Program and Presentations

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    Featured Speakers

    Opening Session  

    Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Broadway Ballroom (Omni)

    Game Changers: Rethinking the Way We Teach math from the Math Twitter Blogosphere

    With the growth of the Web 2.0 tools and online communities like the Math Twitter Blogosphere (MtBoS), there is a tremendous opportunity for continuous improvement of teaching practices, sharing of lessons, and suggestions for improvement. This opening session features the perspectives of five such educators from the MtBoS community whose work using twitter, blogs, and Web 2.0 tools is transforming mathematics teaching and changing the way students think and learn about mathematics. Come join this exciting mathematics community. 

    Graham Fletcher

    Graham Fletcher has worked in education for more than ten years as a classroom teacher and math specialist. He graduated from the University of Georgia where he earned his Ed.S. in mathematics education. Graham is a published author and creator of many tasks which are now included in the Georgia Department of Education’s Instructional Frameworks. He blogs and freely shares his lessons at Through his site, Graham continues to be an advocate for best practice in elementary mathematics. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States.

    Robert Kaplinsky

    Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor. He has presented and conducted professional development at many schools and universities across the United States. His work has been published by Education Week and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). You can find his website at or follow him on Twitter at @robertkaplinsky. 

    Lalia Nurr

    Laila Nur is a third-year mathematics teacher at Manual Arts Senior High School and fourth-year Math for America fellow in Los Angeles, California. She believes that laughter and joking about mathematics is key to helping students develop positive academic identities and gain confidence in mathematics. Laila shares her enthusiasm for mathematical humor by presenting at national and regional conferences. The most recent of these presentations was given at the debut of Shadow Con, a teacher-led mini conference. When Laila is not talking, teaching, or doing math, she enjoys making cupcakes, dancing, and spending time with her cat, Luvie.

    Andrew Stadel

    Andrew Stadel explored middle school math with his students the past ten years in Orange County, California, before recently supporting teachers in his district as a Math and Digital Learning Coach. He believes estimation is key to building number sense and being a better problem solver. On his widely acclaimed Estimation 180 website, Andrew shares estimation challenges each day of the school year with teachers and their students. Andrew also shares his passion and excitement for student thinking and mathematical exploration, presenting at national conferences and as a consultant at teacher trainings, helping teachers strengthen their instructional tool belts. When Andrew is not covering file cabinets with sticky notes, he enjoys spending time with his wife, building Legos with his son, and shaping Play-Doh with his daughter.

    Cathy Yenca

    Cathy Yenca, known online as “Mathy Cathy,” currently teaches in the Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas. Her middle school mathematics classroom is a place where a 1:1 iPad initiative has truly “up-leveled” learning, particularly through formative assessment tools that foster student metacognition in real time. Cathy holds a MS in Education in the area of Classroom Technology, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a faithful blogger. She invites you to virtually visit her real-life 21st-century mathematics classroom at 

    Be Inspired by Leaders in Mathematics  

    Featured 2015 Nashville Regional Conference Speakers

    Melissa Boston 
    Implementing High-Level Tasks: Using Student Work to Reflect on Instruction  

    Francis 'Skip' Fennell                                                                        
    Number Necessities - Number Sense, Fluency, and the CCSS-M

    Beth Kobett                                
    Powerful, Active, and Engaged Mathematics Professional Learning!

    Steven Leinwand                                
    Shifting our Mindsets from Remembering How to Understanding Why 

    Amanda Thomas                                 
    Using Appropriate Tools Strategically: Aligning Technology Choices with Mathematical Goals 

    Karen Karp    
    Intervention and Assessment Strategies for Grades 2-5 Students who Struggle 

    LouAnn Lovin   
    Using Mathematical Learning Trajectories to Identify Opportunities for Productive


    15 Icon - Nashville - Tasks

    Teaching with High Quality Tasks Participants will learn how to effectively implement problems worth solving to bolster students’ critical thinking and ability to articulate their reasoning.

    15 Icon - Nashville - Prof

    Supporting the Teacher as a Professional Participants will learn strategies to support effective mathematics instruction through meaningful collaboration and professional development.

    15 Icon - Nashville - Equity

    Equity: Ensuring Success for All Participants will learn strategies to ensure high-quality mathematics curriculum implemented through effective teaching that promotes a growth mindset to achieve success for all learners.

    15 Icon - Nashville - Teach

    Effective Teaching Participants will learn how to effectively incorporate the eight Mathematics Teaching Practices described in Principles to Actions into their own practice.

    15 Icon - Nashville - Tech

    Engaging & Emerging Technologies & Tools Participants will learn or increase their knowledge of available technological resources and how to effectively use and create their own resources.

    15 Icon - Nashville - Core Common Core/Career Readiness Standards and Assessments Participants will increase their knowledge of key advances in CCSSM content and assessments for their grade band.

    Regional Conference Topics

    In addition to the focus strands, presentations will cover current math education topics, including the following:

    • Algebra, Algebraic Thinking, Patterns, Functions 
    • Assessment, High-Stakes Testing, Instructional Strategies, Classroom and Large-Scale Assessment, Formal and Informal Questioning
    • Calculus, Precalculus 
    • Communication, Representations, Connections - History, Literature, Science, Art, Music
    • Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
    • Discrete Mathematics, Symbolic Logic, Sets or Set Theory, Graph Theory
    • Equity, Diversity, Alternative Schools, Multilingual, Special Needs, Gifted
    • Geometry, Measurement Systems and Processes, Constructions, Transformations
    • Innovative Teaching Strategies
    • Number, Number Sense, Operations, Computation, Estimation
    • Policy Decisions, Program Evaluation, Community Relations, State and Federal Legislation, Outreach and Advocacy, Accountability, Funding
    • Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Modeling, Mathematics Applications
    • Professional Development, Coaching, Mentoring, Learning Communities, Lesson Study, Induction Programs 
    • Reasoning, Sense Making and Proof
    • Technology 

    Format and Presentations Types     

    With a wide variety of topics, new ideas, and innovations for your classroom, you and your students will benefit from the wide selection of sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes presentations and set in theater-style rooms.

    These presentations allow attendees to participate in hands-on activities. You’ll walk away with manipulatives, activities, and handouts for your classroom. Workshops are 75 minute presentations that are held in rooms set in round tables. 

    Quick focused presentations on a specific topic or idea. Bursts are 30 minute presentations held in rooms set with round tables. 

    Exhibitor Workshops 
    Looking for more in-depth and personal interaction with exhibitors? If you do, plan to attend the Exhibitor Workshops. These workshops are 60 minute presentations that showcase exhibitors' products and services, with hands-on demonstrations and detailed information. You’ll find these presentations marked in program books with the symbol  Exhibitor Workshop Icon.

    Note: All presentations are open to conference participants. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserving spaces in line or saving seats is not permitted.  


    Schedule Overview  

    Wednesday, November 18     
    9:00AM - 4:30PM Preconference Workshop (separate registration and fee required.)
    5:00PM - 7:30PM Registration
    5:00PM - 7:30PM NCTM Central (Bookstore and Member Services) Open
    5:30PM - 7:00PM Opening Session 
    Thursday, November 19 
    7:00AM - 3:00PM Registration 
    7:00AM - 5:00PM NCTM Central (Bookstore and Member Services) Open
    7:15AM - 7:45AM Regional Conference Overview & Orientation 
    8:00AM - 5:00PM Exhibit Hall Open 
    8:00AM - 4:30PM Educational Presentations 
    9:45AM - 11:00AM New and Preservice Teachers Workshop
    Friday, November 20 
    7:00AM - 3:00PM Registration 
    8:00AM - 4:00PM NCTM Central (Bookstore and Member Services) Open
    7:15AM - 7:45AM Regional Conference Overview & Orientation 
    8:00AM - 4:00PM Exhibit Hall Open 
    8:00AM - 4:30PM Educational Presentations 
    9:45AM - 11:00AM New and Preservice Teachers Workshop