to life. Please come prepared with ideas that you want to implement or have tried to implement already but haven’t quite panned out yet. 

Speakers
avatar for Clifford Arellano

Clifford Arellano

Principal, The Pinnacle Charter School
Former math and business teacher. Former youth caseworker with Denver Housing Authority and Denver Parks and Recreation. Currently serving as Principal at Pinnacle Charter Middle School. Pinnacle Charter Middle School is located just north of Denver in Federal Heights, Colorado... Read More →
avatar for Emily Buchhop

Emily Buchhop

7th Grade Teacher\Team Lead, The Pinnacle Charter School
A Michigander living in Colorado since 2011. I am a sixth year teacher who has taught science, math intervention, and core math classes as well as being qualified to teach social studies, math, and if Im in Indiana Science too! I have taught in Indiana and Colorado. A 2010 Valpar... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Math Snacks: Prototypes for NEW Early Algebra Games
Limited Capacity seats available

Math Snacks provides a free online resource library of high-quality games, videos and animations that teach middle school math concepts like ratio, proportion, scale factor, coordinate plane and number line using a constructivist approach of teaching and learning. Each lesson is available in English and Spanish and provides numerous support materials for teachers.

During this session, the Math Snacks team will showcase the new games currently under development, including supplemental materials. Bring your laptop computers explore existing games, and new games in various stages of development, share what you think and discuss how you can use these resources in your classroom. 
Math Snacks Early Algebra is a project of New Mexico State University, supported by the National Science Foundation. 

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Valeria Holguin

Math Snacks Post-Doctoral Fellow, New Mexico State University
Valeria served as a graduate student in the first NSF Math Snacks grant. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics in 2015 and has taught mathematics in both El Paso, Tx. and Juarez, Mx. She has returned to the Math Snacks team as a post-doctoral student and is serving as the project... Read More →
avatar for Karen Trujillo

Karen Trujillo

Research Faculty, New Mexico State University - Math Snacks Team
Karen Trujillo was a math teacher for 9 years, an administrator for 4 years, a professional development specialist for 12 years and a research faculty member at NMSU for 6 years. She is the director of the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and a Co-PI on the N... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Probability: Problems, Puzzles, and Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on, minds-on session explores the mathematical principles of probability and addresses common misconceptions.


Experiments, simulations, puzzles, and problems will be used to develop multiple representations and models for understanding and decision making random events and outcomes. Simple and compound probabilities, conditional probability, and expected values will be explored. Together, we'll develop deeper understanding of fundamental principles of probability, explore appropriate representations and models to support calculations, and discuss strategies for addressing student misconceptions. You'll leave prepared to implement these activities with your students!

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and serves on the Affiliates Connections Committee for the A... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:30am

Aligning Standards to Story Projects and Rich Tasks
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how to use the CCSS and PARCC evidence statements to align those great story problems or 3 Act Math tasks to increase cognitive demand and student engagement in your class.  Participants in this session will unpack a standard they plan to teach within the next few weeks and align it to a rich and engaging task.  They will then craft a lesson plan or learning experience that also builds rich math vocabulary and fosters oral and written student discourse that can be assessed with a rubric. (Bring your computer.)

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Lead Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
My work is quite diverse, from student-centered instructional coaching to whole group professional development to curriculum writing and project management.


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

12:45pm

Closing Reflections with Dan Meyer & the MSM Team
Moderators
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

CEO & Co-Founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director, Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. S... Read More →
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

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Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers internationally and in all fifty United States. He was named one of Tech... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Grand Ballroom (Sweeney E/F) Santa Fe Community Convention Center