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Teachers Gather for Latest in Math Education at NCTM Annual Meeting

2014 NCTM Annual Meeting & Expostion

Reston, Va., April 2, 2014—The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) will offer more than 700 sessions and workshops, covering all levels, pre-K–grade 12, at its 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition. The four-day conference will feature presenters from New Orleans and all across the country. Topics will include the Common Core State Standards, STEM education, achieving equity and social justice, and classroom use of technology.

“Whether you’re a classroom teacher, coach, administrator, preservice teacher, or math specialist, NCTM’s Annual Meeting has something for you,” said NCTM President Linda Gojak.

Keynote speaker Steven Strogatz of Cornell University will kick off the conference with the session “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.).

Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM will unveil Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All to define and describe the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. What’s exciting about NCTM’s new blueprint for mathematics education? The writing team will present several sessions at the conference about the publication’s focus on teaching and learning and how to engage students in mathematics thinking.

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.).

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.).

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 bringing math to the masses (Saturday, April 12, 12:30–1:30 p.m.).

Conference activities will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. 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.; and Saturday, April 12, 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

In addition, 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.

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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