Program and Presentations

  • Program and Presentations

    Preliminary Program:
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    Opening Keynote
    Christopher Emdin

    When Content Meets Context: Towards a Revolution in STEM Education

    Christopher Emdin, Columbia University, New York

    Wednesday, April 25  |  5:30–7:00 p.m.

    In this address, Professor Emdin explores the historical and contemporary landscape of urban education and provides a new lens for viewing how and why teachers must focus on deep excavations of culture in order to gain new approaches to improving STEM pedagogy. In particular, he merges cutting edge research with real life examples to provide ways that educators may re-imagine their roles in STEM teaching and learning and meet the needs of their most marginalized students.

    Bio: Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University where he also serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and ScienceGenius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., as well as author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times best seller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Restof Ya'll too. Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Associationof Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama. In addition to teaching, he served as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy.

    Closing Keynote
    Francis Edward Su

    Mathematics for Human Flourishing

    Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California

    Saturday, April 28  |  12:30–1:30 p.m.

    Mathematics is often valued for its ability to describe the world in beautiful ways. Indeed, beauty is one of many ideals to which we aspire. But why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes? How can the deeply human themes that drive us to do mathematics be channeled to build a more beautiful and just world in which all can truly flourish?

    Bio: Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research is in geometric and topological combinatorics, and he also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and is creator of "MathFeed," the math news app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, and reflection and action.

    Iris M. Carl Equity Address
    Danny Bernard Martin

    Taking a Knee in Mathematics Education: Moving from Equity Discourse to Protest and Refusal

    Danny Bernard Martin, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Friday, April 27  |  11:00 a.m.–Noon

    I offer some thoughts on why equity-oriented discourse and practice are necessary but not sufficient responses to oppression and dehumanization in mathematics education. In various ways, equity-oriented reforms have maintained the status quo. I offer some additional thoughts on protest and refusal in mathematics education.

    Bio: Danny Bernard Martin is Professor of Education and Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he has been a faculty member since 2004. Prior to UIC, Dr. Martin served as Instructor and Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Contra Costa College (California) for 14 years. His research has focused on understanding the salience of race and identity in Black learners' mathematical experiences. He is author of the book Mathematics Success and Failure Among African Youth (2000, Erlbaum), editor of Mathematics Teaching, Learning, and Liberation in the Lives of Black Children (2009, Routledge), co-editor of The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward New Discourse (2013, Information Age), and co-author of The Impact of Identity in K–8 Mathematics Learning and Teaching (2013, NCTM).

    Other Featured Sessions

    Your Professional Journey in Mathematics: The Five Secrets of Great Teachers!

    Tim Kanold, Loyola University

    Friday, April 27  |  9:30–10:30 a.m.

    Three Critical Components for Achieving Rigor

    Juli Dixon, University of Central Florida

    Thursday, April 26  |  11:00 a.m.–Noon

    Full Stack Lessons

    Dan Meyer, Desmos

    Friday, April 27  |  8:00–9:00 a.m.

    Enticing All Students To Contribute To Rich Math Discussions

    Lucy West, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities

    Friday, April 27  |  1:30–2:30 p.m.

    Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving

    Robert Kaplinsky, Downey Unified School District

    Thursday, April 26  |  11:00 a.m.–Noon

    Putting the Focus Back on Teaching: Problems That Combine Fluency, Reasoning & Fun!

    Greg Tang, GregTangMath.com

    Friday, April 27  |  8:00–9:00 a.m.

    Strategies and Tasks to Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding

    Diane Briars, Past President of NCTM; Consultant

    Thursday, April 26  |  4:30–5:30 p.m.

    ". . . I could have freed a thousand more . . ."

    Lee Stiff, Past President of NCTM; North Carolina State University

    Thursday, April 26  |  9:30–10:30 a.m.

    Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Social Justice in a Time of Crisis and Opportunity

    Rico Gutstein, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Saturday, April 28  |  9:30–10:30 a.m.

    San Francisco Detracked Math in 2014; The Results Are Starting to Come In

    Jim Ryan, San Francisco Unified School District

    Saturday, April 28  |  8:00–9:00 a.m.