Math Teachers Connect in Minneapolis to Strengthen Learning for All Students

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NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition, Nov. 4-6

WHO: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Local Host: Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

WHEN: November 4-6, 2009

WHAT: NCTM's Regional Conference and Exposition, "Connections: Linking Concepts and Context," will offer 250 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K-grade 12. Presenters during the three-day conference will come from all corners of the region. Other presentations will be given by educators from throughout the United States, and as far away as the United Kingdom, and Queensland, Australia, on topics ranging from developing algebraic thinking to nurturing the natural problem-solving abilities of the youngest students.

Presentations: Keynote speaker Jo Boaler, author of What's Math Got to Do with It? Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject, and Why It's Important for America, will present the Opening Session, on Wednesday evening, November 4, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center

Registration: Attendees may register onsite in Exhibit Hall A at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Exhibits: Hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in Exhibit Hall A at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHY: To facilitate an exchange of ideas among mathematics educators on how students learn mathematics and the best teaching practices, thus enabling teachers to return to their classrooms better prepared to teach mathematics to all students.

Preview all the conference offerings.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has 100,000 members and 230 Affiliates in the United States and Canada. It is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education from pre-K through grade 12. The Council recommends that math education for all students go beyond the basics to include higher levels of mathematics. The Council's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics provides guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. On October 6, NCTM released Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making which advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

Media interested in arranging interviews or attending the conference, please contact Gay Dillin, Media Relations Manager, gdillin (at) nctm (dot) org, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189.

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