October 29, 2013—The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM), the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Greater
Louisville Council of Teachers of Mathematics will host a regional conference
and exposition in Louisville, November 6–8. The conference invites educators to
learn effective teaching strategies and listen to exciting speakers who will
inspire them with innovative ideas and strategies to take back into the
Presenters during the conference will come from all areas of
Kentucky, including Lancaster, Lexington, and Morehead, as well as Louisville. Presentations
will also be given by educators from surrounding states and throughout the
United States, and from as far away as Brisbane, Australia. 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 other topics, including STEM instruction, formative
assessment, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), and
instructional best practices.
Matthew Larson, Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools, will discuss how adopting new content standards alone is
unlikely to reduce existing learning differentials. For CCSSM to increase the
achievement of all students and close existing learning differentials,
implementation efforts must simultaneously address five paradigm shifts that
will be the focus of this session. The Opening Session, “The Challenge of Making CCSSM Matter,” will kick off the conference on
Wednesday, November 6, 5:30–7:00 p.m., at the Kentucky International Convention
Center, Cascade Ballroom A/B.
On Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, 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 in Room 104.
On Friday, November 9, NCTM President Linda Gojak will examine
how a rich problem can be the umbrella for integrating 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 8:00–9:00 a.m. in Room L6/L7.
conference activities will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. In addition, hundreds of the
latest education products will be on display in the NCTM Exhibit Hall on
Thursday, November 7, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday, November 8, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Preview all the conference offerings at www.nctm.org/louisville.
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, Nov. 5–8,
call (571) 423-6315.