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Over 200 Sessions & Workshops!

Choose from more than 200 presentations targeted to grade levels and special topics. Kindergarten through Grade 5 teachers can participate in a highlight of the conference and a Texas tradition: MATH-A-RAMA. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, administrator, or preservice teacher, you’ll find the topics that interest you and plenty of choices for your grade level.

Download the Dallas Program Book (8MB PDF) now!

Learn more about your grade level, speakers, topics, and more! 

Convince Your Administrator  

Featured Presentations 

Formats & Presentations Types 

Grade Levels  

Learn↔Reflect Strand 

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Who Attends  

Featured Presentations

Scott Flansburg 

Opening Session
Wednesday, October 10

Scott Flansburg
Master Everyday Math in Seconds with the Human Calculator 

Best-selling author Scott Flansburg has been teaching math and entertaining people with his astonishing math skills for more than 20 years. Nicknamed “The Human Calculator,” he currently holds the Guinness World Record for adding the same number to itself more times in 15 seconds than a person can do by using a calculator. This remarkable ability earned him the title of “Fastest Human Calculator.”

Learn From the Experts 

Gail Burrill
Michigan State University
Ingredients for Successful Lessons: Challenging Tasks & Questions That Count 

Douglas Clements
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Lessons from Research 

Mark Ellis
Board of Directors, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; California State University
Examining the (Not So) Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice 

Linda Gojak
President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; John Carroll University
Cutting to the Core with the Standards for Mathematical Practice  

Katie Haycock
The Education Trust
Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps Between Groups: Lessons from Schools and Districts on the Performance Frontier 

Timothy Kanold
Loyola University
Formative Assessment in a Summative Assessment World! 

Latrenda Knighten
Board of Directors, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Measurement Mania: Standards-Based Measurement Activities for the Active Classroom 

Steven Leinwand
American Institutes for Research
Making Math Much More Accessible to Our Students 

Dan Meyer
Stanford University
Capturing, Sharing, and Resolving Perplexity 

David Schwartz
Math Happens When Children Wonder about What Authors Write  

Cathy Seeley
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
Who Do They Think They Are? 

Michael Serra
Origamics—Problem Solving with Patty Paper 

Marilyn Strutchens
Auburn University
Patterns! Patterns! Patterns! 

Kim Sutton
Creative Mathematics
Walk the Number Line!  

Greg Tang
Fact Fluency—What, Why, When, How!  

Francis (Skip) Fennell
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; McDaniel College
I'm a math specialist, who said I was a leader!!! 

J. Michael Shaughnessy
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Portland State University
Student Thinking about Data When Gathering or Analyzing Samples 

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Who Attends? 

With more than 200 presentations covering an array of topics, NCTM’s Regional Conference gathers thousands of mathematics education professionals to hear from leading experts in the field. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, coach, administrator, preservice teacher, or math specialist there’s something for you.  

  • Classroom teachers of all levels
  • Administrators
  • Mathematics coaches and specialists
  • Curriculum planners
  • Experts in mathematics education
  • Teacher educators
  • New and preservice teachers
  • And you!



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Grade Levels  

Our meeting covers it all——from Pre-K to Higher Ed and Research! Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 200 presentations targeted to different grade levels. Whether you’re an elementary school teacher, math coach, or learning to become a teacher, you’ll find a wide selection of presentations to help you keep your career on track.

Download the PDF sampling of presentations broken down by grade level to give you a glimpse of what this conference has to offer.

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Convince Your Administrator   

We know that it’s tough these days to find the time and the funds for your professional development. Our goal is to make the process easier for you. Garner support for attending the conference by using this letter explaining what the conference is and how you can benefit from attending.

Conference Letter (Word)
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Formats & Presentation 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. Both sessions and research sessions will be 60 minutes and set in theater-style rooms. 
Participate in Hands-On Gallery Workshops 

Gallery workshops will be 90 minutes, allow attendees to participate in hands-on activities, and will have additional gallery seating for observers. You’ll walk away with manipulatives, activities, and handouts for your classroom. 


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.  

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The program will cover an array of topics including some of the latest hot topics today, such as:

  • Response to Intervention
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Technology
  • And more!

In addition to new topics of discussion, presentations will also cover principles, standards, and other areas for professional development, including:  

  • Algebra 
  • Assessment
  • Calculus & Discrete Mathematics
  • Communication, Connections, &  Representation
  • Data Analysis & Probability
  • Equity & Diversity Issues
  • Geometry & Measurement
  • Number & Operations
  • Problem Solving & Reasoning
  • Professional Development,  Coaching, &  Mentoring

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Learn↔Reflect Strand: Reasoning and Proof: Is it true? Convince me!

  Thursday, October 11

Plan one full day to focus on Reasoning and Proof with the Learn↔Reflect Strand. Start your day with the morning Kickoff session, then choose from a variety of presentations throughout the day focused on Reasoning and Proof. You’ll conclude with a Reflection session where you’ll discuss the day’s learning through the context of the following Reflection Questions:

  1. What role does reasoning and proof play in increasing the opportunities for communication to help students develop mathematical understanding?
  2. How does stressing reasoning and proof influence your instructional decisions? In addition, how do your instructional decisions influence how reasoning and proof should be stressed?
  3. How does reasoning and proof drive the lifelong learning of significant mathematics to all students? How is equity and diversity also promoted by stressing reasoning and proof?
  4. How are you thinking differently about your use of reasoning and proof because of participating in the Learn-Reflect strand? What are some of the steps you plan to take to promote reasoning and proof in your classroom/school?

Strand Kickoff Session with Johnny Lott 

Thursday, October 11, 9:30 a.m.

Mathematical Reasoning in an Unreasonable Environment 

Reasoning is a cornerstone of mathematics at all levels. PSSM and Common Core recognize this. Testing challenges this tenet. Come and explore problems that can be solved by reasoning; can be used in the classroom; but likely will not appear on tests.

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