Intersections (March edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find information about upcoming math education-related workshops, conferences, and other events. 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 you know about an event that should be on our list, please contact us at ilona@smts.ca.

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Within Saskatchewan

Workshops

Using Tasks in Middle Years Mathematics
March 13, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Using tasks in a middle years mathematics classroom can provide rich opportunities for differentiated learning and authentic assessment.

How do we choose tasks that meet both curricular outcomes and student needs? Tasks allow students to enter mathematics where they are at and extend their learning. In this workshop we will look at a variety of resources for finding good middle years tasks. We will also reflect and discuss what planning and teaching moves can assist in maximizing student learning through mathematics tasks.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/using-tasks-middle-years-mathematics

Structures for Differentiating Middle Years Mathematics
March 21, Tisdale, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

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? Understanding does not change unless there is an instructional response to what we know from that assessment. The question we ask ourselves is how we might respond to individual needs without having to create completely individualized mathematics programs in our classrooms.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/structures-differentiating-middle-years-1

Beyond the Worksheet Building Early Numeracy and Automaticity Through Exploration and Authentic Tasks
April 26, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

This workshop will focus on the teaching and learning of early number concepts, including place value, addition, subtraction and early multiplication. Participants will consider ways to have their students explore these number concepts in hands-on, meaningful learning experiences that allow them to construct their own understanding. Along with ideas related to content and curriculum, participants will problem solve around structures and transitions amongst whole group, small group and individual learning experiences, allowing for authentic differentiation and rich classroom conversations.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/beyond-worksheet-building-early-numerac-0

Conferences

Saskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) Conference
October 23-34, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society (SMTS), the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU), and the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit (SPDU)

This year, the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society, the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit and the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit are partnering to co-ordinate a province-wide conference to explore and exchange ideas and practices about the teaching and learning of mathematics. The Saskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) conference is for mathematics educators teaching in Grades K-12 and all levels of educational leadership who support curriculum, instruction, number sense, problem-solving, culturally responsive teaching, and technology integration, and will bring together international and local facilitators to work in meaningful ways with participants in a variety of formats. This year, SUM is featuring keynote speakers Steve Leinwand of the American Institutes for Research and Lisa Lunney-Borden of St. Francis Xavier University. Head to the SUM Conference page for more information.

Did you know that the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society is a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Affiliate? When registering for an NCTM membership, be sure to support the SMTS by noting your affiliation during registration.

Beyond Saskatchewan

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition
April 5-8, 2017, San Antonio, TX
Presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Join more than 9,000 of your mathematics education peers at the premier math education event of the year! NCTM’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is a great opportunity to expand both your local and national networks and can help you find the information you need to help prepare your pre-K–Grade 12 students for college and career success. Classroom teachers, administrators, math coaches, supervisors, college professors, and preservice teachers can all benefit from the sessions and learning at this event. Improve your knowledge and skills with high quality professional development and hands on activities; gain insights by connecting and sharing with like-minded educators; collect free activities that will keep students engaged and excited to learn; and learn from industry leaders and test the latest educational resources.

See http://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Annual-Meeting-and-Exposition/

Note: Did you know that the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society is an NCTM Affiliate? When registering for an NCTM membership, be sure to support the SMTS by noting your affiliation during registration.

OAME Annual Conference: And Now for Something Completely Different
May 11-13, Kinston, ON
Presented by the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education

This year’s keynote speakers are Dan Meyer, well-known for his work integrating multimedia into an inquiry-based math curriculum, and Gail Vaz Oxlade, host of the Canadian television series Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and, most recently, Money Moron. Featured speakers are George Gadanidis, Marian Small, Ruth Beatty, and Cathy Bruce.

See http://oame2017.weebly.com/; follow @oame2017 on Twitter for updates

Whistler Conference
May 12, Whistler, BC
Presented by the BCAMT, myPITA, and the BCSSTA

The British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT), along with myPITA (The Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers’ Association) and the BCSSTA (BC Social Studies Teachers Association), are proud to announce the 2017 Whistler Conference to be held May 12 in Whistler. This year’s keynote speakers are Adrienne Gear, Amy Burvall, and Dr. Peter Liljedahl.

See http://www.bcamt.ca/2017-whistler-conference/

Online workshops

Education Week Math Webinars
Presented by Education Week

Once a month, Education Weekly has a webinar focusing on math. They also host their previous webinars on this site. Previous webinars include Formative Assessment, Dynamic vs. Static Assessment, Productive Struggling and Differentiation.

Past webinars: http://www.edweek.org/ew/webinars/math-webinars.html
Upcoming webinars: http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

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