Conferences & Events

Join Math Solutions at these upcoming math conferences and special events.

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2017 Professional Learning Institute

July 26-28, 2017
Lafayette Hill, PA
Conference Information

Register here.

During this 3-day professional learning institute, participants build mathematical content knowledge and acquire new instructional strategies to engage students with lessons and learning activities aligned to unique state standards.  Participants will leave the institute with an instructional plan designed to deepen students’ understanding of mathematics in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.

Keynote speaker, Cathy Seeley, will engage participants in a discussion regarding giving students time and opportunity to struggle constructively with complex problems—which are often interesting and engaging—and increases their motivation.  Teachers and students can learn that in-depth analysis and critical thinking are as valuable as quick recall and direct skill application.

The institute will be focused on the following themes:
DAY 1: MAKING SENSE OF MATH: Reasoning & Discourse
DAY 2: MATHEMATICAL THINKING: Representation and Procedural Fluency
DAY 3: RIGOROUS LEARNING EXPERIENCES: Hands-on planning sessions

2016 Model Schools Conference

June 26-29, 2016
Orlando, FL
Conference Information

Monday 10am, 11:30am; Tuesday 1pm | Crystal A-D
Talk in Math Class? You Bet!
Speaker: Sherry Parrish, Math Solutions Author

How do we best develop students’ flexibility with numbers and computational skills? Come investigate the role of number talks in the shift from telling students procedures to empowering students to think and reason. During this session, you will participate in number talks, analyze classroom video, and use mathematical relationships as you consider how to make number talks part of math instruction in your schools and classrooms.

Monday 2pm, 3:45pm; Tuesday 2:30pm | Crystal A-D
Beyond the Surface: Establishing an Environment for Deeper Learning in Mathematics through Writing
Speaker: Mary Mitchell, Math Solutions Development Manager for Professional Learning

Constructed and extended response items on state and benchmark assessments require students to think in ways that are not always part of daily practice in mathematics classrooms. This session provides you with the opportunity to experience a mathematical task and to consider the expectations and learning environment necessary to foster student success with writing for deeper learning of mathematics.

Tuesday 9:30am, 10:45pm, 4pm | Crystal A-D
Implementing the Math Workshop Model
Speaker: Jennifer Lempp, Educational Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA

To prepare students with 21st century skills, a shift from teacher-led direct instruction to a student-centered classroom must be made. Instead of teachers modeling steps of a mathematical procedure, students engage in deep discourse, learning stations, rich problem-solving tasks, and small guided math groups. The Math Workshop model of instruction creates an environment where teachers are facilitators and students believe in themselves as mathematicians, expressing a growth mindset regarding math. Math Workshop focuses on differentiation, reaching the needs of all students while creating a learning environment that is possible for teachers to easily maintain. Participants in this session will learn WHY Math Workshop is a valuable vehicle for mathematics instruction and how to establish routines and procedures that will allow student choice, meaningful small group guided math, and engaging learning stations. You will gain a solid understanding of the different structures within Math Workshop, be able to recognize what Math Workshop can look like in a math blocking grades K-5, and know how to identify the processes and procedures necessary for successful implementation.

2016 National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Mathematics Leadership in a Time of Change: Building Leaders at all Levels

April 11-13, 2016
Oakland, CA
Conference Information

Monday, April 11, 2016

12:15 PM–1:15 PM | OCC 206
Maximizing Learning or Missing Opportunities: Helping Teachers Foster Algebra Readiness
Speakers: Amy Mayfield and Lu Ann Weynand,  Math Solutions Development Managers for Professional Learning

12:15 PM–1:15 PM | Grand Ballroom ABC
Coaching for Success: Get Ready (Learning Targets), Get Set (Intentional Listening), Go! (Feedback)
Speakers: Jeane Joyner, Math Solutions Author, and George Albright

2:45 PM–3:45 PM | OCC 208
Cultivating an Online Math Community: Changing Professional Learning so It Matches the Way We Live
Speakers: Mary Mitchell and Jennifer Chintala, Math Solutions Development Managers for Professional Learning

2:45 PM–3:45 PM | OCC 207
Tech Showcase: Define a Model Mathematics Classroom in Physical and Virtual School
Speakers: Marji Freeman, Math Solutions Vice President, Professional Services for Math, and Patty Clark, Math Solutions Director of Content Development

4:00 PM–5:00 PM | Junior Ballroom
Fraction Number Talks: Moving Beyond Telling

Speakers: Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, Math Solutions Authors

Tuesday, April 12

8:15 AM–9:15 AM | OCC 207
Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Speakers: Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, Math Solutions Authors

10:00 AM–11:00 AM | Grand Ballroom
Visibly and Invisibly Helping Every Teacher Help Every Student Achieve
Speaker: Cathy Seeley, Math Solutions Author

Wednesday, April 13

10:00 AM–11:00 AM | Skyline
Reflective Learner Journey from Selective Rule to iPad
Speakers: Mike Gould and Lisa Bush, Math Solutions Directors of Professional Learning

10:00 AM–11:00 AM | OCC 212
Supporting Secondary Teachers’ Conceptions of Mathematical Modeling
Speaker: John Pelesko, Math Solutions Author and Michelle Cirillo

2:15 PM–3:15 PM | Grand Ballroom
Helping Develop Leaders Through Sharing Lessons I’ve Learned from Classroom Teaching
Speaker: Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions Founder

3:30 PM–4:30 PM | Oakland
Who is Mathematics Talk good for?
Speakers: Le’Vada Gray, Math Solutions Director of Professional Learning, and Genni Steele, Math Solutions Team Manager

2016 National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Mathematics Leadership in a Time of Change: Building a Bridge to Student Success

April 14-16 2016
San Francisco, CA
Conference Information

Speaker Schedule:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

8:00 AM–9:00 AM | Moscone 306
Tool Time! Implementing Tools to Help Students Achieve Number Sense
Speaker: Lisa Rogers, Professional Development Team Member

9:30 AM–10:30 AM | Moscone 135
Math is Supposed to Make Sense!
Speaker: Cathy Seeley, Math Solutions Author

9:45 AM–10:45 AM | Moscone 3008
Beyond Invert & Multiply: Making Sense of Fraction Computation
Speaker: Julie McNamara, Math Solutions Author

Friday, April 15

8:00 AM–9:00 PM | Moscone 3003
Math Talk: Mathematical Sense-Making Through Mental Math

Speaker: Connie Horgan, Professional Development Team Member

1:00 PM–2:15 PM | Moscone 2003
Building a Conceptual Understanding: Solving Systems of Linear Equations
Speaker: Sheila Yates, Math Solutions Director of Professional Learning

3:30 PM–4:30 PM | Nob Hill C/D (Marriot)
It Makes Sense: Using Number Lines in K-2

Speaker: Ann Carlyle, Math Solutions Author

Saturday, April 16

11:00 AM–12:00 PM | Moscone 134/135
Developing Numerical Understanding and Skills: Lessons Learned from Classroom Teaching
Speaker: Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions Founder