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Calling All Math Teachers to New Orleans, April 9–12!

2014AnnMtgFinalWHO: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Local Host: Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics

WHAT: NCTM’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans will offer more than 700 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12. The four-day conference will feature many presenters from New Orleans and all across the country. Topics will include the Common Core State Standards, STEM education, achieving equity and social justice, classroom use of technology, and more.

WHEN: April 9–12

WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside


  • Opening Session: Keynote speaker Steven Strogatz of Cornell University will present “The Joy of x.” An award-winning math scholar with a broad interest in applied mathematics, Strogatz studies how synchrony occurs spontaneously in nature. (Wednesday, April 9, 5:30–7:00 p.m.)
  • Principles to Actions: What’s exciting about NCTM’s new blueprint for mathematics education? This introduction to NCTM’s call to action will describe the context, purpose, and hopes for this important new publication. (Thursday, April 10, 9:30–10:30 a.m.)
  • Fluency: Rote memorization through drill and practice does not lead to fluency. Join NCTM President Linda Gojak to look at the ways to help students use strategic thinking to develop fluency through reasoning and sense making. (Thursday, April 10, 2:00–3:00 p.m.)
  • Common Core State Standards: In spring 2015, the Common Core assessments will be administered for the first time. What actions will best prepare teachers and students for these assessments? NCTM President-Elect Diane Briars will discuss opportunities and challenges. (Friday, April 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.)
  • Closing Session: Bill Amend, the cartoonist who created the comic strip FoxTrot, has been injecting math and science humor into the funny pages for more than 25 years. He’ll share examples and stories and discuss the joys and challenges of brining math to the masses. (Saturday, April 12, 12:30–1:30 p.m.)

Registration: Attendees may register on-site at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12, 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Exhibits: Hundreds of the latest education products will be on display in the NCTM Exhibit Hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Thursday, April 10, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday, April 11, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, 8:00 a.m.–noon.

WHY: The conference will 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.

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.

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