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Welcome to the 2016 MidSchoolMath National Conference!

Session scheduling is limited to registered attendees - all attendees should receive schedule access via email by Jan. 4 or within two business days of registering. Click on the "More Information" link for detailed directions on accessing SCHED and signing up for concurrent sessions.

Programming begins each morning at 8:15 am sharp, ending at 4:30 pm on Friday, followed by a social hour from 5:00 - 6:30 pm; and ends at 4:15 pm on Saturday.

Please note, schedule is subject to change.

To learn more about MidSchoolMath or register to attend the conference, please visit www.midschoolmathnationalconference.com or email conference@midschoolmath.com.

 

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Thursday, February 18
 

8:30am

Great Math Teachers as Math Rebels: An Optional Pre-Conference Workshop

Limited space still available - $95 additional fee. Note: you will not be able to add this session to your schedule in SCHED - if you are registered to attend, it will be added to your SCHED agenda for you! Call us at 575-737-8446 to add this workshop to an existing registration.

Join Steve Leinwand and Scott Laidlaw as they release "The 8 Laws of Teaching Middle School Math (or What Every Middle School Math Teacher Needs to Understand)."

Take this day to break with tradition and cut across the grain of common practices that hold students back. Expect this workshop to challenge some of the underlying assumptions about the math classroom and forever change how we approach teaching middle school math.



Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Author, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2016 8:30am - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:00pm

Early Check-In - Pick up your Attendee Packet!
Planning to arrive in Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon? Stop by the Convention Center between 3:00 and 5:45 pm to pick up your attendee packet!

Enter using the Marcy Street or Grant Avenue entrances. 10 minute parking is available in the Grant Avenue Loading Zone.  

Thursday February 18, 2016 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Friday, February 19
 

7:00am

Arrival & Check-in
Check-in with the MidSchoolMath Team, pick up your conference packet, then meet and mingle with fellow attendees while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea and light refreshments!

Friday February 19, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:15am

CONFERENCE OPENING: "Two Trains and Three Acts" & Keynote: "Curiosity - Part 1" with Gladys Graham
Moderators
avatar for Ashley Kendall

Ashley Kendall

Teacher, Carlos Gilbert Elementary 
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

VP of Strategic Partnerships, MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Break
Help yourself to coffee and tea in the Lobby or Main Hall!

Friday February 19, 2016 9:30am - 9:50am
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Data DIY: Placing Formative Assessment Data in the Hands of Students
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Research tells us with great clarity that formative assessment and quality, timely feedback are two of the highest yield strategies at any teacher's fingertips. Math teachers have the opportunity to take these strategies to the next level of effectiveness by pairing them with noncognitive factors such as student ownership and reflection.

In this session, I'll share knowledge and tools to re-vision the formative assessment process, moving the locus of control to the student. Traditionally, teachers administer assessments, assign grades, and move on. In lieu of that, I'll present a new model in which students collect and analyze their own data, self-select into intervention and enrichment activities, and engage in reflection that impacts future performance. Data DIY is all about feedback and all about putting assessment in the hands of the primary consumer: the student.

Note: please bring an upcoming classroom or common formative assessment to session. You'll first engage in the Data DIY process in the role of a student, then have the opportunity to apply your learning by following the process with the assessment you've brought.

Presenters
avatar for Mitch Craft

Mitch Craft

6-8 Principal, Sheridan Junior High School
Mitch Craft is not a Math teacher, and would never claim to be. However, Mitch has worked for the last nine years with the top middle level Math team in the state of Wyoming at Sheridan Junior High School. Bringing a non-Math perspective to department leadership has allowed him to... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session is based on the NCTM book Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, which outlines a framework for orchestrating mathematically productive discussions that are rooted in student thinking. The Five Practices framework identifies a set of instructional practices that help teachers achieve high-demand learning objectives by using student work as the launching point for discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated. By giving teachers a road map of things that they can do in advance and during whole-class discussions, these practices have the potential to more effectively orchestrate discussions that are responsive to both students and the discipline.

This workshop will model the framework for you, while you first participate in "student-mode." You'll then have the opportunity to examine samples of student work to simulate the Selecting and Sequencing practices and explore sample problems from various domains, to support implementation in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker

Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment Coordinator, Patagonia K-12
Catherine Parker is a Curriculum and Instructional Specialist in Math and Science in Southern Arizona. She has 15 years of math teaching experience in grades 4 - 8, as well as developmental math at the community college level. Catherine is a certified Common Core Math facilitator... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Panel Discussion: Growth Mindset in the Workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

By popular demand, the panel is back for its own TRIFECTA! This time, join representatives from the New Mexico business community for a live discussion on the importance of cultivating a growth mindset to ensure long-term success for students in the workplace.

From the growth mindset perspective, we'll explore questions like:

1. Is there a talent or ability you would like to have but don’t? How do you know you don’t have it—what’s the evidence?

2. Did you ever label yourself a failure or loser after something negative happened—failing a test, losing a job, being rejected? Describe a time this happened. How could you have been more like Jim Marshall, who made his humiliating experience into a life-changing opportunity?

3. Think of something about yourself you’ve been wanting to change. What is it? Has a fixed mindset prevented you from doing this? Think about it from a growth mindset and spell out a concrete plan for change.

Moderated by KDSL’s Kevin Simpson, the panel will also offer protocols to support you in learning about what may be much more important than grades in the classroom: How to better prepare your students for workforce reasoning and skills that will ensure they can get - and hold - quality jobs in a wide range of industries.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Natasha Martell Jackson

Natasha Martell Jackson

As the Intel NM spokesperson, develops site external communications strategy, promoting key business and corporate social responsibility objectives. Works closely with educators, non-profits, and businesses to create partnerships that support STEM education, closing the student achievement... Read More →
avatar for Zachary Leonard

Zachary Leonard

Education Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Math and Science Academy
Zachary Leonard, Ed.D., is a professional development and school improvement specialist with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Math and Science Academy. His work and research interests consist of mathematics and science content and pedagogy, student engagement, professional learning... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Riordan

Jennifer Riordan

Vice President, Wells Fargo


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Persist and Persevere? No problem!
Limited Capacity filling up

This popular Master Class is being offered twice. Please make sure to sign up for only 1 of the 2 sessions available. 

Problem solving has long been recognized as the foundation of effective mathematics pedagogy. This session will provide you with an overview of fundamental approaches to problem solving, with an emphasis on how to create a classroom environment that promotes persistence and perseverance.

Exercises in problem solving and problem posing will be included in this session and you'll leave with a plan for incorporating more problem solving into your classroom.
 

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor Emeritus, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a returning presenter at the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a former high school mathematics teacher and recently retired from Shippensburg University's Mathematics Department, where he was a mathematics teacher educator. Tom enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Shifting our Mindsets from Remembering How to Understanding Why
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This popular master class is full - but ample space is still available in Steve Leinwand's session "Breathing Classroom Life into the NCTM Teaching Practices" on Friday at 3:15 pm!

Some of the least effective lessons I’ve observed boil down to telling students what they need to remember.  Some of the very best and most effective lessons I’ve observed boil down to providing students with a range of alternative approaches that support an understanding of why the answers make sense. 

In this session, we’ll look at a range of examples that shift students' mindsets from “how” to “why” and explore a set of strategies that make this doable in any classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Author, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

An Inside Look at the Three Acts of a Mathematical Story
Limited Capacity seats available

"Storytelling gives us a framework for certain mathematical tasks that is both prescriptive enough to be useful and flexible enough to be usable. Many stories divide into three acts, each of which maps neatly onto these mathematical tasks."  - Dan Meyer

Join us for this session as the teaching team from El Camino Real explores and shares the inside story of how they are using the concept of three-act math story problems in their curriculum! Students will be involved in the presentation, to offer their perspective.

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Dillingham

Kristy Dillingham

Assistant Principal, El Camino Real Academy
Kristy Dillingham isthe Asst. Principal at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, NM, a PreK-8th dual language school. Kristy believes passionately in engaging students in the learning process: learn as we live and live as we learn.  She has lead curriculum development that is place-based... Read More →
avatar for Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

6th Grade Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Nachly is a dual languagel teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her very first year teaching after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education. Her first year has been an amazing experience so far, working along a wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Edmund Gorman

Edmund Gorman

STEM Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
avatar for Grace Padilla

Grace Padilla

Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Dual Language Grade 6 Teacher


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Eating Your Math
Limited Capacity filling up

As we create a story-telling experience around the actual impact that sugar has on our diets, you'll have fun with mathematics while exploring the nuances of what excellent math teaching could and should look like in the classroom.

We'll focus on instructional strategies that teach math for understanding and play with ratios and proportions in the context of nutrition, health and wellness.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for David DenHartog

David DenHartog

Chief Learning Officer, Athlos Academies
An innovator who has spent the bulk of his education career creating and transforming schools, David is passionate about deep, rich learning that promotes joy and curiosity. Now serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Athlos Academies, David is helping to build a network of model... Read More →
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Storytelling and Mathematics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

While this popular session is full, ample space is available in an Encore Session on Friday at 1:40 pm!

Mathematics teachers are usually consumed with teaching algorithms. Algorithms, however, are based on axioms and those can vary depending on the theory of mathematics. Storytelling in mathematics permits students to explore deductive reasoning.

In this session, you'll have the oportunity to explore deductive reasoning, modeling, and axiomatic systems through the use of storytelling. The explorations will be conducted with Project Zero thinking routines, Socratic Seminars on primary sources, and inquiry-based learning. We'll also explore exemplar work from previous students already published on iTunes Store.

BYOD: If you have a laptop, iPad or tablet, plan to bring it with you to this session.  

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Haack

Jonathan Haack

Math Coach, MYP4 Extended, Mandela International Magnet School
Jonathan Haack lives by the saying “It is better to have tried and failed than to have succeeded at doing nothing.” Jonathan is proud to join the Jaguar family at Capital High School, where he is excited to support student learning in mathematics. Jonathan also teaches one section... Read More →
JM

John Morrison

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy, Santa Fe High School
Originally from New York, John moved to New Mexico in 1997 after working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Richardson from 1993-1997. After teaching and coaching at Rio Rancho High School for 4 years, John began teaching at Capital High (2001-2003) and then Santa Fe High (2003... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Tangerine: An Interdisciplinary Math Story Project
Limited Capacity filling up

Tangerine is a 7th grade reading novel that has become the focus for a whole team math story project developed for the STEM Academy at Sutter Middle School in Fulton, CA. This interdisciplinary team created a math story project, with focal points for activities in English, science, social studies and technology. The math teacher incorporated standards, assessments and immediate feedback through the use of technology in the story project.

Tangerine is a first year project with no shortage on enthusiasm, high expectations, comradarie and fun. In this session, we'll share anecdotes and artifacts from the project, while providing practical details on project planning, implementation with the students, student outcomes and unexpected pitfalls that you'll find helpful as you consider developing your own story-project based approaches.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
JB

Jennifer Blankenfeld

ELA Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KD

Kim Dixon

Math Teacher, Sutter Middle School
Kim is the amazing math teacher on the team. She has worked with her colleagues to configure math units through story-telling. She is and always has been excited about math. She is collaborative and a "behind the scene" type who does what she does out of commitment to student learning... Read More →
HL

Heather Linsley

Science Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KP

Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Building A Risk-Taking Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

At last year's conference, teachers shared experiences of struggle with engaging all learners, scaffolding content up and down, and managing a learning environment where students have a broad range of math skill.

In this sesssion, we'll explore these concepts, diving deeper and developing strategies. You'll begin this experience wearing a learner hat, and see short videos of a classroom teacher, before you begin to formulate strategies that will support targeted learning barriers. You'll walk away with a middle school math task, instructional strategies that support differentiation and a focus on clearly communicated rituals and routines.

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Managing Principal, ALCY Education Solutions, L.L.C.
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her return... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

How to NOT Stand and Deliver: Facilitating Authentic Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

This popular Master Class is being offered twice. While this session is full, ample space is available in the session offered on Saturday at 12:55 pm.

How do we let go of how we were taught to teach math? How do we release textbooks as the core tool in our classroom and realize that we, as teachers, are the most valuable tool in the classroom?

Research supports that the number one impact on student growth is by the teacher, not a math program. This session will dive deep into the fears that underlie our resistance to stepping into our most powerful role. You will experience how to build a community and culture in which facilitates authentic learning.

BYOD: Please bring a laptop, tablet or iPad with you to this session, if you can.  

 


Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Educational Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
Stephanie Owens, Ph. D., has been working in the field of education for 20 years, at the university level and in K-12 public schools. Her training as an Educational Psychologist focused on the education of pre-service teachers who were pursuing education degrees with a teaching license... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:05am

Break
Help yourself to coffee and tea in the Lobby and Main Hall!

Friday February 19, 2016 11:05am - 11:25am
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

3D Modeling to Support Your Math Curriculum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this BYOD (bring-your-own-device) session, you'll explore how 3D modeling can support what is taught in any given math curriculum.

After a brief presentation on different applications and software programs available, we'll walk you through the steps of creating a AutoDesk account; logging to TinkerCAD, Autodesk's cloud-based 3D modeling application;, and complete several tutorials. You'll leave feeling comfortable using a 3D modeling application so that they can successfully support their students and gain several CCSS-based lesson ideas to facilitate a deeper understanding of certain math concepts.

BYOD specs: Bring a laptop or chromebook with you to this session (tablets/ipads not recommended). Bring a mouse if you have one!

Presenters
avatar for Heather Virtue

Heather Virtue

7th/8th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Ballico - Cressey School District
Currently, I am a junior-high math and science teacher in central California school that is 1:1. Teaching math is a passion of mine because I struggled a lot with it when I was in high school...and consequently, I have a bit of a soft spot for those kids who are struggling. I enjoy... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Fostering Mathematics Conversation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, we'll explore the benefits of mathematics conversation and the variety of ways you can incorporate it into your daily lessons, in pairs, small groups and whole-class discussions. You'll practice examples and gain ready-to-use-ideas of how to motivate, incorporate and faciliate mathematics discourse. You'll also gain insights into how to observe and informally assess students' mathematical thinking.

Presenters
avatar for Katherine Wolterbeek

Katherine Wolterbeek

6th Grade Math Teacher, Piedmont Middle School
My love for mathematics and teaching has empowered me to be a lifelong learning in my 24 years (and counting) of teaching, both middle school and elementary school mathematics. I have had the fortunate experience of leading workshops in math games, participating in math leadership... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Managing with Math
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, proven techniques of how to use math to help manage classroom behavior will be demonstrated. When using these classroom management methods, students will practice math concepts and not even know it. Students will apply fractions, ratios, percents, probability, decimals, and measurements, before they are even using these in “lessons.”  Your students will be encouraged by Math!

Both you and your students will enjoy these fun, daily activities, and no real extra time out of your day is needed.  Handouts will be provided at the session and no expensive materials are required.

This popular session is being offerend twice; please add only one of the two to your agenda!


Presenters
avatar for Melinda Delaney Cuilty

Melinda Delaney Cuilty

Leman Academy of Excellence, Leman Academy of Excellence Virtual Academy
I have taught 6th grade for 8 years. I have taught in a private school, a charter school, a Title 1 school, and an online academy. I recently move to Texas from New Mexico and it is interesting learning a new school system. In all the settings I have taught at, I have learned the... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Montessori Math for Middle Schoolers
Limited Capacity filling up

Montessori is often associated as a method for teaching preschoolers and early elementary students. But Montessori manipulatives and lessons offer opportunities for deeper learning and comprehension in the middle grades too!

In this session, you'll be introduced to Montessori math, using manipulatives to support algebra lessons. Learn about the materials and experience lessons that are used with adolescents to teach binomial squaring and binomial and trinomial square roots, as well as the materials that are used for cubing and cube roots.

Presenters
avatar for Candace Cheung

Candace Cheung

Math Instructional Coach, Compass Montessori
Candace Cheung is currently working as an instructional coach at one of the very few pre-k through 12th grade public Montessori schools in the country. She has an MEd. in education and is Montessori trained at both the elementary and adolescent level. Candace has been in the field... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Real-Life Math with PBS Learning Media
Limited Capacity filling up

Students want to know how what they learn in math class translates to the real world - and Middle school is the time when students begin to think about careers. Use this to your advantage!

This session will introduce you to PBS Learning Media and the more than 1,600 FREE middle school math resources included in it that capatilize on these connections. You'll also learn how to seach, save and share Lesson Plans, Audio, Video, Images, Documents, Interactive Games or Self-Paced Lessons to engage your students in Real-Life Math.

Presenters
avatar for Laurel Wyckoff

Laurel Wyckoff

Education and Outreach Manager, New Mexico PBS / KNME
Laurel Wyckoff oversees community engagement activities for New Mexico PBS including American Graduate, Ready to Learn early childhood education, and PBS Learning Media. She regularly presents teacher professional development workshops across the state. Laurel is co-producer of Public... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Save the Trees! (There's a Better Way to Factor)
Limited Capacity filling up

Providing students with a good understanding of numbers is foundational to their success in developing advanced math concepts and skills. Thus, cultivating number sense is an important component of the Common Core State Standards. This is also means we, as teachers, need to move away from teaching and promoting the use of “factor trees” for prime factorization.

During this session, we'll explore the structure of numbers and learn how to develop and sustain good number sense by teaching and promoting prime factorization with the “ladder” approach.

Presenters
avatar for Sharon Fogle

Sharon Fogle

Instructional Coach, Los Alamos Public Schools
Sharon Fogle serves as an instructional coach for Los Alamos Public Schools. In this role, she has the privilege to collaborate with teachers in grades K-8 as they endeavor to meet the educational needs of their students by delivering relevant curriculum using the most effective strategies... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Self-Data Analysis
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Too often, I’ve heard students say that they do not know what they don’t know. They could not articulate what they needed, which made it hard for them to be accountable for their learning.

To help students identify what they don't know, while creating tangible evidence of students’ strengths, challenges and weaknesses in the specific strands of mathematics, I decided to create a system of pre-and-post tests with Student Data Analsysis sheets. On the analysis sheets, students use bar graphs to graph their own data and identify their weaknesses, challenges and strengths.

My vision was that all students would become more conscious of their math skills and that teachers could use the data to drive their lessons. It did that and more - the process cultivated students' eagerness to learn and grow, provided data we could use to differentiate lessons, and fostered a stronger learning environment. Classroom dynamics changed, as students became more in-tune with their progress and teachers had stronger data gear their instruction to the needs of their students and create cohesive lessons.

In this session, we'll share the system we've created (including student reflections), give you the chance to "be the student" and graph your progress, and provide the opportunity to articulate the Data Sheets as a teacher planning for upcoming lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Burton

Shannon Burton

Principal, MS 61 Brooklyn New York
Dr. Shannon Burton received two Associate degrees and one Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley College majoring in Business Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management. In addition, he received his Master’s Degree in Science and Education from Lehman College specializing in... Read More →
avatar for Krystal Chong

Krystal Chong

7th/8th Grade Teacher, Middle School 61
Krystal Chong has just completed her first year of teaching the 7th and 8th grade. She has an impeccable love for mathematics. She is dedicated and she is always willing to grow and learn.


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

EMPIRES in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year MidSchoolMath released the first socially-networked story-based math game, EMPIRES. 

Trading of virtual goats and researching metallurgy, interwoven with a youthful love story and the creation of settled civilizations in Ancient Mesopotamia is not the formula one expects when considering methods to raise the dismal track record of US students
on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) scale in math. 

So why goats? Because goats, or metallurgy, or wherever else a civilization story can take you, can help math make sense. A compelling story pedagogy takes learning deeper. The game starts with an introductory trailer that creates a captivating setting with a feeling that this is the beginning of civilization. Characters and plot are essential parts to keeping to story moving as the game begins. Students manage their empire, tallying assets, investing and distributing resources. As each activity unfolds, opportunities for deep learning of math – and repetitive practice – appear, woven into the context of the game. 

Math uniquely comes to life within EMPIRES. Ratios and proportional relationships are explored as resources are invested in projects; the Pythagorean Theorem serves as a tool that allows the measurement of distance and time between a neighboring empire to complete a trade. 

Join math teacher, Lori Brown, to find out what happened when she brought EMPIRES to her classroom! 


Presenters
avatar for Lori Brown

Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics



Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Math for Social Activism: Considering The Omnivore’s Dilemma in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you give students a hands-on way to apply mathematicas to real-life issues? Create a project that shows them how math can be a powerful tool to support ethical personal decision-making and social activism!

This project introduced basic math concepts - and provided opportunity for ongoing practice and mastery of concepts - from a perspective of examing the agribusiness industry. Students read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and watched the documentary film Food Inc., then they used fractions, decimals, and percentages to analyze financial ratios of publicly traded companies in the agribusiness industry. They made calculations and created graphs to draw conclusions about both finance and corporate responsibility and they presented their findings in a PowerPoint presentation.

In this session, I'll share about the development, implemenation and impact of this unique project with my 6th and 7th grade students.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Kolb

Matthew Kolb

Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Matt Kolb is currently a teacher of mathematics at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He has developed academic curriculum in business education for Pace University in New York City and New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, developed multi-topic curriculum for the Learning... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Reinforcing through Stories
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Attending last year's MidSchoolMath National Conference, featuring Dan Meyer and teachers using story to support math, provided a paradigm shift for myself in approaching math lessons.

In this session, I'll share how I began to utilize "short" stories to reinforce basic math skill concepts. These included Pythagorean Theorem, integers, area & volume, solving equations, and converting between percent / decimal and fraction.

I quickly found success using this format to provide high engagement with students in addition to strengthening their understandings. Students conclude each session with an activity that provided practice to reinforce their understanding of the process.

I'll share how you you can leave MidSchoolMath with the confidence you need to move forward and incorporate stories into your lessons - just start small and build on your efforts! I'll also highlight the impact these stories have on students, especially in helping to drastically increase student engagement and rigor.

Presenters
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James Babinec

Title One Math 7-8, West Middle School
My name is James Babinec. I am an 18 year veteran teacher with experience in grades 5-8. I have taught in Arizona, Wisconsin and currently in Liberal Kansas. My present role is teaching Title One Math for grades 7-8 along with a 7th Grade Math class.
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Troy McCarter

Assistant Principal, Liberal USD 480
I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Abilene Christian University (Go Wildcats!). I then taught 3 years of 8th grade math in Guthrie , Oklahoma. My wife and I decided to return home in 1998 where I began teaching 8th grade math at West Middle School.  In 2006... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Transforming Math at the School Level
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Too often, only a single teacher tries something new. How do we ensure that change in how we teach math - and how our students think and feel about the subject - occurs at the school level? 

 Join the team from Turquoise Trail Charter School for a conversation about how they are striving to create an engaging school culture around math. Hear about their efforts, think through challenges, ask questions and share your ideas!  


Presenters
avatar for Sharyn Gray

Sharyn Gray

Math Teacher/MS Principal, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →
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Ray Griffin

Head Administrator, Turquoise Trail Charter School
Dr. Ray Griffin is Head Administrator at Turquoise Trail Charter School, named the2014 New Mexico Charter School of the Year at the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools’ conference in October 2014.  He has been a coach, a teacher and an administrator for 35 years. In NM he... Read More →
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Heather Herd

Math Teacher, Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
After an enriching decade of teaching 4th and 5th graders in New Jersey, I packed my bags 13 years ago and headed west to start a fresh and beautiful life in the open vistas of New Mexico.  My life here has had all the components of the adventure I longed for at that time.  Since... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

12:10pm

Lunch on Your Own
Enjoy lunch on your own - and enjoy getting out and about in Santa Fe - at one of the many nearby cafes!

A list of suggested resturants and walking directions are provided in your conference packet. Please make sure to make your way back to the Convention Center to be at your next session and ready to start at 1:40 pm.

Friday February 19, 2016 12:10pm - 1:40pm
Downtown Santa Fe

1:40pm

Coherence Map: A Tool for Mathematical Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will deepen their understanding of the CCSS instructional shifts while engaging with a free digital tool (Student Achievement Partners: Coherence Map) that helps aid in planning lessons and units with mathematical coherence. The tool enhances planning scaffolded learning opportunities that support students who are behind as well as advancing; by identifying gaps in a student’s knowledge as a standard is traced back through its logical prerequisites and by creating challenging learning experiences for students who are ready for more.

The session will be illustrated in the content of Ratios and Proportional Relationships as a visual is provided for participants to connect major work and supporting work within a grade, allowing maximization of instructional time. There will be time for session attendees to explore and plan individually or collaboratively with additional grade specific domains, clusters or standards on their laptops and tablets. In the end, participants will gain an understanding that students possess a knowledge of math at deeper levels and can achieve at higher levels when they learn math concepts with coherence-building their understanding by linking together concepts within and across grades.

Presenters
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Astrid Fossum

Mathematics Assessment Specialist, Student Achievement Partners
Astrid Fossum supports Student Achievement Partner’s mathematics and assessment initiatives in her role as Mathematics Assessment Specialist. Astrid brings over 18 years of experience in mathematics teaching and administration, starting with 10 years as an elementary and middle... Read More →
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Joanie Funderburk

Content Manager, Student Achievement Partners
Joanie Funderburk is a member of the Field Impact Team. Joanie brings over 25 years of experience as a math educator, including six years as the secondary math coordinator for the Cherry Creek School District, where she supported over 250 middle and high school math teachers in implementing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Data DIY: Placing Formative Assessment Data in the Hands of Students
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This popular session is full -- but seats are still available in this session on Friday, at 9:50 am!

Research tells us with great clarity that formative assessment and quality, timely feedback are two of the highest yield strategies at any teacher's fingertips. Math teachers have the opportunity to take these strategies to the next level of effectiveness by pairing them with noncognitive factors such as student ownership and reflection.

In this session, I'll share knowledge and tools to re-vision the formative assessment process, moving the locus of control to the student. Traditionally, teachers administer assessments, assign grades, and move on. In lieu of that, I'll present a new model in which students collect and analyze their own data, self-select into intervention and enrichment activities, and engage in reflection that impacts future performance. Data DIY is all about feedback and all about putting assessment in the hands of the primary consumer: the student.

Note: please bring an upcoming classroom or common formative assessment to session. You'll first engage in the Data DIY process in the role of a student, then have the opportunity to apply your learning by following the process with the assessment you've brought.

Presenters
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Mitch Craft

6-8 Principal, Sheridan Junior High School
Mitch Craft is not a Math teacher, and would never claim to be. However, Mitch has worked for the last nine years with the top middle level Math team in the state of Wyoming at Sheridan Junior High School. Bringing a non-Math perspective to department leadership has allowed him to... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

How to Get the History Teacher to Teach Math
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Integrating math concepts into other subjects is a simple way to make math more accessible and relevant to students - and even increase instruction time. In this session, you'll experience three, detailed hands-on lessons that integrate 8th grade US History standards and CCSS math standards.

Lesson topics include: 1) Predict body size of different groups of Paleo-Americans by measuring their bones, 2) Predict current and future ethnic population trends by analyzing immigration patterns of the New World, and 3) Solve map making dilemmas encountered by explorers such as Lewis and Clark.

You'll solve the lessons, leave with lesson plans and become inspired to develop your own interdisciplinary lessons in your school!

Presenters
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Melanie Durfee

6th grade math instructional coach, Cedar City Middle School
Melanie Durfee is the 6th grade math coach at Cedar Middle School in Cedar City, Utah. She is currently working toward her PhD in math curriculum at Utah State University.
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Ryan Durfee

Digital Literacy Teacher, Iron County School District/Cedar Middle School
Ryan Durfee teaches U.S. History, Digital Literacy, Multimedia (computer animation, graphic & website design) and Guitar at Cedar Middle School in Cedar City, Utah. Ryan has taught at the middle school, high school and university levels. Courses taught over the years include courses... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Math Camp: Empowering Struggling Students in the Math Support Classroom
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What practices will lead students to overcome their gaps in math learning and years of negative math class experiences? And can we be so audacious as to expect them to develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and (gasp!) even joy for mathematics?

This session shares a novel approach to traditional remediation for math students. By incorporating three critical components in the math support class (development of procedural fluencies, support for conceptual understanding, and immersion into rich problem solving tasks) students can discover their inner mathematician!

We will investigate best practices for developing students’ procedural fluencies, as well as their conceptual understandings. These practices include effective strategies for building fact fluency, incorporation of a “Peek at the Week,” and effective use of online platforms for individualized instruction. We will also engage with accessible, rigorous math tasks that promote student moves aligned with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Bax

Sarah Bax

Teacher, Hardy Middle School
I have been a middle school mathematics educator with the District of Columbia Public Schools for 23 years, teaching for the last 17 years at Hardy Middle School. Recently I developed our school’s math support class, Math Camp. I also serve as a Master Educator with the Math for... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Math Games for the CCSS Math Practices
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In this session, learn how to introduce and teach the Common Core's 8 Math Practice Standards to your students using games! 

These teacher-created games are designed to be used in a large classroom setting and to provide a fun way for students to review and reinforce math concepts previously taught. Each game focuses on one or more of the 8 Math Practice Standards and will help students learn, review, and sustain mathematical concepts while having fun.


Presenters
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Susan Chadaz

Teacher, Garland Elementary School
I have taught grades 3 through 7, ages 8 through 13, for the past 21 years and have found how important it is for students to have fun while they are learning. Each game has been tried, proved, and loved by me as a teacher, many other fellow teachers, and by hundreds of wonderful... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

More Math Snacks: What Do You Want to See?
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Math Snacks include animations and games to teach middle school concepts like ratio, proportion, scale factor, coordinate plane and number line using a constructivist approach of teaching and learning. Each lesson is available in English and Spanish and provides numerous support materials for teachers.

In this session, you'll be introduced to Math Snacks, experience a Math Snacks lesson, and learn about utilizing the new Spanish-languge Math Snacks materials. Then, the Math Snacks team from New Mexico State University needs your help!

In the coming years, we will be developing more Math Snacks to address pre-algebra concepts including related quantities, the meaning of variables and an exploration of expressions and equations. We need your input on what you want to see in a future Math Snack game or animation. What are the concepts you know your students need to know to succeed in Algebra, but just don't get? What do you need better visual representations and lessons for? Your ideas might just be turned into a Math Snacks animation or video game!

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Chamberlin

Barbara Chamberlin

Professor, New Mexico State University
Barbara Chamberlin directs game and media development at New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab. The production team works on a variety of content and audiences, most recently completing Math Snacks games for mid school learners (mathsnacks.org). Dr. Chamberlin also conducts... Read More →
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Karen Trujillo

Research Faculty, New Mexico State University - Math Snacks Team
Karen Trujillo was a math teacher for 9 years, an administrator for 4 years, a professional development specialist for 12 years and a research faculty member at NMSU for 6 years. She is the director of the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and a Co-PI on the NSF... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Talk Moves in the Math Classroom: Conversation Prompts to Encourage Respectful Discourse
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The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice 3 calls for students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. What does that look like in the math classroom? How do we set up the classroom culture to do this successfully?

In this session, you'll learn about talk moves for the mathematics classroom that will support this standard. We will focus on the use of conversation prompts to encourage respectful discourse among students. Modeling, small group discussions, and video clips will be used as part of our learning process and you'll leave with prompts you can use in your classroom immediately.

Presenters
avatar for Claudia Ahlstrom

Claudia Ahlstrom

State Math Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
Claudia is the State Math Specialist in the Math and Science Bureau of the Public Education Department and has held this position for 13 years. Claudia has been active in education for over 30 years as a teacher, as a parent and as a community member. After earning her BA in math... Read More →
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Yanira Vasquez

Director, Math and Science Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department
Yanira is the Director of the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her experience in the field of education includes teaching at the elementary and college levels, working as a math/science coach, an elementary school principal, and as a math specialist... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Standards of Mathematical Practices and Growth Mindset
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This popular Master Class is being offered twice. This session is nearly full, but space is still available in the session offered on Saturday at 12:55 pm. 

Together we will engage in a deep analysis of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and create a list of observable factors for each practice from the student and teacher perspectives. We will then identify which of the SMP's lend themselves to developing the Growth Mindset. Finally, we will take our analysis and apply it to redesigning to include the observable factors we created and ramping it up to include teaching students to have a growth mindset in math class. As part of connecting the SMP's to the Growth Mindset we will discuss and craft different types of probing questions for students and teachers to ask to specifically promote each SMP in such a way that it also encourages a Growth Mindset in the classroom.

Presenters
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Chari Kauffman

Science Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools
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Janelle Maestas

6th grade teacher, Atalaya Elementary School
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Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

Teacher, DeVargas Middle School
I am coming to MidSchoolMath after having been educated that the best way to teach math is through experiential learning.  Throughout my career my training has always remained something I had struggle to implement though I full heartedly believed in it.  The demands of the day to... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Storytelling and Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

Mathematics teachers are usually consumed with teaching algorithms. Algorithms, however, are based on axioms and those can vary depending on the theory of mathematics. Storytelling in mathematics permits students to explore deductive reasoning.

In this session, you'll have the oportunity to explore deductive reasoning, modeling, and axiomatic systems through the use of storytelling. The explorations will be conducted with Project Zero thinking routines, Socratic Seminars on primary sources, and inquiry-based learning. We'll also explore exemplar work from previous students already published on iTunes Store.

BYOD: If you have a laptop, iPad or tablet, plan to bring it with you to this session.  

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Haack

Jonathan Haack

Math Coach, MYP4 Extended, Mandela International Magnet School
Jonathan Haack lives by the saying “It is better to have tried and failed than to have succeeded at doing nothing.” Jonathan is proud to join the Jaguar family at Capital High School, where he is excited to support student learning in mathematics. Jonathan also teaches one section... Read More →
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John Morrison

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy, Santa Fe High School
Originally from New York, John moved to New Mexico in 1997 after working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Richardson from 1993-1997. After teaching and coaching at Rio Rancho High School for 4 years, John began teaching at Capital High (2001-2003) and then Santa Fe High (2003... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

The NeverEnding Story
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Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of attending the MidSchoolMath Naitonal Conference, as well as the Math Story Project Development workshops in Taos. While there, I witnessed the beauty of truly engaging professional development; teachers invigorated by the idea of bringing creativity, and their stories, into their mathematics classrooms. Fueled by the fire (and ice) of Everest and Iditarod, the stories began to grow, and grow…and GROW.

Then panic set in.

“This is an epic story. I don’t know how to tell it in one week!”
“How am I supposed to fit this in and also cover all of the curriculum?”
“I don’t have three weeks to give to this story.”
“I don’t think my principal will let me veer from the pacing guide to do this.”
“I don’t think I have the time.”
“I want to do this. But I just can’t do this.”

I feel their frustration. I didn’t even come close to “covering” all of the math standards last year, and I felt I did my students a disservice. It is my job to be sure they know the content they are being tested on. It is also my job to be sure I don’t kill them with boredom.

My solution to this dilemma was to begin designing a system in which the story becomes a thread of continuity through a year-long curriculum. Thus, there is now one story in my classroom, with just one main character . . . who just keeps showing up! His presence brings continuity, creativity, and quite a bit of humor to the regular curriculum.

Join me for this session, where I'll share the framework and backwards design process I used to create a "NeverEnding Story" in the mathematics classroom.

Note: Try to bring a bring an “end of unit” assessment question from your regular curriculum with you to this session!  

Presenters
avatar for Sharyn Gray

Sharyn Gray

Math Teacher/MS Principal, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Three-Act Math Story Projects: An Introduction
Limited Capacity seats available

According to Mark Turner in his book The Literary Mind, "Narrative imagining — story — is the fundamental instrument of thought... Rational capacities depend on it. It is our chief means of looking in to the future, of predicting, of planning, and of explaining...Most of our experiences, our knowledge and our thinking is organized as stories.” 

Imagine the power of using story in your math class! Join Scott & Megan as they lead you through a beginner’s overview of the 3-Act Story Math structure.

Allow Megan & Scott to take you, their students, away on an incredible journey--from the scariest airport in the world to the tallest point on Earth!  It's a mathematical journey of proportional relationships and modeling of real-world scenarios. But, it's much more than that! It is also a rich cultural experience in the life of Everest climbers. Begin the adventure of a lifetime with Expedition Everest!

Megan and Scott will guide you through the essential components of 3-Act Story Math, and then will task you with beginning to build an adventure for YOUR students! Note: this session is recommend for teachers who have not taken part in MidSchoolMath Story Project Workshops, retreats or sessions in the past.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
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Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:55pm

Afternoon Snack Break
Enjoy light snacks, refreshments and networking in the lobby and main hall!

Friday February 19, 2016 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

HELP WANTED!: Now Taking Real-World Applications
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Communication, problem-solvings and interpersonal skills are the newest "must-haves" of the global marketplace. How can we, as math teachers, develop these soft skills in our students?

In this session, you'll explore an innovative problem-solving model centered on the four tenets of curiosity, context, communication, and collaboration. We'll share how we transformed dry, dusty textbook examples into off-the-page, real-life experiences that will grab students' attention, foster creative thinking, and develop mathematical understandings, creating ways ways for students to connect math to their personal life experiences. Instead of delivering prescribed procedures, which too often stifle creativity and collaboration, we'll examine how to facilitate authentic discovery and ensure that error analysis will become a natural routine for students.

You'll leave this session equipped with tools to develop innovative thinkers who can confidently answer any "Help Wanted" ad!

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Larremore

Stephanie Larremore

Math Coordinator, Frenship ISD
Stephanie Larremore serves as Coordinator of Math for the Frenship Independent School District near Lubbock, Texas. Stephanie has the opportunity to work closely with math teachers at 8 elementary, 3 middle schools and a high school campus. She collaborates with teachers and administrators... Read More →
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Cassandra Slayton

Coordinator of Mathematics, Frenship ISD
Cassandra Slayton is an educational consultant who works with teachers to make math relevant through aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is passionate about designing instruction that engages learners through the promotion of curiosity, context, collaboration, and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

I Wish I Had a Game For . . .
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This popular session is being offered several times; while this session is full, ample space is available in the session offered on Saturday at 9:35 am.

Math games engage, entertain and enrich your lessons, but finding one to fit the needs of your class can be challenging.

Join the fun while you learn strategies that use common materials to create unique, exciting, and fast paced games that are custom designed for your students, interface with your curriculum, and reach across disciplines.

Presenters
avatar for Martha Hildebrandt

Martha Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Interdisciplinary Teaming and Math: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
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This session will focus on the power of an interdisciplinary approach to working with young learners - and leveraging that to support mathematical learning for students.

We'll share how we have worked with groups of diverse learners, from high capacity to special needs, and everywhere in betweeen, exploring just how teachers planned for meeting all learning needs. We will talk about the benefits of a unified approach to discipline, accommodations and meeting the needs of all learners, with special focus on their mathematical needs.

Thematic units will be examined, and math's role in those units. Time will be spent experiencing lessons and examining the impact of math throughout a student's life, not just in a math class, and we'll discuss ways to maximize learning for all. Math will be the thread with which we weave this tale of a wonderful model for working with young learners.

Presenters
avatar for Deb Gribskov

Deb Gribskov

Mathematics Coach, Kelso School District, Kelso School District
My name is Deb Gribskov. I worked on an interdisciplinary team for almost 10 years, and found it to be the most engaging, energizing and exciting teaching experience of my career. I am passionate about math. I see it everywhere, and love to bring that awareness and passion to my... Read More →
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Marilyn Melville-Irvine

Retired Teacher, Educational Consultant, Educational Service District 112, WA
Marilyn taught English Language Arts for over 40 years, working with the full population of learners. She was the district leader in gifted education, and became a district leader in inclusive classrooms. Marilyn is a strong advocate of cooperative learning, and brought a wealth of... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Judo Math: Relationship Based Learning
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Everyone learns at a different pace, whether it's riding a bike or tying a shoe. So why aren't we teaching math that way? With Judo Math you can! Like the martial art practice, students progress through a series of belts to achieve mastery...all at their own pace. Slower kids get the extra time they need, building confidence in their abilities, while faster kids don’t have to wait for the rest of the class anymore - they get the chance to soar and explore. The core principles of Judo are cooperation and mutual welfare, creating an enviroinment to support peer-to-peer learning. By explaining and collaborating, students gain a deeper understanding as they work with each other to become a black belt.

Join us for this session to learn how to create this positive culture in your classroom. You can earn your first belts through activities to experience how the students feel - and leave with a teacher's guide with step-by-step instructions for using Judo Math in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes

Teacher, High Tech Middle Chula Vista
Jamie started teaching and working in education in the private school sector as Athletic Director, math teacher, coach, and most memorably, running a comprehensive Outdoor Education program. He earned a Masters in Education at Teacher's College in New York before working as an Upper... Read More →
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Dan Thoene

Teacher, High Tech High
Dan helped open High Tech Middle School back in 2003 and has been teaching in the village ever since. He’s taught 8th grade Math and Science at HTM for 12 years before moving to High Tech Middle Media Arts this year. He graduated from UCSB in 1992 with a major in communications... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Making Sense of Percent
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Join us for this interactive session to solve problems like: Kyle did 28 sit-ups, which was 35% of his daily goal. What is his daily goal? Draw a model to show your thinking. Your students will be amazed at how easy it is to connect the idea of percent to real-life situations. There are no expensive materials to purchase and handouts will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Janelle Chisholm

Janelle Chisholm

Consultant, No Teacher Left Behind
Janelle Chisholm, National Board Certified Teacher, served as a classroom teacher for 19 years before moving to the district office as a math coach in a large urban school district in Phoenix, AZ for three years. She has been presenting teacher workshops full time for the last four... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Pedagogical Listening: Understanding Teaching From a Listening Perspective
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In this interactive session, rich with video examples and small group discussions, we'll reframe what we know about teaching and learning from a new perspective: listening.

We'll explore frameworks for teacher listening in mathematics discussions and pedagogical listening and discuss how a more nuanced understanding of the roles of listening in teaching and learning can inform a shift in how we think about teaching. Perhaps it's not so much a "talking" profession as a "listening" profession. 

You'll leave with concrete ideas about different ways to listen during mathematical discussions that support students’ development as mathematical thinkers.


Presenters
avatar for Kersti Tyson

Kersti Tyson

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Kersti Tyson is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico where she has the honor of working with NM's future and current teachers. She supports future elementary teachers to learn how to teach math in equitable ways that honor children's sense-making. She supports current... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Growth Mindset Interventions Yield BIG Dividends
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This session will present a case study of how one alegebra teacher chose to provide mindset interventions that made a substantial impact on students willingness' to engage in learning, as well as their self-efficacy. This teacher provided opportunities for her students to learn how to be learners, provide meaningful feedback to each other and to build a community where deep mathematical learning took place.

In light of Dr. Boaler's and Dr. Dweck's growing body of research around mindset and how it affects student efficacy in mathematics, this case study aligns with the research findings on mindset interventions. Mindset interventions can pay big dividends in helping students become the proficient mathematicians described in the CCSS Mathematical Practices.

You'll see see journal and video data that shows the depth of these interventions, have discussion about research on mindset and mindset interventions, and leave the session with goals for providing mindset interventions in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Cathi Cracraft

Cathi Cracraft

Teacher, White Pine High School
Cathi has experience teaching 5th grade, middle school mathematics, and is currently teaching high school math. Cathi has just completed her Master's of 6-12 Mathematics Education from Western Governors University. Cathi is passionate about doing what it takes to help all her students... Read More →
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Christina Westwood

Regional PD Coordinator, Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Group
Tina Westwood has a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Math Education from the University of Utah and is currently completing her Master's in 6-12 Math Education from Western Governors University. She has experience teaching high school mathematics and professional development in Utah... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

The Art of Math Reflections
Limited Capacity seats available

By shifting our focus on teaching students what to learn, we need to look deeper into how they learn. Technology such as computers, phones, and video games are everywhere! Students love to draw, doodle, and sketch on their notes, assignments, and even on tests. Mathematics and art have an amazing connection and teaching mathematics with art can be an excellent teaching strategy. Why not implement these resources into your curriculum and allow time and space for students to interact with technology and express themselves using individual art pieces in our mathematics classrooms?

I am currently using MidSchoolMath’s grade 6 game, Ko’s Journey, as the nucleus to drive instruction. This session will demonstrate how to incorporate technology and student generated art work to display individual understanding of mathematical concepts/problems and their connections to real-word applications. While playing Ko’s Journey, students grapple with solutions and create strategies for solving problems, engage in meaningful discussions with their peers, relate each lesson to real world applications, and create individual pieces of art to display what they learned based on a teacher generated rubric.  

Join me in my session to experience the integration of art and technology that I have found to be so beneficial.

BYODPlease bring a laptop with you to this session, if possible.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Math / Science Teacher, CrossRoads Alternative Program
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University in 2001. Since graduation, I have inspected houses as an ASHI Certified Home Inspector, obtained my New Mexico GB-02 General Contractor License, and built 8 homes in Las Cruces, NM... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

A Walk in the PARCC: Planning the Risk
Limited Capacity seats available

As most school districts are approaching or already inside the PARCC Spring administration testing window, we find ourselves looking down the list of priority standards and Major clusters. “I taught this but, they haven’t mastered it,” you say. “We’ve touched on this skill but I’m not confident that we’ve gone deep enough.” “My students can do the math, it’s just the word problems that stump them.” 

So lets use this time to come together as thought partners to plan out lessons and strategies that will support the kind of math teaching and learning we know is necessary to achieve deeper mathematics thinking. We’ve gathered some content related and pedagogical tools that we can put to use NOW before we leave the conference and lose some papers. The PARCC test isn’t just asking our students to solve a math problem, our students are being tasked with making decisions based on a given situation. Together, we will plan meaningful tasks and design a teaching and learning plan with probing questions that result in an emphasis on understanding multiple ways to approach the problem using collaboration as the secret weapon.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!

Note: Try to bring a list of the skills/standards that you haven't covered in your classrooms - but want to - with you to this session! 

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Managing Principal, ALCY Education Solutions, L.L.C.
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her return... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Breathing Classroom Life into the NCTM Teaching Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

We can summarize the eight Mathematical Teaching Practices defined in the NCTM's  Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All as goals, tasks, representations, discourse, questioning, fluency, struggle and evidence.

This fast-paced, example-laden workshop will provide examples by which we will model each of these critical research-affirmed practices for impactful instruction. Just like a great class, we’ll play and learn!

Presenters
avatar for Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Author, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Increasing Inquiry and Depth of Learning through Instructional Design
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for this story of a master teacher who revised her traditional workshop model lesson plans and increased student achievement, while honoring student voice.

This popular session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →
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Dirk Matthias

School Director, Pacific Heritage Academy
Dirk Matthias, Director of Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City, is a life-long educator committed to creating friendly, safe and supportive classrooms and schools. Dirk was a founder of an Expeditionary Learning Middle School, where he became the lead-teacher and taught middle... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

5:00pm

Celebration in Honor of You, the Teacher

Join us at the LaFonda on the Plaza for a Celebration, in honor of You, the Teacher!

Free Drink + Cash Bar

Chips & Salsa

Live Music 

The LaFonda on the Plaza is located just a short walk from the Convention Center, at 100 E San Francisco St. The Celebration will be held in the Lumpkins Ballroom


Sponsors
avatar for Nusenda Credit Union

Nusenda Credit Union

Nusenda Credit Union isn’t your typical banking experience; we look for ways to go above and beyond to serve you. We’re proud to offer you all the high quality banking tools and solutions that you’d receive from a big bank. And because we’re a not-for-profit, we pay back... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM
 
Saturday, February 20
 

7:00am

Arrival
Meet and mingle with fellow attendees while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea and light refreshments!

Saturday February 20, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:15am

Keynote: "Mindset and the Math Teacher" with Carol Dweck
Saturday February 20, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:15am

Group Photo & Break
Head straight to the lobby after the keynote to join in our annual attendee group photo! Then, help yourself to coffee, tea and water in the lobby and main hall. 

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Enhancing Conceptual Understanding to Support English Language Learners
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Teachers’ understanding of mathematics content is a crticial precursor to effective instruction that focuses on conceptual understanding, while understanding of language is critical for student access.

In this session, you'll become more aware of the language needs of all students and will consider these language needs in designing instruction to ensure success. You'll also improve your conceptual understanding of ratios and proportional reasoning, so that you are better able to design effective teaching practices that support students’ success and foster a growth mindset classroom.

Through small group exercises and modeling, you'll improve your conceptual understanding of ratios and proportional reasoning, getting away from "looking" for a formula. Meanwhile, throughout the session, we'll consider how to provide English learners access to the academic content by becoming more aware of the languages issues that face students.

Presenters
avatar for Susie Hakansson (TODOS: Mathematics for All)

Susie Hakansson (TODOS: Mathematics for All)

Immediate Past President, TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, TODOS: Mathematics for ALL
Dr. Susie W. Hakansson is President of TODOS: Mathematics for All. She taught high school mathematics, served as a faculty advisor for secondary pre-service students, and has 30 years of experience providing professional development to PreK-16 teachers of mathematics. She was Executive... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Financial Literacy: The Cost of College
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about Financial Capabilities! We will be covering "The Cost of College" and sharing the Common Core resources available on our website www.learnmoneysense.com by Nusenda, complete with interactive videos, lesson plans, and more.  Provide your students with the knowledge and skills to create financial plans, effectively manage their money, and become knowledgeable financial consumers. 

You will leave this session with the knowledge, skills, and resources to immediately integrate financial capability into your classroom.


Presenters
avatar for Julia Heath

Julia Heath

Director of the Economics Center, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Heath is the Director of the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati and the President of the Ohio Council on Economic Education.·         Prior to coming to UC, Dr. Heath spent 26 years at the University of Memphis.·         She received a Visiting Research... Read More →
avatar for Shana Runck

Shana Runck

Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Financial Capabilities, Nusenda Credit Union
Shana Runck is the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Financial Capabilities with Nusenda Credit Union where she works with multiple constituents to promote the importance of financial capability to ensure economic stability and mobility for New Mexico youth and families... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

From Jeopardy Contestants to Deeper Thinkers
Limited Capacity full
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Due to an increase in standardized testing, many of our students have become Jeopardy contestants, of sorts, when it comes to their test taking skills.

This class explores methods that can be used to encourage students to be deeper thinkers within the given subject areas. Increasing writing, communication, and thinking opportunities will have students approaching learning in a deeper way. Although we, as presenters, are math teachers, we are committed to helping students explore the depths of their educational career through reflective practices involving deeper thinking.

BYOD: Optional but encouraged: download the "Schoology App" or go to www.schoology.com, create a free account and enter access code: TRGM5-X3K4F 

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Mashinchi

Shannon Mashinchi

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a veteran teacher, it has been career changing to work toward a classroom where students are engaged and find success. In our school district there has been an influx of students from war torn countries with interrupted educational experiences. Providing opportunities to interact... Read More →
avatar for Clair Thiel

Clair Thiel

High School Math Teacher, Reynolds High School
As a 6th year teacher, I have immersed myself in the world of Interactive Strategies. As a Sheltered Math Teacher, I have the opportunity to take students with varying educational background and push them toward deeper thinking. As a teacher leader on the Interactive Strategies Team... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

I Wish I Had a Game For . . .
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Math games engage, entertain and enrich your lessons, but finding one to fit the needs of your class can be challenging.

Join the fun while you learn strategies that use common materials to create unique, exciting, and fast paced games that are custom designed for your students, interface with your curriculum, and reach across disciplines.

Presenters
avatar for Martha Hildebrandt

Martha Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Incorporating Problem Solving in the Middle School Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, we'll explore how to incorporate problem solving activities and build problem solving skills in the middle school math classroom. You'll gain resources for structuring the problem solving process, such as rubrics and examples, and discussinstructional techniques for how to build efficient problem solvers in the middle school math classroom, such as the use of Anchor Tasks, questioning strategies and cooperative learning strategies.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Lindow

Kim Lindow

8th Grade Math Teacher, Canyon Ridge Elementary School
I am originally from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Concordia University with my teaching degree and certificate. I then moved to the Phoenix area six years ago to pursue my career and fell in love with teaching 8th Grade Math.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Math Games for the CCSS Math Practices
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, learn how to introduce and teach the Common Core's 8 Math Practice Standards to your students using games! 

These teacher-created games are designed to be used in a large classroom setting and to provide a fun way for students to review and reinforce math concepts previously taught. Each game focuses on one or more of the 8 Math Practice Standards and will help students learn, review, and sustain mathematical concepts while having fun.

This popular session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Chadaz

Susan Chadaz

Teacher, Garland Elementary School
I have taught grades 3 through 7, ages 8 through 13, for the past 21 years and have found how important it is for students to have fun while they are learning. Each game has been tried, proved, and loved by me as a teacher, many other fellow teachers, and by hundreds of wonderful... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Persist and Persevere? No problem!
Limited Capacity full
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Problem solving has long been recognized as the foundation of effective mathematics pedagogy. This session will provide you with an overview of fundamental approaches to problem solving, with an emphasis on how to create a classroom environment that promotes persistence and perseverance.

Exercises in problem solving and problem posing will be included in this session and you'll leave with a plan for incorporating more problem solving into your classroom.

This popular session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor Emeritus, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a returning presenter at the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a former high school mathematics teacher and recently retired from Shippensburg University's Mathematics Department, where he was a mathematics teacher educator. Tom enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Eating Your Math
Limited Capacity seats available

As we create a story-telling experience around the actual impact that sugar has on our diets, you'll have fun with mathematics while exploring the nuances of what excellent math teaching could and should look like in the classroom.

We'll focus on instructional strategies utilizing Adrian Treffer’s ideas of horizontal and vertical mathematizing to teach math for understanding while playing with ratios and proportions in the context of nutrition.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for David DenHartog

David DenHartog

Chief Learning Officer, Athlos Academies
An innovator who has spent the bulk of his education career creating and transforming schools, David is passionate about deep, rich learning that promotes joy and curiosity. Now serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Athlos Academies, David is helping to build a network of model... Read More →
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Iditarod: Live from the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience a story project from the students perspective!

In this session, you'll be lead through several different math tasks while being immersed in the original, true story of the famous Alaskan Iditarod. This story projects covers several sixth grade common core math standards from different domains, and highlights most of the common core best math practices. Tasks will be presented through a combination of live teacher role-playing, as well as digital videos. This project is sure to engage students while mathematically challenging them to apply their math skills in unique ways! 

Presenters
avatar for Ashley Kendall

Ashley Kendall

Teacher, Carlos Gilbert Elementary 


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Lights, Camera, Fraction! (En Español y Inglés)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, I'll share how I guided my 7th grade dual-language students in transitioning from writing in math to creating an i-movie.

Together, we'll explore the process of how students deepened their understanding of essential common core state standards using story and technology. A small group of students will be joining us to share about the experience from their perspective. 

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero

Middle School Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Melissa Romero is Dual Language Middle School Math Teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has taught middle school mathematics for 11 years and has facilitated district and school wide workshops in mathematics. Her goals as an educator are to change students... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Building A Risk-Taking Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

At last year's conference, teachers shared experiences of struggle with engaging all learners, scaffolding content up and down, and managing a learning environment where students have a broad range of math skill.

In this sesssion, we'll explore these concepts, diving deeper and developing strategies. You'll begin this experience wearing a learner hat, and see short videos of a classroom teacher, before you begin to formulate strategies that will support targeted learning barriers. You'll walk away with a middle school math task, instructional strategies that support differentiation and a focus on clearly communicated rituals and routines.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Managing Principal, ALCY Education Solutions, L.L.C.
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her return... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:00am

Break
Help yourself to coffee, tea and water in the Lobby and Main Hall!

Saturday February 20, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

A Complete Circle of Cognitively Based Assessment
Limited Capacity full
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This session on mathematical cognition will focus will be on geometry and number concepts that arise with an exploration of circles! We will engage in several activities involving measurement and approximation that relate the area and circumference formulas, to help develop a deep understanding of the formulas as ideal models, and see how algebraic manipulation links to seeing physical models from different viewpoints.

We will highlight some historical developments about circles that link circles area and length parameters to rational and irrational numbers, polygons and similarity. After engaging in hands-on learning activities (using compasses to draw circles, and estimating and measuring areas and diameters, using a rope to wind into a circle and then cutting and rearranging pieces to make a triangle of rope lengths), we will discuss the design of appropriate assessments for each type of learning as presented in the cognition scheme.

At the end of the session we will review student work samples and scoring rubrics to address how rubrics can serve to provide detailed feedback to learners. Hence, we will make a complete circle of cognitively based assessment!

You'll leave this session with advanced organizer for mathematical cognition and assessment item design strategies, as well as multiple examples of activities and assessment items they can use for a unit on circles for 7-8th graders.  

Presenters
avatar for Emina Alibegovic

Emina Alibegovic

Associate Professor (Lecturer), University of Utah
Emina Alibegovic, an Associate Professor Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at the University of Utah, is especially interested in teacher knowledge and geometry.
avatar for Brynja Kohler

Brynja Kohler

Associate Professor, Utah State University
Brynja Kohler is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University and is interested in all aspects of teacher development at the secondary and tertiary levels. She teaches a field based secondary teaching methods course with collaboration... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Everyone Can Earn a 4: Using Packets for Pacing and Continuous Feedback
Limited Capacity full
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Sometimes a simple change in the assignment format creates tremendous changes in how students learn.

In this session, I'll share my experience with classroom packets I created and call my "Everyone Can Earn a 4" packets. Students receive these packets at the beginning of a unit or week, depending on the length of the unit, and they work through them at their own pace. They can turn in their packet as many times as they want for continuous feedback, with the goal being to earn a 100% and to master the content.

The session will include a brief explanation of the "Everyone can Earn a 4 Packet", a chance to analyze student work, an open discussion about ideas for future edits and modifications, and a short work time where you can sketch out your own ideas for implementing a similar pratice in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Ariel Kramer

Ariel Kramer

8th Grade Math Teacher, Capital City PCS
Ariel joined Capital City in August 2012. She holds a MAT in Secondary Math Education from American University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Goucher College. She is a Master Teacher with Math for America in DC and is trained in Development Designs, whose “approach supports high... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Fostering Mathematics Conversation
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, we'll explore the benefits of mathematics conversation and the variety of ways you can incorporate it into your daily lessons, in pairs, small groups and whole-class discussions. You'll practice examples and gain ready-to-use-ideas of how to motivate, incorporate and faciliate mathematics discourse. You'll also gain insights into how to observe and informally assess students' mathematical thinking.

Presenters
avatar for Katherine Wolterbeek

Katherine Wolterbeek

6th Grade Math Teacher, Piedmont Middle School
My love for mathematics and teaching has empowered me to be a lifelong learning in my 24 years (and counting) of teaching, both middle school and elementary school mathematics. I have had the fortunate experience of leading workshops in math games, participating in math leadership... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Georgia O'Keeffe: The Math Behind the Artist (Part 1 of 2)
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Note:  Participants MUST sign up for both Part 1 (Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:10am - 11:55am) and Part 2 (Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:55pm - 2:10pm) of this session!

Join your peers on a tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to explore the math behind the art of one of New Mexico’s most famous artists and create a CCSS math problem for your students based on math connections in the exhibit.

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing painters of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. 

“I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”— Georgia O’Keeffe  


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

VP of Strategic Partnerships, MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →



Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Education Annex 123 Grant Avenue Santa Fe

11:20am

Managing with Math
Limited Capacity full
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This popular session is being offered twice. While this session is full, ample space is available in the session offered on Friday at 11:25 AM.

In this session, proven techniques of how to use math to help manage classroom behavior will be demonstrated. When using these classroom management methods, students will practice math concepts and not even know it. Students will apply fractions, ratios, percents, probability, decimals, and measurements, before they are even using these in “lessons.”  Your students will be encouraged by Math!

Both you and your students will enjoy these fun, daily activities, and no real extra time out of your day is needed.  Handouts will be provided at the session and no expensive materials are required.


Presenters
avatar for Melinda Delaney Cuilty

Melinda Delaney Cuilty

Leman Academy of Excellence, Leman Academy of Excellence Virtual Academy
I have taught 6th grade for 8 years. I have taught in a private school, a charter school, a Title 1 school, and an online academy. I recently move to Texas from New Mexico and it is interesting learning a new school system. In all the settings I have taught at, I have learned the... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

The First-Tech Robotics Challenge: Are you U.P. for the challenge?
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we'll share our story of starting-up a First Tech Robotics Challenge all-girls team.

We'll introduce attendees to the First Tech Challenge Program, describe challenges we encountered, share "small wins" along our journey, conclude with our next steps and answer questions you might have about integrating the First Tech Challenge (or other robotics challenge) into your math curriculum!

Presenters
avatar for K.C. Holder

K.C. Holder

Professor, Northern Michigan University
KC was born and raised in New Mexico, graduated from NMSU, taught middle school math in Carlsbad and Los Alamos (as well as in Idaho and Alaska). For the past 15 years, he has worked as a teacher educator teaching courses in Educational Psychology, Educational Research, and Math... Read More →
avatar for Paige Lamb

Paige Lamb

Pre-Service Teacher, Northern Michigan University
Paige is a pre-service teacher studying special education, a member of the NMU Elementary Education Math Club and interested in middle-level mathematics teaching and learning.
avatar for Molly Smith

Molly Smith

Pre-Service Teacher, Northern Michigan University
Molly is a pre-service teacher studying Elementary Special Education and Math Education at Northern Michigan University. She is the president of the N.M.U. Elementary Education Math Club, a teacher's assistant for rudimentary math classes, and a math tutor for math education cou... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Applying for the Presidential Award
Limited Capacity seats available

The Presidential Award is the highest honor the US government bestows on math and science (including computer science) teachers. National finalists receive a paid trip for two to Washington, DC to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, including a meeting with the President; recipients also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

In this session, you'll learn more about the awardl and gather tips from state and national finalists on how to prepare a successful application.


Presenters
avatar for Claudia Ahlstrom

Claudia Ahlstrom

State Math Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
Claudia is the State Math Specialist in the Math and Science Bureau of the Public Education Department and has held this position for 13 years. Claudia has been active in education for over 30 years as a teacher, as a parent and as a community member. After earning her BA in math... Read More →
avatar for Marco Martinez-Leandro

Marco Martinez-Leandro

Assistant Principal, Sandia High School
Marco Martinez-Leandro has been an educator for 26 years, teaching for 14 years in Albuquerque. He teaches 9th and 10th grade Algebra 1 and Geometry at Highland High School. He has taught Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Placement Calculus AB. Marco’s approach to teaching... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Akimel To The Rescue
Limited Capacity full
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Akimel is a hero, from the ancient T-ohono Oodham nation, who has been cursed with immortality. He goes to six different civilizations and helps them to solve a mathematical problem. He designs a fraction rug in China, a sewer system in the Hindus Valley, a special brick (that the students actually make) in Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a model pyramid for Alexander the Great, and plans the time-line for his trip back to Arizona with the Vikings. With each civilization, students act out the story, learn about one of the six pillars of character and work in groups to help Akimel solve the mathematical problem.

In this session, I'll share how I use the story of Akimel to show students that math is vital to real-life problems. Storytelling also provides the opportunity to integrate subjects such as geography, world history, and character training into mathematics. You'll explore the story - then have a chance to experience and solve one of the lessons!

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Noriega

Wendy Noriega

7th Grade Math, Coatimundi Middle School
I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, with a degree in Spanish and Elementary Education. I taught elementary school in Mexico, Minnesota, and Arizona for 18 years. I have been married for 23 years and have 3 children - at Northern Arizona University, Central Arizona... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Lighting the Fire: Leadership for Math Story Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Join me for this session as I share what I've learned, while working to inspire a team of teachers to begin the math story project journey!

As an administrator or a lead teacher/district math support personnel, you have a key role in inspiring, supporting and participating in this amazing journey. This is my first-hand account of what it takes to get a first year team off the ground.

You have already COMPLETED your first step...you are here! Great job! Now, what? I will share my experience with the group, discuss pitfalls, talk about keeping the momentum going, funding, coercion, and the fun of being involved. This session will be part "how to be a great salesperson" and part "Cheerleading 101." Remember, once the journey begins, it has a snowball effect and gains interest and momentum. This is a snapshot of what it may look like for you at your site!

This session is recommended for principals, administrators, department heads, team leaders and lead teachers who want to know how to go back and inspire others to commit to developing Math Story Projects and incorporating them into the classroom.

Presenters
KP

Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Math Story Projects in Action: The Race Around the World & Beyond
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In 16 years of teaching, math story projects have changed my classroom and made students more engaged, the teachers and parents more engaged, and increase in test scores. Test scores were just a bonus. After one semester students, teachers, and parents have never been more excited about math.

Join me and I'll share how through quality real-life situational problem solving, students work through Algebra and middle school pre-algebra standards.

Presenters
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Hillary McPartlon

Teacher, Instructional Coach & Dean of Students, Taos Academy Charter School
For the past 7 years I have been a Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Trainer and Educational Consultant. I have taught K-12 with experience teaching all core subjects, Leadership, Student Government and Global Studies. I received a Masters of... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Educational Equity: Teaching moves for creating a path from hope to change
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The importance of equity in STEM classrooms is headline news - but it's also something teachers and administrators struggle with on a daily basis.

In this session, you'll experience an introduction to active pedagogy and student-engaged assessment that creates classrooms in which all students can participate and prosper.

Presenters
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Dirk Matthias

School Director, Pacific Heritage Academy
Dirk Matthias, Director of Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City, is a life-long educator committed to creating friendly, safe and supportive classrooms and schools. Dirk was a founder of an Expeditionary Learning Middle School, where he became the lead-teacher and taught middle... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

12:05pm

Box Lunch, sponsored by the 2016 MSM Digital Toolset
Enjoy a box lunch, sponsored by The 2016 MSM Digital Toolset, while we share implementation success stories about Empires and the MSM Digital Toolset, from the teacher perspective.

Saturday February 20, 2016 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Math Behind the Artist (Part 2 of 2)
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Note:  Participants MUST sign up for both Part 1 (Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:10am - 11:55am) and Part 2 (Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:55pm - 2:10pm) of this session!

Join your peers on a tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to explore the math behind the art of one of New Mexico’s most famous artists. Create a CCSS math problem for your students based on math connections in the exhibit.

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing painters of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. 

“I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”— Georgia O’Keeffe  



Moderators
avatar for Gladys Graham

Gladys Graham

VP of Strategic Partnerships, MidSchoolMath
Gladys Graham's life’s work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders... Read More →
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Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL Global
Kevin Simpson launched KDSL Global, an education consulting company in 2016 in the USA and in the UAE. The company focuses on empowering educators and education businesses globally. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority... Read More →

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Education Annex 123 Grant Avenue Santa Fe

1:10pm

I Wish I Had a Game For . . .
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This popular session is being offered several times; while this session is full, ample space is available in the session offered on Saturday at 9:35 am. 

Math games engage, entertain and enrich your lessons, but finding one to fit the needs of your class can be challenging.

Join the fun while you learn strategies that use common materials to create unique, exciting, and fast paced games that are custom designed for your students, interface with your curriculum, and reach across disciplines.

Presenters
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Martha Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Interventions and Strategies for Academic Support in Middle School Math
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In this session, we'll explore four specific strategies to improve achievement and motivation for students who struggle in math:


  • Number Talks

  • Math Vocabulary

  • Growth Mindset

  • Technology 


You'll experience specific strategies from a students perspective, have the opportunity to discuss what you've learned and plan for how you might use it in your classroom. You'll walk walk away with a variety of resources to support each strategy presented.

Presenters
avatar for Janelle Stanton

Janelle Stanton

Teacher, Boulder Valley School District
I have been a middle school math teacher for the last ten years, after a career change from corporate finance. The experience I have had outside of education has supported the learning in my classroom because I can often answer the question, "When will we ever need to know this... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Math Circles: Students Can Think Like a Mathematician!
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We refer to our students as young poets or artists in their English or Art classes when they create their poems and paintings.  Why not have them learn to create their own mathematics (and not just learn to follow algorithms) as they must in a math circle?

This session introduces the notion and practice of a “math circle.” To quote from the National Association of Math Circles site: "Math Circles bring K-12 students or K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The Circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics."

We will run a math circle session, with the mathematical level being accessible and interesting to students in grades 5 though 9 (and even above!). This does not mean that the problems will be easy. They will certainly not be. In general, problems will start from an easily grasped place—perhaps involving some physical object or manipulative—and build to a more generalized understanding of the area of mathematics involved.

Presenters
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Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics
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James Taylor

Co-Director, Math Teachers' Circle of Santa Fe
James Taylor runs the Teachers' Circle of Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He retired after 21 years at Santa Fe Preparatory School as Computer Department Chair, computer/computational science and mathematics teacher, as well as Director of Technology. He has been working with math... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Numeric and Algebraic Expressions from Geometric Patterns of Squares
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Squares can fit together in a variety of interesting patterns. Some, like grids and checkerboards, are simple but versatile visual tools for understanding topics like multiplication and area. Others, like the Fibonacci Spiral or the Squared Rectangles described by Martin Gardner, are more intricate, and lead to more advanced concepts.

In this session, we will present a series of interesting diagrams which help lead students to write equations and expressions, first with numbers and then with variables. We begin with diagrams which are puzzles: can you figure out the sizes of the squares without measuring, using only their relationships to each other?

Teachers and students alike have found these puzzles intriguing and motivating. Solution methods range from visual estimation, to guess and check, to numerical reasoning, to algebraic reasoning. All of these solution methods then lead into the second set of diagrams, where our goal is more focused: write expressions to show the relationships between the different square sizes. We consider numeric diagrams first, and then generalize these to algebraic diagrams. We will also have some challenge problems that relate to systems of linear equations, tilings of the plane, and other advanced topics.

Presenters
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Ted Stanford

Associate Professor, New Mexico State University
I am a topologist by temperament and training, which means I have trouble telling the difference between a donut and a coffee cup, or between a five-dollar bill and a ten-dollar bill. I managed to earn a PhD in 1993, after which I had faculty positions at the University of California... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Problem Solving? No Problem!
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This session will address the national shift from teaching isolated problem solving skills in mathematics, to teaching mathematics via a problem-solving approach.  A collection of resources will be provided to attendees, which they will be able to take back to their own classrooms and utilize immediately with their students. Multiple versions of problem-solving templates that have been created by teachers involved in the Arizona Mathematics Partnership will be shared, as well as utilized, during the session.  Attendees will actively engage in problem-solving tasks, and will experience, first-hand, how the incorporation of a tool such as a problem-solving template can help to raise their students' performance levels.

Presenters
avatar for Lynda Boepple

Lynda Boepple

Project Coordinator, Arizona Mathematics Partnership
Lynda is the Project Coordinator for the Arizona Mathematics Partnership, a grant program (funded by the National Science Foundation) that is dedicated to promoting excellence in Arizona middle school mathematics and increasing student achievement through systemic instructional change... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Tan

Eugene Tan

Adjunct Faculty, Scottsdale Community College
Eugene is a Ph.D student at Arizona State University, and adjunct faculty at Scottsdale Community College. He is also a researcher on the Arizona Mathematics Partnership (AMP), focusing on multiplicative reasoning, problem-solving, and professional development for teachers. Prior... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Standards of Mathematical Practices and Growth Mindset
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Together we will engage in a deep analysis of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and create a list of observable factors for each practice from the student and teacher perspectives. We will then identify which of the SMP's lend themselves to developing the Growth Mindset. Finally, we will take our analysis and apply it to redesigning to include the observable factors we created and ramping it up to include teaching students to have a growth mindset in math class. As part of connecting the SMP's to the Growth Mindset we will discuss and craft different types of probing questions for students and teachers to ask to specifically promote each SMP in such a way that it also encourages a Growth Mindset in the classroom.

Presenters
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Chari Kauffman

Science Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools
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Janelle Maestas

6th grade teacher, Atalaya Elementary School
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Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

Teacher, DeVargas Middle School
I am coming to MidSchoolMath after having been educated that the best way to teach math is through experiential learning.  Throughout my career my training has always remained something I had struggle to implement though I full heartedly believed in it.  The demands of the day to... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Newsgeek: How Statistics and Probability Can Come to Life
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Do you struggle to to find ways to bring alive Statistics and Probability standards?  If so, come experience “Newsgeek!” “Newsgeek” is a protocol that puts students in the role of magazine journalists, tasked with creating a compelling news story out of a set of raw data. 

Join Scott and Megan as they take you through this entertaining process that will put life into these oft-forgotten standards!

Prior to attending:
Please take this short survey before February 15:  http://bit.ly/FluSurvey

BYOD:
Please bring a device with a USB port, if possible (not necessary, but helpful).

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
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Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Tangerine: An Interdisciplinary Math Story Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Tangerine is a 7th grade reading novel that has become the focus for a whole team math story project developed for the STEM Academy at Sutter Middle School in Fulton, CA. This interdisciplinary team created a math story project, with focal points for activities in English, science, social studies and technology. The math teacher incorporated standards, assessments and immediate feedback through the use of technology in the story project.

Tangerine is a first year project with no shortage on enthusiasm, high expectations, comradarie and fun. In this session, we'll share anecdotes and artifacts from the project, while providing practical details on project planning, implementation with the students, student outcomes and unexpected pitfalls that you'll find helpful as you consider developing your own story-project based approaches.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
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Jennifer Blankenfeld

ELA Teacher, Sutter Middle School
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Kim Dixon

Math Teacher, Sutter Middle School
Kim is the amazing math teacher on the team. She has worked with her colleagues to configure math units through story-telling. She is and always has been excited about math. She is collaborative and a "behind the scene" type who does what she does out of commitment to student learning... Read More →
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Heather Linsley

Science Teacher, Sutter Middle School
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Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

How to NOT Stand and Deliver: Facilitating Authentic Learning
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How do we let go of how we were taught to teach math? How do we release textbooks as the core tool in our classroom and realize that we, as teachers, are the most valuable tool in the classroom?

Research supports that the number one impact on student growth is by the teacher, not a math program. This session will dive deep into the fears that underlie our resistance to stepping into our most powerful role. You will experience how to build a community and culture in which facilitates authentic learning.

BYOD: Please bring a laptop, tablet or iPad with you to this session, if you can. 

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Educational Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
Stephanie Owens, Ph. D., has been working in the field of education for 20 years, at the university level and in K-12 public schools. Her training as an Educational Psychologist focused on the education of pre-service teachers who were pursuing education degrees with a teaching license... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Increasing Inquiry and Depth of Learning through Instructional Design
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for this story of a master teacher who revised her traditional workshop model lesson plans and increased student achievement, while honoring student voice.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →
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Dirk Matthias

School Director, Pacific Heritage Academy
Dirk Matthias, Director of Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City, is a life-long educator committed to creating friendly, safe and supportive classrooms and schools. Dirk was a founder of an Expeditionary Learning Middle School, where he became the lead-teacher and taught middle... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:25pm

Afternoon Snack Break
Enjoy tea, coffee, water and light refreshments in the Lobby and Main Hall!

Saturday February 20, 2016 2:25pm - 2:45pm
Lobby & Main Hall Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Let Them Eat Pi!
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There are only 24 days left until 3.14 but there is still time to organize and host your very own Pi Day celebration! For the past eight years, our middle school has presented a Pi-Day celebration on March 14, with a variety of engaging activities that challenge students to explore the wonders of the most beloved irrational number—pi.

During this session, you can try your hand at activities from our two popular themes (The Amazing Pi Race and Pi-rates of the Caribbean), get new ideas for planning your own Pi-Day celebration, share your ideas, ask questions - and, of course, eat pie!

Presenters
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Sharon Fogle

Instructional Coach, Los Alamos Public Schools
Sharon Fogle serves as an instructional coach for Los Alamos Public Schools. In this role, she has the privilege to collaborate with teachers in grades K-8 as they endeavor to meet the educational needs of their students by delivering relevant curriculum using the most effective strategies... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Making it Happen: Getting Creative with your Resources
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It’s a long road from idea to reality. As educators we go to conferences look online and get all these ideas that seem magically and transformative, but then reality sets in. Not all schools are lucky enough to have updated curriculum, one-to-one tech or other new devices . . . meaning you have to get creative at times if you want to bring new activities and tech into your classroom! Look at your resources!

In this session, we'll talk about how to take an idea and link it with the outcome you want to see in the classroom. We want the ideas to impact student learning, but are they possible? Look at your resources! Idea that we have outside the classroom or need supplies for there is a plethora of websites, discounts, story problems, and other resources that can make it happen! You'll leave with a list of resources and ideas - and come prepared to share your own!


Presenters
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Clifford Arellano

Principal, The Pinnacle Charter School
Former math and business teacher. Former youth caseworker with Denver Housing Authority and Denver Parks and Recreation. Currently serving as Principal at Pinnacle Charter Middle School. Pinnacle Charter Middle School is located just north of Denver in Federal Heights, Colorado. Pinnacle... Read More →
avatar for Emily Buchhop

Emily Buchhop

7th Grade Teacher/Team Lead, The Pinnacle Charter School
A Michigander living in Colorado since 2011. I am a seventh year teacher who has taught science, math intervention, and core math classes as well as being qualified to teach social studies, math, and if I'm in Indiana Science too! I have taught in Indiana and Colorado. A 2010 Valparaiso... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Pendulums in Proportional Reasoning
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Far to often, we are finding that many activities for the math classroom fail to provide the rigor of experience and interpretation that is required for the common core standards.

In this session, we'll explore a unit on proportional reasoning that we developed as part of an Achieve the Core Writing Jam, in an effort to provide students with activities that help develop proportional reasoning skills and experience the rigor needed to meet the standards. We'll walk through the entire unit, including pre-assement, four different hands-on experiments, independent practice and a final test. Supports for differentiation and remediation are included throughout.

Presenters
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Sue Gonyou

Math Trainer, 6th - 8th, Washoe County School District (Curriculum and Instruction)
I am a passionate, enthusiastic person by nature. I have taught in the classroom for 40 years and have transitioned to curriculum and instruction as a math trainer for grades 6-8. I love teaching math and have worked with students in remedial to gifted educational classrooms. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Pazar

Joseph Pazar

Integrated math instructor, gifted and talented program: Grades 7-8, Pine Middle School
Beginning my career in Kenai, Alaska, I quickly fell in love with teaching math. Moving to Washoe County has provide much opportunity and growth. My wife, daughter, and I love the sun soaked state of Nevada. After teaching 6th grade for two years in Alaska, I’m in my third year... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Up on the Board: The Power of the Simple Whiteboard
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My students love writing on white boards - and I do too! During this session, we'll share and explore about using white boards - big and small - in creative ways.

Having students write on white boards can provide valuable practice and critique time; using white boards shows students that it is okay to make mistakes (since they can be erased so easily), while also providing motivation for students to show their work (so that other students can critique it). They also present a great way to hone presentation skills and ability to talk through and explain their mathematical reasoning.

Presenters
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Nate Moore

Teacher, Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences
Nate Moore has taught at the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences (SFSAS) since 2008. Throughout the years, he has held various teaching roles at the school, from teaching Spanish to kindergarteners to teaching science to 8th grade students. Currently, he teaches math and science... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Be The Best For Your Students, Do The Best For You: National Boards Certification
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National Board Certification has been described by many teachers as “…the best professional development I’ve ever had”!

Teachers who become Nationally Board Certified have demonstrated their commitment to their students and the profession by meeting the highest standards in the nation. Teachers who achieve certification are innovative by nature, constantly reflecting upon their knowledge of students, integrating variety and creativity into their practice, and assessing the validity and effectiveness of these practices to foster success for all students.

In this session, we'll go over the National Boards certification and application process, the benefits of certification and explore support available through regional networks.

Presenters
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Terri Blackman

6th Grade Teacher, Wood Gormley Elementary School
Terri Blackman received her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2012. She is currently teaching 6th grade at Wood Gormley Elementary School in Santa Fe, NM. For several years Terri has collaborated with the Santa Fe Opera's ALTO program, partnering with... Read More →
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Sharyn Gray

Math Teacher/MS Principal, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

El Camino Real: The Trade Route to Santa Fe in the 1700s. A 6th Grade Math Expedition
Limited Capacity seats available

El Camino Real, connected with the Santa Fe trail, became the primary trade route between North America and South American in the 1700s. For almost 300 years, a major tool of survival wasn't just guns and horses: it was math.

Join the El Camino Real Community and learn about this engaging math story project.

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Dillingham

Kristy Dillingham

Assistant Principal, El Camino Real Academy
Kristy Dillingham isthe Asst. Principal at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, NM, a PreK-8th dual language school. Kristy believes passionately in engaging students in the learning process: learn as we live and live as we learn.  She has lead curriculum development that is place-based... Read More →
avatar for Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

6th Grade Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Nachly is a dual languagel teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her very first year teaching after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education. Her first year has been an amazing experience so far, working along a wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Edmund Gorman

Edmund Gorman

STEM Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
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Grace Padilla

Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Dual Language Grade 6 Teacher


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

EMPIRES in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year MidSchoolMath released the first socially-networked story-based math game, EMPIRES. 

Trading of virtual goats and researching metallurgy, interwoven with a youthful love story and the creation of settled civilizations in Ancient Mesopotamia is not the formula one expects when considering methods to raise the dismal track record of US students
on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) scale in math. 

So why goats? Because goats, or metallurgy, or wherever else a civilization story can take you, can help math make sense. A compelling story pedagogy takes learning deeper. The game starts with an introductory trailer that creates a captivating setting with a feeling that this is the beginning of civilization. Characters and plot are essential parts to keeping to story moving as the game begins. Students manage their empire, tallying assets, investing and distributing resources. As each activity unfolds, opportunities for deep learning of math – and repetitive practice – appear, woven into the context of the game.

Math uniquely comes to life within EMPIRES. Ratios and proportional relationships are explored as resources are invested in projects; the Pythagorean Theorem serves as a tool that allows the measurement of distance and time between a neighboring empire to complete a trade. 

Join math teacher, Lori Brown, to find out what happened when she brought EMPIRES to her classroom! 


Presenters
avatar for Lori Brown

Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics



Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

High Altitude Ballooning
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High altitude ballooning is an involved process that incorporates a range of math standards that can be expanded with the needs of the teacher and student. Younger students might appreciate the simple concept of buoyancy while older students might appreciate the application of the ideal gas law.

I became fascinated with high altitude ballooning after seeing a youtube video a few years ago, and conducted my own launch last May. In this session, I'll guide you through the process of a high altitude balloon launch and how the steps involved bridge all areas of math and science.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Speck

Chris Speck

8th Grade Math/STEM, Garfield STEM Middle School
Originally from Nebraska, I moved to Albuquerque in 1994 and have lived here ever since. I love participating in endurance activities including GORUCK, triathlon, and running. Graduate of UNM, I've taught in APS for 13 years and have taught middle school math for the last 3. I became... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Math Story Projects in Action: The Race Around the World & Beyond
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This popular session is now full - so we've added an encore! Seats are available in this session at 11:10 am on Saturday. 

In 16 years of teaching, math story projects have changed my classroom and made students more engaged, the teachers and parents more engaged, and increase in test scores. Test scores were just a bonus. After one semester students, teachers, and parents have never been more excited about math. Through quality real-life situational problem solving students work through Algebra  and middle school pre-algebra standards.

Presenters
avatar for Hillary McPartlon

Hillary McPartlon

Teacher, Instructional Coach & Dean of Students, Taos Academy Charter School
For the past 7 years I have been a Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Trainer and Educational Consultant. I have taught K-12 with experience teaching all core subjects, Leadership, Student Government and Global Studies. I received a Masters of... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Zombie Math Adventure
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce you to the online, interactive math story project I have developed: Zombie Math Adventure.

You'll learn about the architecture behind the website, the development of the story, the standards that are covered, and have the chance to experience the story and the math for yourself. This provides an instant take-away that you can even start using in your classrooms as an enrichment activity!

Presenters
avatar for Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Teacher, Santa Fe High School
Originally from Virginia, I have been teaching Math, Science, and Computer Programming in New Mexico and New York for the past 7 years. In my free time, I launch model rockets, brew beer, and write math stories about zombies.


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:40pm

CONFERENCE CLOSING Keynote: "Curosity - Part Two" with Gladys Graham
Saturday February 20, 2016 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center