Conference Highlights

  • NCTM's Annual Meeting & Exposition offers a wealth of professional development, networking, and celebration opportunities that you won't want to miss. 

    Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Thanks for joining us in San Antonio! To help you maximize the NCTM Annual Meeting, following are a few things you need to know:

    Research Conference

    If you registered for the Research Conference before March 11, 2017, your badge will be mailed. Check-in is not required. Simply bring your badge to the Research Conference registration area in the Park View Lobby of the Henery B. Gonzalez Convention Center to receive your materials. If you did not receive your badge in the mail, bring your confirmation email to the registration area. You can scan the barcode in the email and print your badge at Express Badge pick-up stations. Registration will be open between Monday, April 3, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, April 4, between 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    • Registered Annual Meeting attendees may attend the Research Conference offerings free of charge on Wednesday, April 5.
    • Download the NCTM Research Conference app to view the full agenda, find trending sessions, and connect with attendees.

    Preconference Workshop

    If you registered for a Preconference Workshop (Implementing the Eight Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices in Your Classroom; Linking Language and Learning Mathematics; or Multitiered Systems of Support: What Are Effective Interventions and Assessments?), your badge will be mailed with your annual meeting information. Materials Pickup opens on Wednesday, April 5, at 8:00 a.m. Materials can be picked up outside Room 007 AB in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. If you did not receive your badge in the mail, the Annual Meeting registration desk will be open in the main lobby of the convention center at 8:00 a.m. to print your badge.

    Mathematics Education Trust Celebración

    If you have purchased tickets for the Mathematics Education Trust Celebración (Wednesday, April 5, from 7:15– 8:30 p.m., immediately following the opening session), your ticket will be mailed to you with your badge. Please take your ticket to Texas Ballroom AB at the Grand Hyatt. It will be used for your party’s admittance and the prize drawing. You must be present to win. All members of your party must be in attendance at the time of entry. Event voucher/ticket is nonrefundable and cannot be replaced. 

    Save 25% in the NCTM Bookstore

    While in San Antonio, do not forget to check out the bookstore and purchase the latest resources, including Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. All conference attendees receive a 25% discount on their purchases.

    • Note on Sales Tax Exemptions: To qualify for sales tax exemption in the NCTM Bookstore, you must furnish a copy of a Texas tax exemption certificate, issued by the state, at the time of purchase. The law requires NCTM to keep a copy of the certificate, which we cannot return to you. You must pay with a purchase order, check, or credit card from the school to which the exemption certificate is issued. NCTM cannot accept personal checks, personal credit cards, and cash in conjunction with tax exemption certificates

    NCTM Central

    Stop by NCTM Central to pick up activities, lessons, and sample journals to use in the classroom. Visit with The Math Forum to learn about its offerings, and participate in Math Corner activities. Learn about grants and scholarships from the Mathematics Education Trust. Speak with Member Services, and join or renew your membership. Have your passport (included with your badge) punched by all four areas and be entered into a daily drawing for a Math Forum Problem of the Week subscription

    Download the Mobile App

    Get the latest program updates and information, search the conference program, and use the interactive floor plan to navigate the exhibit hall. Links to download the NCTM mobile app will be available soon at

    Create Your Schedule

    Create a personalized schedule in advance by searching the Online Planner at before arriving at the conference. Search by grade band or topic and see if your favorite speaker is presenting. Note: Adding presentations to your personal schedule does not reserve you a seat. All presentations are open to meeting participants and tickets are not required. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Things You Won't Want to Miss

    Opening Session: Don't miss the opening session, Jordan Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, on Wednesday, April 5, from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

    New Member and First Timers’ Orientation: Attend an orientation session on Wednesday, April 5, from 4:00–4:30 p.m. or on Thursday, April 6, from 7:15–7:45 a.m. to learn how to maximize your NCTM conference experience and get takeaways full of classroom-ready activities. The orientation session will be held in Room 221 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

    Celebrate Being a New Teacher:  Kickoff your Annual Meeting journey by joining with your peers who are still in school and just starting to explore ideas on classroom management, interacting with parents, homework, keeping your sanity, and more on Thursday, April 6, at 8:00 a.m., in The Texas Ballroom D at the Grand Hyatt.  End your San Antonio experience on Friday, April 7, at 3:15 p.m. in Texas Ballroom D at the Grand Hyatt and honor yourself and your peers at the New Teacher Celebration. Learn, laugh, and win prizes.

    The Exhibit Hall and Exhibitor Workshops: The Exhibit Hall opens on Thursday, April 6, at 8:00 a.m., and is always a great place to explore and get fresh ideas for the classroom. Looking for more in-depth and personal interaction with exhibitors? Plan to attend the Exhibitor Workshops, held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, covering a variety of topics. For Exhibitor Workshop offerings, look for presentations in the Program Book marked with the symbol ( EW ).

    We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!