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Friday, February 3
 

7:30am

Registration and Breakfast
Pickup your nametag, and grab a coffee. Get to know other attendees while waiting for our conference to begin!  

Friday February 3, 2017 7:30am - 8:15am
Hughes Trigg Student Center - Lower Level 3140 Dyer Street

8:15am

Welcome with Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller
Friday February 3, 2017 8:15am - 8:30am
Theatre

8:30am

Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Mathematics Education in the K-12 to College Pathway
Moderators
avatar for Yolette Garcia

Yolette Garcia

Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach, Southern Methodist University
Yolette García joined SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2008 as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She's responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion. Additionally, she teaches media as an adjunct in the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU. García comes to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. James Epperson

Dr. James Epperson

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, University of Texas Arlington
Dr. James A. Mendoza Epperson is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Arlington. His research and professional interests center around mathematical problem solving, mathematics-specific technology, and increasing access to mathematics through improved preparation of mathematics teachers, program development, and curriculum development. Currently, Dr. Epperson oversees the overall program mission... Read More →
avatar for Mary Kemper

Mary Kemper

Director of Mathematics, K-12, Coppell ISD
Mary Kemper serves as the K-12 Director of Mathematics for Coppell ISD.  Her years in the classroom were spent with secondary students, but Ms. Kemper's current role has enabled her to grow passionately about early childhood mathematics as well.  She oversees her district's mathematics long-term plans, mentors a team of instructional coaches, supports campus principals as instructional leaders, provides professional... Read More →
avatar for Torrence Robinson

Torrence Robinson

President, Fluor Foundation
Torrence H. Robinson is senior director of community affairs for Fluor Corporation and president of The Fluor Foundation, where he is responsible for the development and execution of global community involvement strategies that help create resilient, sustainable communities where Fluor has a presence. For more than 20 years Robinson has been involved in the field of corporate social responsibility, with an emphasis in the promotion and support... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Trena Wilkerson

Dr. Trena Wilkerson

Professor and Graduate Program Director, Baylor University
Trena L. Wilkerson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Department. She received her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in mathematics.Dr. Wilkerson currently serves on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. In 2016 she received the Texas... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Theatre

9:30am

Poster Presentations and Break
Understanding Slope: Leading Students into Deeper Comprehension
Victoria McKay
Do your students struggle to understand how to calculate slope in an efficient way? In this poster presentation, I will describe a Number talk about slope that I designed and conducted with my 9th grade Algebra 1 students. Come learn about the many different ways my students calculated slope.

Fair Games:  A Lesson in Probability and Fairness
Alaina Atwood
In this lesson students uncover the connection between equal parts of a whole and fairness after playing a race game with an unfair spinner. Students determine who is favored to win in the game and are then asked to change the game to make it fair for all.

Strategies for Subtracting Fractions: Number Talks for Conceptualizing Elementary Mathematics
Meghana Bellary
If your students are frustrated with subtracting fractions, visiting this poster could be a great way to better understand how to build students conceptual understanding of fraction subtraction. This poster describes different strategies anticipated and how to help your students.

Multiple Representations for Combinations: Field Day Outfits
Natalie Marie Cruz
Do your students struggle with thinking about a general rule or pattern for determining the total number of objects?  In this poster presentation I will describe a project based on field day outfit combinations that I designed and conducted with my 3rd grade students.

Comparing Heights to Explore Linear Measurement and Data Analysis
Deirdre M. Mari
Do you want to incorporate math explorations in lower elementary classes while building analytical skills? In this poster presentation I will describe a math investigation my 2nd grade students completed, in which they collected, organized, and analyzed data.

Subitizing: Number Talks to Develop Young Childrens' Number Sense
Sapna Shah
How are some children able to quickly look at a group of dots and determine how many there are? This skill is called subitizing. On this poster I describe how I used subitizing in a Number Talk with 3 to 5 year old students to develop pre-addition skills.

Mathematical Modeling: Table Tiles
Tiffany Boren
Do your students understand how to model patterns algebraically? In this poster presentation, I will describe a high-level algebra task that requires students to find an algebraic pattern for the number of tiles on a table. Learn how to challenge your students.

Approximating Irrational Numbers: Expanding Mental Math Capabilities Through Number Talks
Andre C. Ross
Do you desire for your students to employ more mental math strategies to make estimates? In my presentation, I will discuss a Number Talk I administered with my 8th grade students that required them to make mental math approximations.

Multiple Methods for Adding Decimal Numbers: Number Talks for Conceptual Understanding 
Melinda Williamson
Do you want your students to have a better understanding of what conceptually happens when you add two decimals? In this presentation I will describe a Number Talk about adding decimals. Learn about how my students used their own reasoning methods and developed skills to understand decimals. 

Leverage Students: Addition Intuition before Introducing the Idea of Regrouping
Cecilia Macias
This poster goes over the details of different ways in which a second grade class thought about two-digit number plus two-digit number addition within a Number Talk. Learn more about the different techniques students utilized to make sense of the problems.

Using Number Talks to Conceptualize Basic Functions & Sequences
Justin Thompson
Are your students relying on calculators to solve basic mathematical problems? In this poster presentation, I will describe a Number Talk about two topics that should, but are often not, computed in students' heads. Learn about many of the methods my students learned. 


Friday February 3, 2017 9:30am - 9:40am
Hughes Trigg Student Center - Lower Level 3140 Dyer Street

9:45am

Is Anyone Ever Going to Understand Fractions? (Grades 6-8)
This is a hands on session designed to help teachers investigate the impact of strategically presenting mathematics and building the relationship between concrete models and tabular representations. Participants will experience activities created to support students conceptual understanding of fraction operations, equivalence and decimal-fraction relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Silvey

Jane Silvey

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Lindale ISD
As the past assistant director for curriculum services at the Region 7 Education Service Center (ESC), Silvey has brought a wealth of experience to the position. The veteran educator has spent the last 18 years at the Region 7 ESC after serving for ten years as a math and special education teacher. Jane Silvey earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Texas A&M Commerce. She also holds certifications in secondary math... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Theatre

9:45am

Using Multiple Representations to Build Understanding of Fractions (Grades 3-5)
Conceptual understanding is built by comparing and contrasting various representations of an idea.  In this session, participants will work through a purposeful sequence of questions about fractions that encourages students to compare and contrast multiple representations of their thinking and leads to the conceptual understanding upon which they can build number sense and procedural fluency.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lindsey Perry

Dr. Lindsey Perry

STEM Research & Assessment Coordinator, Research in Mathematics Education
Dr. Lindsey Perry earned her Ph.D. in Education from Southern Methodist University in 2016. She also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas - Arlington, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas - Austin. After teaching elementary and middle school mathematics for two Texas school districts, Lindsey served as the Assistant Director of Mathematics and as a Mathematics Assessment... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Janie Schielack

Dr. Janie Schielack

Professor Emerita, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University
Janie Schielack, Professor Emerita, Texas A&M University discovered her love of mathematics in elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it continued through high school in Houston, Texas. She received her BS in Education from Texas A&M University in 1975, with certification in Mathematics and English, Grades 1-12. After teaching third grade in Victoria, Texas, Janie earned an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Forum

9:45am

Teaching for Understanding: Addition and Subtraction (Grades K-2)
Engage in research-based instructional strategies designed to help develop students’ conceptual understanding of representing and solving addition and subtraction problems while developing procedural fluency. Explore how to use effective instructional tools to make connections among concrete representations, pictorial representations, and abstract representations related to the concepts of addition and subtraction.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stefani Kulhanek

Dr. Stefani Kulhanek

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Region 4 Education Service Center
Stefani Kulhanek currently serves as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist at the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC).  While at Region 4 ESC, she has served as a content developer and master trainer for many statewide professional development offerings including Mathematics Achievement Academy: Kindergarten-Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, Mathematics TEKS Connections (MTC), Elementary Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR), and... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Promenades

11:05am

Keynote Presentation: Injecting Elements of Effective Thinking into our Classrooms and Curricula
Here we will address the speaker's "Twenty-year Question" about what our students will hold with them from our classes 20 years later, and offer some meaningful and transformational answers to this thought-provoking question. Some of the ideas shared here are based on the speaker's co-authored book, "The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking", published by Princeton University Press and translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

Speakers
avatar for President Edward Burger

President Edward Burger

President and Professor, Southwestern University
Dr. Edward Burger is President of Southwestern University as well as an educational and business consultant on thinking, innovation, and creativity. He has delivered over 700 addresses worldwide at venues including The Smithsonian Institution, Microsoft Corporation, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Department of the Interior, The New York Public Library, and the National... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 11:05am - 11:40am
Theatre

11:45am

Lunch and Awards Presentation
Friday February 3, 2017 11:45am - 12:25pm
Ballroom

12:30pm

Coaching Teachers to Support Students with Conceptual Understanding (All Grades)
Coaching is not as simple as A, B, C or 1, 2, 3!  In this session, we will explore the complexities of change and the coach’s role in being a change agent.  We will discuss the research supporting instructional coaching and share a process for coaching teachers as they plan and deliver lessons that begin with conceptual understanding and end with procedural fluency.   Tools will be shared to help instructional coaches with this challenging work. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Spalding

Karen Spalding

Elementary Mathematics Coordinator, Denton ISD
Karen Spalding currently serves as the Elementary Math Coordinator in Denton ISD.  This is her tenth year in that position and twentieth year in education.  Karen has the privilege of sharing her love for math and math instruction with students, parents, teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators.  In addition to her curriculum work, Karen is serving as the Program Chair for the 2017 Conference for the Advancement of... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Theatre

12:30pm

Rich Mathematical Tasks as the Foundation for Conceptual Understanding (All Grades)
When you think about math teaching you think about math problems (or “tasks").  But, there’s actually quite a bit of variety in mathematical tasks and that variety has a big impact on what students learn.  In this session we will break down different types of mathematical tasks to investigate whether they offer opportunities for students to develop conceptual understanding. You will leave with a tool for assessing mathematical tasks and a list of resources containing rich mathematical tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Annie Garrison Wilhelm

Dr. Annie Garrison Wilhelm

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Teaching and Learning, Southern Methodist University
Dr. Annie Wilhelm is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. She holds B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Santa Clara University, an M.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and an M.Ed and a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and Mathematics Education, respectively, from Vanderbilt University. Prior to... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Forum

12:30pm

Number Talks: Facilitating Math Discourse to Build Conceptual Understanding (Grades K-6)
Number talks are brief conversations around purposefully designed computation problems. During this break-out-session we will learn about the key characteristics of successful number talks and how they can be used as a routine to build students’ procedural fluency through conceptual understanding. You will leave with a tool and a list of resources to support your implementation of number talks within your classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Woods

Dawn Woods

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, & Adjunct Lecturer, Southern Methodist University
Dawn Woods is a doctoral candidate in Southern Methodist University’s research intensive Ph.D. in education program. Before entering the Ph.D. program, she taught grades PK-6 in local public and private schools as a self-contained classroom teacher, special education teacher, and an elementary and middle school math and science teacher. Additionally, she has worked in educational research as an elementary mathematics specialist... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Promenades

1:45pm

Poster Presentations and Break
Understanding Slope: Leading Students into Deeper Comprehension
Victoria McKay
Do your students struggle to understand how to calculate slope in an efficient way? In this poster presentation, I will describe a Number talk about slope that I designed and conducted with my 9th grade Algebra 1 students. Come learn about the many different ways my students calculated slope.

Fair Games:  A Lesson in Probability and Fairness
Alaina Atwood
In this lesson students uncover the connection between equal parts of a whole and fairness after playing a race game with an unfair spinner. Students determine who is favored to win in the game and are then asked to change the game to make it fair for all.

Strategies for Subtracting Fractions: Number Talks for Conceptualizing Elementary Mathematics
Meghana Bellary
If your students are frustrated with subtracting fractions, visiting this poster could be a great way to better understand how to build students conceptual understanding of fraction subtraction. This poster describes different strategies anticipated and how to help your students.

Multiple Representations for Combinations: Field Day Outfits
Natalie Marie Cruz
Do your students struggle with thinking about a general rule or pattern for determining the total number of objects?  In this poster presentation I will describe a project based on field day outfit combinations that I designed and conducted with my 3rd grade students.

Comparing Heights to Explore Linear Measurement and Data Analysis
Deirdre M. Mari
Do you want to incorporate math explorations in lower elementary classes while building analytical skills? In this poster presentation I will describe a math investigation my 2nd grade students completed, in which they collected, organized, and analyzed data.

Subitizing: Number Talks to Develop Young Childrens' Number Sense
Sapna Shah
How are some children able to quickly look at a group of dots and determine how many there are? This skill is called subitizing. On this poster I describe how I used subitizing in a Number Talk with 3 to 5 year old students to develop pre-addition skills.

Mathematical Modeling: Table Tiles
Tiffany Boren
Do your students understand how to model patterns algebraically? In this poster presentation, I will describe a high-level algebra task that requires students to find an algebraic pattern for the number of tiles on a table. Learn how to challenge your students.

Approximating Irrational Numbers: Expanding Mental Math Capabilities Through Number Talks
Andre C. Ross
Do you desire for your students to employ more mental math strategies to make estimates? In my presentation, I will discuss a Number Talk I administered with my 8th grade students that required them to make mental math approximations.

Multiple Methods for Adding Decimal Numbers: Number Talks for Conceptual Understanding 
Melinda Williamson
Do you want your students to have a better understanding of what conceptually happens when you add two decimals? In this presentation I will describe a Number Talk about adding decimals. Learn about how my students used their own reasoning methods and developed skills to understand decimals. 

Leverage Students: Addition Intuition before Introducing the Idea of Regrouping
Cecilia Macias
This poster goes over the details of different ways in which a second grade class thought about two-digit number plus two-digit number addition within a Number Talk. Learn more about the different techniques students utilized to make sense of the problems.

Using Number Talks to Conceptualize Basic Functions & Sequences
Justin Thompson
Are your students relying on calculators to solve basic mathematical problems? In this poster presentation, I will describe a Number Talk about two topics that should, but are often not, computed in students' heads. Learn about many of the methods my students learned. 


Friday February 3, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Hughes Trigg Student Center - Lower Level 3140 Dyer Street

2:00pm

Closing Session: Design Elements for Instruction: Building Students’ Conceptual Understandings
How do your students show that they understand, that they really understand? How do you know, really know, when they understand? Explore three elements of instructional design that build on modeling and multiple representations, discourse, and meaningful tasks to support conceptual understanding. These three elements serve to equip students while informing teachers about student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sharon Benson

Dr. Sharon Benson

Director of Mathematics & Advanced Academies, Region 4 Education Service Center
Sharon Benson currently serves as Director of Mathematics and Advanced Academics at the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC). While at Region 4 ESC, she has led the development of and serves as a master trainer for many statewide professional development offerings includingMathematics TEKS Connections (MTC), Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR), Elementary Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR), Algebra I EOC Success... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theatre

3:00pm

Wrap-Up and Raffle
Friday February 3, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Theatre