Baltimore Math Institute

Are you looking for incredible, math professional development this summer? Do you want to learn firsthand from the experts who are known worldwide for their innovative and effective teaching methods and materials? Are you ready to teach math a better, more effective way?

On August 6-7, 2018, Yeap Ban Har, Greg Tang and Jennifer Bay-Williams will join forces for two math-packed days in Baltimore, Maryland. We have separate learning tracks planned for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers, a total of 11 hours of instruction for each group, and a specially-designed curriculum that focuses on the most important aspects of Singapore Mathematics, the Common Core Standards, and successful math curriculums from across the U.S.

Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Greg Tang

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Greg Tang Jr.

Why join us in Baltimore? First, our speakers are among the most sought-after presenters in the world and also authors for major textbook programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Together, they will give you a deeper, more connected understanding of key skills, strategies and standards while modeling the most effective teaching methods and techniques.

Second, many of the methods and materials shared by presenters at other conferences have been pioneered by our speakers. Your time and resources are too valuable for you to be receiving secondhand information. Our speakers are excited and ready to work directly with you, and each is well-known for being extremely friendly and personable.

Third, we do not believe bigger is better when it comes to learning. If a smaller conference with a more personal and intimate atmosphere suits you better than a large and impersonal one, consider joining us. We will do our best to make this 2 of the best days of learning you have ever experienced.

Finally, we will present proven, research-based teaching methods from the United States and Singapore, including:

  • Concrete-pictorial-abstract progressions that develop both conceptual understanding and fluency;
  • Anchor tasks that encourage independent thinking, cooperation, perseverance, and a love for problem-solving;
  • Sensible and efficient ways of differentiating instruction and meeting the needs of both struggling and advanced learners;
  • Journal writing to increase retention, deepen understanding, and improve written communication skills;
  • Brain-based strategies that facilitate learning by students of all abilities and backgrounds.


Dr. Yeap Ban Har is the foremost expert on Singapore Mathematics. For over 10 years he taught at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and currently holds two concurrent positions: Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school in Singapore; and principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, a global provider of professional development. He has authored dozens of textbooks and scholarly articles for publishers throughout the U.S. and Singapore. BanHar.blogspot
Greg Tang is a NY Times best-selling children’s author and popular speaker at national math, reading and technology conferences. He works with public and private schools across the U.S. including some of the highest performing districts in Missouri, Texas and Connecticut. Over the past 15 years, Greg has done more than 2,700 workshops, conferences and school visits and his website has over 34 million page views to date.
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams
Greg Tang Jr. is the creator of Tangy Tuesdays and inventor of the popular math games Ten Frame Mania™ and NumTanga™. He is a master game developer, programmer, math night expert and favorite among kids, teachers and math specialists across the U.S. Greg’s recent creations include Equato™, Web Bonds™, Tic-Tac-Tang™ and Tic-Tac-Tenframe™.


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Making Sense of Mathematics: Keynote Grades K-8
Greg Tang

Join NY Times best-selling author and TEDx speaker Greg Tang for a compelling look at 3 skills students need to excel in math: visualization, reasoning and number sense. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Does making sense of a problem make it easier to solve? Is good number sense the secret to great computational skills?

We will explore problems that can be difficult for people of all ages when solved in traditional ways, yet so simple to solve when approached visually, intuitively, and with common sense. Experience firsthand the power of number bonds, bar models, and reasoning. Math – and you – will never be the same!

Fundamentals of Teaching Early Number Sense and Operations: Grades K-2
Yeap Ban Har

Countless studies have shown that children who have a well developed early number sense are able to succeed in early math and beyond, while children that don’t are at risk for falling behind. The good news is that every child can develop strong number sense and a deep understanding of the basic mathematical operations. Singapore educators have known this for years. It is a cornerstone of their approach and a large part of what has catapulted them to the top in global mathematics assessments for more than 3 decades.

Ban Har will share the research and strategies that are used in Singapore to develop strong number sense and a deep understanding of the basic operations in your students. He will do so by demonstrating lessons, using manipulatives, and taking all your questions in his usual warm and approachable style. You will leave empowered, inspired, and understand why the media has referred to Ban Har as “Royalty when it comes to Singapore Math.”

Developing and Implementing Singapore’s 3-Part Lesson Structure: Grades K-2
Bill Tozzo

The cornerstone of a mathematics lesson in Singapore is the 3-part lesson structure - Anchor Task, Guided Practice and Independent Practice. An anchor task supports inquiry-based learning while meeting the needs of all learners. Guided practice supports students as they progress toward mastery and allows for additional support to struggling learners. Independent Practice consolidates learning and deepens understanding.

Properly executed this structure will engage your students and pave the way for deeper learning and higher achievement. Attendees of this session will learn how to create an anchor task and use the task to deliver high quality instruction, as well as the key components and strategies for successful guided practice and independent learning.

Attendees will be provided with concrete examples of anchor tasks for their grade level and Bill will demonstrate lessons, appropriate practice and answer questions to ensure that all attendees leave feeling confident and ready to use this approach in their classrooms immediately.

Best Practices: Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Best teaching practices or best ways to practice? In this workshop, you get both! Join Greg as we explore multiplication and division in depth. We will use a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression of models that makes sense of properties, relationships, and the computational strategies your students need to know.

We will use area models to develop understanding, partials algorithms to build mental math skills and fluency, and standard algorithms to calculate efficiently and generalize from whole numbers to decimals. Greg will also offer insights on factoring, divisibility rules, prime numbers, common factors and remainders.

Fundamentals of Teaching Fractions: Grades 3-5
Yeap Ban Har

Developing students’ confidence and affinity for fractions is an especially challenging task for the teacher. This is because many students are not taught to conceptualize fractions correctly from the beginning and as a result a shallow procedural understanding follows. There are many ways to interpret fractions and develop understanding of fractions.

Ban Har will guide participants through the most effective methods of teaching fractions that develop deep understanding, confidence and a foundation for future success. In a demonstration lesson style, he will provide teachers with instruction on how to use manipulatives, bar models, teacher-student discourse and a problem solving approach in teaching the basics of fraction concepts. You will leave his session feeling confident and ready to tackle the challenge of teaching fractions!

Laying the Algebra Foundation with Expressions and Equations: Grades 6-8
Bill Tozzo

Developing students’ algebraic thinking throughout middle school is crucial for their success in the advanced algebra courses in high school and beyond. Bill will provide attendees with strategies to avoid procedure and help their students bridge concrete algebraic representations to a deeper and more abstract understanding. This is a hands-on style workshop with ample time for questions. Instruction is delivered largely through demonstration lessons and sample materials.

Fractions, Ratios & Proportional Thinking: Grades 6-8
Greg Tang

Do your students struggle with fractions, decimals, ratios, or percents? Join Greg and learn firsthand how to use visual models to develop the proportional thinking skills that are the key to understanding these challenging topics. We will use strip diagrams and double-sided number lines to represent relationships visually and intuitively, then transition to systems of equations to solve problems quickly and algebraically. Most importantly, we will make sense of equations and algorithms and give students the understanding and tools they need for middle and high school math.

2:00-3:30 K-6 Electives

Journaling as a Tool for Consolidation, Reflection and Assessment: Grades K-4
Yeap Ban Har

Singaporean educators consider reflection to be one of the 5 necessary components for an effective mathematics lesson, and the use of math journals can be seen in almost all classrooms in Singapore. The research behind the use of journaling is definitive, yet few teachers realize how powerful math journaling can be and the many uses it has in the classroom.

Ban Har will demonstrate these uses, and why they are such an integral part of the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. You will leave this session feeling excited and empowered to use journals in your classroom!

The Brain-Friendly Mathematics Classroom: Grades 5-8
Bill Tozzo

Increasing retention and deepening learning is a challenge for every math teacher. One of the reasons Singapore mathematics instruction is so successful is that Singapore’s curriculum and instruction is closely aligned with students’ natural cognitive development.

Strong research in the area of cognitive science tells us that the strategies used in many math classrooms are quite often not very effective, and the strategies that are not widely used, but are highly effective, can be very counterintuitive.

Bill will shed light on the strategies we use that we can do without, and strategies we can replace them with. He will also provide insight into how students learn mathematics, and how we can better motivate our students to learn and challenge themselves.

A Visual Approach To Word Problems: Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Visual models are the key to making challenging word problems more intuitive and easier to solve. We will explore a strategic progression of models that includes bar models (a.k.a. tape diagrams), double-sided number lines, and finally algebraic systems of equations. If your students struggle with word problems that include fractions, percents, ratios, rates or units of measure, this is the workshop for you! Join Greg and learn a systematic approach to developing proportional reasoning skills that simply makes sense.

Differentiating the Mathematics Classroom: Keynote Grades K-8
Yeap Ban Har

Differentiating the mathematics classroom and meeting the needs of struggling and advanced learners remain among the greatest challenges of the classroom teacher. Differentiation strategies that are effective in other subjects areas, are not always a good fit for the math classroom, yet they continue to be utilized and taught to our teachers. Ban Har will provide insight into the approach used in Singaporean classrooms and how their teachers meet the needs of diverse student populations learning the same content.

The methodologies taught by Dr. Yeap Ban Har are grounded in Singapore’s proven approach to mathematics instruction. An approach that since 1995 has catapulted Singapore to the top of the World in international assessments of student achievement, and has kept them there ever since. Singapore’s curriculum was a model for the Common Core State Standards, and their program has been implemented in over 40 countries and many top public and private schools in the United States.

Geometry & Measurement - Developing Early Spatial Reasoning Skills: Grades K-2
Yeap Ban Har

Geometry is one of the most valued branches of mathematics because, if correctly taught, it develops our students ability to reason spatially. It provides them with the tools to visualize and model non-visual mathematical concepts and solutions to problems. Students cannot develop these skills if geometry and measurement concepts are not introduced and developed correctly.

Ban Har will provide his teachers with the understanding and tools they need to teach these concepts effectively and with high levels of student engagement. Through demonstration lessons he will teach the correct use of manipulatives, journaling and assessment so teachers can be sure their students are learning and growing as they should be.

A Visual Approach to Word Problems: Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Do your students struggle with word problems? Join us as we use discrete and part-whole models to make sense of all 15 types of addition and subtraction problems, including challenging two-step and comparison problems. Greg will show you a six-step approach to solving word problems that helps students make sense of problems, organize their thinking, visualize strategies, and find solutions. You’ll come away with a deeper, more connected understanding of addition and subtraction, their properties and relationship to each other, and tips on leading more effective number talks. This is one workshop you won’t want to miss!

A Visual Approach to Word Problems: Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Bar models (a.k.a. tape or strip diagrams) are miraculous when it comes to helping students make sense of challenging multiplication and division word problems. Join Greg and learn firsthand how to solve and explain problems that include whole numbers, fractions, and remainders. We will also cover challenging comparison and multistep problems, and finally bridge to algebraic systems of equations. You’ll come away with a deeper, more connected understanding of multiplication and division, their relationship and properties, and tips for applying whole number understanding to fractions. Math will never be the same!

Developing and Implementing Singapore’s 3-Part Lesson Structure: Grades 3-5
Bill Tozzo

The cornerstone of a mathematics lesson in Singapore is the 3-part lesson structure - Anchor Task, Guided Practice and Independent Practice. An anchor task supports inquiry-based learning while meeting the needs of all learners. Guided practice supports students as they progress toward mastery and allows for additional support to struggling learners. Independent Practice consolidates learning and deepens understanding.

Properly executed this structure will engage your students and pave the way for deeper learning and higher achievement. Attendees of this session will learn how to create an anchor task and use the task to deliver high quality instruction, as well as the key components and strategies for successful guided practice and independent learning.

Attendees will be provided with concrete examples of anchor tasks for their grade level and Bill will demonstrate lessons, appropriate practice and answer questions to ensure that all attendees leave feeling confident and ready to use this approach in their classrooms immediately.

Tools for Developing Geometric Thought: Grades 6-8
Bill Tozzo

The goal of teaching geometry is to develop spatial reasoning and logical thought in our students. This can get lost in burdensome formulas and procedure if the teacher does not have the proper strategies and insights to reach these goals. In his usual hands-on, problem-solving classroom style, Bill will demonstrate best practices in the teaching of geometry. He will provide his attendees with the insights and tools they need to push their students to greater levels of achievement with inquiry, struggle and collaboration.

Building Rational Number Understanding: Grades 6-8
Yeap Ban Har

Positive and negative numbers must be interpreted and applied in many ways; points on a numberline, temperature on a thermometer, points on a coordinate plane and many more. A complete and deep understanding is prerequisite to success in secondary and postsecondary mathematics. Ban Har will frame the necessary understanding and representations of rational and irrational numbers and demonstrate instructional strategies you can implement immediately that will increase your students’ understanding and engagement.

Mathematics Literacy - What Should Our Students Be Able to Do?: Keynote Grades K-8
Yeap Ban Har

What will the students in your classroom today, need to be able to do tomorrow? What skills will science, technology and their future employers require? Everywhere we turn we hear phrases like “21st Century Skills,” and “Critical Thinking,” but how does that translate into the curriculum and instruction we need provide to our students today?

Dr. Yeap Ban Har will explore and examine international data an provide his audience with a macro view of what the future holds for our students and what we can do today to help them prepare for it.


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To make sure everyone is caffeinated and on time for their workshops, we’ll provide coffee and danish from 7:30-8:15 each morning and a deli box lunch each day from 11:15-12:00. It’s all part of your registration fee, and we’re still less expensive than many conferences!

Why don’t other conferences supply breakfast and lunch like us? Because it’s expensive. But we believe it’s money well-spent as it allows us to compress our schedule and offer additional workshops each day. In addition, one of the important goals of our conference is to encourage camaraderie and collegiality and eating together is a great way to meet new people and get to know our friendly presenters.

We do not provide dinner, so grab a few of your newfound friends and head to one of Baltimore's culinary options.

Course Credit

Our 2-day workshops are eligible for 1 semester unit of college credit through Humboldt State University for an additional cost. These courses are offered primarily for elective or processional development purposes. The cost is $50 per semester credit.

For attending a Greg Tang math workshop you will also receive course completion certificate which will be emailed to you at the end of the institute.

If there are special requirements you or your state have for CEUs, please contact us at: as soon as possible so we can attempt to accommodate you.


Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we accept onsite credit card payments. After completing your registration information you will be taken to the payments page where you can complete your registration using your credit card. You will receive an email once your payment has been processed.

Can I register using a purchase order?
Of course! We know that many districts will only allow workshop registration using purchase orders. Once you complete your registration information, you will be taken to a page to complete your payment information. Your registration is not confirmed until you enter your purchase order information or complete purchase with credit card. If you do not have a PO # at the time of registration, enter "email" in the PO # field and send us an email at to confirm your registration. You can email, fax or mail your PO to the information below. Payment is preferred prior to the event.

Do you have a paper registration form?
We accept registrations using this form, although we cannot guarantee space will be available at the time of receipt. To ensure your spot is saved for the workshop, please follow the registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you can complete a temporary online registration to save your spot using purchase order number "Paper".

When is my payment due?
Payments are due prior to the event. We do accept cash, check and all major credit cards on-site at the workshop.

Do you offer group discounts?
For the Baltimore Math Institute we do not have group discounts available. Instead we have decided to do an early bird discount. If you register by May 15th, you will receive the same discount as our normal rate for groups of 10 or more.

I am unable to attend. Can someone take my spot?
Yes, you can switch out attendees at any point leading up to the conference. Just send us a quick email to with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement.

What happens if I have to cancel?
We understand there are times where you may be unable to attend a conference you have registered for. If cancellation is done more than 30-days from the event, we will refund your registration cost minus a $100 administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after June 12th). We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc.

Can I get an invoice for my registration?
When you complete your registration, an automatic confirmation email is sent to the email address listed as the payment contact. This email includes a link to download your invoice. We would be glad to send you an invoice for your registration if you have not received it. Write to us at with the primary registrant’s name and we will email you an invoice.

Are you a vendor for my district?
There is a good possibility we have been added as a vendor in your district for a previous workshop, if so we would be listed as "Creative Smarts, Inc.". If we are not listed as a vendor, we would be glad to provide you the information you need to have us added. Email us at and we will send over the required tax form. Our contact information is listed below.

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
We are able to offer 1 semester unit of college credit through Humboldt State University at the cost of $50 per unit. These courses are offered primarily for elective or professional development purposes.

What time is the conference?
The full daily schedule can be seen at the bottom of the sessions page. We will plan to have onsite check-in available the night before the conference. Check-in on Tuesday, July 12th will start at 7:00 am. Further registration details will be provided nearer to the event.

May I record a session at the conference?
Audio or visual recording is not permitted at any workshop or seminar due to copyright/trademark issues.

What is your contact information?

Company name:Creative Smarts, Inc.
Mailing address:PO Box 185
 Hesston, KS 67062
Phone Number:620-869-1799
Fax Number:800-858-1287


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The cost of our two-day workshop is $595, and that includes coffee and danish each morning and lunch at noon.

We have a special student discount for pre-service teachers. Please contact us at: for more information or questions.

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