Teachers Make Mathematical Connections in Minneapolis, Nov. 4-6

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Educators Look to Improve Math Achievement for All Students

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Reasoning and Connections: External Applications, Internal Consistency, and Human Curiosity.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the local Minnesota mathematics association will host a regional conference and exposition in Minneapolis, November 4-6. 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 with other areas of their daily lives.

Local host, the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), has organized a conference offering 250 workshops and sessions covering all levels, pre-K-grade 12. Presenters during the three-day conference will come from all corners of 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.

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.

On Thursday, NCTM President Henry (Hank) Kepner will present "Reasoning and Connections: External Applications, Internal Consistency, and Human Curiosity." The session will be held from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, in Room 200 C-D, Convention Center.

On Friday, an introduction to NCTM's new landmark publication, Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, will be presented by Fred Dillon, a member of the book's planning group. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., in Room 101 C, Convention Center.

The three-day conference will 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.

All conference activities will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The latest education products will be on display in the Exhibit Hall 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.org, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189. November 4-6, please call 703/609-8607.

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