Session information last updated: 7-21-2018

Major Sessions -- Monday, Monday, April 11
1018  8:00 AM to
8:30 AM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Opening NCSM Session: Welcome
Welcome to the 48th NCSM Annual Conference.


Lead Speaker: John W. Staley
Co-Presenter: Beverly K. Kimes

1019  8:30 AM to
9:15 AM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralKeynote PresenterEnhancing Mathematics Education in the Digital Age

Game-Based Learning: The Hype Is Starting to Give Way to Some Surprising Substance
In his seminal 2003 book What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy, James Paul Gee observed that the features that makes a video game successful are precisely the criteria for good classroom learning: engagement, challenge, exploration, goals, rewards, and a safe environment in which to try and fail. Turning those observations into successful learning games proved to be more difficult that most of the early game-based learning pioneers realized. Mathematics (my subject) proved to be one of the most difficult areas, which is ironic given that all video games are built on mathematics. Within the past couple of years, however, educators and game developers learned how to collaborate effectively, producing learning games that not only appear to work, but to work far better than even the most enthusiastic proponent ever expected. Even in math. Two recent classroom studies from my own university found significant (up to 20% improvement over a comparison group on a written test) math learning outcomes after just 120 minutes of math-video-game play spread over one month, and similar results have been reported elsewhere. What do these results tell us? Should we even believe them? How were the studies constructed, and what were the written tests really measuring? (Hint: This is a Common Core story.)


Lead Speaker: Keith Devlin

1101  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Who Are You and What Do You Want To Create?
What is the most important skill you can cultivate to influence the system in which you work in positive and productive ways? Are you caught in old thinking patterns and outdated notions associated with hierarchical structures and defined roles? Do you have the skill set and the courage to speak up in ways others will listen and even act upon? When the pressures of new standards, high-stakes testing linked to student and teacher evaluations seem relentless and you are faced with tough decisions about where to focus your energy, how do you maintain your integrity yet stay in the game? Join me to reflect on what the research says is the most important condition needed for any organization to thrive.


Lead Speaker: Lucy West

1201  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationSharing Research that Informs Mathematics Education

Leading Mathematics Change with Powerful Brain Science
Every 12 months the world of brain science changes with new evidence emerging that could and should transform students' mathematical experiences. In this session I will share some of the latest research, much of which runs counter to what happens in mathematics classrooms across the country. We will consider the evidence you most need in leading change, as well as what it means for mathematics classrooms and for teachers and students.


Lead Speaker: Jo Boaler

1401  12:15 PM to
1:15 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing the Social Justice Conversation

Student Voices—Let Them Be Heard
Besides being an equity issue, why is it important for all student voices to be heard? What does that look like? How do we create an environment where students have the opportunity to share their thinking, and their peers have time to ask questions or give them critical feedback? If you’re curious, please join us so we can discuss this issue and hear YOUR voices, thoughts, and ideas.


Lead Speaker: José Franco

1501  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationEnhancing Mathematics Education in the Digital Age

Beyond Relevance and Real World: Talking with Teachers About Engagement in Mathematics
National surveys have found huge majorities of mathematics teachers concerned with the lack of student interest in their classes. How do we help teachers help their students to enjoy mathematics? What are characteristics of classes where students are learning and interested? We will discuss the myths and realities of student engagement in mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Dan Meyer

1601  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHHigh School
(9 - 12)
Major PresentationSharing Research that Informs Mathematics Education

Achieving Curricular Coherence in High School with the CCSSM
What does coherence mean in high school? It means tying seemingly disparate techniques together under overarching principles, such as structure in algebra or transformations in geometry. In this talk I will give some examples from the CCSSM, with illustrative tasks that the audience can work on.


Lead Speaker: William McCallum

1701  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing the Social Justice Conversation

From Individual to Collective Action in Improving Our Students' Mathematical Achievement
So many of us become teachers because we want to nurture our students’ academic and social development and thus contribute to the betterment of our society. But in an environment of accountability for only narrow dimensions of learning, time for working on our broader goals is hard to come by. I argue that only through vibrant communities of practice and in activities that allow us to work collectively to realize our most fundamental hopes can we improve our students’ life chances and address the longstanding barriers to equity in our school systems.


Lead Speaker: Uri Treisman

Major Sessions -- Tuesday, Tuesday, April 12
2018  7:00 AM to
8:00 AM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Lead from the Middle: Empowering Your Teams Through Times of Change
School districts and the organizations that support them are going through extraordinary amounts of change. In this session, Christine Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education K-12, reveals tested approaches to driving transformation. Anyone can lead from any chair and any position, and true change will happen by releasing that power in your organization. Lead from the middle!


Lead Speaker: Christine Willig

2101  8:15 AM to
9:15 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

NCSM Vision 2020—Mathematics Education Leadership for the Future
How Might We change the teaching and learning of mathematics so that our students no longer grow up to tell about their negative experiences in mathematics class. I am sure each of us can share a story…. "Math didn’t make sense to me" or "I was never good at math." Now is the time for us - mathematics education leaders - to change the conversation from one where our students’ mathematical journey "ends" with a sense of hopelessness. Now is the time that the mathematics education leadership community unites to ensure that all students have access to high quality mathematics learning experiences; all students achieve at high levels and grow academically; all students are engaged in mathematics that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible; all students graduate college and career-ready; and all students are prepared to contribute to society as mathematically literate citizens. Join us as we answer the question: "How Might We – the NCSM membership – chart a course to change the future?"


Lead Speaker: John W. Staley

2201  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture: Visibly and Invisibly Helping Every Teacher Help Every Student Achieve
Our educational system won’t be a success until and unless we embrace the notion that every single student deserves the opportunity to become a powerful mathematical thinker. Let’s think together about the strategies and actions it takes for that to happen and the role of leaders in initiating, nurturing, supporting, and sustaining changes that will last over time


Lead Speaker: Cathy Seeley

2301  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing the Social Justice Conversation

Mathematics for All
In Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM provided a grand vision of mathematics for all. This phrase soon became a popular slogan. Although a worthy premise, in this session I will critically interrogate it in terms of both equity and access. Primarily the focus will be to develop an understanding on whose mathematics is foregrounded and valorized, and whose funds of knowledge are left out. I will share ideas on shifting to mathematics of all as a premise for learning, teaching, and curriculum design.


Lead Speaker: Swapna Mukhopadhyay

2418  12:30 PM to
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Leading Teachers to Impact Student Learning
As mathematics leaders, we wear many hats as we procure and provide leadership and learning opportunities for mathematics educators in our schools. How can we continue to advance this critical work? How can we help teachers transform into teacher leaders as they continue to make mathematics more relevant, meaningful, and accessible for more students? What can we do in our own professional growth to impact how students learn and understand mathematics? In this session, we will look at the roles mathematics supervisors play in leading the conversation about leveraging technology, resources, and best practices in support of effective learning.


Lead Speaker: Michelle Rinehart

2501  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationSharing Research that Informs Mathematics Education

Learning to See, Connect With, and Build Students' Resources
Teaching effectively depends on building on students’ strengths and using what they already know and can do to support their development. However, it is not always easy to see what students bring, especially when working across the many differences of culture, race, language, age, gender identity, and national origin that can exist between teachers and students. A paradox is that, without knowing mathematics well, teachers can easily not notice children’s mathematical ideas and practices, yet teachers’ knowledge can also obscure from view children’s different ways of approaching and thinking about math. In this presentation, we will explore ways in which teachers can sharpen their ability to see and hear their students’ mathematical strengths and resources.


Lead Speaker: Deborah Ball

2818  5:30 PM to
7:00 PM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Discovery Education Networking Reception (ticket required)
Discovery Education Networking Reception (ticket required)


Lead Speaker: Hall Davidson

Major Sessions -- Wednesday, Wednesday, April 13
3018  7:30 AM to
8:30 AM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionSharing Research that Informs Mathematics Education

Informing Practice Through Research: Ten Lessons
Come explore ten lessons I learned through my transition from a thirteen-year elementary mathematics classroom teacher to working for a research organization. We’ll cover topics spanning a variety of mathematics content areas from Pre-K through 8th Grade. We’ll also explore research based pedagogical ideas and instructional implications.


Lead Speaker: Zachary Champagne

3101  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

The Secret to Leading Sustainable Change: Vision, Focus, Feedback, and Action!
The leadership role of central office leader, school site administrator, instructional coach, or department chair, is daunting and thrilling! Your effort to become great at three aspects of your leadership work: vision, focus, and feedback will serve you and those you lead to produce high-quality work and improved student achievement every day!


Lead Speaker: Tim Kanold

3201  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing the Social Justice Conversation

Moving Principles into Actions: Access and Equity
In Principles to Actions, NCTM sets forth a vision to support the goal of ensuring the mathematical success of all students. This session introduces professional learning resources designed to support teachers and other stakeholders as they strive to achieve the vision outlined in the Access and Equity Principle.


Lead Speaker: Marilyn Strutchens

3301  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHGeneralMajor PresentationAdvancing the Social Justice Conversation

Understanding Identity and Agency in Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Working with Teachers to Cultivate Equity-Based Classroom Practices
This presentation will focus on conceptual tools and equity-oriented practices that support powerful mathematics learning. Key concepts include mathematical identity and mathematical agency. Practices will include: (1) rethinking the identities that we often assign students, (2) designing rigorous mathematics instruction, (3) critically reflecting on the identities that teachers themselves bring to teaching, and (4) partnering with families and communities to promote mathematics learning.


Lead Speaker: Karen Mayfield-Ingram
Co-Presenter: Danny Martin
Co-Presenter: Julie Aguirre

3418  12:30 PM to
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall WestGeneralFunctionCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

From Success to Significance: Strategies for Inspiring Teachers, Supporting Innovation, and Enhancing Your Math Program
This energizing session will inspire mathematics leaders with new ways to think about curriculum, assessment, differentiation, and technology. Learn frameworks for creating experiences that authentically engage students in mathematics practices, understanding the meaning of personalized and blended learning, and considering the implications of digital pedagogy.


Lead Speaker: Tim Hudson

3501  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGHElementary
(K - 5)
Major PresentationCultivating Leadership In a Time of Change

Helping Develop Leaders Through Sharing Lessons I've Learned from Classroom Teaching
In this session, I plan to present how I draw on what I’ve learned from teaching students and supporting teachers to contribute to developing prospective mathematics leaders. The session will focus on content of the curriculum, understanding how students learn, organizing the classroom to maximize learning, and making assessment integral to instruction.


Lead Speaker: Marilyn Burns

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