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Thursday, March 27
 

7:30am

Check-in
Thursday March 27, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:30am

Welcome to Santa Fe
Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham, Moderator

Gladys Graham, Moderator

Chief Academic and Evaluation Officer of Monarch Academy Schools, The Children’s Guild
Gladys Graham’s life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high academic performance and effective school leadership. She excels at designing and conducting professional development for teachers and school leaders. Her current... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

CEO, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Carl Gruenler, Special Guest

Carl Gruenler, Special Guest

Chief Business Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools
Carl Gruenler brings 35 years of varied leadership and management experience in business and military settings to Santa Fe Public Schools.  He has been with the district since 2008, serving as Director of Budget and Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and currently as Chief Business... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Cohort Circle
Thursday March 27, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
As Assigned Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:15am

Snack Break
Sponsored by Math Snacks
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games, designed to present mathematical concepts in a very different way.

Thursday March 27, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am
Courtyard

10:45am

Math & Music
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

Music is organized around mathematical relationships - but math principles are typically not taught in music curricula. Science teacher Joe Flynn has created Math Marimbas, mathematically-tuned, easy-to-play musical instruments that let students explore the scientific and mathematic principles that make music sound good. Experience his lessons for yourself and be inspired by ways you can use music to teach mathematic principles.


Presenters
avatar for Joe Flynn

Joe Flynn

Science Teacher, Bethel School District
For twenty years I have worked on developing science-based toys and games. I coauthored a kid-friendly story which teaches the math and physics of music, and got my start in education as an artist-in-residence teaching hands-on math using my custom-made harmonically tuned Math Marimbas... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Nambe (Upper Level) Access the Second Floor through Breezeway Elevators

10:45am

Mathematical Ice Breakers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

 

Be prepared to get students working together on the very first day of class! Discover and experience a wide range of mathematical ice breakers, that introduce elements of proportional reasoning and geometric thinking. The ice breakers are an ideal way to establishing cooperative norms in middle-grades classrooms, while promoting deeper and more critical mathematical understandings.


Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor Emeritus, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and serves on the Affiliates Connections Committee for the Association... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Kearny

10:45am

Student Math Portfolios: Creating Excellence Through Revision
Limited Capacity seats available

Join educator Stephanie Owens to learn about her methods for student-designed and driven math portfolio projects.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Educational Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
Stephanie Owens, Ph. D., has been working in the field of education for 20 years, at the university level and in K-12 public schools. Her training as an Educational Psychologist focused on the education of pre-service teachers who were pursuing education degrees with a teaching license... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Peralta

10:45am

Transforming Blind Procedures into Meaningful Math
Limited Capacity seats available

For many students today, mathematics has become a collection of blind procedures to be used to solve meaningless problems.  Jamie York, Waldorf Math Educator and Author, will demonstrate how several different math problems can be taught in a way that avoids the typical “blind procedure” approach, and instead engenders deep understanding and better problem solving skills.  The problems investigated will include: the four ratios of Pi‚ making the dreaded train problem come alive, and the wonder of perfect numbers.


Presenters
avatar for Jamie York

Jamie York

Math Department Chair, Shining Mount Waldorf School
Jamie is a middle and high school mathematics teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado where he has taught since 1994. He grew up in New England, began his teaching career at a college prep boarding school in New Hampshire, and has also taught at a university... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

STEM for the Workforce: A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Sixty percent of the new jobs that will open in the 21st century will require STEM skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce. The U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018. How do educators and industry leaders tackle the issue of employment, when graduating students are not proficient in math, leaving them unqualified and unprepared for employment in growing industries?

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Casey DeRaad

Casey DeRaad

Chief, Technology Outreach; Director, Phillips Technology Institute, Air Force Research Laboratory
Casey DeRaad is chief of Technology & Education Outreach for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates. She leads the laboratory’s Technology Transfer Group, the Phillips Technology Institute, the Small Business Innovation Research program... Read More →
avatar for Ron Eppes

Ron Eppes

New Mexico Community Engagement Manager, Intel
Ron Eppes is the Intel NM Community Engagement Manager.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Friends University despite struggling in 2nd grade math class.  He was an Automation Engineer... Read More →
avatar for Alice Muna

Alice Muna

Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Fire Protection & Assurance Department, Sandia National Laboratories
Alice Muna is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Fire Protection & Assurance Department at Sandia National Laboratories.  Alice is originally from Albuquerque, NM and graduated from Highland High School.  She has worked at Stanford University, Cisco Systems and for the... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Steinhaus

Kurt Steinhaus

Director of Community Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Test More, Study Less
Limited Capacity seats available

By shifting our focus from how we teach to how students learn, we can explore how to integrate simple principles, capable of fostering significant gains in student achievement, into everyday teaching. We’ll explore a variety of questions related to how tests, feedback and problem solving help students learn, such as: Are quizzes more effective than additional study time?  What is the appropriate type of feedback?  Is it better to practice problems of one type or several types?  How can I get my students to think more carefully about mathematical problem solving?  We’ll discuss how more often then not, answers to these questions are not intuitive and practice often runs contrary to the findings of research.


Presenters
avatar for John Cooney

John Cooney

Founder, Jblanden & Associates
Dr. John B. Cooney is Professor Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, Department of Educational Psychology where he was a member of the faculty from 1980 - 2005.  He was also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods.  Additionally... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Survival Math
Limited Capacity seats available

A baby whale has been stranded near an off-shore oil rig in 55-degree water. Can anyone swimming out from the shore save the whale and survive themselves? This teacher-created story project, based on a compelling true story (Grayson by Lynne Cox), engages students in math class and improve math skills – while showing just how important and relevant math equations can be in real-world situations.


Presenters
avatar for Heather Herd

Heather Herd

Teacher, Pinon Elementary
After an enriching decade of teaching 4th and 5th graders in New Jersey, I packed my bags 13 years ago and headed west to start a fresh and beautiful life in the open vistas of New Mexico.  My life here has had all the components of the adventure I longed for at that time.  Since... Read More →



Thursday March 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Coronado

12:00pm

Keynote: Math Class Needs a Makeover!
Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Be inspired by educator Dan Meyer and his ideas for classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

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Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:15pm

Algebraic Exploration Stations
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

Manipulatives help students create visual representations of linear and non-linear functions while fostering group discussion, collaboration and explorations. Explore five simple but effective manipulative stations you can set-up in any classroom that support student mastery in finding patterns, creating graphs and expressions and identifying linear functions.


Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Ambrosi

Vanessa Ambrosi

6th Grade Math Teacher, Mount Olive Middle School
I earned a degree in elementary education and a degree in mathematics from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. I am currently going for my masters in education and am on track to graduate in August of this summer. This year is my 5th year teaching and my 2nd year with Mt. Olive Middle... Read More →
avatar for Karen DeJaager

Karen DeJaager

6th Grade Math Teacher, Mount Olive Middle School
I have been teaching in the Mount Olive School System in New Jersey for 19 years. I have taught elementary school, algebra, and am currently teaching 6th grade math. Math has always been a passion of mine and I love engaging my students in learning everyday!


Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Kearny

1:15pm

Rates, Ratios and Ratey the Math Cat
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.


Math Snacks is a series of animations, games and lessons developed by New Mexico State University. The lessons are designed to provide students with clear and enggeing concept images of difficult mathematics topics and important CCSS, so they can better understand, and remember, what they learn. In this sesson, highlighting Ratey the Math Cat and the game Ratio Rumble, you’ll experience how these elements can be combined with in-class activites and written exercises, to transform a topic viewed as difficult to teach and comprehend into something real and memorable. 


Presenters
avatar for Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Math Teacher, Sierra MIddle School, Las Cruces Public Schools
Sharon Johnson has been teaching for 20+ years.  She has participated in extensive professional development with Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) and done workshops for fellow teachers.  Her experiences and her teaching have evolved based on her increased knowledge... Read More →
avatar for Karen Trujillo

Karen Trujillo

Research Faculty, New Mexico State University - Math Snacks Team
Karen Trujillo was a math teacher for 9 years, an administrator for 4 years, a professional development specialist for 12 years and a research faculty member at NMSU for 6 years. She is the director of the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and a Co-PI on the NSF... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Peralta

1:15pm

Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Steve Leinwand, best-selling author and former NCTM board member, in this exciting workshop based on his newest book: Accessible Mathematics. He’s scoured the research – and highly effective classrooms – to identify 10 small adjustments in teaching habits that will lead to deeper student learning in math. Learn more about these transformational opportunities, and discuss how to implement these small shifts in the good teaching you already, to become a driving force behind improvements in student learning. 

Before attending the session, consider reading Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement.


Presenters
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, AIR
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:15pm

Classroom Protocols
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

Join a this teacher-administrator pair to explore why the most commonly used classroom protocol turns out to be one of the least effective. Then learn and discover a set of new protocols you can utilize to create discussion and engagement in your classroom. 

Presenters
avatar for Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan

Assistant Principal, The Academy of Technology and the Classics
Jason Morgan is currently Assistant Principal at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, a college preparatory charter school in Santa Fe, NM.  Previously he has been the Assistant Principal at Aspen Community Magnet School, Student Engagement Advisor at Ortiz Middle School... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Educational Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
Stephanie Owens, Ph. D., has been working in the field of education for 20 years, at the university level and in K-12 public schools. Her training as an Educational Psychologist focused on the education of pre-service teachers who were pursuing education degrees with a teaching license... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lamy

1:15pm

Going Deeper with the Common Core Math Practice Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Building upon the work of NCTM and the National Research Council, the CCSS has established eight practice standards that “that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students.” In this session, teachers that have examined and started to use these 8 mathematical practice standards will explore innovative ways to further integrate these practices at both the classroom and school level.

Before the Session: Consider reviewing the CCSS Math Practice Standards


Presenters
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:15pm

Empires
Limited Capacity seats available

A true story from a New Mexico public middle school, in a pilot test of Empires

“A student broke his arm on the playground – I don’t mean a small break – it was a compound fracture.  It was just kind of hanging there, so we had him call his parents to meet him at the hospital and he got on the phone…I was standing there, and he said, “Can you wait to go there at 10AM… after math class?”  – S.M., 7th Grade Math Teacher

Story-based, strategic and collaborative, Empires will be a first-of-its kind math game, setting an entirely new standard in educational gaming. Empires goes beyond the traditional drill-and-repeat methodology currently seen in most math games by presenting math problems within the context of the story, resulted in a marked increase in student engagement and supporting understanding of mathematical thinking.  Get a first look at Empires, the next story-based online math game, soon to be released by the MidSchoolMath team. While learning about this classroom tool, you'll gain a greater understanding of how and why pretend play, story and student-to-student collaboration deepen learning.



Presenters
avatar for Todd Wynward

Todd Wynward

Associate Game Designer, MidSchoolMath
Todd Wynward, associate game designer for MidSchoolMath, has worked in experiential education and expeditionary learning for over twenty years as a faculty member, and served as founder and school director of Roots and Wings School. Todd's fosters school environments that provide... Read More →



Thursday March 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Coronado

2:30pm

Snack Break
Sponsored by Math Snacks
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games, designed to present mathematical concepts in a very different way.

Thursday March 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Courtyard

3:00pm

Math in the Movies
Tony DeRose of Pixar will illustrate the extraordinary contribution of mathematics to animated films.  Filmmaking is undergoing a digital revolution brought on by advances in areas such as computer technology, computational physics, geometry, and approximation theory.  Using numerous clips drawn from Pixar's feature films, DeRose will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the role that math plays in the revolution.  A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham, Moderator

Gladys Graham, Moderator

Chief Academic and Evaluation Officer of Monarch Academy Schools, The Children’s Guild
Gladys Graham’s life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high academic performance and effective school leadership. She excels at designing and conducting professional development for teachers and school leaders. Her current... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Tony DeRose, Special Guest

Tony DeRose, Special Guest

Senior Scientist and Lead of the Research Group, Pixar Animation Studios
Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1995 Dr. DeRose... Read More →


Thursday March 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Friday, March 28
 

8:30am

Keynote: What a Great Idea!

The book What a Great Idea has sold more than 200,000 copies since 1992—now meet the incredible author behind this imaginative guide to thinking creatively.

Chic Thompson knows that everyone wants to be more creative—and he knows how to make it possible. That’s why the Harvard Business School released a case study on him. Thompson has had unparalleled success teaching others how to harness their ingenuity to generate new ideas, resolve difficulties in the workplace, and overcome bureaucratic language and “killer phrases” that stifle innovation.


Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham, Moderator

Gladys Graham, Moderator

Chief Academic and Evaluation Officer of Monarch Academy Schools, The Children’s Guild
Gladys Graham’s life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high academic performance and effective school leadership. She excels at designing and conducting professional development for teachers and school leaders. Her current... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Chic Thompson, Keynote Speaker

Chic Thompson, Keynote Speaker

Founder, Creative Leadership Group
Chic Thompson’s passion is inspiring executives, MBA students and children to be “curious first… critical second” while creative problem solving. He is a Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Cohort Circle
Friday March 28, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
As Assigned Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:15am

Snack Break
Sponsored by Math Snacks
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games, designed to present mathematical concepts in a very different way.

Friday March 28, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Numbers are Not Isolated Incidents
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience a variety of engaging activities that help students see numbers in context, think outside the box, participate in cooperative learning and enjoy mathematics. Look at numbers as you never have before – and develop “mind-reading skills” as you look for patterns and relationships in such sets of numbers as the squares, cubes or Fibonacci numbers. With activities that are designed for use in and out of the classroom, this session will prepare you with many ways to show your students how enjoyment of math is all about seeing numbers in relationship to one another.


Presenters
avatar for Martha E. Hildebrandt

Martha E. Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Kearny

10:45am

Puzzles to Support Mathematical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period. You might enjoy: "Numbers are not isolated incidents" during this time slot, which will share how to use puzzles and other methods to teach number theories.

These incredible and engaging puzzles are an ideal solution to help middle school students move past memorization and skill drills to start thinking mathematically. This carefully-curated series of puzzles are easy to understand, allow multiple strategies for investigation and solution, and offer just enough challenge – and wow factor - to draw students (and teachers) in. Learn to use puzzles to teach mathematical proofs in a meaningful and user-friendly way (no boring, two columns proofs here!), then explore and uncover the amazing things you can do with Grime dice.

Presenters
avatar for Raj Shah

Raj Shah

One who loves math, Math Plus Academy
Dr. Shah is a life-long math enthusiast who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

STEAM & Maker Math
Limited Capacity seats available

STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Mathematics), Maker Education, and the DIY movement offer a fun and engaging way to embed math lessons into a larger framework of project-based learning.  You’ll use basic craft materials to construct robotic arms, then progress into using technology to design robotic prototypes, concluding with building simple robots using a Hummingbird Robotics Kit, all while exploring CCSS topics of geometric shapes, scale and relationships. 

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Gerstein

Jackie Gerstein

Gifted Teacher and EdTech Adjunct Faculty, SFPS and Boise State University
My byline is, “I don’t do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing . . . and technology has amplified my passion for doing so.” I teach elementary gifted students. I teach graduate courses in Educational Technology for Boise State, Walden, and Western’s Governors... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Peralta

10:45am

Access for All Students: Universal Design for Learning and Common Core
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is AVAILABLE in other sessions during this time period.

Students of all abilities should be able to access the Common Core State Standards. When implementing CCSS and/or state-level standards, school communities should consider the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone, using flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. UDL also reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports and challenges and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient. You'll learn about UDL - and how to utilize it - in this highly-applicable workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Reem Labib

Reem Labib

Founder/President, EDspired
Reem Labib, M.Ed. is the Founder and President of EDspired, a global education consultancy. Reem’s work is currently focused on school improvement and school reform efforts primarily in the United States and the Middle East. Reem has participated as a team member in school quality... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lamy

10:45am

The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Keith Devlin, Featured Presenter

Keith Devlin, Featured Presenter

Co-founder and Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's H-STAR institute and a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Implementing the Test Effect
Limited Capacity seats available

In this follow-up to Test More, Study Less, you'll see how one teacher is utilizing John Cooney's test effect observations in her math classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Beth Brady

Mary Beth Brady

Teacher, Bridge Academy
Mary Beth is in her third year of teaching seventh grade math at Capshaw Middle School.  Favorite teaching adventures include teaching ESL and computer skills to Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines, training-the-computer trainers for a large international NGO in India, leading... Read More →
avatar for John Cooney

John Cooney

Founder, Jblanden & Associates
Dr. John B. Cooney is Professor Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, Department of Educational Psychology where he was a member of the faculty from 1980 - 2005.  He was also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods.  Additionally... Read More →



Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
O'Keeffe

10:45am

Race Around the World
Limited Capacity seats available

This cross-curricular, teacher-created story project sends Pre-algebra and Algebra I students across 7 continents on a virtual race that’s so exciting they give up their free time to focus on math! The ‘competition’ requires them to document locations visited, mode(s) of travel, distance traveled in miles and kilometers; budgeting; currency used, accrual and conversions; and more. The Race not only provides extensive practice for problem solving using expressions and equations, but offers innovative opportunities to analyze and understand dependent and independent variables. 


Presenters
avatar for Hillary McPartlon

Hillary McPartlon

Teacher, Instructional Coach & Dean of Students, Taos Academy Charter School
For the past 7 years I have been a Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Trainer and Educational Consultant. I have taught K-12 with experience teaching all core subjects, Leadership, Student Government and Global Studies. I received a Masters of... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Coronado

12:00pm

1:15pm

Math and the Metric System: Using What's Easy
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is NEARLY FULL. Please do not add this session to your schedule after it fills; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

Unlike U.S. customary units, the metric system is an integrated system designed to be easy to learn and use. In this session you'll have an opportunity to become better grounded in the metric system and engage in hand-on activities to help you carry metric learning back into the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Anderman

Linda Anderman

President, Mile Behind Productions
Linda Anderman has been a writer for more than 30 years including 21 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she’s written on multiple science topics. For the past two years she’s been in pre-production on a documentary on the history of the metric system in the United States... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Kearny

1:15pm

Mathematical Ice Breakers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

 

Be prepared to get students working together on the very first day of class! Discover and experience a wide range of mathematical ice breakers, that introduce elements of proportional reasoning and geometric thinking. The ice breakers are an ideal way to establishing cooperative norms in middle-grades classrooms, while promoting deeper and more critical mathematical understandings.

 


Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor Emeritus, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and serves on the Affiliates Connections Committee for the Association... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Coronado

1:15pm

Metamorphosis of the Conic Sections through Exact Imagination
Limited Capacity seats available

The standard way to introduce conic sections is through Cartesian geometry in an Algebra II course. But, Jamie York, Waldorf Math Educator and Author, has his eighth grade students discover the conic sections for themselves through this meaningful exercise. Using a hunt for lost treasure that can be solved through a parabola, students draw the parabola, then finds ways to transform it. Ultimately, one can transform the curve to experience, through drawings and imagination, the metamorphosis of an ellipse into a parabola and then into a hyperbola.


Presenters
avatar for Jamie York

Jamie York

Math Department Chair, Shining Mount Waldorf School
Jamie is a middle and high school mathematics teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado where he has taught since 1994. He grew up in New England, began his teaching career at a college prep boarding school in New Hampshire, and has also taught at a university... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
O'Keeffe

1:15pm

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Keith Devlin, Featured Presenter

Keith Devlin, Featured Presenter

Co-founder and Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's H-STAR institute and a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:15pm

Sensible Mathematics: Effective Leadership & the CCSS
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Steve Leinwand, best-selling author and former NCTM board member, in this supportive workshop to discuss how principals, teacher leaders, math coaches and other administrators can provide strong, clear and effective leadership to ensure your school or district meets and exceeds the CCSS. The session will provide a broad array of practical strategies for implementing the standards, provide examples and ammunition to make the case for change, and offer sample how-to game plans for overcoming obstacles and challenges.


Presenters
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Principal Research Analyst, AIR
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:15pm

Can You Survive Ancient Mexico?
Limited Capacity seats available

Make good use of your math wits and skills and you might just survive time travel! Join Dr. Mayra Andrade in her studies of Teotihuacán by traveling back in time with her team of middle school mathematicians.


Presenters
avatar for Annette Youngren

Annette Youngren

Volunteer
I’m not a stereotypical math nerd, well, maybe I am now, but that wasn’t always true. My BA is in English, mostly because I really didn’t enjoy or understand calculus. While that eliminated chemical engineering as a career option, I also realized I really don’t like to do... Read More →



Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Peralta

1:15pm

Explore: Bermuda
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens when an over-confident captain and an eager young sailor set off from the shores of Florida? They just might end up in the Bermuda Triangle – if they have enough fuel to even make it that far! This cross-curricular, teacher-created story project introduces students to core concepts of geometry, while promoting problem-solving and skill-building. Explore: Bermuda Triangle uses live play acting to immerse students into a nautical mathematical adventure.


Presenters
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

Teacher, DeVargas Middle School
I am coming to MidSchoolMath after having been educated that the best way to teach math is through experiential learning.  Throughout my career my training has always remained something I had struggle to implement though I full heartedly believed in it.  The demands of the day to... Read More →



Friday March 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lamy

2:30pm

Snack Break
Sponsored by Math Snacks
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games, designed to present mathematical concepts in a very different way.

Friday March 28, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:00pm

Transforming the Math Classroom
Keynote Speakers
avatar for Gladys Graham, Moderator

Gladys Graham, Moderator

Chief Academic and Evaluation Officer of Monarch Academy Schools, The Children’s Guild
Gladys Graham’s life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high academic performance and effective school leadership. She excels at designing and conducting professional development for teachers and school leaders. Her current... Read More →


Friday March 28, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 29
 

8:30am

Keynote: Rebranding Math
Moderators
avatar for Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

CEO, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Laura Ries, Keynote Speaker

Laura Ries, Keynote Speaker

Co-Founder, Ries & Ries
Laura Ries is a leading branding strategist, bestselling author and television personality. In 1994, Laura founded Ries & Ries with her father and partner Al Ries, the legendary Positioning-pioneer. Together they consult with companies around the world on brand strategy. With Al... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Cohort Circle
Saturday March 29, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
As Assigned Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:15am

Snack Break
Sponsored by Math Snacks
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games, designed to present mathematical concepts in a very different way.

Saturday March 29, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Expedition Everest
Limited Capacity seats available

This teacher-created story project sends students on a virtual expedition, using math as they scale the highest altitudes on earth! From calculating ratios of gear to yaks to solving equations to see how long they can sustain exposure to the harsh conditions found on Mount Everest, it’s a thrilling opportunity for students to realize just how important math is in adventures and expeditions.   


Presenters
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

8th Grade Math Teacher, Ernie Pyle Middle School
MidSchoolMath



Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00am
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Everybunny Has Genetics
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re most passionate about your own passions – so look to yours when teaching your students math through real-world examples! Alexandra Hubbard, Math Teacher and Angora Rabbit Breeder, shares an example of how she teaches probability to her students using Punnet Squares then has them compare their results to the real-life rabbits. 


Presenters
avatar for Alexandra Hubbard

Alexandra Hubbard

21st Centuty Facilitator, Taos Academy Charter School
Alexandra Hubbard is a K-12 certified teacher in Mathematics and Science. She enjoys sustainable farming and developing math problems that teach students to think divergently. A proud lobo, she received her degree in Education from the University of New Mexico in 2011. When she isn't... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Kearny

10:45am

Hot Mathematical Questions: Developing Proof
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is AVAILABLE in other sessions during this time period.

 

This pedagogical approach to proof-writing fosters a communal spirit of curiosity, exploration, and determination – and takes advantage of the fact that students in middle school love nothing better than to argue and prove themselves right! Learn how to inspire students to generalize, develop, and publish their own proofs, as we explore sixth grade CCSS topics by venturing conjectures about factors, multiples, and prime numbers.


Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Glauster

Sylvia Glauster

5/6 Math and Science Teacher, The Ancona School
I teach middle school math and science at the Ancona School in Chicago, IL. I seek to empower my students to use their mathematical understanding to explore and shape the world; we have presented together on how classroom data investigations can launch advocacy for social justice... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lamy

10:45am

SABE: A Chemistry Board Game
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover more cross-curricular opportunities to explore math with SABE (Structure And Bonding of Elements).  This unique board game, created by Joe Flynn, combines math and chemistry, teaching the mathematical patterns of electron configurations while building molecules. Sabe is Spanish for "I know" which is what you will say about atomic structure after playing the game!

Presenters
avatar for Joe Flynn

Joe Flynn

Science Teacher, Bethel School District
For twenty years I have worked on developing science-based toys and games. I coauthored a kid-friendly story which teaches the math and physics of music, and got my start in education as an artist-in-residence teaching hands-on math using my custom-made harmonically tuned Math Marimbas... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
O'Keeffe

10:45am

A Lesson Design for the Common Core
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is still available in other sessions during this time period.

One of Expeditionary Learning's cornerstone instructional practices, "The Workshop," has been revised to align with the Common Core instructional shifts, embed ongoing assessment to increase responsivness to student needs and help students develop self-reliance and perseverance. In Workshop 2.0, student grapple with interesting and challenging content, have ample opportunity to engaging in collaborative dialog, practice new skills in a collaborative learning culture and consider the mathematical reasoning and thinking of others. Partiicpants in this sesson will view a short film featuring this new and innovative lesson design, then discuss ways that the Workshop 2.0 can be used to increase student self-discovery, involvment and engagment while teaching standards-aligned content.

Presenters
avatar for Dirk Matthias

Dirk Matthias

School Director, Pacific Heritage Academy
Dirk Matthias, Director of Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City, is a life-long educator committed to creating friendly, safe and supportive classrooms and schools. Dirk was a founder of an Expeditionary Learning Middle School, where he became the lead-teacher and taught middle... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Coronado

10:45am

Mathematical Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is now FULL. Please DO NOT add this session to your schedule; ample space is AVAILABLE in other sessions during this time period.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines mathematical literacy as "an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgments and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen." In this workshop, we’ll explore and engage in tasks, discourse and discuss the learning environment necessary for achieving mathematical literacy. 

Before the Session: Complete this survey on mathematical literacy: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z9DY9V6 


Presenters
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Pikes Peak Marathon
Limited Capacity seats available

SANTA FE STUDENTS TAKE ON PIKES PEAK!

How long would it take YOU to run the Pikes Peak Marathon?  This year, Luis Chavez's math students at Aspen Community Middle School are going to find out.

Twenty-six grueling miles rise over 7,800 feet to the top of America’s most famous mountain, taking even the most extreme runners over four hours to reach the 14,115 foot peak.  A raw dirt trail, strewn with rocks and natural obstacles provides some 1800 runners a vertical challenge of nearly 6000 feet in the first 10 miles of the race.  And let’s not forget about the descent!

Chavez’s story project takes math out of the classroom and onto the trail, exploring distance, rate and other mathematical concepts involved with the famous Colorado marathon.  Oxygen levels, endurance, speed and determination are just some of the variables in this massive story problem.  Students discover the physical and mental aspects of training for and running the Pikes Peak Marathon, calculating how long it would personally take them to complete “America’s Ultimate Challenge.” ®

 


Presenters
avatar for Luis Chavez

Luis Chavez

6th Grade Math Teacher, Aspen Community Magnet School
To All Teachers, Mr. Chavez can be a grouch sometimes, but overall he is a great teacher. He pushes us to work harder than most 6th grade teachers.  He understands us a lot better than most teachers. He is a fun teacher and good at math. He has taught us many things that we probably... Read More →



Saturday March 29, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Peralta

12:00pm

Taking "Santa Fe" Home
Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham, Moderator

Gladys Graham, Moderator

Chief Academic and Evaluation Officer of Monarch Academy Schools, The Children’s Guild
Gladys Graham’s life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high academic performance and effective school leadership. She excels at designing and conducting professional development for teachers and school leaders. Her current... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

Scott Laidlaw, Featured Presenter

CEO, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development... Read More →


Saturday March 29, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center