Annie Forest – Making Student Thinking Visible Using Tech Tools – 3/28/2017

Do you have technology in your math classroom? Are you interested in using it as more than a “digital worksheet” for “skill and drill” practice? Technology’s real power comes alive when it enables students to show their thinking to teachers, peers, and others. With technology, we can redefine what students produce to demonstrate their mathematical thinking. Join us to learn how to apply free tech tools in purposeful ways!

Rochelle Gutierrez – How Our Definitions of Math And Equity Relate To Who Excels – February 28, 2017

Wondering how your working definition of equity stacks up against others? Should we even be using the word “equity” anymore? This session will review the different definitions of equity our field has used over the past few decades and will offer a 4-dimension framework that can be used to assess one’s work on a daily basis. In addition, we’ll consider how that framework connects with our individual conceptions of “what is mathematics?” And, finally, we’ll connect these together to explore how our definitions of mathematics and our definitions of equity ultimately influence who excels in our classrooms. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Grace Chen – What Do We Mean When We Talk About “Social Justice” and Math? – 3/21/2017

As increasing numbers of teachers, schools, and organizations talk about justice and/or equity in mathematics, it’s becoming increasingly clear that often, they mean very different things when they use these words. This session will explore several common conceptions of social justice in math along with their power and their limitations, and offer some complementary, less common conceptions. We’ll examine a few case studies of teachers’ efforts to bring some aspect of social justice into their classrooms, and consider what these cases teach us about what social justice can mean, and what teachers can do. Presented by Grace Chen.

Building Thinking Classrooms – Peter Liljedahl – March 14, 2017

We know that problem solving is an effective way for students to learn to think mathematically and to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the mathematics they are learning. Simply problematizing the mathematics curriculum, however, does not help constitute the practice that teachers want or students need. Equally, infusion of problem-based learning into the mathematics curriculum does not help with the transformations we want to see in our classrooms. What we need are a set of tools that, along with good problems, can build thinking classrooms. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of such tools, emerging from research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that has demonstrated that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Carla Diede – Pathways of Learning – 3/7/2017

Empower students to advocate for their own learning by giving them choice in how they learn and demonstrate mastery. Gain ideas on how to break the mold of all students doing the same thing at the same time. See examples of how to restructure your classroom and resources to provide for this flexibility. Presented by Carla Diede.