Calling All Math Teachers to Las Vegas, Oct. 23–25

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WHO: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Local Host: Nevada Council of Mathematics

WHAT: NCTM’s Regional Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas will offer more than 200 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12. The three-day conference will feature many presenters from Nevada and the surrounding states; other presentations will be given by educators from throughout the United States and Canada. Topics related to pressing issues in math education will include STEM instruction, formative assessment, the Common Core State Standards, instructional best practices, how to use new technologies to support and enhance math instruction, and more.

WHEN: October 23–25

WHERE: Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino

Presentations: What should effective and innovative math instruction look like, and how can teachers create ideal learning experiences for all students? At the conference’s Opening Session, keynote speakers will present “Game Changers: Rethinking the Way We Teach Math.” This discussion, led by NCTM Board member, Jon Wray, features the perspectives of four educators whose work is transforming curriculum design and delivery and changing the way students think about mathematics. This session will kick off the conference on Wednesday, October 23, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

On Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, an interactive workshop will offer tips for all new and preservice teachers on how to manage classrooms, work with parents, find engaging lessons, and handle homework. The sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, October 24, NCTM President Linda Gojak will discuss how a rich problem can be the umbrella for incorporating mathematical practice with mathematics content in the elementary grades. This session, “It’s Raining Rich Problems!” will offer some practical suggestions to turn this vision into practice and is scheduled for 12:30–1:30 p.m.

On Friday, October 25, the session “NCTM Board Hot Topic—Embracing the Common Core: An Opportunity, Not a Burden” will run from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about NCTM’s Common Core-related efforts and share their own successes and challenges.

Registration: Attendees may register on-site at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, October 23, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Exhibits: Hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in the NCTM Exhibit Hall at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on Thursday, October 24, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 25, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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

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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 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students.

Media Contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, twithrow(at)nctm(dot)org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189.


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