2015 NCSM Annual Conference

Major Sessions

Session information last updated: 4-1-2015

 
Major Sessions -- Monday, Monday, April 13
 
80  7:15 AM to
8:00 AM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Monday Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by MIND Research Institute. MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization dedicated to the mission of ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning.

 

Lead Speaker: Erich Zeller

83  8:30 AM to
9:15 AM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralKeynote PresenterLeading instruction to leverage the Mathematics Practices for increased achievement

The Mathematics Learning Revolution – and What It Means For Our Work As Teacher Leaders
The script could not have been written more perfectly. As the science of the brain shows new evidence of the power of mindset, mistakes, and challenge; leaders of industry speak out about the urgent need to stop teaching calculating and instead teach modeling and reasoning. At the same time the new Common Core Standards pave the way for such changes to be made in schools – through engaging materials and new messages to students. But how do teacher leaders help teachers learn the important new knowledge they need to make these changes? In this presentation I will review some important new evidence on the brain and learning and consider the work we need to do to combat inequalities and create a nation of high achieving math students.

 

Lead Speaker: Jo Boaler

84  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing formative assessment as an integral tool for understanding student thinking and guiding instruction

Wedding Formative Assessment to Mathematics Instructional Frameworks: Something Old, Something New
Formative Assessment (FA) is an essential feature of effective mathematics instruction, but it is unlikely to take hold in mathematics instruction in U.S. schools if it is viewed as "one more thing for teachers to do." Fortunately, FA is intertwined with several other approaches to improving mathematics instruction, such as classroom discourse tools or CGI. It should be possible to exploit these relationships and use ongoing mathematics instructional improvement initiatives to drive progress on FA. In this session, I explore this idea using findings from a national survey of NCSM and AMTE members and a working meeting that explored FA and links to other mathematics instructional frameworks.

 

Lead Speaker: Edward Silver

102  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationExploring strategies and tools for mathematics leaders and coaches to support mathematics learning

Coaching the Rehearsal of an Instructional Activity: The Tension Between Focus and Complexity
This session will look at teacher development through the lens of coaching during public rehearsal of a CCSS-aligned Instructional Activity. Such coaching can occur as groups of teachers work together on the common challenges of interacting with students, with one teacher approximating a lesson in front of the group and the coach simulating students’ participation in the activity. Because interaction with students in CCSS-aligned teaching is complex, multiple challenges can arise as a rehearsal proceeds. Choosing to respond to whatever arises is often in tension with sticking to an agreed upon focus, like eliciting student thinking or connecting representations. We will consider video of group rehearsals of CCSS-aligned teaching interactions, and examine how coaches can manage the tension between focus and the complexity of practice.

 

Lead Speaker: Magdalene Lampert

120  12:00 PM to
1:15 PM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Monday Lunch: Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics by Using Manipulatives with Classroom Instruction
Are students learning to model mathematical concepts and regularly engaged in conceptually-based, hands-on instruction using manipulatives? Explore this exciting topic and learn how to apply the NCSM position paper recommendations integrating manipulatives into instruction effectively across all grade levels. Learn more about the Concrete-Representational-Abstract ( CRA) method of instruction and it’s successful implementation. " We remember 10% of what we hear, 30% of what we see and 90% of what we do." – Jean Piaget Sponsored in part by Math Teachers Press. Math Teachers Press is celebrating its 35th anniversary publishing the manipulative based Moving with Math program for PK - High School. Our focus continues to be our commitment to help students succeed in mathematics using the CRA method of instruction with screening and progress monitoring. Our classroom roots have made us an Rtl leader providing a blended learning program that incorporates "Best Practices" and today’s technology to meet the needs of students, teachers and administrators.

 

Lead Speaker: Sonja Goerdt

139  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationExamining the opportunities and challenges of using technology to support teaching and learning mathematics

Leading Learning in the Expanding Digital Landscape: Big Ideas, Fads, and Openings
As the digital revolution gains greater purchase in our everyday lives, mathematics education leaders are feeling increased pressure to adopt multiple technologies in support of mathematics teaching and learning. We have effectively used a few powerful etools such as graphing calculators for decades, but today there are new digital products that we sense could further transform our practice such as engaging apps, digital curricula, and other innovations. We need to ask ourselves a series of key questions, "What are the big categories of innovation around which we can organize the next evolution of practice given the expanding digital landscape?" Join us to launch NCSM’s Digital Initiative.

 

Lead Speaker: Valerie L. Mills

157  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationLeading instruction to leverage the Mathematics Practices for increased achievement

This Little Light of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine!
For students to be successful in mathematics classrooms, they must first be given the opportunity to achieve. All students should be properly evaluated to determine the types of experiences they need to maximize their mathematical learning. Curricula choices and course-taking opportunities afforded students should be based on objective feedback tied to student performance. Once students are given the opportunity to learn, administrators and teachers must become proactive in creating learning situations and structures that enhance student success. This presentation will offer approaches to achieve these goals, especially as they relate to the Mathematical Practices of today’s classrooms.

 

Lead Speaker: Lee V. Stiff

176  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationExploring strategies and tools for mathematics leaders and coaches to support mathematics learning

Building District Leadership Capacity in Mathematics
Many school and district leaders lack the proficiency and confidence to supervise and effectively improve mathematics instruction in their schools, although mathematics is a core foundational subject that is assessed at the district, state, national, and international levels. The question we need to answer is not only "what" is needed to improve mathematics instruction, but "who" is needed to make significant and meaningful change. Or, as a good friend of mine has often asked, "Who is the keeper of mathematics?" This presentation will address the many challenges school and district leaders face and attempt to answer both the "what" and the "who".

 

Lead Speaker: Linda Curtis-Bey

193  5:00 PM to
5:30 PM
107 BCGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

The Main Street Kids' Club: A MathStart Musical
Rollicking, mathmatizing songs from this acclaimed musical based on stories from Stuart J. Murphy’s MathStart series. Playwright Scott (Schoolhouse Rock Live!) Ferguson has crafted an original story of adventure, mystery, friendship...and mathematics! "Math Skills are Life Skills!" says the sign on the wall of the clubhouse—and they are lots-of-fun skills!

 

Lead Speaker: Watertown Children's Theatre

195  5:30 PM to
7:00 PM
Level 3 Ballroom LobbyGeneralFunctionLeading instruction to leverage the Mathematics Practices for increased achievement

Monday night reception with Redbird
Grounded in foundational and ongoing research by Stanford University, Redbird Advanced Learning is uniquely positioned at the intersection of learning science and advanced technology. Our mission is to transform lives by harnessing the power of research, technology and innovation. By combining the research capabilities of Stanford University with advanced learning technologies, we offer innovative educational solutions that help students achieve their ultimate potential. This year at NCSM, we are celebrating the debut of REDBIRD MATHEMATICS, our ground breaking new digital curriculum for CCSSM. REDBIRD MATHEMATICS features a combination of multi-modal multimedia instruction, advanced gamification, STEM-themed digital project-based learning, and highly sophisticated continually adaptive assessment. REDBIRD MATHEMATICS is not only designed to prepare students for success on today’s digitally delivered, high stakes assessments, but also to inspire a love for mathematics and to provide students with an authentically relevant, highly personalized, just-in-time educational experience. Visit us at Booth #608 and see our ad on the inside back cover of the program to learn about events celebrating the debut of REDBIRD MATHEMATICS. WIN an iPhone 6 or an iPad Air by tweeting your creative picture of our logo (found in your conference bag) to @redbirdlearning with hashtags #NCSM15 and #redbirdmathematics. Prizes awarded at the Monday Reception and Booth #608. Join us for a ticketed reception.

 

Lead Speaker: Nick Stutzman

 
Major Sessions -- Tuesday, Tuesday, April 14
 
200  7:30 AM to
8:30 AM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Tuesday Breakfast: An Equation that Works for Math Education
We can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The current equation for mathematics instruction is leaving too many students behind. Come learn about a new one: T(C + M) = S Sponsored by Scholastic Corporation. Scholastic Corporation is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. Scholastic distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and www.scholastic.com.

 

Lead Speaker: David Dockterman

201  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work for All!
New content standards may improve overall student achievement, but are unlikely to reduce existing learning differentials. In order to raise the achievement of all students and simultaneously close learning differentials, your leadership efforts must simultaneously address six program shifts as well overcome persistent obstacles that have stood in the way of making mathematics work for all students. This session will address specific actions you can take to overcome these obstacles, implement highly effective mathematics programs, focus your efforts, and ensure that mathematics works for all students!

 

Lead Speaker: Matt Larson

212  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
151 ABGeneralMajor PresentationShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture
Unlike most high-performing countries in the world, our country has bet on standards, historically weak policy instruments, to drive improvements in mathematics teaching and learning. How can we, as individual teachers and as a community of teachers, ensure that our new state standards lead to dramatic improvements in mathematics learning and that they reduce long-standing opportunity gaps? The talk will present a dispassionate analysis of the realities of achievement gaps. I will then examine the untapped sources of potential energy in our school systems and communities that can be brought to bear on creating a stronger and fairer system of mathematics education. Be prepared: There will be a call to action! Homework will be assigned.

 

Lead Speaker: Uri Treisman

219  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
104 ABCElementary
(K - 5)
Major PresentationExploring strategies and tools for mathematics leaders and coaches to support mathematics learning

Developing a School-Wide Culture of Collective Risk Taking and Learning: It's Not Easy But Why It's Worth It
What does it really take to organize a school for both teacher and student learning? In poverty-impacted communities, schools are under enormous pressure to show results in student learning. Developing a culture of risk taking and collaboration can be difficult in settings where classroom observation is more synonymous with evaluation than with collective learning. I will share practices employed by a strong coach-principal team to create workplace routines and interactions that result in vibrant and meaningful learning for students, teachers, and teacher educators.

 

Lead Speaker: Elham Kazemi

238  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
104 ABCElementary
(K - 5)
Major PresentationShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Teaching K-5 Students Who Struggle in Mathematics
This session will focus on the effective teaching of mathematics through understanding how students learn, how to promote that learning by teaching through problem solving, and how to plan for and assess that learning. Rather than "telling" students how to do mathematics, this session will help you think about ways to build instruction that engages students in "doing math." There will be an emphasis on teaching mathematics through a multi-tiered system of support such as Response to Intervention.

 

Lead Speaker: Karen Karp

256  12:30 PM to
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Tuesday Lunch: Embracing Our Role As Leaders
In this session, we will look at how we can provide support and resources to help teachers present mathematics as a progression of ideas so that students can make meaningful connections to – and effectively use – mathematics beyond the classroom. The speaker will share her experiences in developing the community of learners in her school, using examples from the classroom to tell the story from a math leader’s perspective. Sponsored by Texas Instruments. TI’s Education Technology business is a leader working with educators throughout the world in developing classroom technology, training programs and support materials that connect the classroom learning experience with real-world applications at every grade level. Our mission is to improve achievement for all students by fostering quality instruction in mathematics and science education. 9th Annual Presentation of the Iris Carl Travel Grants Iris Carl was an international leader in mathematics education, an NCSM Past President, and a Glenn Gilbert Award recipient, who worked tirelessly to support other mathematics education leaders. NCSM honors her through the presentation of the NCSM Iris Carl Travel Grant. NCSM established the Iris Carl Mathematics Leadership Fund, within the NCSM Charitable Trust, which endows the Grant. As long as there are sufficient funds, NCSM will annually provide up to three Iris Carl Grant Awards for Travel to eligible NCSM members to attend the NCSM Annual Conference. The fund continues to grow through generous contributions. A special collection will be made during today’s luncheon. Make your check out to NCSM Charitable Trust. Cash will be accepted and donors are encouraged to enclose contact information. NCSM will mail a thank you letter suitable for use in informing the IRS that no goods or services were provided in return for the contribution. The Iris Carl Travel Grant application and criteria can be found at mathedleadership.org. Applications are being accepted through December 1, 2015, for the 2016 Award.

 

Lead Speaker: Jill Gough

257  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
104 ABCElementary
(K - 5)
Major PresentationLeading instruction to leverage the Mathematics Practices for increased achievement

Research-Based Learning Progressions in the K-6 CCSS and the Mathematical Practices
The K-6 CCSS specify several research-based learning progressions. Some of these are within particular domains while another progression applies across many domains and describes ways in which the CCSS move from understanding to fluency. All of these support and elaborate the eight mathematical practices in the CCSS. These and their supports for the practices will be discussed. An overview way to summarize the mathematical practices will be described, and videos of the mathematical practices in action in the classroom will be shared. These overviews can help leaders help teachers to implement mathematical practices in ways that can increase student achievement.

 

Lead Speaker: Karen Fuson

287  5:30 PM to
7:00 PM
Level 3 Ballroom LobbyGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Tuesday Evening Reception
Join us for a ticketed reception. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions, such as the recently released Math Techbook, that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education's services are available not only in half of all U.S. schools, but in half of all English primary schools, numerous institutes of higher learning, and in 50 countries around the world. To learn more about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

Lead Speaker: Patrick Vennebush
Co-Presenter: Jennifer O'Brien
Co-Presenter: Matt Monjan

 
Major Sessions -- Wednesday, Wednesday, April 15
 
300  7:30 AM to
8:30 AM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Wednesday Breakfast: The Future Of Math Textbooks (If Math Textbooks Have A Future)
The transition from print to digital mathematics curricula will be challenging, complex, and liberating. We will briefly examine the potential downside of print media and then focus on harnessing the upside of digital media. What should supervisors expect from the future of mathematics textbooks? Sponsored by Pearson. As the leading education services company, Pearson is serious about evolving how the world learns. We apply our deep education experience and research, invest in innovative technologies, and promote collaboration throughout the education ecosystem. Real change is our commitment and its results are delivered through connecting capabilities to create actionable, scalable solutions that improve access, affordability, and achievement.

 

Lead Speaker: Dan Meyer

301  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing formative assessment as an integral tool for understanding student thinking and guiding instruction

Gauging Formative Assessment Through Productive AND Powerful Discourse
Everything students do to communicate (say, write, draw, gesture, etc.) in our classrooms provides evidence that can be used to assess student learning. A dual focus on what students learn about mathematics and mathematics discourse practices (productive discourse) and what students learn about themselves as people who know and do mathematics (powerful discourse) can help to gauge one's formative assessment practices. In this talk, I address productive and powerful discourse and illustrate what teachers learn and changes they make to their practice as they use these ideas to do action research in their classrooms.

 

Lead Speaker: Beth Herbel-Eisenmann

318  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationExamining the opportunities and challenges of using technology to support teaching and learning mathematics

Irresistible Learning – Using Mobile Tools to Support Deeper Learning and Deeper Engagement for All Students
How do we make mathematics learning irresistible to young people – particularly for those whose primary association with math is that it’s boring? At the New York Hall of Science we believe that by leveraging young people’s natural inclinations to play and create, digital tools can be designed to invite deeper learning and deeper engagement with mathematical concepts that students routinely struggle with. This presentation will focus on the use of mobile resources that we call Noticing Tools – digital learning apps that enable children to use the world as a laboratory, making meaningful mathematics discoveries in the context of highly engaging problems students find worth solving.

 

Lead Speaker: Margaret Honey

335  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationExploring strategies and tools for mathematics leaders and coaches to support mathematics learning

Hey! What's the Big Idea?
Is there a big idea that has the power to revolutionize our teaching and thinking? In this ambitious, thought-provoking session, we will consider a series of questions that will lead us closer to the answer. Is it better to be visual or have the ability to visualize? Is fluency the same as automaticity? Would you rather understand what you’re doing or be fast at it? Is the goal to understand or generalize? Progression requires progress, but does progress require progression? Join Greg in his search for that one, big, beautiful, unifying insight that will help us make the real and lasting change our students and schools need. These are 60 mind-stretching minutes you won't want to miss!

 

Lead Speaker: Greg Tang

351  12:30 PM to
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall B1 NWGeneralFunctionShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Wednesday Lunch
This session will provide participants with a framework for learning design, including key principles of research and digital pedagogy as well as definitions for essential constructs such as personalization, adaptivity, and efficacy. Co-Sponsored by Think Through Math Think Through Learning is a company of passionate and committed U.S. math teachers, software engineers and educational innovators whose mission is to help teach kids how to think mathematically. At Think Through Learning, we know that success in mathematics transforms the way students perform in school and beyond. As teachers and technologists, we are driven to innovate and use learning science to instruct and motivate students in unprecedented ways. Our vision of effective education: a motivating blend of adaptive web-based instruction on higher order thinking skills supported with online "instant 1:1 interventions" from LIVE, state-certified U.S. math teachers WHEREVER a student is and at the EXACT moment they need help. In 2014, over 2.8 million students using Think Through Math will do approximately one billion complex math problems and receive millions of live tutoring sessions. The 2014 and 2012 recipient of the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution, Think Through Math is already recognized as the industry’s most respected and fastest-growing supplemental math curriculum. Since its launch in 2012, Think Through Math has become a critical part of the RTI, STEM, and 1:1 strategies of thousands of districts and schools across the country, including some of the largest districts in the United States. Co-Sponsored by McGraw Hill McGraw-Hill Education is the digital learning experiences company intent on changing the world of education. Drawing on its rich heritage of educational expertise, the company offers highly personalized learning experiences that improve learning outcomes around the world. The Company has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. For more information, please visit mheducation.com or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/mcgrawhilleducation)or Twitter(@MHEducation).

 

Lead Speaker: Shawn Mahoney
Co-Presenter: Peter Cipkowski

352  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
104 ABCSecondary
(6-12)
Major PresentationShifting practices to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards: Equity for all learners with focus, rigor, and depth

Access, Equity, and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
The NCSM PRIME Leadership Framework calls on mathematics education leaders to ensure high expectations for each student, provide strong intervention and support for each student, and orchestrate continuous improvement of achievement for each student." However, we continue to see huge disparities in academic outcomes for students of color, English learners, students with disabilities, and students from low-income communities. This presentation will explore how the Standards for Mathematical Practice, if implemented with fidelity, have the potential to improve academic outcomes for students who have been traditionally unsuccessful in mathematics.

 

Lead Speaker: Kyndall Brown

368  3:30 PM to
4:30 PM
104 ABCGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing formative assessment as an integral tool for understanding student thinking and guiding instruction

Sustaining the Development of Classroom Formative Assessment with Teacher Learning Communities
While there is solid evidence that integrating minute-to-minute and day-by-day formative assessment into regular classroom instruction improves student achievement, there is much less evidence on how teachers can be supported to develop their practice in this way—changing what teachers do when students are present is much harder than changing what teachers do when they are not. In this presentation, Dylan Wiliam will summarize the results of a ten-year research and development program—involving thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools—showing how building-based teacher learning communities can support educators to harness the power of formative assessment to improve instruction.

 

Lead Speaker: Dylan Wiliam