Program and Presentations

  • Program and Presentations

    The Research Conference includes more than 200 sessions including symposiums, discussion sessions, research reports, invited sessions, and posters. You also get the opportunity to interact with federal agencies that support mathematics education research. The Research Conference brings new research, innovative methods, and issues-based discussions to engage, develop, and challenge the community. In addition, get time to meet colleagues and develop new connections to strengthen your network.

    All 2018 sessions will take place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    Opening Session

    You, Advocacy, and Policy & Legislation inside the Beltway

    Della B. Cronin, Bose Washington Partners
    James Brown, STEM Education Coalition

    Monday, April 23 | 5:30–7:00 p.m.

    Get up to speed on policy, advocacy, and what's in store for research and higher education. Della Cronin and James Brown bring their years of experience in advocacy for mathematics education and STEM education to help us understand what's happening now, what's to come, why it matters, and what we can do to influence the process. You are guaranteed to learn something new!

    Della Cronin

    Bio: Della B. Cronin is a principal of Bose Washington Partners, a government and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Cronin brings over 20 years of experience in education and research policy, legislative and regulatory processes, fundraising, and public affairs to the firm, having worked for a broad array of education companies and interests.

    In recent years, Cronin has represented a number of educational interests in Capitol Hill debates regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Higher Education and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, among others. Her successes include pursuing policy changes that better support the teaching and learning of STEM and computer science, adequate federal investments in programs that support teachers and teacher educators, and better connections between federal education and research policy and the needs of the 21st Century workforce.

    Cronin holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in political science from Virginia Tech.


    James Brown

    Bio: James Brown is the Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, an alliance of more than 700 business, professional, and education organizations, that works to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.

    Prior to joining the Coalition, he was Assistant Director for Advocacy at the American Chemical Society. A nuclear engineer by training, he previously worked as a Legislative Aide for Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington and began his career as an engineer with Newport News Shipbuilding, working on aircraft carrier construction.

    He received a B.S. from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. from Penn State, both in nuclear engineering. He also holds an MBA from George Washington University.


    Plenary Session

    Unpacking the "Urban" in Urban Mathematics Education

    Erika Bullock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Gregory Larnell, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Wednesday, April 25 | 9:30–11:00 a.m.

    Erika and Gregory will discuss the "urban" in urban mathematics education research and the responsibilities of researchers, teachers, and leaders to attend to socio-spatial considerations.

    Erika Bullock

    Bio: Erika C. Bullock, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of mathematics education and curriculum studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. Dr. Bullock's work spans curriculum studies, urban education, and mathematics education. She uses theories from urban sociology, critical geography, literary theory, and science and technology studies to historicize issues and ideologies within mathematics and STEM education to examine how power operates within these disciplines to create and maintain inequities.

    Dr. Bullock's work has been published in outlets including Educational Studies, Educational Studies in Mathematics, The Journal of Education, Review of Research in Education (forthcoming), and Teachers College Record. She was a 2017 keynote speaker at the Mathematics Education and Society conference in Volos, Greece and was awarded the 2017 Taylor and Francis Publication Best Paper Award for "Only STEM can save us? Examining race, place, and STEM education as property," published in Educational Studies.


    Gregory Larnell

    Bio: Gregory V. Larnell, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Larnell studies and teaches courses on education and mathematics education with particular attention to curriculum, learning, identity, teaching, and inequity. Dr. Larnell's current research includes projects on learners' experiences in mathematics-education contexts, postsecondary mathematics remediation, urban mathematics education, and critical analyses of mathematics education research.

    Dr. Larnell's earlier work has been published in the Journal of Education, the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, and the Handbook of Urban Education among other print outlets, other media, and national and international conference proceedings. Most recently, Dr. Larnell was named the 2017 recipient of an early career publication award from the Special Interest Group on Research in Mathematics Education (SIG-RME) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and, upon board approval, will serve as a member of the NCTM Research Committee.


    More Opportunities

    Early Career Researchers:

    • Take advantage of publishing sessions by JRME and the NCTM school journals to support the need to publish.

    • Attend sessions from grant funders to better under opportunities and strategies to obtaining external funding. 

    • Take part in the mentoring session with successful and recognized researchers and faculty to get help you navigate a wide range of early career challenges.