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Teachers Gather for Latest in Math Education at NCTM Annual Meeting, Denver, April 17–20

WHO: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Local Host:
Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics

WHEN: April 17–20, 2013

WHAT: NCTM’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition “Reasoning and Proof: Is It True? Convince Me!” will offer more than 700 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12. Presenters during the four-day conference will come from many of the region’s schools and universities. Presentations will be given by educators from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as overseas.

Attendees will learn practices central to teaching the Common Core State Standards, discover how to incorporate the latest technology in their classrooms, acquire strategies to address the needs of every student, and much more. Presentations will focus on such timely topics as new and effective intervention methods, creating STEM experiences in the classroom, and refining assessment techniques, all geared to helping the experienced teacher as well as the novice.

Presentations: Mayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actress on The Big Bang Theory, real-life neuroscientist, and Texas Instruments spokesperson, will present the opening session, “The Power of Just One Teacher” on Wednesday evening, April 17, 5:30–7:00 p.m. Bialik, who is on a mission to help educators and parents inspire students to pursue STEM education and careers, will share her unique journey from child actress to neuroscientist to playing a scientist on TV and working with Texas Instruments.

On Thursday, a full day of sessions in the Learn and Reflect Strand complements NCTM’s focus on reasoning and making sense for all students. Sessions are designed to discuss with teachers how reasoning and proof increase opportunities for communication to help students develop mathematical understanding. The kick-off session, “Get Your Students to Reason More in Math Class,” will be at 9:30 a.m.

Of special interest on Thursday and Friday is a strand focused at meeting the specific needs of the new teacher. Nearly 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and at 16.4 percent, the turnover in math is the highest of all subject areas. Retaining the next generation of math teachers is essential if we are to fill the 280,000 new positions projected in math and science by 2015. Additional strands include formative assessment, research in algebraic thinking, research in proof, response to intervention, equity, and more.

New this year, the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) will be hosting a celebration on Friday to honor NCTM’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and other MET awardees. This ticketed event will include a silent auction. All proceeds will support MET programs.

Saturday’s closing session, “Viral Math Videos: A Hart-to-Hart Conversation,” will be delivered by Vi Hart, a full-time mathemusician at Khan Academy who is best known for her mathematical videos on YouTube, and George Hart, a mathematician and sculptor whose work has been exhibited around the world. The father and daughter duo’s session will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Convention Center.

WHERE: Conference activities will be at the Colorado Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Denver.

Registration: Attendees may register on-site in the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20, 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Exhibits: Nearly 200 mathematics education exhibitors will showcase their latest products in the NCTM Exhibit Hall at the Colorado Convention Center on Thursday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon.

WHY: To facilitate an exchange of ideas among mathematics educators on how students learn mathematics and the best teaching practices, thus enabling teachers to return to their classrooms better prepared to teach mathematics to all students.

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students.

Media contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager,, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189. During the conference, April 15–19, call cell: (571) 423-6315. 


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