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Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 2016
DECC Convention Center, Duluth, MN
Friday Keynote: Yeap Ban-Har
Dr. Yeap Ban Har teaches mathematics education courses at the National Institute of Education, a teacher education institute in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests include problem solving and problem posing, early numeracy, and teacher professional development. He holds a Master of Education, a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies, and a doctorate in mathematics education. He has served on the editorial board of two mathematics education journals—Mathematical Thinking and Learning and The Mathematics Educator. Dr. Yeap has written several mathematics textbooks based on the Singapore Mathematics approach, as well as articles and chapters in various mathematics education publications, including articles on bar modeling in journals such as Mathematics Teaching in Middle Schools and Mathematics Teaching. His recent publications include a chapter in an International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) study publication and Pedagogy for Engaged Mathematics Learning. (from the HMH site)
Saturday Keynote: Diane Briars
Diane J. Briars is president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), an 80,000-member international mathematics education organization. Previously, Briars was a mathematics education consultant, working primarily to support schools and districts in their interpretation and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. She has also been a senior developer and research associate on the Intensified Algebra Project, a joint venture of the Learning Science Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. This project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on developing instructional materials for underprepared ninth-grade Algebra 1 students. Previously, Briars was mathematics director for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Under her leadership, Pittsburgh schools made significant progress in increasing student achievement through standards-based curricula, instruction, and assessment.
Diane Briars is a past president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and has served in leadership roles in various other national organizations, including the College Board and the National Science Foundation. She has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards, including the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, headed by Senator John Glenn. Briars holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education and M.S. and B.S. degrees in mathematics from Northwestern University, and she pursued postdoctoral study in the Psychology Department at Carnegie-Mellon University. She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher.(from the NCTM site)