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MEDIA ALERT: Calling All Math Teachers to Baltimore, Oct. 16–18!

Balt2013MEDIA ALERT and Event Calendar   

Calling All Math Teachers to Baltimore, Oct. 16–18, 2013!
NCTM Regional Conference  

WHO: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Local Host: Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

WHAT: NCTM’s Regional Conference and Exposition in Baltimore will offer more than 200 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12. The three-day conference will feature many presenters from Maryland and the surrounding states; other presentations will be given by educators from throughout the United States and Canada. Topics about pressing issues in math education will include STEM instruction, formative assessment, the Common Core State Standards, instructional best practices, how to use new technologies to support and enhance math instruction, and more.

WHEN: October 16–18, 2013

WHERE: Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Baltimore

Presentations: To understand the cosmos, you need to know math. At the conference’s Opening Session, keynote speaker Sten Odenwald will present “How to Explore the Cosmos with Just a Little Math.” Astrophysics and cosmology offer a rich tapestry of math challenges for students. From the Big Bang to the present time, Odenwald will look at some of the math encountered along the way. This session will kick off the conference on Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Convention Center.

On Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, an interactive workshop will offer tips for all new and preservice teachers on how to manage classrooms, work with parents, find engaging lessons, and handle homework. The sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hilton.

On Thursday, October 17, NCTM President Linda Gojak will discuss how a rich problem can be the umbrella for incorporating mathematical practice with mathematics content in the elementary grades. This session, “It’s Raining Rich Problems!” will offer some practical suggestions to turn this vision into practice and is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Convention Center.

On Friday, October 18, the session “NCTM Board Hot Topic—Embracing the Common Core: An Opportunity Not a Burden” will run from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Hilton. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about NCTM’s Common Core-related efforts and share their own successes and challenges.

Registration: Attendees may register on-site at the Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Exhibits: Hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in the NCTM Exhibit Hall of the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, October 17, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 18, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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

Preview all the conference offerings at www.nctm.org/baltimore.

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 and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics 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, twithrow@nctm.org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189.

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