October 2, 2013—The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM), and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) will
host a regional conference and exposition in Baltimore, October 16–18. The
conference invites educators to learn effective teaching strategies and listen
to exciting speakers who will inspire them to become better teachers.
Presenters during the conference will come from all areas of
Maryland, including Westminster, Rockville, and Salisbury, as well as Baltimore.
Presentations will also be given by educators from surrounding states and
throughout the United States, and from as far away as Mumbai. The conference
will offer more than 200 sessions and workshops, covering all levels,
pre-K–grade 12. The sessions support
NCTM’s yearlong focus on number and operations, as well as a wealth of topics
including STEM instruction, formative assessment, the Common Core State
Standards, and instructional best practices
Keynote speaker Sten Odenwald, with the National Institute of Aerospace in
Hampton, Virginia, will discuss the rich
tapestry of math challenges that astrophysics
and cosmology offer for students. Odenwald’s Opening Session, “How to Explore the Cosmos with Just a Little
Math” will kick off the conference on Wednesday, October 16, 5:30–7:00
p.m., at the Baltimore
Convention Center, Ballroom I/II.
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, Key Ballroom 8.
On Thursday, October 17, NCTM President Linda Gojak will examine
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. This session is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Convention
Center, Ballroom III.
conference activities will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center and
Hilton Baltimore. In addition, 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
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 interested in arranging interviews or attending the
conference, contact Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 620-9840, ext.
2189. During the conference, Oct. 15–18,
call (571) 423-6315.