Reston, Va. (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) will host a regional conference and exposition in Chicago, November 28–30. The conference invites educators to learn effective teaching strategies and listen to exciting speakers who will inspire them to become better teachers.
Presenters during the conference will come from all areas of Illinois, including Bloomington, Champaign, and Decatur, as well as Chicago. Other presentations will be given by educators from surrounding states and throughout the United States, and from as far away as Brisbane, Australia. The conference will offer more than 200 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12.
Keynote speaker Sarah J. Greenwald, mathematics professor at Appalachian State University, will explore the mathematical content and educational value of some favorite moments in the popular television shows The Simpsons and Futurama, along with the motivations and backgrounds of the writers. Greenwald’s Opening Session, “Mathematical Reasoning and Proof with The Simpsons and Futurama” will kick off the conference on Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom CDEF (East Tower, Gold Level).
On Thursday and Friday, November 29 and 30, an interactive workshop will offer tips for all new and preservice teachers on how to manage classrooms, work with parents, and handle homework. The sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
On Friday, November 30, NCTM President Linda Gojak will present “Cutting to the Core with the Standards for Mathematical Practice,” in which she will discuss rich mathematical tasks that encourage the development of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. This session is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom F (East Tower, Gold Level).
All conference activities will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. In addition, hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in the NCTM Exhibit Hall, Riverside Center, on Thursday, November 29, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday, November 30, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests 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, contact Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, twithrow(at)nctm(dot)org, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189. During the conference, Nov. 27–30, call (703) 586-7465.