2014 NCSM Annual Conference

Strand 2 Sessions

Session information last updated: 3-31-2014

Strand 2 Sessions -- Monday, April 7, 2014
Strand 2: Strand 2

113  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
JasperwoodOral PresentationStrand 2

Making SySTEMic Change Happen in High School Mathematics Classrooms
During this session, we will engage participants in professional learning experiences related to our state's goal of creating an infrastructure to support teachers, mathematics specialists, and administrators in developing a "real" vision for STEM. The work incorporates a cascading leadership model that includes a sustained professional development program focused on the use of problem-based materials and alternative pedagogies including the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice, onsite coaching, and explicitly promoting student efficacy.


Lead Speaker: Jamila Riser
Co-Presenter: Jon Manon
Co-Presenter: Janice McCarthy
Co-Presenter: Valerie Maxwell

135  12:15 PM to
1:15 PM
Grand Salon Suite CGeneralMajor SpeakerStrand 2

Navigating the Waters of Change and the Role of our Professional Organizations
The mathematics education profession is once again navigating the turbulent waters of change. Everywhere and all the time, mathematics educators are wresting with the demands of new curricular expectations, new outcome goals for K-12 schools, new teacher accountability systems, substantive changes in the design of gateway postsecondary mathematics pathways-and all in an environment in which the forces shaping local education decisions are changing profoundly. How can mathematics supervisors and mathematics leaders manage the modernization of our profession so that it serves national needs and the needs of our ever more diverse student population? What are the implications of reform and modernization on the everyday life of local mathematics supervisors? How might professional organizations balance the commercial and political forces shaping our daily work? My hope is to trace a path for NCSM grounded in its historical commitments to networking with key education stakeholders, communicating research and craft knowledge to the field, sustaining student achievement, and motivating our commitment to equity.

Philip "Uri" Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is the founder and director of the University's Charles A. Dana Center. He is a senior advisor to the Aspen Institute's Urban Superintendents' Network and serves on the boards of the New Teacher Project, Education Resource Strategies, The Math Teachers' Circle, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement. He recently served on the STEM working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and on the Carnegie Corporation--Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education. He served on the AACC 21st -Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and serves on the AACC Implementation Team. Uri serves as a senior advisor to the trustees of the Noyce Foundation and regularly advises the directors of family foundations interested in supporting educational improvement. He served as the Vice Chair of the TX Commission on Volunteerism under two governors and, for nine years, as the president of the board of COMAP. In 2013 he gave the Iris M Carl Equity Address at NCTM's annual meeting and a plenary address at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development on advances in the psychological sciences and their applications to education. Uri was named a MacArthur Fellow (1992-1997) for his work on nurturing minority student high achievement in college mathematics and 2006 Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Uri Treisman

173  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
Grand Salon 15 & 18Oral PresentationStrand 2

Transition from High School to College and Careers: An Alternative Pathway
Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics (TCMS) is an emerging problem-based, inquiry-oriented, technology-rich fourth-year capstone course funded by the National Science Foundation. It is intended for the large number of high school students planning to enter college programs or workforce apprentice programs that do not require calculus. This interactive session will focus on the design of TCMS, its content and priorities, teacher knowledge for effective implementation, and preliminary evaluation results.


Lead Speaker: Christian Hirsch

189  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Middle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 2

Title: Journeying Toward Becoming a Teacher Leader Serving Students with Disabilities
We will discuss the role and characteristics of mathematics teacher leaders in supporting and empowering students with learning disabilities that negatively impact mathematical progress, and how you can easily incorporate those techniques, including addressing students with Asperger's Syndrome. Embracing these teacher-leader characteristics while working in collaboration to serve this portion of our student population will empower others to assimilate these best practices into their own classrooms


Lead Speaker: Debbie Gochenaur
Co-Presenter: Brenna DeShong

Strand 2 Sessions -- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Strand 2: Strand 2

205  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Salon 6CollegeOral PresentationStrand 2

Creating STEM Teachers-Changes in Pre-Service Programs
We need more mathematics and science teachers! STEM education is one approach to meet the calls for students to do the work of learning, using real world problems. Engage and critique one university's work at putting those two pieces together for pre-service preparation. Comment on the design and the program requirements. Help determine if this design can graduate teachers who can teach mathematics with science through an engineering framework that engage students in the exciting worlds of mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Janet Herrelko

212  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
MagnoliaGeneralTechnology ShowcaseStrand 2

Are Your Students on the Path to College and Career?
How can you help your teachers understand where their students are and what they are ready to learn? With the new SMI College & Career, teachers and leaders can measure students' proficiency and mathematics trajectory from Kindergarden to Algebra II. Get the first sneak peak into the NEW adaptive assessment with read aloud and Spanish support and interact with class and data analytics that will make critical instructional decisions easier for teachers and leaders.


Lead Speaker: Haris Papamichael
Co-Presenter: Lea Ozeri

Strand 2 Sessions -- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Strand 2: Strand 2

337  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 6GeneralOral PresentationStrand 2

Adding Parents into the STEM Equation Through Encouragement of the Growth Mindset
To fuel STEM success, students must feel capable of achievement in these areas. Unfortunately some students are set up for failure from a young age believing they weren't born with the "math gene." Conversely, some children are constantly praised for their intelligence promoting the notion that hard work is not necessary or helpful. Learn how to craft experiences for parents that help them promote the growth mindset in their children.


Lead Speaker: Michele Burgess
Co-Presenter: Andrea Miller
Co-Presenter: Michael Fierle
Co-Presenter: Corinne Murawski

351  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Salon 3Intermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 2

Jazz Up Your Class with Problem-Based Learning (PBL)!
Have you been wondering how to integrate PBL into your mathematics class? In this session, participants will learn how to implement PBL as students select a problem to solve in their home, school, or community. This form of PBL integrates STEM as well as other disciplines based on the problems selected. The results can be amazing! Handouts will be provided.


Lead Speaker: Sue Vohrer

363  2:30 PM to
4:00 PM
Oak AlleyGeneralSpecial Interest GroupStrand 2

TODOS: Mathematics for ALL-Focusing on the Mathematics Education of Latino/Hispanic and Other Underrepresented Groups
TODOS members and others interested in equity and excellence in mathematics education for ALL underrepresented students are invited to attend. We will review accomplishments; recognize sponsors, outgoing Board, and committee members; present the annual Iris Carl Award; present student awards for mathematics achievement; and gather input on ideas to move TODOS forward in STEM education.


Lead Speaker: Don Balka

371  3:45 PM to
4:45 PM
Grand Salon 9 & 12Middle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 2

Construct a Box-Uncover and Discover Geometry
Transform greeting cards into boxes to discover and refine geometry concepts and definitions, make conjectures, and answer probing questions about parallelograms, rectangles, squares, and quadrilaterals. Utilize ratio, proportion, area, and volume to focus on the relationships among those concepts while participating in this highly interactive hands-on activity to bring back to your classroom. This activity transfers well for use in events outside of the regular classroom with parents alongside students.


Lead Speaker: Nicholas Restivo