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2013 Annual Meeting Webcasts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

Opening Session: The Power of Just One Teacher 


Opening Session by Mayim Bialik
Remarks by NCTM President Linda Gojak

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 Hoya Bialik received her BS in neuroscience and in Hebrew and Jewish studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a PhD in neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in obsessive–compulsive disorder in adolescents with Prader–Willi syndrome. She was born to first-generation American teachers and documentary filmmakers and was raised in Los Angeles, attending both public and religious school. Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for portraying the young Bette Midler in Beaches. She appears regularly on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s “friend who is not his girlfriend.”

Mayim Bialik
Actress, Neuroscientist, and Texas Instruments Spokesperson, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, April 18, 2013 

President's Session: Eight Instructional Practices to Promote Grades K–8 Number Sense 


Linda M. Gojak
President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics;
John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

It is time for NCTM’s focus on reasoning and sense making in high school to extend to grades K–8. To improve student achievement, we must consider both content and instructional process. What are some characteristics of classrooms that implicitly build student sense making and understanding? Let’s start with number and operations.

Friday, April 19, 2013 

Keeping our Eyes on the Prize
Iris M. Carl Equity Address



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NCTM has committed itself 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. Philip “Uri” Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Charles A. Dana Center. He is a senior adviser to the Aspen Institute’s Urban Superintendents’ Network and recently served on the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 for his work on nurturing minority student achievement in college mathematics and 2006 Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to mathematics. In all his work, Treisman advocates for equity and excellence in education for all children.

Philip Uri Treisman
Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin

Friday, April 19, 2013  

Presentation of the 2013 NCTM Lifetime Achievement Awards  


This session will honor the 2013 recipients of the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards are bestowed to NCTM members who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in mathematics education at the national level. The recipients will be introduced and will speak. Other grant recipients in attendance will also be recognized.

Mathematics Education Trust
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, Virginia

Saturday, April 20, 2013 

Viral Math Videos: a Hart-to-Hart Conversation

Closing Session by Vi Hart and George Hart
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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. Vi Hart is a full-time mathemusician at Khan Academy and is best known for her mathematical videos on YouTube.  She has more than 30 million video views on her YouTube channel, with more than 300,000 subscribers. She has more than 15,000 Twitter followers and more than 29,000 fans on Facebook. Her most popular video, “Hexaflexa-gons,” is approaching 5 million views. George Hart is a mathematician and sculptor whose work has been exhibited around the world. Hart’s research explores innovative ways to use computer technology in the design and fabrication of artwork. Previously a research professor in the computer science department at Stony Brook University, recently he has helped to found the Museum of Mathematics and design its initial set of exhibits. He also makes videos that show the fun and creative sides of mathematics.
Vi Hart
Khan Academy, Mountain View, California
George Hart
Mathematics Sculptor, Stony Brook, New York


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