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. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

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Online workshops

Within Saskatchewan


Using Tasks in Middle Years Mathematics
August 16, 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.


Structures for Differentiating Middle Years Mathematics
August 17, Saskatoon, SK
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.



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.

Beyond Saskatchewan

MCATA Fall Conference 2017: A Prime Year for Mathematics
October 20-21, Enoch, AB
Presented by the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association

Join the Mathematics Council of the Albeta Teachers’ Association in celebrating their annual fall conference in Enoch, Alberta. This year’s keynote speakers are Michael Pruner, a high school mathematics teacher with a Thinking Classroom in North Vancouver and president of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers, and Sunil Singh, author of the book, Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics and a self- proclaimed Mathematical Jester who is transforming the way mathematics is revealed and discussed all over North America.


NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition
April 25-28, 2018, Washington, DC
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.


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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.

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