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Over 200 Sessions & Workshops!

Choose from more than 200 presentations targeted to grade levels and special topics. 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.

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

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Formats & Presentations Types 

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Featured PresentationsSarah Greenwald

Opening Session
Wednesday, November 28

Sarah Greenwald, Appalachian State University
Mathematical Reasoning & Proof with The Simpsons and Futurama

Did you know that The Simpsons and Futurama contain hundreds of humorous mathematical and scientific references? Because NCTM’s Focus of the Year is "Reasoning & Proof," we’ll explore the mathematical content and educational value of some favorite moments related to the theme, along with the motivations and backgrounds of the writers, during an interactive talk. Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society and students view mathematics, and with careful consideration of the benefits and challenges, these programs can be an ideal source of engaging ways to help develop reasoning and proof skills and to reduce math anxiety. A calculator and writing utensil will be useful. For more information, check out and

Learn from the Experts 

Angela Andrews
Early Childhood Math Consultant, National Louis University (retired)
Using Ten Frames Appropriately to Develop Number Concepts 

Gail Burrill
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Michigan State University
CCSS Statistics Standards: Are We Ready? 

Dane Camp
Board of Directors, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; New Trier High School

Seth Caplan
Flat World Productions
The Making of Flatland 2: Sphereland 

Ruth Dover
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus—approaches, problems, proof, more problems 

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

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

Timothy Kanold
E2-PLC Learning Group
Formative Assessment in a Summative Assessment World! 

Stuart Murphy
Building Young Mathematicians: Applying the Standards Pre-K–Grade 2 

Sherry Parrish
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Number Talks: A Path to Numerical Reasoning 

Michael Serra
Origamics—Problem Solving with Patty Paper  

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

Zalman Usiskin
University of Chicago
Mathematical Modeling in the Curriculum 

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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.

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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 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, November 29 

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 Eric Knuth 

Thursday, November 29, 9:30 a.m.

Promoting Reasoning and Proving across the Grades 

The session will focus on ways to enhance the role of reasoning and proving in K-12 mathematics. In particular, the session will help teachers learn to recognize as well as capitalize on classroom and curricular opportunities to engage students in reasoning and proving.

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