Annual Conference  



May 4-5, 2017
Pre-Conference May 3, 2017
Green Lake Conference Center

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       May 3, 2017  Pre-Conference Information 

Robert Kaplinsky, is the owner of Glenrock Consulting.  Prior to that, he spent 8 years as a classroom teacher and more recently as a teacher specialist supporting secondary math teachers.  He has trained tens of thousands of educators across the United States and Canada through workshops, keynote presentations, and as an instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  In addition, he has consulted for major textbook publishers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson and has been by Education Week (2012 | 2015 | 2016) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  (Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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Graham Fletcher has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, math coach, and currently as a district math specialist.  He graduated from the University of Georgia where he earned his specialist degree in Math Education. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States.

He continues to be an advocate for best practice and a change agent for elementary mathematics.

Jessica Shumway has worked as a second, third, and fourth grade teacher and as an elementary mathematics coach in Texas and Virginia Title I schools. Currently a doctoral student at Utah State University, she instructs pre-service teachers and facilitates professional development for elementary teachers across the country. She is the author of Number Sense Routines: Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3.

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Sandy Atkins is the owner and Executive Director of Creating AHAs, LLC. An inspiring speaker, Dr. Atkins is committed to finding those ‘aha moments’ when mathematical connections are made by teachers and students. Her sessions are thought provoking and practical.  Sandy is passionate about helping all students understand mathematics. She is the author of Creating Fraction and Decimal AHAs and Creating a Language Rich Math Class.  Dr. Atkins enjoys opportunities to provide keynote talks, workshops, seminars, and presentations, but her favorite professional development activities involve building relationships with teachers through ongoing site-based projects that include getting into classrooms and learning from students. Sandy loves hearing, “Oh I get it! Why wasn’t I taught this way?” AHA!

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Rosemary Irons is a consultant and curriculum developer for mathematics education specializing in early childhood. She was a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education at the Queensland University of Technology for over 35 years.

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Emmanuel Schanzer is the creator and Program Director of Bootstrap, a series of research-based 6-12 curricula that can be embedded into computer science or algebra classes.  He spent several years in the tech sector before becoming a teacher.   He has long been involved in connecting educators and technology, connecting parties at the Computer Science Teachers Association, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and at universities across the country.  He holds degrees in computer science and curriculum development, and is a Doctor of Education with a research focus on using programming to teach algebra. (Sponsored by the NSF PUMP-CS Project and CSTA-Wisconsin Dairyland)


 

May 3, 2017 Full Day Pre-Conference Sessions


GENERAL PRE-CONFERENCES

Embedding Formative Assessment in the Math Classroom - Dylan Wiliam (SESSION FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)

There is now a large and growing evidence base that helping teachers develop their use of minute-to-minute and day-by-day assessment is one of, if not the most powerful ways to improve student learning. However, adopting formative assessment, or assessment for learning as it is sometimes called, involves far more than adding a few “quick fixes” to teachers’ classroom repertoires. It involves a fundamental shift in focus, from what the teacher is putting in to the process to what the students are getting out of it. In this interactive one-day workshop, participants will learn:

  • Why we need to increase educational achievement, what's been tried, and why it hasn't worked;
  • Why formative assessment needs to be the priority for every school;
  • What formative assessment is (and isn't);
  • Practical techniques for implementing formative assessment; and
  • How to sustain the development of formative assessment with teacher learning communities.

 

Harnessing the Power of Progressions - Graham Fletcher (SESSION FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)

From counting and cardinality to multiplying decimals, and everywhere in between, as elementary educators it can be really tough to make sense of it all.  In this session we'll break down two domains (OA & NBT) and identify how the purposeful use and sequence of 3-act tasks and other high return activities can build our understanding of what students know and keep their thinking moving in the right direction.


Charge Up Your Math Classes with Free Desmos Technology - Desmos Team

Charge up your math classes with the Desmos Calculator and Activities.  We'll show you how the calculator can be used for both teacher demos and student problem-solving.  Use movable points, dynamic sliders, quick regression and more to help your students make sense of math.  Then learn how the Desmos Activity Builder can help you create dynamic activities as well as use pre-built activities from Desmos itself and its user community.


Introduction to Problem-Based Learning - Robert Kaplinsky

Learn how to implement rich math problems that all your students will find accessible yet also challenge your most gifted students.  In this hands-on workshop we'll also practice advanced questioning techniques and high depth of knowledge problems to prepare you and your students for successful outcomes.


How do Mathematical Ideas Begin? - Rosemary Irons and Jessica Bobo

The fascinating journey of mathematics begins naturally for each child through daily life experiences.  In these activities, children have many opportunities to explore and interact with early mathematics ideas.  During this pre-conference day, you will learn about the four stages of language development for mathematics and how to use that to enhance your language-rich classroom.  Additionally, you will explore the beginning mathematical processes that are the cornerstone for success, leading to the mathematical strands of number, measurement and geometry.  Learning about these important considerations for mathematics in the early childhood classroom, will empower educators' decision-making on developmentally appropriate, engaging, and enriching learning experiences for young children.


SPONSERED PRE-CONFERENCES (These pre-conference are partially supported through grant funding and have a separate registration site.)

Building Computer Science Opportunity in Wisconsin:  Second Annual Computer Science Education Summit - Emmanuel Schanzer, Colleen Lewis, Jane Krauss, and Andy Kuemmel

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) WI-Dairyland presents our Second Annual All-Day Computer Science Educators Summit.  This day-long series of workshops will offer four strands for high school teachers, middle school teachers, elementary school teachers, and school counselors.  The focus will be on improving and expanding computer science opportunities for K-12 students in Wisconsin.


Developing our Eyes and Ears for Mathematical Thinking in the Early Years: Mary Hynes-Berry and Laura Grandau, Erikson Institute in collaboration with the DPI Early Learning Advisory Group (SESSION FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)

This interactive session demonstrates the importance of seeing, hearing and identifying math all around us. Together we explore opportunities to do math, as adults ourselves, and with the children in our classrooms.  This session will support teachers’ increasing attention to math in the early childhood curriculum, while highlighting components of developmentally appropriate practice. Afternoon breakout sessions will further focus on mathematical ideas for Birth-3 and PK-1 from both the national and Wisconsin perspectives. Participants will also receive book on the big ideas in early math published through the Erikson Institute. This event is co-sponsored by DPI and DCF through funds from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.


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