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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Innov8 conference?

    What are the dates and times of the Innov8 events in Las Vegas?

    How do I view the presentation schedule for Innov8?

    What is happening on Wednesday?

    Where is the Sunrise Yoga offered?

    How do I tell the world what is going on in Las Vegas?

    Does NCTM offer an introduction to Innov8?

    What is the address of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino?

    How is Innov8 different from a traditional NCTM Regional Conference?

    What is the focus of each theme?

    Why should I bring a team?

    What if I want to attend but I'm not in a group?

    How will I be expected to work with my team?

    Who are the big speakers?

    The sessions are different from what I'm used to at an NCTM conference. What happens instead? What is a typical day like?

    Wait…I'm expected to work and not just listen?

    What happens in the Innovation Lounge?

    What are the different types of sessions offered?

    Should I bring a laptop or tablet?

    What, exactly, do you mean by "identify a challenge" to work on during the conference?

    What are suggestions for dress?

    Do you offer continuing education or credits?

    Is the Convention Center an ADA Accessible Facility?

    Does NCTM Offer a conference discount on books?

    What books will be available at the bookstore?

    Are purchases in the bookstore tax-free?



    What is the Innov8 conference?

    Innov8 is a new conference experience designed to support mathematics teachers and teams in identifying, analyzing, and planning for instruction and intervention around a self-identified problem of practice related to  access, equity, and empowerment. For attendees, this conference is a working conference and this means you will not just be listening to speakers. Instead, you will work as a team to develop a plan to address a challenge you are facing in your school. Conference sessions are designed to support you in the design of your plan.

    Conference sessions and experiences address three themes:

    • Reflecting on mathematics instruction in terms of access, equity, and empowerment.
    • Developing equitable teaching practices that empower  students.
    • Learning new strategies to identify and remove barriers to access to high-quality mathematics.

    Conference participants will use the knowledge gained from Innov8 to create a plan to address the challenges they face related to access, equity, and empowerment. Throughout the conference, experts in each of the three themes will be available to assist teams in creating their action plan to solve their problem of practice and implement their ideas back in their school setting.


    What are the dates and times of the Innov8 events in Las Vegas?

    Innov8 will take place November 15-17, 2017. View the daily schedule.

    On-site Registration Hours and Materials Pickup
    Wednesday, November 15,
    Express Badge Pickup, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    On-site Registration, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 16, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Friday, November 17, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lounge, and
    NCTM Central (Bookstore and Member Services)

    Wednesday, November 15, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 16, 11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Friday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    How do I view the presentation schedule for Innov8?

    Download the NCTM app to get the latest program and Exhibit Hall information. Also, be sure to pick up your foldout of the conference program at Materials Pickup.


    What is happening on Wednesday?

    The Opening Session will be held 5:30–7:00 p.m.


    Where is the Sunrise Yoga offered?

    Sunrise Yoga, Flow & The Art of Kriya! class is located in Miranda 1/2. Classes will take place 6:00-7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17. Pre-registration is required to attend and can be added to your conference registration.


    How do I tell the world what is going on in Las Vegas?

    You can join the conversation through Twitter (hashtag #NCTMInnov8), Facebook, Pinterest, and Linkedin. You can also link the NCTM conference app to your social media pages.


    Does NCTM offer an introduction to Innov8?

    Yes. NCTM creates an introductory video that provides an overview of how Innov8 will operate. In addition, information about Innov8 will be provided at the opening session.


    What is the address of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino?

    3700 W Flamingo Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89103

    How is Innov8 different from a traditional NCTM regional conference?

    Unlike NCTM regional conferences, Innov8 has a specific focus. The 2017 focus is "Breaking Barriers: Actionable approaches to reach each and every learner in mathematics." All sessions and conference experiences are designed to help participants better understand issues related to access, equity, and empowerment and how they can energize their schools into supporting these students with ideas and plans developed during the conference.

    This conference is a working conference. That means instead of solely listening to speakers, you are working as a team throughout the conference. The goal is for you to leave with a plan to tackle a professional challenge in your school—the challenge you defined as your Problem of Practice. There are special Team Time sessions designed to help you consider the underlying factors of your challenge. Then you will develop an agenda for how you will organize your conference days by targeting sessions and experts that will help you leave with a powerful action plan.

    In addition, the Innovation Lounge is an exciting feature of the Innov8 Conference. Five areas (Innov8 Bar, Research Innovations, TNT, The Hangout, and Wellness Workshops) in the Lounge will provide new and unique opportunities for participants to learn and collaborate with experts and other conference goers with similar problems of practice.


    What is the focus of each theme?

    Sessions will highlight the following three themes:

    • Reflecting on mathematics instruction in terms of access, equity, and empowerment
      • Participants will deepen their understanding of student agency, identity, social justice, culture, and language within the math classroom.
      • Participants will reflect on assumptions and deficit thinking about educational systems, students, and communities.
    • Developing equitable mathematical teaching practices that empower students
      • Participants will learn about relevant and responsive instructional practices in mathematics that take into account diverse learners.
      • Participants will learn actionable ways to foster positive mathematics identities.
    • Learning new strategies to identify and remove barriers to access to high-quality mathematics
      • Participants will learn how to identify and overcome obstacles to ensure that each and every student has access to high-quality mathematics instruction.
      • Participants will learn how mathematics instructional programs can empower students to ask and answer critical questions about the world around them.

    Why should I bring a team?

    The goal is to equip teams for action upon return to their own districts and schools. Having a team participate in the conference provides attendees collaborators with whom they can continue the work back at the school where the biggest impact can occur. Teams will be able to find common goals and provide support to one another during and after the conference.


    What if I want to attend but I'm not in a group?

    You will be matched with other conference participants who share a similar grade band/challenge/geographical location. During the Team Time sessions, you will be encouraged to participate in brainstorming, problem identification, and solution pathway activities that will help you think about your identified challenge in new ways. If possible, we suggest you try to come with at least one colleague with a similar problem of practice.


    How will I be expected to work with my team?

    Teams will work collaboratively to develop a common, deep understanding of a problem of practice critical to their own work with access, equity, and empowerment. Teams will work in designated times and places to develop a comprehensive action plan for their problem of practice. Opportunities will be provided for participant teams to work on this plan as they attend conference sessions.


    Who are the big speakers?

    • Julia Aguirre
    • Robert Q. Berry III
    • Marta Civil
    • Toya Frank
    • Rochelle Gutièrrez
    • Karen King
    • Matt Larson
    • Denise Spangler 
    • Lee Stiff

    The sessions are different from what I'm used to at an NCTM conference. What happens instead? What is a typical day like?

    Participants will begin the conference with collaborative work on identifying and clarifying a problem of practice. During this initial session, teams will begin drafting an action plan around their problems of practice. You can select those sessions which best support and inform your work. You will have opportunities to revisit the action plan and refine your action plan based on new learning and conversations from each session you attend. 


    Wait...I'm expected to work and not just listen?

    YES! This conference is unique. The intent of the conference is for you to leave with concrete ideas and steps for tackling your specific issue. You will have multiple opportunities to attend sessions that focus on the conference themes and to meet with mathematics education experts. You may also choose to visit the  Innovation Lounge to work with your team and meet with other teams or individuals.


    What happens in the Innovation Lounge?

    The Innovation Lounge includes five areas designed to provide new and unique learning experiences. Learn more about each area »


    What are the different types of sessions offered?

    We have several different types of sessions offered at this conference - some new and some familiar!  A list of session types will be available soon.


    Should I bring a laptop or tablet?

    Yes, we recommend each person bring a laptop or tablet so that teams may work collaboratively on their action plans. Internet will be provided.


    What, exactly, do you mean by "identify a challenge" to work on during the conference?

    Before the conference, it's important to think about your own challenges and problems of practice to help guide your conference experience.


    What are suggestions for dress?

    Dress for this event is business casual and comfortable shoes are recommended.


    Do you offer continuing education or credits?

    No. In the program book that you receive on-site, there is a certificate of attendance that may be used to demonstrate attendance at the conference.


    Is the Convention Center an ADA Accessible Facility?

    NCTM is committed to ensuring that our events are fully accessible to all persons. For any ADA requirements, please contact NCTM Conference Services at 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191, fax (703) 295-0956; or email ada@nctm.org. We must receive ADA requests before October 15, 2017.

    American Sign Language Interpreters
    If you require an interpreter please submit your request before October 15, 2017. After this date, NCTM cannot guarantee requests for interpreters can be fulfilled; however, we will make every effort to accommodate requests. Please note: On-site requests for interpreters cannot be guaranteed without advance notice.

    Visual Impairment
    If you are blind or visually impaired and require an aide or personal assistant to help you navigate the conference, NCTM will register your aide as a complimentary guest (if the aide is not a teacher).

    First Aid Station
    A first aid station will be located at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and will be staffed during conference hours. Medical technicians will be available to assist with minor medical problems. However, if you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

    Wheelchair and Scooter Rentals
    Due to the large size of this event, distances between sessions can be considerable. If you can get along without a wheelchair but feel that you may need one to navigate the distances at the conference, electric scooters can be rented.


    Does NCTM Offer a conference discount on books?

    Yes. Take advantage of the Innov8 Conference special and save 25% off the list price on all purchases.


    What books will be available at the bookstore?

    NCTM offers a wide variety of books and other special products in the bookstore. We will have many long-time favorites as well as new books and books related to the Innov8 theme.


    Are purchases in the bookstore tax-free?

    To be considered exempt from sales tax in the NCTM Bookstore, you must provide a copy of a Nevada tax exemption certificate at the time of purchase. NCTM is required by law to keep a copy of the certificate, so we cannot return it to you. To qualify, you must make payment with a purchase order, check, or credit card from the school to which the Nevada tax exemption certificate is issued. NCTM cannot accept personal checks, personal credit cards, or cash in conjunction with tax exemption certificates. Tax exemption certificates for states other than Nevada are not valid for this Innov8 Conference.


    Still have questions about Innov8?
    Email ConferencesDept@nctm.org with additional questions.