Teachers Make Mathematical Connections in Boston, Oct. 21–23

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Educators Look to Improve Math Achievement for All Students

Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: The Man behind 21 on Finding the Path to Your Future

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and local mathematics associations will host a regional conference and exposition in Boston, October 21–23. The conference theme, “Connections: Linking Concepts and Context,” invites educators to explore the many ways that they can help students connect mathematical concepts being learned with the math already experienced, as well as to other areas of their daily lives.

Local hosts, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts (ATMIM) and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE), have organized a conference offering more than 300 workshops and sessions covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12. Presenters during the three-day conference will come from all corners of New England. Other presentations will be given by educators from throughout the United States, and as far away as Ibiza, Spain, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on topics ranging from developing algebraic thinking to nurturing the natural problem-solving abilities of the youngest students.

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Ma, a former MIT student whose exploits in Las Vegas were the inspiration for the hit movie 21, will present the Opening Session, “Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: The Man behind 21 on Finding the Path to Your Future,” on Wednesday evening, October 21, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

On Thursday, an introduction to NCTM’s new landmark publication, Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, will be presented by Gary Martin, chair of the writing group for the book. The session will be held from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m., in Ballroom A, Convention Center.

On Friday, a special education strand will offer presentations related to mathematics instruction for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The three-day conference facilitates 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.

All conference activities will be held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The latest education products will be on display during the conference.

Preview all the conference offerings.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education association. With 100,000 members and 230 Affiliates in the United States and Canada, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for all students. 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. NCTM’s Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released on October 6, suggests that a high school mathematics curriculum based on reasoning and sense making will prepare students for higher learning, career success, and productive citizenship.

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. October 20–24, please call 703/609-8607.

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