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Program and Presentations

NCTM 2013 Regional Conference in Louisville 

Over 200 Sessions and Workshops Await You in Louisville

Choose from more than 200 presentations targeted to grade levels and to special topics such as:

  • Common Core State Standards, including Standards for Math Practices
  • Assessments
  • Technology to support mathematics connections
  • 21st-century learning in the math classroom
  • Differentiating instruction for students with special needs, English language learners, and gifted and talented students

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, administrator, math specialist, or teacher-in-training, you’ll find the topics that interest you and plenty of choices for your grade level.

Featured Presentations 

Formats and Presentation Types 

Learn ↔ Reflect Strand 

Strands and Topics 

Online Conference Planner  

Justify Your Attendance 


Featured Presentations

Opening Session
Wednesday, November 6

Matthew LarsonMatthew Larson, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska
The Challenge of Making the CCSSM Matter 

Adoption of new content standards alone is unlikely to reduce existing learning differentials. In order for implementation of CCSSM to raise the achievement of all students and close existing learning differentials, implementation efforts must simultaneously address the five paradigm shifts that will be the focus of this session.

Get Inspired By Leaders in Mathematics  

Jennifer Bay-Williams
University of Louisville
An Equation (or Inequality?) for Success with ELLs 

Doug Clements
University of Denver
Lessons from Research: Standards, Teaching, Learning Trajectories 

Fred Dillon
Consultant
Ours IS to Reason Why When We Invert and Multiply 

Anne Foegen
Iowa State University
Exploring Student Responses to Support Struggling Learners 

Tim Kanold
Loyola University
The Art of Teaching Mathematics!  

Steve Leinwand
American Institutes for Research
How to Shift Mindsets from Remembering How to Understanding Why 

Dan Meyer
Stanford University
Making Math More Like Things Students Like: Video Games 

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

Linda Jensen Sheffield
Northern Kentucky University
The Common Core State Standards for Gifted and Advanced Learners  

Mike Shaughnessy
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The Standards for Mathematical Practice: Cherishing and Nurturing the Mathematics 

Zalman Usiskin
University of Chicago
The Shape of Geometry and the Geometry of Shape 

Rose Zbiek
Pennsylvania State University
Bringing Algebra, Functions and Mathematical Practices to Life through Technology 

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Formats and Presentation Types

Sessions 
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.

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

Exhibitor Workshops 
Looking for more in-depth and personal interaction with exhibitors? If you do, plan to attend the Exhibitor Workshops. Held on Thursday and Friday, these workshops showcase exhibitors' products and services, with hands-on demonstrations and detailed information. You’ll find these presentations marked in program books with the symbol Exhibitor Workshops.

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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Strands and Topics

Focus Strands 

Mathematical Learning Trajectories (Thursday) 

Mathematical learning trajectories provide descriptions of children’s developmental thinking within a particular content domain. These trajectories speak to the types of instructional tasks teachers can use to support students’ ascension through the trajectory. Sessions included in this focus strand will provide an overview of learning trajectories, detailed descriptions of specific trajectories, and related instructional tasks.

English Language Learners (Friday) 

The sessions in this strand focus on engaging English Language Learners of all ages and levels of English proficiency in meaningful mathematics. Ideas for differentiating instruction, utilizing effective assessments, and guiding students to construct a conceptual understanding of mathematics will be shared.

Developing Mathematical Promise, Talent, Creativity and Giftedness (Friday) 

Quality education must capture mathematical passions and imagination and develop the potential of a wide range of mathematically promising students. Join us in this strand for a discussion of these issues, suggestions for students’ development, and a look at critically needed development and dissemination of research to prepare the STEM leaders of tomorrow.

CCSS: Standards for Mathematical Practice (Thursday)  

The Common Core State Standards not only focus on content, but habits of mind as well. Like the NCTM standards, the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) are about the thinking and processing that we want all of our students to be doing. This strand will help you better understand what the SMPs look and sound like in the classroom when students are engaged in problem-solving.

Exploring Fractions (Friday) 

Assist your students in deepening their fraction knowledge by engaging in a variety of sessions in the Exploring Fractions strand. The sessions include foundational fraction concepts, fraction division, interpreting students' thinking about fractions, exploring fractions through interactive activities, and initial decimal concepts.

Special Education (Thursday) 

This strand is intended to support teachers who work with the spectrum of students who struggle with mathematics. These sessions offer a variety of approaches and assessment strategies to assist special education teachers, Title 1 teachers, and regular classroom teachers who instruct students with a wide range of abilities. This strand is appropriate for teachers of students with special needs.

Conference Topics 

In addition to the focus strands, presentations will cover current math education topics, including the following:

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

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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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