Intersections (May edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find information about upcoming math (education)-related workshops, conferences, and other events that will take place in Saskatchewan and beyond. If travel is not an option at this time or if you prefer learning from the comfort of your own home, see the Online workshops and Continuous learning online sections below. 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 or contact ilona (at) smts (dot) ca.

Within Saskatchewan 



SUM 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, and registration includes lunch on Friday and a two-year SMTS membership. Click here for more information, and keep checking our website in the coming months for registration details.


Comprehension Strategies in All Subject Areas
July 27th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit
Students are faced with increasingly complex texts in every subject area. Research literature confirms the importance of explicitly teaching comprehension strategies to students to support their understanding. By explicitly teaching comprehension strategies in subject areas such as science and math, teachers can help students develop deeper understanding of these and other subject areas. This workshop will have participants experience a number of practical strategies that they can connect back to the subjects that they teach.


Structures for Differentiating Elementary Mathematics
July 28th, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit
We know through formative assessments that our elementary students are at different places in their understanding of mathematics, but how do we structure our classrooms to meet their individual needs? This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to design their classroom structure so that it allows children to move flexibly among large groups, small groups and individual instruction. By having a structure in place, teachers can create a differentiated learning experience without creating individualized learning programs for every child.


Beyond Saskatchewan

Waterloo Math Teachers’ Conference
August 23rd – 25th, Waterloo, ON

Presented by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing
A conference for teachers of Grades 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.


Online workshops

Strategies to end the year with fun!
May 11th
Presented by
Learn strategies for keeping students engaged and learning math during the final weeks of school!

Engineering design challenges as integrated STEM experiences are a perfect opportunity for engaging, hands-on instruction which keeps students learning while they have fun. In this webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will share strategies for integrating STEM into your math classroom through engineering design. These same strategies can also be engaging activities to start the new year in the fall. Join Sara to learn more about engineering design as an authentic and fun way to learn STEM. She will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive session.


Math Daily 3
May 29th–June 25th or July 3th–July 30th
Presented by the Daily CAFE
Learn how to help your students achieve mathematics mastery through the Math Daily 3 structure, which comprises Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing. Allison Behne covers the underlying brain research, teaching, and learning motivators; classroom design; how to create focused lessons that develop student independence; organizing student data; and differentiated math instruction. Daily CAFE online seminars combine guided instruction with additional resources you explore on your own, and are perfect for those who prefer short bursts of information combined with independent learning.

The seminar includes:

  • online access to videos, articles, and downloadable materials
  • access to an exclusive online discussion board with colleagues
  • a certificate of attendance for 15 contact hours


Continuous learning online

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:
Upcoming webinars:

ShadowCon 2016
Hosted by the NCTM
ShadowCon is a teacher-led mini-conference hosted by the NCTM and organized by Zak Champagne, Mike Flynn, and Dan Meyer. This year, ShadowCon was held on April 15th at NCTM Annual in San Francisco, and featured speakers Gail Burrill, Brian Bushart, Graham Fletcher, Rochelle Gutierrez, Robert Kaplinsky, and Kaneka Turner. Missed seeing them live in San Francisco? You can still watch their talks and join the conversation online, for free!


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