Calling all Math Teachers to Dallas, Oct. 10 – 12!
Reston, Va.- The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics will host a regional conference and exposition in Dallas, October 10–12. The conference invites educators to learn effective teaching strategies and listen to exciting speakers who will inspire them to become better teachers.
Presenters during the conference will come from all corners of Texas, including Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as Dallas. Other presentations will be given by educators from surrounding states and throughout the United States, and from far away as Brisbane, Australia. The conference will offer more than 200 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12.
Keynote speaker Scott Flansburg will astonish attendees with his math skills—he currently holds the Guinness World Record for adding the same number to itself more times in 15 seconds than a person can do by using a calculator! He will present the Opening Session, “Master Everyday Math in Seconds with the Human Calculator,” on Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Dallas Convention Center, Ballroom C.
On Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, an interactive workshop will offer tips for all new and preservice teachers on how to manage their classrooms, work with parents, and handle homework. The sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
On Friday, October 12, NCTM President Linda Gojak will present “Cutting to the Core with the Standards for Mathematical Practice,” in which she will discuss rich mathematical tasks that encourage the development of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. This session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Ballroom C.
Friday’s program will also feature a highlight unique to this regional conference and a Texas tradition: Math-a-Rama! Teachers of kindergarten through grade 5 will have the opportunity to attend short sessions built around rich classroom activities that focus on operations and algebraic reasoning. Six different sessions, for a total of 18 Math-a-Rama sessions, will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
All conference activities will be held at the Dallas Convention Center. In addition, hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in Exhibit Hall C on Thursday, October 11, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 12, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.