Session information last updated 7-21-2018, subject to change without notice.

Major Sessions, Monday, April 23
1003  8:00 AM to
8:30 AM
Hall AGeneralKeynote Presenter

Opening NCSM Session: Welcome for All
Welcome to Washington D.C. and the 50th NCSM Annual Conference? Join us for greetings from the NCSM President, 2018 Program Chair, and remarks from a local dignitary.


Lead Speaker: Connie Schrock
Co-Presenter: Kimberly Morrow-Leong
Co-Presenter: Jeff Weld, PhD

1103  8:30 AM to
9:15 AM
Hall AGeneralKeynote PresenterEquity in Practice

Equity and Deeper Learning in Mathematics
While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to the issues surrounding student achievement (i.e. the fact that poor students, students of color, English language learners and students with special needs are consistently performing at lower levels), surprisingly little attention has been given to the strategies and conditions that are necessary to make higher achievement more likely.  Missing from much of the policy debate related to student achievement is how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools and how to motivate and engage students through teaching strategies that foster deeper learning and the utilization of higher order thinking skills.  This presentation will describe strategies that have proven effective elsewhere at supporting teaching in mathematics and promoting deeper learning for all types of students.  It will also explore how schools can develop strategies to support teachers of mathematics in their efforts to raise achievement.


Lead Speaker: Pedro Noguera

1201  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationEquity in Practice

Examining Gender and Race Inequities in Mathematics Education
Building a communal understanding of the role inequities have played in our own lives enables leaders, and the teachers with whom they work, to address the inequities their own students experience. By taking time to explore leaders' and teachers' awareness of inequitable practices, leaders can provide a clearer pathway to reducing and eliminating gender and racial inequities in their own schools. This presentation will focus attention primarily on a framework that explores how females can advocate for their full participation in mathematics education, but attendees will be able to use the same general framework to develop similar strategies that address racial biases.


Lead Speaker: Judith Jacobs

1301  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationLeading Mathematics into the Future

Teachers First-Everything Else Follows
Throughout NCSM's history, we've seen cyclical attempts to change mathematics education through standards, curriculum, and assessments. At each phase, leaders in mathematics education and our professional associations have reminded us that classroom teachers are the ones who will interpret these standards, implement these curricula, and administer these assessments. Yet we continue to see too much hope placed in the ever-new products, without enough support for the people who use them. In this session, we'll renew our focus on our teachers. We'll discuss ways leaders can partner with educators as they become more effective, joyful, skilled mathematics teachers. We'll re-dedicate ourselves to relationships-the heart of our work-and discuss coaching techniques that open conversations, build trust, and spark genuine collaboration. NCSM members spent much of the last 50 years putting essential systems and teacher leaders in place. As we move forward into the next 50 years, let's leverage the power of what we've built to empower teachers.


Lead Speaker: Tracy Zager

1401  12:30 PM to
1:30 PM
Salon G/HPreschool/Primary
(Grades PK - 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 - 5), Middle (Grades 6 - 8)
Major PresentationDeveloping Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

How and Why Attention to Student Thinking Supports Teacher and Student Learning: The Case of Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
For over 35 years teachers have been engaging in professional development focused on the development of children's mathematical thinking as a part of CGI. This presentation will focus on what we have learned and what the research shows about what matters in supporting teachers to attend to children's thinking and why that matters for meeting the needs of each student.


Lead Speaker: Megan Franke

1501  1:45 PM to
2:45 PM
Salon G/HPreschool/Primary
(Grades PK - 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 - 5), Middle (Grades 6 - 8), High(Grades 9-12)
Major PresentationDeveloping Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Teacher Talk in Mathematics! The Power of Language and Questioning in the Classroom
Sophie will share her current PhD research and findings that she is doing with Professor John Hattie on the power of language at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Sophie will share findings on high-impact teaching strategies and discuss the most effective ways to use language across primary and secondary mathematics classrooms to create deep level learning, transfer of understandings, effective questioning and classroom discussion. Sophie will provide participants with current research on teacher talk and student voice, and how this can be used in mathematics classrooms K-12.


Lead Speaker: Sophie Murphy

1601  3:00 PM to
4:00 PM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationDeveloping Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Learning Trajectories at the Core: Effective and Powerful Professional Development
Learning trajectories have been placed at the core of many standards, curricula, and approaches to teaching. Less attention has been given to placing learning trajectories at the core of professional development efforts. Surprisingly, however, research projects at medium and large scale suggest that effects on teachers are particularly pronounced and sustainable. We will use specific projects to draw implications for policy and practice of inservice and preservice education of all teachers of mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Douglas Clements
Co-Presenter: Julie Sarama

1701  4:15 PM to
5:15 PM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating a Mathematics Coaching Practice

Supporting and Inspiring Mathematics Specialists, Leaders, and Coaches
This session will feature a panel of experts-from your professional organizations and other groups-involved in supporting Elementary Mathematics Specialists. You will learn about valuable resources and structures to support and inspire you in your work whether you are a mathematics specialist, teacher leader, and/or coach.


Lead Speaker: Nicole Rigelman
Co-Presenter: Maggie McGatha
Co-Presenter: Francis (Skip) Fennell
Co-Presenter: Robert Kaplinsky
Co-Presenter: Aimee Ellington
Co-Presenter: Fran Arbaugh
Co-Presenter: Valerie L. Mills
Co-Presenter: Diane Briars

Major Sessions, Tuesday, April 24
2101  8:15 AM to
9:15 AM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationLeading Mathematics into the Future

NCSM: Framing the Future of Mathematics Education on a 50-Year Foundation of Leadership
NCSM has grown and built a thriving organization on the strong foundation created by the founders 50 years ago. In what ways have we exceeded their expectations? Where do we still have room to build? This summer the current NCSM Board renovated the mission and vision of the organization to reflect a vision for our future. Join me for a conversation that highlights and honors our past and opens a window to our future. Come share some of the biggest issues you see for us as we frame the future of NCSM.


Lead Speaker: Connie Schrock

2301  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Salon G/HPreschool/Primary
(Grades PK - 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 - 5), Middle (Grades 6 - 8), High(Grades 9-12)
Major PresentationEvidence and Experiences from the Field

Leading a Cohesive Mathematics Program
How would you describe the mathematics program you lead? What components define it? What is the glue that holds it together? How does it provide access to opportunity? This session supports teachers, coaches, and administrators who lead a mathematics program. It tells the story of one district's approach to building an exemplary mathematics program through access and equity, high-quality first instruction, and differentiated support. It offers ideas about how a program defines purpose, establishes productive beliefs, identifies barriers, and sets expectations. Programmatic tools and resources will be shared.


Lead Speaker: John SanGiovanni

2501  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Salon G/HHigh(Grades 9-12)Major PresentationDeveloping Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Supporting Mathematical Modeling in High School
Mathematical modeling in high school offers unique challenges to both teachers and administrators, while still affording unique opportunities for student engagement and the development of student mathematical identity and agency. The issues and opportunities inherent in the open-ended nature of modeling tasks with its focus on group-work and some of the difficulties in assessment and teacher preparation will be described and discussed.


Lead Speaker: Dan Teague

Major Sessions, Wednesday, April 25
3101  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationCultivating a Mathematics Coaching Practice

Understanding the Resistant Teacher: Changing Our Narrative to Foster Stronger Relationships
Can you recall a time when you worked with a group of teachers and one or more seemed resistant to the ideas you were sharing? Encountering teachers that are resistant to change is a common challenge for many teacher leaders and it is easy to slip into an "us vs. them" frame of mind when working with them. However, when we take time to identify and understand the root of the resistance, we are in a better position to move teachers forward and support their needs. In this session, we will explore the categories of resistance, the complexities of the change process, and specific strategies to support all adult learners.


Lead Speaker: Mike Flynn


Handout: NCSM18_3101_Flynn1.pdf
Handout: NCSM18_3101_Flynn2.pdf
Handout: NCSM18_3101_Flynn3.pdf

3201  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationEquity in Practice

Acknowledgment, Action, Accountability: Addressing Deficit Thinking and Deficit Language
Targeting social justice starts with the acknowledgement and the actions of leaders. Engage in in-depth discussions on deficit views while examining common phrases and descriptions used in mathematics teaching and learning. Mathematics leaders will experience tools and strategies that can be employed to foster critical conversations, reflections, and positive actions.


Lead Speaker: Nora Ramirez


Handout: NCSM18_3201_Ramirez .pdf

3301  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationEquity in Practice

An Introduction to Equity Literacy for Mathematics Educators
Despite the popular notion that mathematics classrooms are culture-free and safe from the sorts of biases and inequities that crop up in other subject areas, a closer look reveals a variety of equity concerns to which mathematics educators should attend. In this workshop, based on the equity literacy framework (strengthening educators' literacy related to equity), we will explore those concerns, including matters of curriculum, pedagogy, student engagement, and classroom climate.


Lead Speaker: Paul Gorski

3501  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Salon G/HGeneralMajor PresentationLeading Mathematics into the Future

Gender vs. Character in Mathematics and Beyond
I will share my experience of being a female mathematician, and teaching mathematics at all levels from elementary school to grad school. The question of why women are under-represented in mathematics is complex and there are no simple answers, only many many contributing factors. I will focus on character traits, and argue that if we focus on this rather than gender we can have a more productive and less divisive conversation. To this end, I will introduce gender-neutral character adjectives "ingressive" and "congressive" to replace masculine and feminine. I will share my experience of teaching congressive abstract mathematics to art students, in a congressive way. I will discuss the benefits of this terminology and way of thinking for everyone, not just women, in mathematics and beyond.


Lead Speaker: Eugenia Cheng

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