2010 NCSM Annual Conference

Major Sessions

Session information last updated: 4-16-2010

Major Sessions -- Monday, April 19, 2010
102  8:00 AM to
9:00 AM
Douglas CDGeneral

The Opportunity: From 'Brutal Facts' to the Best Schools We've Ever Had
A true renaissance could occur in our schools—starting immediately. It will begin with an encounter with what Jim Collins calls the "brutal facts"—those practices which educators know are important but which have yet to occur in classrooms. We will realize historic improvements in teaching and learning the moment we choose to implement the most basic, agreed-upon practices and leadership structures supported by researchers from every camp.


Lead Speaker: Mike Schmoker

103  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Manchester GHI

What Does It Take to Move a District? Lessons from Working to Strengthen Mathematics Teaching and Learning in Boston
This session focuses on the successes and challenges associated with a district-wide Math Plan put in place in the fall of 2000. It includes a discussion of the adoption of standards-based elementary math curriculum materials, the creation of a cohesive program of professional development and support, the institutionalization of district-wide formative assessments, and the cultivation of leadership among teachers and administrators. What were we able to achieve? What were the unexpected challenges and how did we address them? What has it taken to sustain this effort over years? Come and hear our stories and consider whether there are lessons here for your own work in districts.


Lead Speaker: Linda Davenport

120  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Manchester GHI

How Many Sides Does a Box Have? The Struggle to Respect Young People's Thinking
For over 100 years educators have argued about how to teach math. This talk will explain why this struggle is important, how it relates to quality and equity in mathematics education, and some principles that might be useful in developing a strategy for winning this struggle.


Lead Speaker: Julian Weissglass

136  12:15 PM to
1:15 PM
Manchester GHIGeneral

The Axioms of PRIME Leadership: Powerful Strategies for Your Leadership Journey!
The best leaders not only lead well, but also reflect on their leadership long enough to understand the philosophies that cause them to do so. They can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with ease. This motivational and humorous session will highlight "lesson learned" axioms in four different categories of leadership: vision and strategy, teamwork and communication, assessment and evaluation, and personal integrity. Thought provoking and challenging, this session will support your leadership journey for mathematics program success regardless of your role or sphere of influence as a mathematics education leader today.


Lead Speaker: Timothy Kanold

146  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
Manchester GHI

High-Leverage Actions for Mathematics Education Leaders
The professional literature describes numerous "research-based" actions that leaders should implement in their schools or districts to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and increase student achievement. Learn about high-leverage actions—those that produce the greatest benefits—the research that supports them, and practical suggestions for incorporating them into leadership practice.


Lead Speaker: Diane Briars

156  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
Manchester GHIGeneral

Strategic Leadership: How School Boards and Mathematics Departments Connect on a Real Level
If mathematics education leaders can connect to the School Board, we can ensure mathematics is protected during budget deficits. This session describes how large urban districts can provide quality mathematics programs during the worst economic crisis our country has ever seen.


Lead Speaker: Shelia Jackson

172  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
Manchester GHIGeneral

Student Focused Assessment Cycle
As education shifts from the pitfalls derived from high stakes testing, there is compelling research that indicates authentic formative assessment, focused on student thinking and student work, is an essential strategy for teachers. This session will describe an assessment cycle tied to student thinking, using state of the art materials, and the innovation of successful teachers to bring formative assessment practice to the reality of the classroom. Materials and video cases will be shared.


Lead Speaker: David Foster

Major Sessions -- Tuesday, April 20, 2010
202  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Manchester GHI

Teaching, Learning, and Culture: Implications for Diverse Learners in Mathematics
This interactive session is designed to share with participants the complexities of how culture influences learning for diverse students. The session will include culturally relevant concepts and principles that can have applicability for math teachers and learners. The session will pay particular attention to various knowledge, skills, and aptitudes that can that can be useful in helping to close the achievement gap facing many culturally diverse students.


Lead Speaker: Tyrone Howard

218  10:15 AM to
11:15 AM
Manchester GHIGeneral

When the Bell Rings . . . Beyond the Label of PLC
The incredible journey of a district working to shift its culture from isolation to collaboration will be discussed from the viewpoint of the day-to-day faces and stories that have moved this district forward. Beyond just the label of PLC, this discussion will include the successes, as well as the difficulties, encountered


Lead Speaker: Cindy Douglas

241  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
Manchester GHIGeneral

Reasoning and Sense Making is Required for All Students in a Common Core
Participants will receive an update on NCTM initiatives and activities, with emphasis on teacher support from NCTM and other professional organizations' involvement in standards, assessment, and curriculum interactions.


Lead Speaker: Hank Kepner

Major Sessions -- Wednesday, April 21, 2010
302  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Manchester GHIGeneral

The Mathematics Studio Classroom: A Promising Context for Transforming Mathematics Teaching, Coaching, and Leadership
This session will provide an overview of the Mathematics Studio Program, the research that grounds its design, and the practices and tools that are surfacing as most promising for leveraging high-cognitive engagement for K-12 math students, teachers, coaches, and administrators alike.


Lead Speaker: Mike Shaughnessy
Co-Presenter: Linda Foreman
Co-Presenter: Jill Board

317  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Manchester GHIGeneral

Achievement Gap or Opportunity Gap? Changing the Perspective About School Performance in Mathematics
Persistent differences in performance in school mathematics among students of different ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels are discussed by focusing on unequal distribution of factors that have a bearing on opportunities to learn. The factors discussed are access to experienced and qualified teachers, high expectations, and equitable per student funding.


Lead Speaker: Alfinio Flores

332  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Manchester GHIGeneral

Learning to Do Mathematics as a Teacher
This session will explore the special challenge of learning (and teaching) mathematics in ways needed for the work of teaching. Using case examples, we will examine three special demands of teaching mathematics to teachers: unpacking mathematical ideas, developing horizon knowledge, and practicing mathematics for teaching.


Lead Speaker: Deborah Loewenberg Ball