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
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.
To preview all the
conference offerings, visit www.nctm.org/denver.
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
Media contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications
Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703)
620-9840, ext. 2189. During
the conference, April 15–19, call cell: (571) 423-6315.