Intersections (October 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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Conferences

cropped-SMTS_Logo_RGB_noname.pngSaskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) Conference
November 4th – 5th, Saskatoon, SK
$135 (early bird), $160 (standard), $50 (undergraduate students)
Presented by the SMTS

Our own annual conference! The Saskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) conference is for math educators teaching in K-12 who are interested in curriculum, incorporating technology, number sense, and problem solving. Join us for two days packed with learning opportunities, featuring keynote speakers Max Ray-Riek of the Math Forum at NCTM and Grace Kelemanik of the Boston Teacher Residency Program. Registration includes lunch on Friday and a two-year SMTS membership. Click here for more information and to register.

Workshops

Crossing Curricula to Develop Better Learners
November 1st, Regina, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Curricula often have common themes or have concepts that can work in unison. Rather than teaching subjects in isolation, framed by a bell schedule, cross-curricular instruction immerses students in a theme or topic. This workshop will look at effective and authentic cross-curricular teaching and how you can do it in your classroom.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/crossing-curricula-develop-better-0

Number Talks and Beyond: Building Math Communities Through Classroom Conversation
November 16th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Classroom discussion is a powerful tool for supporting student communication, sense-making and mathematical understanding. Curating productive math talk communities requires teachers to plan for and recognize opportunities in the live action of teaching. Come experience a variety of classroom numeracy routines including number talks, counting circles, quick images and more. Take math conversations to the next level by strengthening your skills as a facilitator of classroom discourse and student thinking.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/number-talks-and-beyond-building

Number Talks and Beyond: Building Math Communities Through Classroom Conversation
January 17th, Regina, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Classroom discussion is a powerful tool for supporting student communication, sense-making and mathematical understanding. Curating productive math talk communities requires teachers to plan for and recognize opportunities in the live action of teaching. Come experience a variety of classroom numeracy routines including number talks, counting circles, quick images and more. Take math conversations to the next level by strengthening your skills as a facilitator of classroom discourse and student thinking.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/number-talks-and-beyond-building

Technology Integration for Differentiation in Mathematics
January 19th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Are you interested in using technology to help differentiate your mathematics classroom? Workshop participants will be introduced to various blended learning structures, then focus on the station rotation and flipped classroom models. Whether you have one device or a classroom of devices, these two classroom structures are beneficial to increasing student engagement and to providing opportunity for teachers to have individual and small group instruction. The idea of using technology to create differentiated opportunities through adaptive instructional websites and math and presentation-related apps will be explored and connected to curricular outcomes, student learning progressions and assessment.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/number-talks-and-beyond-building-0

Technology Integration for Differentiation in Mathematics
January 19th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Are you interested in using technology to help differentiate your mathematics classroom? Workshop participants will be introduced to various blended learning structures, then focus on the station rotation and flipped classroom models. Whether you have one device or a classroom of devices, these two classroom structures are beneficial to increasing student engagement and to providing opportunity for teachers to have individual and small group instruction. The idea of using technology to create differentiated opportunities through adaptive instructional websites and math and presentation-related apps will be explored and connected to curricular outcomes, student learning progressions and assessment.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/technology-integration-differentiation

Early Learning With Block Play – Numeracy, Science, Literacy and So Much More!
January 25th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

This is a one-day workshop for early learning educators from prekindergarten, kindergarten and Grade 1 to join together, discover and deepen their understandings around the many foundational skills that children develop during block play. Through concrete, hands-on activities, participants will experience and examine the many connections between block play and curricular outcomes, and the current research on the topic. Participants will have opportunity for reflection on their current practice, planning for block play and for creating a network of support.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/early-learning-block-play-numeracy-2

Extending Early Learning Block Play into Project-Based Inquiry
January 27th, Yorkton, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

This one-day workshop for early learning educators from prekindergarten, kindergarten and Grade 1 will deepen understanding around the foundational skills that children develop during block play and extend that understanding into project-based learning in early years. Through concrete, hands-on activities participants will experience and examine the many connections between block play, curricular outcomes and project-based inquiry in early years.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/extending-early-learning-block-play

Using Tasks in High School Mathematics
February 8th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Using tasks in a high school 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 high school 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-high-school-mathematics

Technology in Math Foundations and Pre-Calculus
February 9th, Saskatoon, SK
$110 (early bird), $150 (standard)

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Technology is a tool that allows students to understand senior mathematics in a deeper way. This workshop is designed to have math foundations and pre-calculus teachers experience a variety of technology tools that allow students to represent and visualize mathematics concepts. Tools highlighted are useful for students to explore, learn, communicate, collaborate and practice, in order to enhance their understanding of mathematics in secondary mathematics.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/technology-math-foundations-and-pre

 

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

BCAMT Fall Conference 2016: Math is Social
October 21, Vancouver, AB
Presented by the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers

The theme of this year’s BCAMT Fall Conference is “Math is Social,” chosen because there has been increasing attention paid to the social nature of learning (and teaching) in recent years, and a move away from teacher-centered and individual learning. This year’s keynote speakers are Fawn Nguyen (UC-Santa Barbara Mathematics Project leadership team) and Richard Hosino (Quest University Canada).

See http://www.bcamt.ca/fall2016/

MCATA Fall Conference 2016: Opening Your Mathematical Mind
October 21-22, Canmore, AB
Presented by the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association

Come join the Mathematics Council of the ATA in celebrating their annual fall conference “Opening Your Mathematical Mind” at the Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre, 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta. This year’s conference features Keynote Speakers Dr. Peter Liljedahl of Simon Fraser University and Dr. Ilana Horn of Vanderbilt University.

See https://event-wizard.com/OpeningYourMathmind/0/welcome/

55th Northwest Mathematics Conference
October 21-23, Yakima, WA

The Northwest Mathematics Conference is a collaborative conference held annually, alternating between Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The target audience of preK-16 math educators includes pre-service, active, and retired elementary, middle, and high school teachers, community college and university instructors, math coaches, staff development specialists, and special needs and ELL math teachers.

Approximately 1,000 participants will gather in Yakima for this year’s two-day conference, which is centered around the theme “What is Next in Mathematics? WIN with Math.” This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Stevens (Vsauce1); featured speakers are Steve Leinwald, Ruth Parker, and Sandy Atkins. Five strands will be highlighted across the event: Early Numeracy – Setting the Foundation for the Future; the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice – Engaging Students in Learning; Post-Secondary Education – Preparing for Tomorrow; STEAM – Driving Innovation in Learning, and Assessment – Deepening Understanding.

See http://www.northwestmathconference2016.org/

Innov8 Conference
November 16-18, St. Louis, MO
Presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

 Join your peers at the inaugural Innov8 conference, November 16-18, in St. Louis, Missouri! This innovative and team-based professional development is centered around acquiring the necessary skills to provide high-quality mathematics education for learners of all abilities. Innov8 provides opportunities for attendees to receive hands-on experience implementing research-based mathematics education practices; connect with like-minded teachers facing similar problems of practice; collaborate to determine effective solutions to advance student learning; and return to the classroom, school, or district with an action plan and commitment to implement refreshed tools and techniques.

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.

See http://www.nctm.org/innov8/

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/

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

Online workshops

Getting Kids to Talk in a Math Class
October 12, 2016
7 pm EDT / 5 pm CST
Presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
$19.96 for non-members; FREE for NCTM members

Learning mathematics needs to be a social endeavor as well as an intellectual endeavor. For students to engage in mathematical discourse, students must have access to relevant and challenging tasks that they care about. We’ll look at some of these tasks and how they can be built into the curriculum to promote social interactions that yield creative and critical thinking. Facilitated by Fawn Nguyen.

See http://www.nctm.org/webinars/GettingKidstoTalk/

“Why Should I?” Insight Into the Choices Students Make Regarding Mathematics Engagement
October 26, 2016
7 pm EDT / 5 pm CST
Presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
$19.96 for non-members; FREE for NCTM members

Too often in their mathematical experiences, students are asked to take mathematics on faith. “Learn it so that you can do better in the next class,” or “to go to College,” or “to gain more earning power,” are often projected so far into the future that continued struggle in the here and now may not seem worth it to many. Students’ interest, and their beliefs about the utility of mathematics have both short-term and long-term manifestations. This webinar examines the relationship between the here-and-now, and students’ future mathematical lives, and explores what can be done so that their decisions to engage can become more productive, and perhaps even enjoyable. Facilitated by James Middleton.

See http://www.nctm.org/webinars/WhyShouldI/

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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