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Program and Presentations

2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition 

More than 700 Sessions, Workshops, and Bursts await you in Denver!

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, coach, administrator, preservice teacher, or math specialist, NCTM’s Annual Meeting has something for you.

Featured Presentations 

Strands & Topics 

Formats & Presentation Types 

Online Conference Planner 

Justify Your Attendance 

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Featured Presentations

Opening Session with Mayim Bialik, Actress, Neuroscientist, and Texas Instruments Spokesperson
The Power of Just One Teacher

Mayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actress on The Big Bang Theory and real-life neuroscientist, is on a mission to help educators and parents inspire students to pursue STEM education and careers. Bialik will share her unique journey from child actress to neuroscientist to playing a scientist on TV and working with Texas Instruments.

Mayim Bialik gives a quick overview of her Opening Session presentation at NCTM's Annual Meeting.  
Closing Session with Vi Hart, Khan Academy, and George Hart, Mathematics Sculptor
Viral Math Videos: A Hart-to-Hart Conversation 

Father and daughter, George and Vi Hart make videos in their own styles with the common goal of showing real, awesome, beautiful math. Vi learned some math from George, and George learned about videos from Vi, and you can learn how they create content that educates, inspires, and makes people want to share.

Philip Treisman  Iris M. Carl Equity Address
Philip Treisman

Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize 

NCTM has committed to equity, with many of us working toward a new generation of mathematics-savvy citizens and STEM professionals representing our diverse population. We need to take stock of the record and take action from the state house to the classroom, so that our vision becomes reality and our hopes for our students are realized.

Other Featured Presentations: 
Kathryn Chval  Kathryn Chval
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Enhancing Mathematics Curricula and Instruction to Facilitate Students’ Participation

Facilitating participation in mathematics classrooms is critical to student success. I will share how mathematics teachers learned to facilitate the participation of their students as they learned to use research-based strategies and watched videos of their lessons filmed by students wearing head-mounted video cameras.

Carol Malloy  Carol Malloy
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill K–12 Mathematics, Wilmington, NC
Framing Questions to Engage All Students in Geometric Reasoning 

Guided by student work and the goals of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, we will explore an approach to geometry teaching that allows students to use reasoning to critique arguments about geometric ideas and relationships. Capturing the excitement of mathematics, attendees engage in tasks that promote understanding.

Ruth Parker  Ruth Parker
Mathematics Education Collaborative, Ferndale, WA
Enhancing Teaching and Learning with the Standards for Mathematical Practice 

Explore ways to help all students learn to reason mathematically across the grades. Experience firsthand what it looks and feels like when discourse and mathematical reasoning are the mainstay of mathematics classrooms.

Alan Schoenfeld  Alan Schoenfeld
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Meeting the Challenges of the Common Core State Standards 

Powerful mathematics instruction starts with high standards and classroom materials that meet those standards. But the richest math learning environments have other important characteristics as well. Learn “what counts” in mathematics instruction aimed at producing mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.

Margaret Smith  Margaret (Peg) Smith
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Creating Opportunities to Engage Students in Reasoning and Proof 

Although a consensus is growing that the grades 7–12 curriculum needs greater emphasis on reasoning and proof, most textbooks offer limited opportunities to engage in these practices. We will focus on how to modify tasks to give students more opportunities to engage in reasoning and proving.

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Strands & Topics

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

Learn-Reflect Strand Icon 2013Reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics, and your students need a solid foundation to succeed. Plan one full day on Thursday, April 18, to focus on reasoning and proof with the Learn↔Reflect strand. Start your day with the morning Kickoff session, and then choose from a variety of presentations throughout the day, all focused on reasoning and proof. Conclude your experience with a Reflection session, where you’ll discuss the day’s learning.

New Teacher Strand 

New Teacher Strand Icon 2013Wondering how to manage your classroom, work with parents, find engaging lessons, and handle homework—all while keeping your sanity? You’re not alone. The New Teacher strand is a must for anyone in the first few years of teaching or getting ready to teach. Get answers to pivotal questions and concerns of new and soon-to-be teachers. Don’t miss the Kickoff session on Thursday, April 18, and a full day of workshops and sessions on Friday, April 19.

In addition to the Learn↔Reflect and New Teacher strands, NCTM’s Annual Meeting program will also feature the following new strands:

Research in Algebraic Thinking 

The Research in Algebraic Thinking strand will examine current research and discuss how algebra is changing in classrooms. The strand concludes with an opportunity for researchers and teachers to collaborate.

Kickoff Panel—The Teaching and Learning of Algebraic Thinking: Research Insights 

Daniel Chazan, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Mark Driscoll, Education Development Center, Waltham, MA
Megan Franke, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Research in Proof 

The Research in Proof strand focuses on research concerning the teaching and learning of proof. The strand concludes with an opportunity for researchers and teachers to collaborate.

Kickoff Panel—The Teaching and Learning of Proof: Research Insights 

E. Paul Goldenberg, Education Development Center, Waltham, MA
Patricio Herbst, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Eric Knuth, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Formative Assessment in the Common Core State Standards 

The Formative Assessment in the Common Core State Standards strand offers a broad examination of assessment issues and includes sessions about formative assessment at different grade levels, assessment for students from diverse populations, and special sessions about the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) Common Core assessments.

Response to Intervention 

The Response to Intervention strand focuses on working with students struggling to learn mathematics. This strand will be ideal for Title I teachers and those involved with implementing a multitiered prevention model such as response to intervention.

Conference Topics 

In addition to the strands, presentations will cover Principles, Standards, and other areas for professional development, including the following:

  • 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

Online Conference Planner 

Conference_Planner_logoSearch the complete program for presentations by grade level, speaker, topic, or day with our Online Conference Planner, which has everything you need to plan a rewarding conference experience.


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Formats & Presentation Types

With a plethora of topics, new ideas, and innovations for your classroom, you and your students will benefit from the wide selection of sessions. Both regular sessions and research sessions will be 60 minutes and set in theater-style rooms.

Gallery Workshops
Gallery Workshops have been shortened from 90 to 75 minutes, to allow attendees and speakers alike to make the best use of their time together. You’ll walk away with manipulatives, activities, and handouts for your classroom.

Burst Presentations—New!
New to the program this year: 30-minute Burst Presentations. Bursts are concise presentations that focus on a specific topic or idea. The goal is information sharing, conveyed quickly and succinctly.

Exhibitor Workshops
Looking for more in-depth and personal interaction with exhibitors? If you do, plan to attend the Exhibitor Workshops. Held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, these workshops offer a wide variety of topics.

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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Justify Your Attendance

We know that finding the time and the funds for your professional development is tough these days; our goal is to make the process easier for you. Garner support for attending the conference by using a template that explains what the conference is and how you can benefit from attending.

Conference Letter (PDF version / Word version)

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