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This Week: West Coast Is Best Coast for Math!

Welcome to San Diego where educators from all corners of the globe have gathered to learn from the most knowledgeable of their colleagues as they share teaching practices and offer new ideas on teaching math. It’s truly going to be a sunshiny week in southern California!

Pack your organic power bar and reusable water bottle in your recycled back pack and get ready to make the most of three jam-packed days of a truly awesome professional development experience. NCTM and local hosts, the Greater San Diego Math Council and the California Mathematics Council, Southern Section, have worked for more than two years to provide hundreds of presentations focusing on this year’s theme—Connections: Linking Concepts and Context.

On Thursday, jump-start your conference experience with an energetic presentation by Steven Leinwand, who launches the Learn & Reflect strand at the Kickoff session at 9:30 a.m.

Later, new teachers should book on over to the New Teacher Workshop at 3:00 p.m. to get sage advice and answers to some of their nagging concerns about managing students, parents, and homework.

On Friday, an all-day strand for new teachers continues the opportunity to learn from others, network, and get more pesky questions answered. At the end of the day, you’ll be ready to celebrate your progress and your future possibilities at the New Teacher Celebration beginning  at 4:45 p.m.

The annual Iris Carl Equity Address will be given on Friday morning by Miriam A, Leiva, president of TODOS: Mathematics for All. The address, inaugurated at the 2008 annual meeting, commemorates Iris Carl’s lifelong commitment to educational equity.

Take one more bite from your power bar, put your flip-flops in your bag, and catch Saturday’s closing session, “Unlocking the Secrets of Happiness,” given by New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner at 12:30 p.m. We bet you’ll think it’s an appropriate ending to your sunny experience in southern California. We hope to see you again next year at NCTM’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.


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