2009 NCSM Annual Conference

Major Sessions

 
Major Sessions -- Monday, April 20, 2009
 
2  08:00 AM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Equity Leadership

Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps Between Groups: Lessons from Schools and Districts on the Performance Frontier
Kati Haycock will provide an overview of achievement trends at the national and state levels, focusing particular attention on mathematics. She'll focus on opportunity and achievement gaps that separate different groups of students, sharing lessons from schools and districts that are tackling those problems head on and getting better results.

Speaker(s):

Kati Haycock, Education Trust, Washington, DC

3  09:30 AM146ABCSecondary (9 - 12)Regular (60 min)Curriculum Leadership

Four Years From First-Year Algebra to Calculus is Not Enough
Many of our best students take algebra in eighth grade and calculus in 12th grade. Because of their success, we expect other students to go from algebra to calculus in four years. I argue that this is an unrealistic expectation with a rich standards-based curriculum.

Speaker(s):

Zalman Usiskin, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

21  10:45 AM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Teaching and Learning Leadership

Intensification: A Comprehensive Approach for Under-Prepared Algebra Students
One of our greatest challenges as mathematics education leaders is ensuring the success of students who enter high school behind in mathematics. This session describes a comprehensive program that strategically blends effective, existing approaches, and teaching materials with research-informed strategies to increase the performance of under-prepared ninth-grade algebra students.

Speaker(s):

Diane Briars, NCSM President-Elect, Pittsburgh, PA

41  12:15 PM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Curriculum Leadership

Proportional Reasoning and Success with Algebra: The Incredible Hulk and The Shrunken Kids
Proportional reasoning is fundamental to the successful study of algebra. There are numerous applications in the curriculum, beginning in Kindergarten, that are rich for development of this reasoning method. Understanding proportional reasoning and its many applications, teachers will be better able to prepare students for algebra.

Speaker(s):

Carole Greenes, NCSM Past President, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ

53  01:30 PM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Teaching and Learning Leadership

Guaranteeing Improved Classroom Teaching in 20 Years: What Should We Do Tomorrow?
During the past 100 years, the United States has experienced wave after wave of educational reform with few changes in classroom practice. To ensure we are working toward lasting improvements in teaching, improvements that will increase students' learning, where should we start? What will this path to improvement look like?

Speaker(s):

James Hiebert, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

71  02:45 PM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Leading with Professional Learning

Addressing Challenges in Designing and Implementing Teacher Professional Development Programs: Drawing on the Evidence
Despite growing knowledge about effective mathematics teacher professional development, it remains challenging to enact programs in many school and district contexts that draw on this knowledge base. This session will provide practical advice for enacting professional development programs that build on what we know from theory, research, and practice.

Speaker(s):

Iris Weiss, Horizon Research, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC
Daniel Heck, Horizon Research, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC

83  04:00 PM146ABCGeneralRegular (60 min)Technology Leadership

Educational Gaming - A Trend Line to the Future
Nt Etuk, Co-Founder and CEO of Tabula Digita, creator of the award winning DimensionM math series, will offer examples of the latest educational games his company has in development. He will offer research results and video footage to demonstrate the remarkable effects of using educational games in learning. Game on!

Speaker(s):

Ntiedo Etuk, Co-Founder and CEO, Tabula Digita, Inc., New York, NY

 
Major Sessions -- Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 
98  08:45 AM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Leading with Professional Learning

Becoming a PRIME Stage 2 and 3 Leader: Understanding and Knowing the Power of Our Leadership Influence!
This session will provide six specific leadership behaviors for each step of the influence process. Based upon the "Influence" research, we will learn how to make change not only achievable and sustainable, but inevitable. The Stage 2 PRIME leader must become skilled at influencing others toward best practice behaviors.

Speaker(s):

Timothy Kanold, NCSM President, Chicago, IL

119  10:15 AM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Equity Leadership

The Positioning of African American Schoolgirls as Mathematics and Science Learners
The speaker, a mathematics educator, is Co-Principal Investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation-funded study to explore how African American girls within impoverished communities position themselves in relation to mathematics and science learning and the impact of teachers, counselors and parents' positionality on the girls' science and mathematics learning experiences.

Speaker(s):

Thomasenia Lott Adams, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

141  02:30 PM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Leading with Professional Learning

Reasoning and Sense-Making in Mathematics: Issues for Leaders, Teachers, and the Mathematics Community. An Update on NCTM Initiatives and Beyond.
This session will challenge leaders to impact student sense-making and proficiency in mathematics across each leader's areas of responsibility. How can leaders support teachers and the mathematics community to engage students in stimulating, sound mathematical learning? Current initiatives of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be discussed.

Speaker(s):

Henry Kepner, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, VA

 
Major Sessions -- Wednesday, April 22, 2009
 
175  08:00 AM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Technology Leadership

Two Brains (Human Plus Computer) Are Better Than One
This presentation explores the computer-related mathematics education challenges. It covers a number of ideas of things we can (and probably should) be doing now throughout our mathematics education system. The emphasis is on students learning to work effectively in a "two types of brain" environment.

Speaker(s):

David Moursund, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

196  09:15 AM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Leadership Connecting Research and Practice

What are We Up Against? Experiences of Trying to Bring About Change in the United States and the United Kingdom.
This session will draw together findings from my work with a broader public, in the United States and the United Kingdom, to represent the understandings and concerns shared by the public, the questions they pose, and the ways we may work with them in the future to bring about change in mathematics teaching.

Speaker(s):

Jo Boaler, University of Sussex, Brighton, England

217  10:30 AM146ABGeneralRegular (60 min)Equity Leadership

Dialogues with Latino Parents: Implications for Leaders in Mathematics Education
This presentation draws on over a decade of work with Latino parents and mathematics education. Focusing on the concept of parents as intellectual resources, I discuss parents' perceptions about the teaching and learning of mathematics, valorization of knowledge, issues of language and mathematics, and implications for schools (teachers and administrators).

Speaker(s):

Marta Civil, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ