Singapore Math Trainer Cassandra Turner to Attend 2013 National Math Educator Conferences

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For the fifth consecutive year, elementary math educator Cassandra Turner will attend the 2013 annual conferences of the two leading US Mathematics Educators organizations in Denver, Colorado.

Cassandra Turner, Singapore Math Trainer, Consultant and Coach

Cassandra Turner

I always leave NCTM and NCSM with interesting insights and ideas for helping teachers and students with math education.

Each year, Cassandra Turner presents nearly 100 days of training and professional development for Elementary Math administrators, teachers and parents. An internationally-recognized Singapore Math® teacher and presenter, Turner is also a voracious learner, especially when it comes to mathematics education.

As she has done in each of the past five years, Cassandra Turner will attend the upcoming annual conferences of the two leading US Mathematics Educators’ organizations in Denver, Colorado. The 45th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Meeting will be held April 14-17, 2013. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition follows on April 17-20, 2013.

“I love to learn and I especially love to learn about mathematics and teaching math,” said Turner. "Attending the NCTM and NCSM meetings is an important facet of my personal professional development and I always leave with interesting insights and ideas for helping teachers and students with math education.”

The theme of this year’s NCSM Annual Conference is, “Reach the PEAK of Mathematics Leadership: Guiding Teaching to Support Student Learning.” A major focus of the conference is the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and leadership issues surrounding assessment.

NCTM’s Annual Meeting is the nation’s largest math education event. In 2013, the NCTM Annual Meeting will focus on many current math education topics.

As she has in the past, Turner will be a volunteer at both the NCTM and NCSM Conference. Turner continues to serve NCTM by conducting peer reviews of articles submitted for publication in NCTM journals.

An internationally-recognized expert in the Singapore Math® curriculum, Turner previewed 2013 NCTM conference presentations covering the Singapore Math approach on her blog, SingaporeMathSource.com.

Turner was a speaker at the 2012 NTCM Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Turner and co-speaker Lauri Susi of Conceptua Math presented “Technology + Singapore Strategies = Number Sense” to a large audience of Math Educators. The presentation shared successful visual strategies and instructional methods from Singapore that allow students to develop a deeper understanding of number concepts using hands-on manipulatives and software. Information on that presentation is available on her blog, http://www.SingaporeMathSource.com.

In 2012, Turner attended the Twelfth International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), Seoul, Korea. The International Congresses are held every four years and offer a unique opportunity for mathematics educators to discuss issues with leaders in the field from around the world. ICME showcases the current state of and trends in mathematics education research and in the practice of mathematics at all levels.

Turner participated in Math in Singapore 2007, an intensive, week-long program observing mathematics classrooms and learning about mathematics education in Singapore. Turner has attended many National Conferences hosted by the National Core Knowledge Foundation.

Turner is a member of Singapore’s Association of Mathematics Educators (AME-Singapore) as well as NCTM, NCSM and the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

About Cassandra Turner

Cassandra Turner has been “passionate about Singapore Math® Program” since first encountering it in 2001. An independent math trainer and coach since 2008, Cassy has had the pleasure of introducing Singapore Math to thousands of teachers, administrators and parents in 33 U.S. states, Mexico, Canada, Ghana and Palau. More than 45 schools have chosen Cassy to help them implement the curriculum.

As a teacher, Cassy used Primary Mathematics at several grade levels, then traveled to Singapore to see the curriculum from the source in 2007 and co-authored a Singapore Math Training Manual approved by the State of California the following year. Cassy currently conducts two different Singapore Mathematics Workshops for the Bureau of Education & Research (BER) and hosts Singapore Math Source (http://www.SingaporeMathSource.com), a website featuring news, resources, reviews and more.

In 2012, Cassy was awarded a contract by the Republic of Palau to assist the Ministry of Education (MOE) with the implementation of the Singapore Math Curriculum. In July 2013, she will be a featured presenter at the fifth National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies, hosted by Staff Development for Educators (SDE).

Since 2010, Cassy has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Common School, an award-winning Charter School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Cassy also servers on the Board of Directors of the Middle School Mathematics Institute (MSMI), a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to help teachers, schools and parents ensure that students succeed at algebra.

Cassy is a devoted champion of Elementary Mathematics who loves to work with schools and teachers to make every child in every classroom a competent and confident mathematics student.

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