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MCTM Spring Conference


"Taking Action! 6 Guiding Principles to Improve your Instructional Practice Tomorrow"

Teaching and Learning - Access and Equity - Curriculum
Tools and Technology - Assessment - Professionalism

Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 2016
DECC Convention Center, Duluth, MN


Friday Keynote: Yeap Ban Har


Improving Instructional Practice in Mathematics Classrooms - Lessons from Research

In this session, the speaker shares instructional practices that have been shown to help average learners perform at a high level. Using examples from elementary, middle school and high school levels, instructional practices that make a difference are demonstrated and discussed.

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


From Principles to Actions: High- Leverage Implementation Actions

Principles to Actions presents a set of strongly recommended, research-informed effective teaching practices, along with the supportive conditions, structures, and policies required to implement these practices successfully and support all students’ learning mathematics at a high level. But where to start with implementation? In this session, we’ll examine high-leverage actions— those that will produce the greatest impact for your effort— in putting the Guiding Principles in action in your classroom, school, and district.

Principles to Actions - Executive Summary

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)

2016 Spring Conference Schedule
Download 2016 Spring Conference Program Grid (pdf)
Download 2016 Spring Conference Program (pdf)

Thursday, April 28    
7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration. Some exhibits open.
CONNECT Membership meeting
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
Gooseberry Falls
Friday, April 29    
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 Registration Area
8:45-9:30 a.m. Keynote - Yeap Ban Har
"Improving Instructional Practice in Mathematics Classroom - Lessons From Research"
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
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, April 30
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 - Diane Briars
"From Principles to Actions: High-Leverage Implementation Actions"
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 for is for the Conference only, NOT for the Symposium. The separate Symposium information and forms can be found below.

On-Line Registration Form

Paper Registration Form (pdf)

On-Line Exhibitor Registration Form

Downloadable Exhibitor Registration Form (pdf)


“Mathematics Lessons That Work: Lesson Structure and Classroom Management Practices”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Symposium Information and Registration Forms

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