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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

GVSU's Math Education Conference Announcement

2011 Concurrent Conferences on Mathematics Education

Math In Action: Strategies for Student Success

Conversations among Colleagues: Common Core Standards: Implications for Mathematics Education

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Mackinac Hall
Allendale Campus
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI

Conference Highlights

Math in Action
Math in Action is of interest to K–12 teachers of mathematics. The conference features five concurrent interactive sessions. During sessions, participants engage in hands-on activities they can use with their own students in learning mathematics. SB-CEUs will be available for most sessions.

Special this year, Math in Action will run concurrently with Conversations among Colleagues, a conference for college and university mathematics educators and mathematicians and K–12 mathematics teacher leaders and administrators. Jere Confrey (North Carolina State University) will present the purpose of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), their implications, and questions raised. Zalman Usiskin (University of Chicago), will present a curriculum developer’s view of the CCSS. Sessions throughout the day will highlight learning trajectories for whole number (Sybilla Beckmann, University of Georgia), fractions (Jere Confrey), measurement (Jack Smith, Michigan State University), algebra (Lisa Kasmer, GVSU and Jill Newton, Purdue University), and geometry (Christian Hirsch and Alden Edson, Western Michigan University), with examples for specific grade levels and implications for the surrounding grades. Mary Bouck will also present formative assessment with respect to the CCSS.

Conference fees are $35 for professors and administrators, $30 for teachers, $20 for graduate students, and $15 for undergraduate students.

Participants may choose sessions from both conferences.

Conference program is now available here.

For further information, please email conference co-chairs Charlene Beckmann at or Karen Novotny at

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