ennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The above download is the final version. The schedule below is the final draft with a few typos.




8:00—8:20 am  room: Ballroom

1)  Pre-Service and Early Career Teacher Session


Amanda Schantz (Central High School) and Marian Avery (Great Valley High School)

Pre-Service teachers and teachers in their first three years of service are invited to organize their day.



8:00—8:20 am     room: Leland

2) First Time Attendees


Kelly Brent (Carlisle Area SD), Cynthia Taylor (Millersville University), and Tyrone Washington (Millersville University).

First time attendees will get tips on how to get the most out of this conference. PCTM President Kelly Brent will be present to answer questions.





8:30—9:30     room: Ballroom

3) IGNITE Session

Annie Fetter,

Robert Lochel,

Tom Reardon,

Jim Rubillo,

Amanda Schantz,

Doug Tyson,

Rose Mary Zbiek


Be inspired by leading minds of mathematics education in five minutes or less!  We use an Ignite-style approach where each speaker has a planned presentation of exactly five minutes using 20 PowerPoint slides.  This fun and fast-paced event offers a sneak peek into some of the great sessions the conference includes.  Each speaker was selected for their expertise and is guaranteed to offer you inspiration and innovation in their five-minute feature presentations.


Annie Fetter,

Robert Lochel,

Tom Reardon,

Jim Rubillo,

Amanda Schantz,

Doug Tyson,

Rose Mary Zbiek





9:45—11:00 am      HS, T     room: Ballroom

4) Probability with Purpose

Doug Tyson (Central York High School)


Probability is often taught as its own end, but asking “what is the probability” isn’t interesting when it has no purpose. In this session, probability will be put to important statistical purposes – winning games and making decisions that affect millions (really!) of people. Technology will be used to compute difficult probabilities.



9:45—11:00 am     3-5, MS, HS, T     room: United States

5) Make Math Stick! A Math Practice Software

Pam Long (Get More Math)


Every teacher anxiously awaits the return of PSSA and Keystone scores during the summer months. Will our students pass? Will they show growth? Get More Math (GMM) was designed by a PA math teacher to ensure that the answer to both questions is a resounding YES! Our math practice program services students in 4th grade through Algebra 2.



9:45—11:00 am     MS, HS, PST, HE, T     room: Bridgeport

6) Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory and Calculators are Joined by Fibonacci

Jay L. Schiffman (Rowan University)


What do algebra, geometry, number theory and graphing calculators share? The answer is that Fibonacci played a prominent role. This hands-on workshop will explore his role to Pythagoras, the Egyptians, algebra, unit fractions, number theory and other engaging morsels. Please join us and discover!



9:45—11:00 am     PK-2, 3-5, CLTE     room:  Leland

7) Mathematical Mindsets

Ellen Fried (Penn Valley Elementary School)


Through surveys, videos and rich tasks, teachers will learn how to help their students develop a growth mindset in mathematics. Participants will also have time to reflect on their own mindset and attitudes regarding mathematics. Setting up positive classroom norms that will help their students learn and engage in mathematics more positively will also be discussed. During the presentation, the work of Jo Boaler will be highlighted.



9:45—11:00 am     G     room: Brady

8) Find out what DOK level at which you are teaching

Charlie Wayne (PDE)


We will go over the rubric for DOK, discuss how to code Standards and test questions, and review examples of DOK.



9:45—11:00 am     G     room:  William Penn

9) Building Number Sense and Fluency in the Elementary Math Classroom

Daniel Kaufmann (Wilson SD)


This interactive session will showcase a variety of ways to help students develop number sense and fluency. We will explore topics such as subitizing, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, and fractions. Teachers will be provided with resources they can utilize in their classroom.



9:45—11:00 am     G, T     room: Metro A

10) Formative Assessment on Any Device - Socrative and Kahoot!

Rick Roth (North Hills SD)

Socrative is a free web-based interactive student response tool that can be used for students to respond to quick questions or pre-made quizzes. Data is collected digitally and can be displayed in real-time or downloaded to an excel spreadsheet. Teachers can instantly share quizzes with each other. Kahoot can be described as a fun "bar trivia" game for students that also is free and works on any device. Students do not need accounts for either tool, and the teacher account is free. Kahoot data is also digitally collected and can be displayed in real time or downloaded. If you have students that are not the fastest, but care about getting the answers correct, Kahoot's new TEAM feature eliminates the frustration. These are tools that can be applied at any level of K-12 and beyond to increase student engagement and achievement.



9:45—11:00 am     MS, HS, CLTE     room:  Metro B

11) Mood Rings, Making Music, Robotic Car: Let's Code Together!

Dana Morse (Texas Instruments)


Students need STEAM skills to be prepared for the 21st Century workforce. Through coding we can start students on this path. We will code on the TI graphing calculators to explore STEAM activities that will engage students from grades 4-12. We will make digital mood rings, compose music and drive the Rover through coding.



9:45—11:00 am     MS, HS, PST, HE, CLTE     room:  Governor

12) Modeling Important Social Issues with Data: U.S. Opioid Overdose Deaths

Tom Reardon (Fitch High School)


Have your students mathematically model this shocking real data from 2000 on by creating several functions to model the data and compare them. Discuss how to calculate and interpret per cent change. Obtain all materials: CDC data, student worksheets, teacher notes/solutions, detailed step-by-step blog.





11:15 -12:15 pm     room: Harrisburg Ballroom

Keynote Address: Jim Rubillo

Title: Yo Teach, You Gotta Problem With That?


In a sense the answer to that “challenge” should be “YES” for every math lesson. Let’s see how we can make problem solving and reasoning central to mathematics instruction. Our primary goal: to help all students become confident problem solvers, not just symbol manipulators. No theory here, just a practical framework and usable classroom examples for all grade levels.



Biography: Jim Rubillo served as the executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) from 2001 to 2009. Before coming to NCTM, he worked at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) in a variety of roles including Professor of Mathematics, Dean for Information Systems, and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Jim is holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at BCCC. Prior to his college service, He was a high school teacher and Department Chair. He retired in 2009.

Jim has conducted K-12 in-service programs for schools and school districts across the continent on a variety of topics. He has served as a consultant for many corporations in the areas of strategic planning, and project management. Jim is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and has made over 800 presentations, at least one in every one of the 50 states.

Jim was inducted into the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Hall of Fame in 2001. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from West Chester University in 2004. In recognition of his accomplishments in providing leadership in mathematics education across the nation, Jim received the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. In 2013, Jim received the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education from the Mathematics Education Trust.





12:15-1:15 pm     room:  Harrisburg Ballroom

PCTM Lunch (included in conference registration), Annual General Membership Business Meeting

Kelly Brent (PCTM President)

click here to download Annual Business Meeting minutes August 2017.

All conference attendees are invited to lunch as part of the conference registration and are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual General Business Meeting held in the Harrisburg Ballroom during lunch. The PCTM General Membership Business meeting will begin shortly into the lunch time. You are encouraged to continue getting your food and eating during the Business Meeting. A report on the activities of the Council will be presented. Please feel free to offer your input on the agenda items during the meeting.


Lunch Menu

New England Clam Chowder, Chef’s Soup du Jour,

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad,

Cherry Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad, Marinated Vegetable Salad,

Bowls of Mixed Greens and Fresh Spinach,

Crumbled Blue Cheese, Crumbled Bacon, Shredded Cheese, Grated Parmesan,

Red Onion, Garbanzo Beans, Cucumbers, Broccoli Florets, Croutons,

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Roasted Garlic Caesar, Buttermilk Ranch and Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressings,

Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad,

Assorted Breads and Rolls Chef’s Selection of Mini-Cupcakes.






Have you been to the

Exhibit Hall (Lancaster/Gettysburg)?



1:30—2:15 pm     G     room:  Ballroom

13) Sense Making: Is It at the Core of Your Classroom?

Annie Fetter (Independent Math Educator)


Are your students making sense of the mathematics they explore? Do they feel that mathematics is an inherently sensible endeavor? We’ll look at ways in which students don’t make sense of mathematics, consider why, and discuss strategies for making it a larger part of the expectations in your classroom.



1:30—2:15 pm     G, T     room: United States

14) Blending Video, Peer-Teaching, & Movement in Math Class

Chris McCaffrey (Wilson SD)


See how to leverage the powerful research-based instructional strategies of video, movement and peer-teaching to encourage students to strengthen their active listening skills. Experience how you can increase collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking and communication skills to deepen student understanding of math concepts.



1:30—2:15 pm     PK-2, 3-5, CLTE     room: Bridgeport


15) Number Sense and Accountable Math Talks

Samantha Lichtenstein (Anne Frank Elementary School)


Many students struggle with learning their basic facts. This causes a lot of frustration in math. Giving students the opportunity to do a number talk each day has been proven to increase fact fluency without pure memorization. As the common core has shifted math to become more student centered, math talks allow students to have a productive struggle and learn different strategies for solving the same problem. Fact fluency does not equal memorization. Lets give students the tools they need to be successful and understand number relationships.



1:30—2:15 pm     G     room: Leland


16) Three Billboards to Promote Productive Mathematical Engagement

Jane Wilburne (Penn State Harrisburg)

How can teachers select and plan to use mathematical tasks so each and every student will be productively engaged? This session’s message will be shared on three billboards and discussion will address how the use of rich tasks can promote successful mathematical experiences.



1:30—2:15 pm     MS, HS, HE     room: Brady

17) Students’ Conceptualizations of Slope


Jodie L. Styers (Penn State Behrend)

This research-based session examines how students respond to frequently-used descriptions of slope, such as “rise over run” and “rate of change.” Their responses reveal what notions of slope the students find most valuable, and how they might represent each notion using different representations. The results of this study can inform teachers’ knowledge of content and students, making instruction more responsive to students’ needs.



1:30—2:15 pm     G     room: William Penn

18) Build Effective Relationships With Difficult Parents Through Positive, Proactive Communication


Mark Minkus (Community Day School)

When we educate children, we enter into an important partnership with parents. Some parents can make building this relationship extremely difficult. Learn how to implement a variety of no-cost strategies to develop outstanding relationships with the parents of your students.



1:30—2:15 pm     MS, HS, T     room: Metro B

19) TI Tips for PSSA and Keystone Success


Dana Morse (Texas Instruments)

We will get a hands on deep dive on how the tools in your classroom can help students build math confidence. Explore features that will unlock the full potential of the technology acceptable for high stakes exams.



1:30—2:15 pm     G, T     room: Governor

20) How to create quizzes using Google Forms and EquatiIO for you math classroom!


Judy Craig (Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13)

Participants will be taught the basics of Google Forms emphasizing their use as quizzes and how to integrate Google Forms with Google Classroom.






2:30—2:50 pm     G     room: United States

21) Integrating PDE Supported Tools for Student Achievement


Brian Stamford (Allegheny IU 3), Carrie Soliday (Lincoln IU 12), Dan Richards (Berks IU 14)

Learn how PDE supported tools can be used to provide a 10,000 ft view of instructional effectiveness. Pennsylvania’s data tools support schools to meet the needs of students. The integration of multiple-measures provides a means for root-cause analysis in support of student achievement.



2:30—2:50 pm     G, PST     room: to be assigned

22) Preparing for the First Years of Teaching


Amanda Schantz (Central High School)

Learning to survive and be successful in your first years is crucial to continuation and growth in the teaching profession. Come explore strategies to help guide you as you lay the foundation of your teaching career. Topics of discussion will range from developing relationships while staying flexible to monitor and adjust your classroom climate to lesson planning and reflection.



2:30—2:50 pm     C, L     room: Leland

23) Why Math Coaches Should Know About PCLM


Dave Kennedy (PCLM President) and Lynn Columba (PCLM Past-President)

Did you know that PCLM supports math coaches and leaders? Come hear what we do, and where, when, and how we do it.



2:30—2:50 pm     G     room: to be assigned

24) Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Charlie Wayne (PDE)


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching is a prestigious annual award given by the National Science Foundation to a math [and science] teacher in each state, territory, and DC. There is a competitive application process but the award is lucrative and includes a week for two in DC. In this session we will discuss the award and application process.



2:30—2:50 pm     MS, T     room: William Penn

25) Engaging Lessons Through Technology


Nicole Kee (Unami Middle School)

Ever feel that you need some student excitement in your lessons? Come learn how to make your lessons engaging while utilizing technology. Learn how students can use PowerPoint mix to create their own math videos, or how to create a OneNote to Escape the Room!



2:30—2:50 pm     3-5, MS, HS     room: Metro A

26) Integrating Financial Literacy


Brian Stevens (Plum Borough SD)

This 20 Minute Burst will first illustrate the need for Pennsylvania to integrate financial literacy in the mathematics classroom as part of 21st century learning. Then the best available free resources will be reviewed.



2:30—2:50 pm     HS, PST, HE, CLTE     room: Metro B

27) Trigonometric Functions & Formulae and The Unit Circle


Ken Sullins (Empire State College)

It’s not just cos(x) and sin(x). There are relationships between the Trig Functions, Trig Graphs, the Pythagorean Identities, and the Unit Circle, and a Tangent to the circle. Investigate those relationships, develop the Angle Formulae.







3:00—4:15 pm     HS, T     room: Ballroom

28) That’s So Random


Doug Tyson (Central York High School)

The word “random” is used carelessly and casually in everyday language. In statistics, randomness is used with purpose. In this session, we will explore how randomness is used intentionally. The difference between random sampling and random assignment will be revealed by exploring movies and cartoons.



3:00—4:15 pm     3-5, MS, PST     room: United States

29) PCTM Numbers and Operations Workshop


Stephen Cicioni (Educational Mathematics Consultants)

Participants will experience several activities from the PCTM Numbers and Operations workshop. Information will be provided on how to access from PCTM’s website all the activities created for grades three through eight.



3:00—4:15 pm     G, PST     room: Bridgeport

30) Instructional Techniques Worth Implementing


Amanda Schantz (Central High School) and Marian Avery (Great Valley High School)

Establishing an environment in which students are engaged in learning and the teacher is cognitive about the learning taking place is especially important for learner understanding and success. Topics include formative assessments, cooperative learning activities, mathematical practices, magic bags, polygon straw activity, co-op cards, inside-outside circle, quadratic formula song, organizing groups, brainteaser exit tickets, cups in a bin, and more.



3:00—4:15 pm     PK-2, 3-5     room: Brady

31) Giving a Makeover to Your Math Instruction


Rob Baier (IU 1)

As education is changing, so is our math instruction. This workshop will focus on the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practices and how you can continue to improve your instruction by incorporating Standards of Mathematical Practices in your already made lessons!



3:00—4:15 pm     MS, HS, T     room: William Penn

32) Desmos Activity Builder - Design for Delight and Classroom Conversation


Robert Lochel (Hatboro-Horsham High School)

In this session, participants will experience Desmos Activity Builder through the eyes of a student and participate in a digital classroom conversation regarding a linear model. We will consider design principles for building meaningful digital activities and storyboard our own first activities. Bring your own device!



3:00—4:15 pm     HS, C, L, TE     room: Metro A

33) Engaging Activities That Emphasize the FUN in FUNctions


Tom Beatini (Union City Board of Education)

Participants will be provided with classroom-ready hands-on lessons that utilize hand- held technology which enable students to examine functional behavior and discover FUN ways to make sense of transformations. Emphasis will be placed on connecting multiple mathematical representations to help students develop conceptual understanding.



3:00—4:15 pm     G     room: Metro B

34) Speed Geeking with CDTs


Dan Richards (Berks IU 14), Carrie Soliday (Lincoln IU 12), Brian Stamford (Allegheny IU 3)

CDT innovators will lead small group discussions in a station-rotation format. Innovative best practices of data discussion protocols, one-to-one conference methods, metacognition templates, and other school based systems will be shared. Teachers and administrators, fully implementing the CDT Assessment Cycle, will serve as station facilitators.



3:00—4:15 pm     G     room: Governor

35) Central Pennsylvania Mathematics Coaches are School-Based Leaders and Innovators

Carrie Soliday (Lincoln IU 12) and Jane Wilburne (Penn State Harrisburg)

The Central Pennsylvania Mathematics Content & Coaching Project built a cadre of expert mathematics teachers prepared to effectively teach mathematics, support others in implementing effective classroom practice, & provide on-site collaborative professional development. This session will include a brief introduction then moves to station-rotation model of teacher-innovators.



4:30—5:30 pm     Lancaster/Gettysburg (Exhibit Hall)


Come mingle with fellow conference attendees and enjoy light refreshments:


Chef’s selection of cheeses,

sliced seasonal fruit,

vegetable crudités,

crackers, and breads.


Hors D ’Oeuvres Vegetarian Spring Roll Sesame Chicken,

Ginger Sauce.




Tuesday, August 7th


8:00—8:45 am     PK-2     room: United States

36) Fundamental Skill for Developing Number Sense—Subitizing


Lynn Columba (Lehigh University)

Subitize—Recognizing objects in a set quickly without counting. Yes, we want students to stop counting! This is an important skill for developing number sense. Basically, we subitize when we instantly recognize a small group of objects as a number. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six-sided die – most adults no longer have to count the pips after playing board games for a while. Participants will explore how to develop this skill with young children using five frames, ten frames, paper dot plates, dice, tiles, dominoes, lady bugs, Rekenrek, augmented reality and apps.




8:00—8:45 am     HS     room: Bridgeport

37)  Writing-to-Learn in Mathematics


Franci Dempsey (Northeast High School) and Sarah Roden (Northeast High School)

This session will explore Writing-to-Learn in Mathematics. Participants will discover the effectiveness of integrating writing into their classrooms. They will learn how to create a culture of writing and thinking in order to deepen understanding of concepts. Through writing, they will develop student voice and delve into higher order thinking.



8:00—8:45 am     3-5     room: Leland

38) Using Number Talks to Develop Number Sense

Mark McLauren (Indiana University of PA)


This session will demonstrate how to introduce and implement number talks, short classroom conversations about problems that are solved mentally. Learn how these conversations help students build a deeper understanding of numbers and operations.



8:00—8:45 am     G, T     room: Penn Harris A

39) Pear Deck 101 (Add on to Google Slides) - A student engagement and formative assessment tool


Judy Craig (Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13)

Pear Deck is an add on to Google Slides that allows teachers to engage all students in learning while collecting formative assessment data. Learn the basics of Pear Deck and create your own from existing Slides or Power Points.



8:00—8:45 am     G     room: William Penn

40) Statistics Poster Competition: Fun and Learning for Students


Pete Skoner (St. Francis University)

Have your students participate in this fun and interesting learning experience. Students from grades K-12 can work in groups or individually to develop and submit posters that summarize data, provide different points of view, and answer some questions in any discipline, with the chance to win prizes. Examples and instructions will be shown at this session.



8:00—8:45 am     MS, HS     room: Metro A

41) Activities for Tackling "Yucky" Math Topics


Robert Lochel (Hatboro-Horsham High School)

Take part in tactile challenges and competitive games designed to engage students and provide need for algebraic ideas. Rational expressions, shared work, compound inequalities and the natural logarithm will highlight our algebraic journey. Be ready to play!



8:00—8:45 am     HS, HE     room: Metro B

42) Smoothing the Transitions-Best Practices for Supporting Students’ Transition from High School Mathematics to College Level Mathematics


Jodie L. Styers (Penn State Behrend), Kellee Beresik (McDowell Intermediate High School), Jennifer Dunmire (Millcreek Township SD), Pat Kelly (Mercyhurst University), and Gabe Kramer (Penn State Behrend)

This panel discussion will feature results from a two-year investigation of the transition from high school to college mathematics. Twelve math instructors from high schools and colleges have collaborated to investigate features of the teaching and learning at both academic levels that might contribute to a difficult transition. This session will highlight some of those findings while focusing on best practices at both academic levels to help students navigate the transition from high school to college-level mathematics more smoothly.



8:00—8:45 am     G     room: Penn Harris B

43) Leading Change Using the CDT and Multiple Measures of Data


Carrie Soliday (Lincoln IU 12)

Using multiple measures of data, including the Classroom Diagnostic Tool, provides a framework for leading change in a community of learners. The components of a quality assessment tool, inner-workings of a computer adaptive test engine, and the cycle of assessment will be explored.







9:00—10:15 am     PK-2, 3-5, MS, CLTE     room: United States

44) Games As An Effective Tool for Teaching Math


Sam Shaneyfelt (Allegheny IU 3)

Math games can serve as an effective instructional tool in the teaching of math concepts. Using math games in professional development opportunities, helps teachers to better understand the Standards of Mathematical Practice, and also helps them recognize the instructional value that games provide.



9:00—10:15 am     3-5, MS     room: Bridgeport

45) Fraction Fun - Using Pattern Blocks to Understand Fractions


Karise Mace (Kutztown University)

In this session, we will explore fractions using pattern blocks. Participants will learn how to model fractions and fraction operations using the pattern blocks. We will also look at how to use these manipulatives to help students deepen their understanding of fractions.



9:00—10:15 am     G, T     room: Leland

46) TI Codes: Build STEAM Skills Hands On


Dana Morse (Texas Instruments)

Engage students in an easy-entry into programming with short activities that help spark interest in coding, computer science and robotics.



9:00—10:15 am     HS     room: Penn Harris A

47) “Crowdsourced Mathematics”: Achieve Generalization through Crowdsourcing


Steve Fuguet (Hatboro-Horsham High School)

Encourage students to be active participants by leveraging their collective ideas & contributions to develop mathematical concepts. Be a part of the human number line, have a hands on approach to exponential & logistic growth, be a piece in the binomial theorem jigsaw, and see how students can collectively discover the concept of congruence.




9:00—10:15 am     PK-2, 3-5, T     room: William Penn

48) Google Tools and the Elementary Mathematics Classroom


Josh Hoyt (Reading)

How to integrate Google Drawing, Google Docs, and Google Sheets in the elementary mathematics classroom to promote conceptual understanding and collaborative problem solving.



9:00—10:15 am     3-5, MS, HS     room: Metro A

49) Effective Questioning and Discussion Techniques


Lorraine Harmer (Harmer Educational Consulting)

Take your instructional techniques and student learning to a whole new level in this interactive fast-paced workshop. Learn to create higher-order thinking prompts and effectively use questioning and discussion techniques in the classroom. Facilitate and lead an environment rich with and student-driven learning. A can't miss session!



9:00—10:15 am     MS, HS, CLTE     room: Metro B

50) Integrate ACT/SAT Preparation Into Your Lessons: Creative Activities, Strategies, Ideas


Tom Reardon (Fitch High School)

Obtain interactive activities that align directly to the questions that are on the revised exams that promote conceptual understanding and de-emphasize memorizing procedures and formulas. Obtain proven ACT/SAT test-taking strategies that encourage multiple solution paths including working backwards, solve graphically and by table, time management.



9:00—10:15 am     G     room: Penn Harris B

51) Finding the Words in a Problem Based Curriculum


Tina Cardone and Max Ray-Riek (Illustrative Mathematics)

In problem-based curricula, students have opportunities to use mathematical language, construct viable arguments, and critique others’ reasoning. These opportunities create demands on EL students and students with disabilities. We will explore routines and practices from the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum that support mathematical language.







10:30—11:30 am     room: Harrisburg Ballroom

PCTM Awards and Brunch


Orange, Apple and Cranberry Juice Seasonal Sliced Fruit and Berries

Cage-Free Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Smoked Bacon and Sausage

Country Breakfast Potatoes

Thick-Sliced French Toast, Warm Syrup

Chef’s Selection of Fresh Baked Breakfast Pastry

Toast Station

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Teas







11:45-12:30 pm     PK-2, 3-5     room: United States

52) Let’s Start with a Problem!


Janet Caldwell (Pearson)

Starting with a problem does more than just engage students – it provides an opportunity to develop mathematical practices, deepen conceptual understandings, and strengthen procedural skills. This session will provide specific examples of instructional tasks relating to number sense, operations with whole numbers, and fraction concepts.



11:45-12:30 pm     G     room: Bridgeport

53) Small Group Instruction for Remediation and Enrichment


Jennifer Abel (Manheim Central School District)

You know your students would benefit from more individual attention, but in a class of 30+, how can you make that happen? How will you be sure the other students are making progress while they are not in the small group? How will you foster collaboration and individual accountability? How will you manage behavior among the other students while you are engaged with a small group? How will you choose the small groups? This session will explore a model for making small group instruction work for you.



11:45-12:30 pm     PK-2, 3-5     room: Leland

54) Singapore Math: Why they do so well!


David Willard (HMH)

Ever wonder why Singapore scores so high on international tests like TIMMS & PISA? Come to this session to learn more about Singapore Math and why they do so well on the most rigorous of international assessments. Participants will hear about the importance of visuals in math. They will be able to actively engage in solving problems from the Math In Focus curriculum, which is the United States version of My Pals Are Here, which is what is currently used in Singapore.



11:45-12:30 pm     HS, T     room: Penn Harris A

55) Tech out the Classroom Using a Self Paced Model


Ian Winn (Red Land High School)

In this workshop, you will look at how technology can aid in classroom instruction. You will be introduced to a self-paced model of instruction. Teachers using this model will be able to allow students to progress at a pace they are comfortable with to show mastery of standards.



11:45-12:30 pm     G     room: William Penn

56) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers


Mark Minkus (Community Day School)

You have probably heard of Dr. Stephen Covey's international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These habits can also be put into practice in your classroom. Challenge yourself to learn them, apply them, and become the most effective teacher that you can be!



11:45-12:30 pm     3-5, MS     room: Metro A

57) Connecting Modeling Eliciting Activities (MEAs) and SMPs to Enhance Problem Solving


Reuben S. Asempapa (Penn State Harrisburg)

Modeling is not only one of the SMPs but also a skill all students should be engaged in and learn. In this session, modeling will be introduced and presented in connection with the SMPs. Participants will engage in modeling and then discuss what they have learned about SPMs and MEAs in Grades 3–8.



11:45-12:30 pm     HS, HE     room: Metro B

58) Three Flavors of Estimation and Hypothesis Testing: Normal, Exact, and Simulation


Thomas Short (West Chester University)

Statistical inference - that is, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests - is often taught using normal distributions. Technology offers alternatives, including exact inference and simulation-based methods. Exact inference provides motivation to teach the binomial distribution, and Shiny apps offer web simulations based on R.



11:45-12:30 pm     G, T     room: Penn Harris B

59) Leveraging Word Problems More Effectively


Daniel Kaufmann (Wilson School District)

This session will explore different ways to transform word problems into tasks that engage all students, promote inquiry, are more authentic, and develop better student understanding. This process will allow students to acquire a skill set to tackle future word problems.







12:45—2:00 pm     MS, HS     room: United States

60) UNscripted: Emotional Disturbance in the Regular Education Classroom


Johnna Ithier (Lower Moreland School District)

Hands on opportunity to explore, understand and implement interventions for students with emotional support needs.



12:45—2:00 pm     3-5, MS, PST     room: Bridgeport

61) Problems with Numbers


Stephen Cicioni (Educational Mathematics Consultants)

The emphasis will be on strategies to help students deemphasize the numbers in a word problem and focus on understanding the context and action(s) involved in a problem. Participants will have an opportunity to experience solving problems from various grade levels from third through eighth.



12:45—2:00 pm     MS, HS     room: Leland

62) Engaging All Learners with Foldables in the High School Math Classroom


Patricia Egner (Chester IU 24)

Come learn a new way to engage your students in note-taking using foldables. This method is great for all learners and can be easily adapted to fit any content or ability level. Use this tool to increase engagement in your classroom today!



12:45—2:00 pm     MS, HS, HE, C     room: Penn Harris A

63) The Teaching Behind the Tech- Maximizing Opportunities for Learners


Anita Young (Appalachia IU 8)

What kind of opportunities do you offer your learners for a personalized math experience? Explore the endless possibilities with the World of Learning! See how even a rural school district can offer their learners engaging opportunities with classes they didn’t think were possible. Understand the pedagogy and the delivery of the World of Learning courses, specifically math, using virtual tools to keep all learners engaged.



12:45—2:00 pm     PK-2, 3-5, MS, T     room: William Penn

64) Computational Thinking in Math – Experience it


Robert Sun (Suntex International)

Analyzing patterns, creating algorithms, showing persistence, and demonstrating confidence are all attributes students need to be great computational thinkers. Learn about computational thinking as you are challenged to solve complex problems using coding.



12:45—2:00 pm     MS, HS     room: Metro A

65) Using Algebra Tiles, Polynomials to Completing the Square


Tim Scripko (College Preparatory Mathematics)

Learn how to use Algebra Tiles to make Algebra into a concrete visual experience for your students. Participants will experience lessons that will cover simplifying polynomials to completing the square.



12:45—2:00 pm     G     room: Metro B

66) You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em


Leslie Frischman (Community Day School)

Interactive Notebooks are an excellent classroom teaching tool. Come learn about the benefits of Interactive Notebooks, how to engage students with them, and how students can make their own learning resources. Spend a large part of this session learning to create foldables to use in the classroom.



12:45—2:00 pm     3-5, MS, HS, PST     room: Penn Harris B

67) Vertical Alignment - The past present and future of content


Kelly Brent (Carlisle Area School District)

This presentation looks into specific content, such as rational numbers, expressions, and order of operations, and explores how the content grows from 4th grade to Calculus. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how knowing what students have learned or been exposed to in earlier grades, and what they will need to know in future mathematics classes, should impact their current instruction.







2:15—3:30 pm     HS, C, L, T     room: United States

68) Hands-On Activities + Technology = Mathematical Understanding Through Authentic Modeling


Tom Beatini (Union City Board of Education)

Inquiry-based learning coupled with hand-held technology empowers students to apply linear, quadratic, and exponential functions to real-world situations. Participants are provided with classroom-ready lessons that connect multiple mathematical representations and synthesize the Algebra, Functions, and Statistics strands of the Pennsylvania Core Standards for Mathematics.



2:15—3:30 pm     G     room: Bridgeport

69) Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom


Marian Avery (Great Valley High School)

Utilizing formative assessment in the classroom allows the teacher to establish where the learners are in their learning, where they are going, and daily working out how to get there. The students are engaged in learning and the teacher is cognitive about the learning taking (or not taking) place. Participants will be engaged in a variety of formative assessments embedded in mathematics content.

Lorraine Harmer Harmer Educational Consulting), Shane Harmer, and Rebecca Harmer



2:15—3:30 pm     3-5, MS, HS     room: Penn Harris A

70) PBL Model - Student Voice and Choice


Lorraine Harmer (Harmer Educational Consulting), Shane Harmer, and Rebecca Harmer

Participants will be amazed to see how one Pennsylvania school has transformed their curriculum into a technology-infused PBL model. Develop a deeper understanding of how to effectively incorporate community and industry partners as we hear from students who share about their most meaningful learning experiences. Let’s get real, with PBL!



2:15—3:30 pm     MS, HS, PST, HE     room: Metro B

71) Engaging Problems that Comport to the Standards of Mathematical Practice


Jay L. Schiffman (Rowan University)

Discrete mathematics permeates all grade levels and elegantly comports to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, but is absent from the Common Core. This hands-on workshop will discuss The Handshake, Traveling Salesman and Utilities Problems illustrating these practices which are accessible over many grade levels.



See you next year.