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Welcome to California Mathematics Council - South’s 2016 57th Annual Conference Program!
This year’s conference is in Fabulous Palm Springs, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5!
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Friday, November 4
 

8:30am

100: Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry
Many topics in algebra and geometry are difficult to address conceptually and tend to be taught procedurally. We’ll explore interactive applets that let students “notice and wonder,” talk about mathematical situations, and develop conceptual understandings of triangle properties, linear equations, systems of equations, and factoring trinomials.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580386

Speakers
avatar for Annie Fetter

Annie Fetter

The Math Forum at NCTM
I'm the longest-tenured staff member of the Math Forum. I worked on the project that produced the first version of the Geometer's Sketchpad® dynamic mathematics software and was a consultant for Key Curriculum Press for many years. My current work focuses on the development of children's... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 8:30am - 9:59am
PSCC-Primrose A

10:30am

200: Rigorous Teaching and Learning—Sparking Students’ Passions
Rigor in mathematics classrooms should be the foundation for engaging students in high-quality teaching and learning. Find out what rigor in math classrooms is all about. Then experience how your passion for math can fuel students’ passion for learning and succeeding in life.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580385

Speakers
avatar for Lee Stiff

Lee Stiff

North Carolina State Univ


Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose B

10:30am

201: Connecting Data to Instruction—Looking at Smarter Balanced Items & Responses to Inform Instruction
We'll look at several released Smarter Balanced test items and the associated performance data in order to see how this information can be used to improve instruction. Additionally, we'll look at annotated student work on recently released performance tasks to help teachers understand what constitutes acceptable responses that focus on problem solving, communicating reasoning, and modeling.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580446

Speakers
avatar for Judy Hickman

Judy Hickman

Smarter Balanced



Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose C

10:30am

202: What is Academic Rigor in the Primary Classroom?
The subject of rigor brings up lots of questions that need to be examined. What makes a task rigorous? Is harder always better? How do we know when struggling with a task will lead to understanding and when it will not? We will look at what we need to consider to provide rigorous, yet appropriate, tasks for young children.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580447

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Richardson

Kathy Richardson

Co-founder, Math Perspectives Teacher Development Center


Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose A

1:30pm

300: Teaching Mathematics: Reflections and Insights on >1000 Classroom Observations
I have been blessed with an ever growing data base of more than 1000 K–12 mathematics classroom observations since 2010. This session is an opportunity to capture and share some of what I've observed and learned. We will use specific examples to look at such issues as on-going cumulative review, homework, worksheets, saying vs. showing, formative assessment, questioning, and tasks that either numb or energize our neurons—all of which can be transported to every classroom in which mathematics is taught.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580498

Speakers
avatar for Steven Leinwand

Steven Leinwand

Author, American Institutes for Research
Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. Steve has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board during the development and publication... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:59pm
PSCC-Primrose B

1:30pm

302: Conferring and Questioning to Spark Deeper Understanding
Questioning has become one of the biggest challenges of teachers everywhere as they rise to the challenge of transforming their classrooms into communities of mathematicians. The CCSS Standards of Mathematical Practice require that children engage in problem solving with tenacity and confidence and that teachers foster a climate conducive to the generating of mathematics rather than the explanation of it. Teachers have been told that they have a new role—one of a facilitator, rather than a teller. But being a facilitator is not sufficient; we are also mentors. Precisely how to question in ways that engage learners to go deeper into the mathematics at hand will be the focus of this presentation. Digital video will be used to study it in action and participants will leave with a “Landscape of Teacher Change on Conferring and Questioning” to monitor their own growth and development.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580500

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fosnot

Cathy Fosnot

CEO and President, New Perspectives on Learning
Current CEO and President of New Perspectives on Learning and past Founding Director of Mathematics in the City, and the lead author of the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series as well as the Young Mathematicians at Work series.


Friday November 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:59pm
PSCC-Primrose A

3:30pm

401: From Counting to Problem Solving: Supporting the Development of Understanding for Each Student
Beginning problem solving can seem challenging for students and teachers. This session will focus on how to use counting collections to support students to solve problems. The session will provide examples as well as elucidate the underlying principles that support the connection between counting collections and problem solving.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580546

Speakers
avatar for Megan Franke

Megan Franke

Professor of Education at UCLA, UC Los Angeles
Megan Franke is a Professor of Education at UCLA. Megan’s research focuses on understanding and supporting teacher learning for preservice and inservice teachers. She studies how teachers’ use of research-based information about the development of children’s mathematical thinking... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:59pm
PSCC-Primrose C

3:30pm

400: Facilitating Meaningful Discourse in Mathematics Classroom
According to Principles to Action, mathematical discourse should: build on and honor students’ thinking; provide students with the opportunity to share ideas, clarify understandings, and develop convincing arguments; and advance the mathematical learning of the whole class. It has been argued that “discussions that focus on cognitively challenging mathematical tasks, namely those that promote thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, are a primary mechanism for promoting conceptual understanding of mathematics.“ During the session participants will: 1) watch a video clip and discuss what the teacher does to support her students engagement in and understanding of mathematics; 2) discuss how the video exemplifies the focal teaching practice; and 3) consider what can be learned from this example that could apply to teaching more broadly.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580545

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Margaret (Peg) Smith has had a career thoroughly dedicated to mathematics and furthering the knowledge of other educators. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored nearly one hundred books and articles, impacting students and teachers of all levels. Having graduated from State University... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:59pm
PSCC-Primrose A

3:30pm

402: Letting Go: Cultivating Agency and Authority in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom
In this session, I share what I learned from my dissertation video study of two high school teachers who were learning to enact Number Talks. I wanted to learn what the teachers found most challenging and how coaching supported their learning. In examining the videos of the Number Talks, I noticed that, even when teachers use teaching strategies that are recommended for engaging students in productive mathematical discussions, it can be hard to let go of familiar practices that we think of as "teaching" (such as asking leading questions or verifying students' answers), but that when we are able to forego those habits, students' agency and authority has more space to grow. I hope these ideas will be useful for teachers and coaches alike.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580547

Speakers

Friday November 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:59pm
PSCC-Primrose B

5:15pm

Ignite!
CMC, The Math Forum, and NCTM proudly bring you Ignite!  Come experience 10 dynamic, fast-paced, and inspirational 5-minute talks from some of the best mathematical and teaching experts in the Nation!  This event is Emceed by Brian Shay and will feature Anais Arteaga, Chase Orton, Dina Williams, Kevin Dykema, Kim Webb, Liem Tran, Lucy West, Nanette Johnson, Patrick Callahan, and Robert Kaplinsky.  

There will be a Cash Bar open at 5:15!  Come enjoy the fun!!

Find us on Twitter, too!
Brian Shay: @MrBrianShay
Anais Arteaga: @AnaisLovesMath
Chase Orton: @MathGeek76
Dina Williams: @ADinaMita1
Kevin Dykema: @KDykema
Kim Webb: @NoodleKimW
Liem Tran: @LiemTran
Lucy West: @LucyWestTLC
Nanette Johnson: @Math_M_Addicts
Patrick Callahan: @Callahan_Math
Robert Kaplinsky: @RobertKaplinsky 

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Alejandre

Suzanne Alejandre

Senior Project Manager, The Math Forum @ NCTM
I'm a native Californian (born in San Pedro) and I think of myself as a middle school mathematics and computer teacher because from 1973 – 1977 and 1987 – 2000 that is what I did! I taught at Frisbie Junior High School and later Frisbie Middle School in Rialto. I joined the Math... Read More →
avatar for Anaïs Arteaga

Anaïs Arteaga

Master Teacher Fellow, Math for America LA
I devoted the first ten years of my teaching career to becoming great at formative assessment. I dreaded the summative assessment because I already knew exactly how my students would perform and, worse, I did not want to spend time "grading." Now, with my colleague, Meghan McGovern... Read More →
PC

Patrick Callahan

Callahan Consulting
avatar for Kevin Dykema

Kevin Dykema

Teacher, Mattawan Consolidated Schools
I'm passionate about having students understand the concepts, not just be able to do them!
avatar for Annie Fetter

Annie Fetter

The Math Forum at NCTM
I'm the longest-tenured staff member of the Math Forum. I worked on the project that produced the first version of the Geometer's Sketchpad® dynamic mathematics software and was a consultant for Key Curriculum Press for many years. My current work focuses on the development of children's... Read More →
avatar for Nanette Johnson

Nanette Johnson

Teacher on Special Assignment, Mathematics, Downey USD
I am a math coach in Downey, California. I love learning, learning about learning.
avatar for Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky

robertkaplinsky.com
Hi, I’m Robert. I’ve been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world.
avatar for Chase Orton

Chase Orton

PD Facilitator and Curriculum Writer, Center for Mathematics and Teaching
I'm passionate about helping promote student engagement in the math classroom. I work with teachers to help them find ways they can breathe more life into math curriculum by creating a classroom culture of inquiry, collaboration, and exploration.
BS

Brian Shay

Math Teacher/Chairperson, Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito UHSD
avatar for Liem Tran

Liem Tran

Nate's Special Friend, Math for America Los Angeles
I'm a high school teacher in South Los Angeles. I am a Math for America Master Teacher Fellow. And I am a new father.
avatar for Kim Webb

Kim Webb

Mathematics Consultant, Tulare County Office of Education
avatar for Lucy West

Lucy West

Founder and CEO, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities
I have worked at all levels of the system as an employee of the NYC DOE. As a consultant in coaching and leadership I have worked across the USA and Canada, grades K-12, with teachers, principals and district level supervisors, and I'm passionate about educators learning to collaborate... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Renaissance-Catalina
 
Saturday, November 5
 

8:30am

500: Number Talks and the Standards for Mathematical Practice: Teachers and Students Learning Together
Number Talks develop numerical reasoning skills for students and teachers alike and are a powerful vehicle for bringing the Standards for Mathematical Practice to life in elementary through post-secondary classrooms. This session will engage participants as learners while highlighting critical aspects that make Number Talks a safe space for the having of mathematical ideas.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580604

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Parker

Ruth Parker

Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC)


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30am - 9:59am
PSCC-Primrose A

8:30am

501: Principles for Building and Using Effective Digital Tasks
What do the most powerful digital math tasks have in common? What teacher moves allow students to get the most out of any lesson? In this session, we’ll consider answers to these questions and use the Desmos Activity Builder as a lens for exploring the intersection of computers, teaching, and math.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580606

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fenton

Michael Fenton

Lead Instructional Designer, Desmos
Exploring the intersection of mathematics, technology, and curiosity.


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30am - 9:59am
PSCC-Primrose B

10:29am

682: Doing vs. Listening: Experience the Magic of Cards with Math
We all know that we must get the students engaged to spark a deeper understanding. Come and experience how the fun of discovering the mathematics behind card tricks is engaging, addicting, and mathematically rewarding.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580689

Speakers
CC

Cherlyn Converse

Professor, CSU Fullerton
BC

Bianca Converse

CSU Fullerton


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:29am - 11:59am
Hilton-Plaza B

10:29am

683: Spy Listening Device and Meaningful Parabolas
How can a spy listening device or parabolic solar cooker be used to bring meaning to parabolas and quadratics? Our investigation will incorporate geometric transformations, proof, and the distance formula. We will use GeoGebra to generalize results.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580690

Speakers
BG

Bruce Grip

Consultant, California Mathematics Council
Mathematical modeling Integrated HS Mathematics Curriculum Volunteer for CMC-South


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:29am - 11:59am
Hilton-Plaza D

10:29am

684: Create Deep Understanding of Trig with the Unit Circle
In this session, we will explore an alternative way to introduce trigonometry in Geometry by using the Unit Circle. We will look at current research and a history of teaching trig to create a deeper understanding of trigonometry for students.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580691

Speakers
avatar for Jon Southam

Jon Southam

Sonoma Valley Unified
Math, Music, and Computers


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:29am - 11:59am
PSCC-Mesquite B

10:29am

686: Tech Skills for Student Success on the AP Calculus Exam
AP Calculus is a course that requires a variety of technology resources for student visualization and exploration. This session explores calculator-active AP Calculus questions and TI-Nspire user skills to complete them.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580693

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Carlson

Veronica Carlson

Math Teacher, Glendale UHSD
avatar for Kim Thomas

Kim Thomas

Math Teacher and Title I Coordinator, Moon Valley HS/Glendale UHSD
I am a high school math teacher in Arizona, an AYA Math NBCT, and a T3 National Instructor. I am passionate about teaching with technology to promote student understanding and exploration of mathematics.



Saturday November 5, 2016 10:29am - 11:59am
PSCC-Smoke Tree B

10:29am

699: REPEAT OF 353: Googlizing a Math Unit..Putting the FUN Back in Fundamental!
Learn how to gamify a unit using Google Slides, EdPuzzle, and other assorted apps. Lets students move at their pace while achieving badges! Great for your lowest achieving students to your highest achieving students.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580887

Speakers
SM

Stephen Morris

Teacher On Spec Assignment, Riverside Unified School District


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:29am - 11:59am
Renaissance-Andreas

10:30am

601: Building a Coherent Teacher-Owned Middle School Curriculum
Illustrative Mathematics is writing a complete set of lesson plans, assessments, and differentiated learning supports for Grades 6–8 mathematics. The curriculum will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, mathematically coherent, and attuned to the daily classroom needs of teachers. It will be an open-education resource released under a Creative Commons Attribution license, so that teachers will be able to adapt it to their local needs, while still preserving the basic architecture. In this presentation we will describe some of the key features of the curriculum and give participants an opportunity to work with some of the materials.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580653

Speakers
avatar for William McCallum

William McCallum

Illustrative Mathematics


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose C

10:30am

603: 'In the Position of Possibility' Many Mini Lessons—Teaching and Learning in the Urban Classroom
Let's explore the challenges and paths to success of teaching students "in the position of possibility" (formerly known as at-risk). Textbooks, testing, mandates, decrees, and breakfast service; experience the life of a South Los Angeles teacher through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division mini lessons.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580656

Speakers

Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
Renaissance-Catalina

10:30am

600: Adding Talk to the Leadership Teaching and Math Equation
How do adult interactions in school impact student interactions in schools? What do robust academic discussions sound like among teachers and among students? How do we cultivate rich, engaging inquiries at the administrative and the teacher and the student levels in any given school or district? How do we address problems in school and how do those habits impact how we engage with mathematics problems? What does culture have to do with learning and how do we cultivate the culture we all want to live in? In this talk I will share my thinking about how to develop the kind of dialogue needed to actually improve learning. We will explore "learning communities" and the role of each player in the community to both learn and contribute to the collective and individual knowledge in the community. What habits of discourse need to be cultivated so that all of us, no matter age or rank, can engage productively in dialogue that furthers learning, innovation, problem solving, and collaboration?

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580651

Speakers
avatar for Lucy West

Lucy West

Founder and CEO, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities
I have worked at all levels of the system as an employee of the NYC DOE. As a consultant in coaching and leadership I have worked across the USA and Canada, grades K-12, with teachers, principals and district level supervisors, and I'm passionate about educators learning to collaborate... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose B

10:30am

602: Make Failure Cheap: We All Take Risks Here
In a safe class with a teacher they respect, students will reason, rationalize, disagree, compare, and improve. Those environments don’t occur by accident; they’re the product of a specific focus on empowering student voice. Let’s discuss effective and ineffective questions for all grades, model openness for diverse methods, and celebrate guesses and incorrect answers.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580652

Speakers
avatar for Matt Vaudrey

Matt Vaudrey

Bonita USD
A Google Certified Innovator and EdTech Coach from Southern California, Matt brings risk-taking to the forefront of the classroom. His students — kids and adults — build confidence and motivation by taking risks in a safe environment where failure is cheap. His book, The Classroom... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:59am
PSCC-Primrose A

1:14pm

799: REPEAT OF 453: Weapons of Math Instruction...APPSolutely
Learn how to integrate technology in a math classroom from a warm-up, through a lesson and formative assessment, to finishing with an Exit Ticket, all done electronically. Very cool stuff! Bring your device to experience it all.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580886

Speakers
SM

Stephen Morris

Teacher On Spec Assignment, Riverside Unified School District


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:14pm - 2:44pm
Renaissance-Ventura

1:15pm

702: The Whole Problem-Solving Process: Traversing Gaps Between Thinking Talking Writing and Typing
High-stakes tests are just one time we expect students to read a problem on the computer and then type an answer. It’s easy to lose sight of the phases involved in the process of producing a finished product. We’ll look at samples that highlight this issue and strategies to support moving from thinking to talking to writing to typing.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580698

Speakers
avatar for Annie Fetter

Annie Fetter

The Math Forum at NCTM
I'm the longest-tenured staff member of the Math Forum. I worked on the project that produced the first version of the Geometer's Sketchpad® dynamic mathematics software and was a consultant for Key Curriculum Press for many years. My current work focuses on the development of children's... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:44pm
Renaissance-Catalina

1:15pm

700: Boost Conceptual Understanding & Procedural Fluency with Rich Number-Sense Tasks
Would your students benefit from rich number-sense tasks connected to ratios, proportions, expressions, solving equations, functions, and more? Come participate in hands-on tasks that provide students with opportunities to use their own reasoning strategies and methods for solving problems that coherently build conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580696

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stadel

Andrew Stadel

Math Instruction Coach, Tustin USD
Andrew is currently is a math instructional coach where he partners with secondary math teachers to expand their professional skill set by focusing on effective teaching practices. You can also find free resources at his widely-acclaimed website, Estimation 180. When Andrew is not... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:44pm
PSCC-Primrose A

1:15pm

701: From Arithmetic to Algebra—and Beyond
What can teachers in the elementary grades do to prepare their students to be successful in algebra? What can teachers in middle school and high school do to take advantage of those early investments and teach algebra successfully? In this talk, I'll share ideas about the progression from arithmetic to algebra, the central pillar of any college- and career-ready mathematics curriculum.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580697

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zimba

Jason Zimba

Student Achievement Partners


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:44pm
PSCC-Primrose C

1:15pm

703: Equally Important as Real World: Proof and Reason
A lot of emphasis has been placed on mathematical modeling in the last few years. Explanation of mathematical reasoning is an equally important activity in mathematics and students should grow in their ability to explain their reasoning over their years in school. In this talk we investigate different ways to elicit mathematical reasoning from students at various grade levels and the standards for what constitutes a full explanation of reasoning at various grade bands on the Smarter Balanced exam.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580703

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dallas

Heather Dallas

Director/lecturer, UCLA Math


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:44pm
Renaissance-Andreas

1:15pm

704: Leadership and Classroom Pedagogy Leading to Student Proficiency for ALL in Mathematics
Teachers and teacher leaders must focus on both equity and excellence. This requires a paradigm shift to a leadership pedagogy, where equity and excellence are at the center of all efforts. This pedagogy includes the following knowledge, beliefs, and actions: mathematics content knowledge, equity, advocacy, and outcomes focused.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580699

Speakers
avatar for Susie Hakansson (TODOS: Mathematics for All)

Susie Hakansson (TODOS: Mathematics for All)

Immediate Past President, TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, TODOS: Mathematics for ALL
Dr. Susie W. Hakansson is President of TODOS: Mathematics for All. She taught high school mathematics, served as a faculty advisor for secondary pre-service students, and has 30 years of experience providing professional development to PreK-16 teachers of mathematics. She was Executive... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:44pm
Renaissance-San Jacinto

3:15pm

800: Math is Power not Punishment
We often offer students shortcuts, strategies, and skills before students understand their origin, their value, and the millions of hours of work they’ve saved mathematicians throughout history. We’ll look at techniques for putting students in a position to need these challenging skills so they feel like power, not punishment.

EVALUATION POLL CODE: 580746

Speakers
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Chief Academic Officer, Desmos
Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the chief academic... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 3:15pm - 4:44pm
PSCC-Primrose A