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The MCTM is an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of meaningful mathematics for all students by supporting educators in their efforts to improve mathematics instruction.

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MCTM Spring Conference


"Shining a Light through Equity and Powerful Instructional Practice"
Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2015
DECC Convention Center, Duluth, MN

On-line Conference Evaluation Form


Friday Keynote:

Focus on What Matters Most: Effective Teaching!
With all the change and challenge swirling in schools today it is easy to become distracted, but effective instructional practices are one of the most controllable in-school factors in student learning. The overarching message of Principles to Actions is that effective teaching is the non-negotiable core necessary to ensure that all students learn mathematics at high levels. Specific actions you can take to implement the eight high-leverage instructional practices will be examined.

Saturday Keynote:

Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work for All!
Content standards may improve overall student achievement, but are unlikely to reduce existing learning differentials. In order to raise the achievement of all students and simultaneously close learning differentials, improvement efforts must simultaneously address six necessary program shifts as well as persistent obstacles that have stood in the way of making mathematics work for all students. This session will address specific actions you can take to overcome these obstacles, implement highly effective mathematics programs, and ensure that mathematics works for all students!


Keynote Speaker:
Matt Larson
- Matt Larson is the K-12 mathematics curriculum specialist for the Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, NE. He is a co-author of the recent IES What Works Clearing House Report: Teaching Strategies for Improving Algebra Knowledge in Middle and High School and the co-author of numerous other professional books, including: the Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at WorkTM series, and Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work Series.

He is a member of the writing team for the recent NCTM publication: Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. And he is a co-author of K-12 mathematics programs published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Larson has taught mathematics at the secondary and college levels and has held an appointment as an honorary visiting associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and as past chair of NCTM’s Research Committee.

2015 Spring Conference Schedule
Download a pdf version of the schedule.

Download 2015 Spring Conference Program Grid (pdf)
Download 2015 Spring Conference Program (pdf)

Presenters were offered the opportunity to expand on their sessions, including information on what MN techer licensure requirements the session will satisfy, if participants should bring electronic devices, and a more detailed description of the session.
Download 2015 Spring Conference Presenter Extended Information (pdf)

Thursday, April 30    
7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration. Some exhibits open.
CONNECT Membership meeting
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
Gooseberry Falls
Friday, May 1    
7:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Exhibits/Registration Open Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. First-Timers Orientation St. Louis River Room
8:45-9:30 a.m. Keynote - Matt Larson
"Focus on What Matters Most: Effective Teaching!"
Ballroom J/K
9:45-10:45 a.m. First-Timers Orientation Registration Area
9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sessions/Workshops Various Rooms
12:15-1:15 p.m. Exhibits/Registration Closed for Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch Ballroom J/K
1:15-5:45 p.m. Exhibits/Registration Open Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
1:30-5:00 p.m. Sessions/Workshops Various Rooms
5:15-6:00 p.m. District Meetings MCTM
Door Prizes Awarded (must be present to win)
Various Rooms
5:45-7:00 p.m. Presidents' Reception Ballroom J/K
7:15-8:45 p.m. Delegate Assembly Harbor Side 3rd Floor
Saturday, May 2
7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Registration and Some Exhibits Open Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
8:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sessions/Workshops Various Rooms
10:35-11:05 a.m. MinnMATYC Open Forum Ballroom L
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. MinnMATYC Annual Business Meeting Ballroom L
12:45 p.m.

Keynote - Matt Larson
"Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work for All!"
Door Prizes following the Saturday Keynote Presentation. Must be present to win. Place name tag in box as you enter for lunch.

Ballroom J/K
Please note: This registration is for the Conference only, NOT for the Symposium. The separate Symposium information and forms are posted below.

On-Line Registration Form

Downloadable Registration Form (pdf)

On-Line Exhibitor Registration Form

Downloadable Exhibitor Registration Form (pdf)


“When Will We Ever Use This – How to Get the Task Right”

Thursday, April 30, 2014

Symposium Information and Registration Forms

Lodging - Conference and Symposium participants are responsible for their lodging:
Duluth Hotel Information (pdf)