About The Event

NCTM is committed to bringing the math community together for engaging content that will help transform the learning and teaching of mathematics. Join your colleagues for the NCTM 2020 Virtual Conference November 11-14 and share in the excitement and love of math!

Celebrating the virtual power and potential of teaching math

In a year unlike any other, we are re-imagining mathematics. Sharing our love of mathematics ignites a spark that helps develop engineers, scientists, medical professionals, and educators. Together, math teachers are re-configuring the world!


Wednesday to Saturday
November 11-14, 2020 


To view the full program, please visit the Online Conference Planner.

Conference Planner

Preconference Workshop

Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics:
Engaging in Critical Conversations and Planning Actionable Steps

Dates: November 9 and 10, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Cost: $85 with conference / $99 workshop only


Wednesday, November 11

Opening Session: What Kind of Mathematics Do We Need Now?

Rochelle Gutiérrez

The combined events of Covid, Black Lives Matter, and climate change have opened the door for many teachers to question what is happening in the world and what is our place in it? This session supports teachers to reflect on what is considered “normal” in mathematics teaching and learning and what it will take to rehumanize mathematics. More than just rethink the ways we teach, I will engage us to reconsider mathematics itself and how it can be in the service of connecting us with each other and the natural world. 

Thursday, November 12

On your Own Time  

Meet & Network / OnDemand Presentations

Exhibitor Workshops

10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Dedicated Exhibitor Hours

Live Presentations

Productive Math Struggle in Primary Classrooms - Susie Katt

The Mathematics Whole School Agreement: Aligning across and within Grades to Build Students' Success - Karen Karp, Sarah Bush, & Barbara Dougherty

What Is Equity? Make It More Than a Buzzword for Your Teaching - Connie Schrock

Encourage Deeper Math Conversations through Visualization - Curtis Brown

Wait, the Law of Cosines Makes Sense?!? How to Prove the Law of Cosines Using Only Geometry - Joseph Obrycki

Using Students' Questions to Build Equitable Tasks and Demonstrate Responsive Teaching - Kelley Buchheister & Christa Jackson

Live Presentations

Teaching Algebraic Thinking and Problem Solving without the “X’s” - Donna Knoell

Changing Teacher Vision through Strengths-Based, Reciprocal Noticing and Critical Race Theory Lenses - Ally Lewis

Good to Great: How Challenging Content and High Expectations Can Help More Students Succeed - Liz Suarez & Valerie Barron

M^2: Modeling and Mathematics in STEM - Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Abigail Fowler, & Caitlyn Yost

Empowering a Classroom of #DreamChasers - Joanna Stevens

Supporting and Extending Language Development in the Context of Mathematical Sense Making Through Virtual and In-Person Learning - Stephanie Ely, Merry Batter, & Abby Dow

President Address: Community, Collaboration and Commitment: Three Cs of Learning in Navigating Unchartered Areas of Mathematics Teaching - Trena Wilkerson

Live Presentations

Playing the Long Game - Zachary Champagne

Teaching Math at a Distance - Math Routines Reimagined for the Remote Classroom - Theresa Wills

X to Why: A New Look at Learners Who Struggle - Barbara Dougherty

Quad Squad: Using Circles to Build Intuition, Reasoning, and Understanding of Quadrilaterals - Sarah Galasso

It Takes Two: Using Co-Planning and Co-Teaching to Support Equitable Learning Opportunities - Ruthmae Sears, Caree Pinder, & Cynthia Castro-Minnehan

PrimeD, A Framework for the Profession: Teacher Leadership in Design, Evaluation, and Research of PD - Robert Ronau, Christopher Rakes, & Margaret Mohr-Schroeder

Live Presentations

Count Me In! Counting Collection Trajectories for Elementary Mathematics - Jessica Jeffers

Daily Number Sense and Reasoning for Deeper Learning and Greater Student Success - John SanGiovanni

Rich Tasks + Optimism + Perseverance = Growth Mindset in the Mathematics Classroom -Sandra Miller

High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice - Basil Conway, John Staley, Brian Lawler, & Robert Berry, III

Climate Change: Math Activities Using Data from Al Gore’s Climate Project and the US Climate Report - Tom Reardon

Teaching with Intention: Focusing on What Matters - Marian Small

Friday, November 13

On your Own Time  

Meet & Network / OnDemand Presentations

10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

Exhibitor Workshops

Dedicated Exhibitor Hours

Live Presentations

Mathematics for Human Flourishing - Francis Su

Eliminate the Fear of Fractions Using Visual Representations - Mangai Neelavannan & Denise Harrison

Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Engaging in the Four Key Recommendations - Sarah Bush & Christa Jackson

Seek Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly - Basil Conway

Transforming Collaborative Teams to Support Student-Centered, Problem-Based Learning - Sharon Rendon & Tom Stricklin

Live Presentations

Representations and Reasoning: Developing Young Children's Understandings of Operations - Thomas Roberts

Formative Assessment in the Digital Age: Capturing Students' Mathematical Thinking with Technology - Carolyn Mitten

Catalyzing Change: Initiating Critical Conversations and Actions for Equitable Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics - DeAnn Huinker, Anne Marie Marshall, Nicole Rigelman, & Cathery Yeh

Assessing for Understanding - Daniel Kaufmann

Re-imagining Mathematics Education through a Wakandan Lens: What Can We Learn from Shuri? - Imani Goffney

Geometric Problem Solving: Integrating Critical Thinking through Challenging Puzzles and Games - Thomas Marlowe

Optimizing Learning Opportunities to Empower ALL Learners - Tashana Howse

Live Presentations

Creating Mathematical Thinkers Using Number Strings and Math Talks in 3-5 - Brittany Goerig

The Three Most Misused Mathematical Representations - William McCallum

What's Next in Statistics? Vertical Alignment of Statistics to Understand How the Concept Evolves - Kathryn Early

A Rational (Function) State of Mind - Frederick Dillon

Let’s Change “Reading, ‘Riting, and ’Rithmetic” to “Reading, ‘Riting, and Reasoning” - Marilyn Burns

Supporting Teacher Collaboration with Digital Professional Learning—Virtually or In-Person - C. Kyle Falting & Jackie Horton

Live Presentations

Engaging Students in Mathematical Thinking and Discourse during Remote and Hybrid Learning - Danielle Curran

Class Starters Get a Restart - Beth Fugate

Five Essential Strategies to Develop Students’ Capacity to Think and Reason Mathematically - Grace Kelemanik & Amy Lucenta

Learning from Teachers Working to Rehumanize Math Learning through Culturally Responsive Teaching - Mark Ellis

Beyond Consensus: Rhetoric and Reality in the Classroom - Dylan Kane

Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice - Kristopher Childs

Saturday, November 14

On your Own Time  

Meet & Network / OnDemand Presentations

Live Presentations

Cuisenaire Rods: Visual, Flexible, and Algebraic - Rebecca Holden

Successfully Developing Fluency - Kevin Dykema

Interpret and Interrogate: A Reasoning Routine to Ensure ALL Students Are Modeling with Mathematics - Amy Lucenta & Grace Kelemanik

Productive Struggle: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means - Barbara Lynch

Connecting What We Teach to the World around Us - Gail Burrill

Recognizing, Building, and Cultivating Strengths in ANY Teaching and Learning Environment - Beth Kobett

The Path to Fluency with Addition and Subtraction - Daniel Kaufmann

Live Presentations

Activities That Highlight the Intersection of Language Arts, Science, and Math - Maria Diamantis & Adam Goldberg

Questions Matter: Using a Framework to Support Posing Purposeful Questions - Loryn Lenartowicz

The Care Gap: How Math Creates It and How We Can Use Math to Close It - Geoff Krall

Unpacking the Relationship between Mathematical Practices and Anti-Racist Teaching Practices - Robert Berry

Let the Sun Shine: Using Trigonometry to Model Daylight Data - Scott Knapp

Fluency that Respects Children's Thinking: A Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Perspective, K-5 - Linda Levi

Live Presentations

The Power of a Positive Mathematical Identity - Deborah Peart

It's Ours to Reason Why: Powerful Practices and Rich Tasks that Promote Problem Solving - Cindy Bryant

Typography and Mathematics: Arranging Letters on a Sloping Line or Bending Them along a Curve - Ron Lancaster

Integrate Problem Solving, Math Modeling, Technology, and Relevant Data with Important Social Issues - Tom Reardon

Increase Students' Agency in Mathematics by Engaging Families as Partners - Susie Hakansson & Kyndall Brown

Live Presentations

Practical Ideas to Engage K-2 Learners in Insightful Conversations about Number Concepts - Cathy Marks Krpan

Beyond Providing Access: A Framework for Trusting Our Students to Do the Math - Dionne Aminata

Three Engaging Methods to Uncover and Fix Hidden Student Misconceptions - Robert Kaplinsky

Invite ALL Students to the Math Conversation with Number Talks in Your Secondary Classroom - Jacqueline Palmquist

Designing Pathways for Student Success from K-12 to Post-High School - W Gary Martin

Building Student Agency and Identity in the Mathematics Classroom: The Stories behind the Outputs - Comfort Akwaji-Anderson & Paige Richards

Closing Event

Conference Strands Quick Reference

Strand Descriptions

  Access, Equity, and Empowerment
  Deep Mathematical Learning through Effective Teaching
  Actualizing Change
  Professionalism and Lifelong Learning

Featured Speakers

Rates and Dates

Individual Registration Closed

Group Registration Closed

NCTM Member Registration Fees  
Membership renewal not included.
Premium NCTM Member Registration
Essential and Intro Member Registration
Emeritus & Life Members  
Student Members  
Group Registration  
Rates are per registrant, for registering groups of 5 or more. One year of Essential membership included.
Group (5 or more) 
Non-member Individual Registration    
Non-member Full Registration
Registration with NCTM Membership Purchase
Purchase membership with registration and receive the corresponding discount!
Premium Membership ($149)
+ Full Registration (30% off)
Essential Membership ($94)
+ Full Registration (20% off)
Student Membership ($49)
+ Registration (Free)

Exhibit Hall

Make time to talk to the exhibitors! They are ready to meet with you to hear about your needs for classroom or virtual teaching. Exhibitors can meet with you through chat or video meetings. Schedule a time that is convenient for you directly through the meeting platform! 

Hall Hours:
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



  • Registration is available by mail, fax, or email. NCTM accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, checks, money orders, and purchase orders. All payments must be submitted in U.S. dollars and drawn on U.S. bank accounts, money orders, or credit cards. Credit card payments will be subject to the appropriate exchange rate. NCTM accepts approved purchase orders—please submit a scanned/electronic copy with your online or emailed registration, or mail/fax a copy with your registration form.

    Individual Registration Form

    Group Registration Form

  • Letters regarding speaker proposal decisions for the Virtual Conference will be sent out in August. Chosen speakers will receive an invitation to register along with instructions. If you do not receive a letter, please send a note to  conferencesdept@nctm.org 

  • This is not your typical Zoom meeting. NCTM will offer a unique experience that will be easy to navigate from the comfort of your home. Attendees will have access to OnDemand and live presentations and will be able to participate in live Q&A with featured speakers. There will be opportunities to interact with attendees in specialty networking groups as well as chat with exhibitors in a one-on-one capacity.

    The program committee has develop a dynamic and immersive virtual experience including as many of the presentations from the original NCTM 2020 Regional Conference & Exposition in Tampa as possible, with over 200 presentations (70+ live and 130 OnDemand) designed to engage, inspire, and expand your professional development.

  • All OnDemand presentations will be available at your leisure. Live presentations will be broadcasted and available to view on the day and time they are posted. Live presentations will be recorded and available the following week. All content will remain on the NCTM 2020 Virtual Conference portal for 30 days. This allows you to take your time to view any content you were unable to attend November 11–14, 2020.

  • You can find the list of presentations, complete with descriptions and speakers at www.nctm.org/virtual2020/ after September 30 on the Conference Itinerary Planner.

  • NCTM will provide closed captioning for all OnDemand recordings. Closed captioning recordings of Live presentations will be available the week following the conference.

    If you require additional special services as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please email  conferencesdept@nctm.org. Requests can be served more effectively if received before October 21, 2020

  • All registered attendees will receive a conference link on November 9 from the event platform provider. The link will provide access to the conference content, where you will be able to set up your profile and become comfortable with the platform before the kickoff on November 11.

  • Just like an in-person conference, registrations cannot be shared. The registration provides a secure link for each user.

  • Yes. The NCTM 2020 Virtual Conference Bookstore will feature NCTM’s popular books and well-liked products.

  • Yes! Attendees will still be able to access information on Classroom Resources, Mathematics Education Trust, Professional Development, and Member Services. NCTM Central will be in the Exhibit Hall.

  • The live hours will be 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (ET) on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th. During those times, exhibitors will be available to connect live with attendees. Make sure to connect with each exhibitor to hear the latest updates on their products and services. Outside the live hours, attendees will still be able to view exhibitor content, videos, and information.

  • Select speakers will be available after their presentations in the Roundtable Discussion space. Check out the Roundtable Discussion board to see which speakers are available. Each discussion space will open up a video chat for a maximum of 16 people. The speaker and attendees will be able to continue their discussion in an intimate setting.

  • Session materials (if provided by the speaker) will be available. Attendees will be able to download or view available handouts prior to viewing a presentation.

  • Attendees will have multiple networking opportunities: (1) Roundtable Discussions, (2) Attendee Connections, (3) Community Q&A, (4) Attendee-to-Attendee Direct Messaging, (5) Attendee-to-Attendee Direct Video Messaging.

  • Wellness videos, yoga, and stretches will be geared toward attendees’ self-refresh during their participation in the Virtual Conference. Also available will be Yoga OnDemand videos and tips for educators to take back to their classrooms and distance learning spaces.

  • Attendees will have opportunities to earn points by viewing OnDemand presentations, attending live sessions, participating in the Exhibit Hall, and more! Prizes will be awarded!

  • Yes! We will have an Engage-and-Play area within the virtual conference platform. Attendees will be able to download and print out NCTM related emojis/posters to share on social media or use throughout the video networking group chats. NCTM is also planning a few additional fun surprises—you never know, you may just be able to watch a video of adorable puppies or learn a cool recipe in between the live presentations! 

  • At the end of the NCTM 2020 Virtual Conference, a digital certificate of attendance will be available for attendees to download and self-document participating hours.

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