Join Math Solutions at these upcoming math conferences and special events.
To view slides from speaker presentations at recent conferences, click here.
2017 Model Schools Conference
June 25-28, 2017
This intensive four-day event brings together like-minded educators from around the country who are focused on raising the bar on instruction, revolutionizing school leadership, engaging students like never before, and looking around the corner at education innovation.
We’re pleased to have our Math Solutions professional learning experts on hand to share their expertise and wisdom with attendees. See our session descriptions below and plan to make them part of your Model Schools schedule!
Monday, June 26th. 10 – 11 am. Bayou C-D
#1: “Fixing High School Mathematics: What Do We Need to Do to Prepare Every Student for the Future?”
Description: In recent years, we’ve seen improvement in K-8 mathematics programs, but the high school math curriculum still tends to suffer from a range of issues. Are we offering the right mathematics to prepare all students for a range of future options? And how much mathematics is necessary? Let’s think together about what it would take to make minor shifts now and build powerful programs for the future that will serve every student.
Monday, June 26th. 11:30 – 12:30 pm. Bayou C-D
#2: “Upside-Down Teaching”
Description: If we want students to be able to think and solve problems, we need to structure mathematics classrooms that give them opportunities to learn and practice doing just that. What if we turn our traditional math teaching model upside-down to help every student become a mathematical thinker and problem solver?
Tuesday, June 27th. 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Bayou A-B
Wednesday, June 28th. 9:30 – 10:30 am. Bayou A-B
Title: Why Is Everyone Talking About Number Talks?
Presenter: Patty Clark
Description: How do we best develop students’ flexibility with numbers and computational skills? Come investigate the role of number talks in shifting from telling students procedures to empowering students to think and reason. During this session, you will participate in number talks using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals,
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, June 26th. 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Bayou A-B
Monday, June 26th. 3:45 – 5:00 pm. Bayou A-B
Title: Implementing the Math Workshop Model
Presenter: Jennifer Lempp (author of MS publication Math Workshop, which will be available in Fall 2017)
Description: A shift from teacher-led direct instruction to a student-centered mathematics classroom must be made in order to engage students in deep discourse, meaningful learning stations, rich problem-solving tasks, and
small guided 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
mathematics. Math Workshop focuses on differentiation, reading the needs of all students while creating a learning environment that is possible for teachers to easily maintain. In this session, you will learn WHY Math Workshop is a valuable vehicle for mathematics instruction and HOW to establish routines and procedures that
will help get your guided groups and learning stations up and running. You will also gain a solid understanding of the different structures within Math Workshop and be able to see how it all fits into your K-5 math block. Successful implementation of Math Workshop is a better fit for both students and teachers.
Tuesday, June 27th. 9:30 – 10:30 am. Bayou A-B
Title: Give Me Five! Five Collaboration Structures for Teachers, Coaches, and Principals to Increase Mathematics Learning
Presenters: Janice Bradley and Dana Cargill (authors of the MS publication that will be available in the Model Schools Book Store)
Description: In this interactive session, participants identify five structures for professional learning collaboratively implemented by coaches, teachers, teacher leaders, and principals that result in powerful mathematics teaching and learning. The structures focus on identifying student strategies for learning math, designing and implementing lessons, assessing student understanding, and re-designing lessons to strengthen student support. The collaborations are created to coexist with a school day, not add to it. When implemented correctly, they happen within and as close to the classroom as possible, and actually become a significant means to saving time and reducing stress. The session shows, through video, how the structures look in action via one district’s use of them. You will have an opportunity to consider how the structures will look in your setting to focus and support student learning.
Tuesday, June 28th, 10:45 – 11:45 am. Bayou A-B
Wednesday, June 29th, 8:00 – 9:00 am. Bayou A-B
Title: Working Together to Build a Common Philosophy of Effective Math Instruction
Presenter: Mary Mitchell
Description: A common barrier for a math coach is a clash of philosophies among teachers around math instruction. This session combines a math task with the use of coaching tools as a way to build consensus between teachers about what effective math instruction looks like and sounds like. Come experience how these tools foster safe coaching relationships and create focus for the work of a coaching team.
Monday, June 27th, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Bayou A-B
Monday, June 27th, 2:00 – 3:15 pm. Bayou A-B
Title: Supporting Struggling Students: Models, Strategies, and Algorithms
Presenter: Brenda Konicke
Description: This session provides examples of instructional stages of learning that include beginning with a model (something to think with), expanding through the application of that model to solve problems, and ending in an efficient strategy or algorithm and considers where in this trajectory student learning might stall. During the session, participants consider how these ideas impact struggling learners and make connections to their own