Intersections (April edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find a list of upcoming math (education)-related workshops, conferences, and other events that will take place in Saskatchewan and beyond. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay signing up! For more information about a particular event or to register, follow the link provided below the description. If know about an event that should be on our list, please leave a comment below.

Within Saskatchewan 


IT Summit
May 2nd – 3rd, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the SPDU

This two-day event will explore exemplary practices for teaching and learning with technology to support the actualization of Saskatchewan curricula. It promotes professional dialogue that fosters effective teaching and learning with technology, and is designed to share best practices in network infrastructures and centralized technologies that support student learning through technology use in schools and school divisions. See

cropped-SMTS_Logo_RGB_noname.pngSUM Conference
November 4th – 5th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the SMTS

Our own annual conference! Join us for two days packed with learning opportunities, featuring keynotes Max Ray-Riek and Grace Kelemanik and featured presenter Peg Cagle. This conference is for math educators teaching in K- 12. See the poster at the end of this post for more information, and keep checking the SMTS website ( in the coming months for registration details.


Algebraic Reasoning – Middle Years Mathematics Series
April 19th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the SPDU
As part of the Middle Years Math Series, this interactive workshop will allow you to explore the teaching and learning of algebraic ideas through multiple representations and rich tasks. Learn to differentiate using open-ended questions and manipulatives to help students explore. See

Multi-Graded Mathematics Instruction
April 25th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the SPDU
Multi-graded mathematics classrooms are common across our province. How do you plan for instruction that spans two grades and doesn’t require a different unit and lesson plan for each grade? This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to design a combined-grades mathematics unit that addresses the requirements of two curricula. See

Structures for differentiating middle years mathematics
May 10th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the SPDU
We know that assessing where students are at in mathematics is essential, but what do we do when we know what they don’t know? What do we do when they DO know? This workshop will have participants explore the use of responsive stations as structures that allow for individualized learning of mathematics without individualized planning. See

Beyond Saskatchewan

Formative Assessment in Math
April 29th, Red Deer, AB
Presented by MCATA
This session will examine research and literature related to formative assessment and then explore practical formative assessment strategies that participants can use in their classrooms. Participants can expect to leave with a deeper understanding of formative assessment and how it can be applied in their classrooms. See

OAME 2016 Annual Conference
May 5th – 7th, Barrie, ON
Presented by MAC2
Three days of amazing keynotes, workshops and events. Join colleagues from across the country in learning from keynote speakers Stephen Strogatz and Sarah Greenwald, featured presenters Marian Small, Alex Lawson, Cathy Bruce, and many more. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, consider the OAME Econference, which will include a variety of live streaming sessions, pre-recorded sessions, and interaction with presenters through social media. Registration closes on April 15, so sign up soon! See

Waterloo Math Teachers’ Conference
August 23rd – 25th, Waterloo, ON
Presented by CEMC
A conference for teachers of grade 7-12. While the Grade 9-12 sessions are directed towards university preparation and mainly Ontario teachers, teachers from any province or country will benefit as well. Registration is now open and spots fill up fast, so sign up early! Participation is restricted to two teachers per school until the May 31st deadline. See


NCSM Annual Conference
April 11th – 13th, Oakland – San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Presented by the NCSM
The 48th NCSM Annual Conference features three exciting days focused on important issues for leaders in mathematics education. Take this opportunity to enlarge your network of colleagues who can assist you in building and supporting your local mathematics program and to meet new friends who share your interests and love of mathematics education. See

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you can still keep up with the action on Twitter by following the hashtag #NCSM16!

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition
April 13th – 16th, San Fransisco, CA
Presented by the NCTM
NCTM will offer more than 700 sessions and workshops covering all levels, pre-K-grade 12, at its 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco. The four-day conference, April 13-16, will feature presenters from San Francisco and all across the country and will offer insights into implementation and assessment of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, best practices directly from experts in mathematics education, new ideas for integrating mathematics into other disciplines and supporting student learners, among many other topics. See

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you can still keep up with the action on Twitter by following the hashtag #NCTMannual or #NCTM16!

April 15th, San Fransisco, CA
Hosted by the NCTM
A teacher-led mini-conference at NCTM organized by Zak Champagne, Mike Flynn, and Dan Meyer, featuring speakers Gail Burrill, Brian Bushart, Graham Fletcher, Rochelle Gutierrez, Robert Kaplinsky, and Kaneka Turner. See for details and session descriptions.

The sessions will be live tweeted by @tchmathculture, @mjfenton, @bkdidact, @carloliwitter, @veganmathbeagle, and @mfannie, so if you are unable to attend ShadowCon in person, you can still keep up with the action on Twitter by following the hashtag #shadowcon16!

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