Baltimore Math Institute

Our small, family-run conference has three, specially designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. No matter what program you use, we have you covered!

Do you have students who struggle with math facts or lack number sense? Do you have advanced learners who need to be challenged? And do you have students in the middle who are capable of so much more? If you are ready to take your teaching and students to the next level, then join us for Greg Tang’s 2019 Baltimore Math Institute!

The theme for our conference this year is the three F’s – focus, fundamentals and fun. Can less ever be more? Might focusing on a few, really key strategies and concepts at each grade level be helpful to students of all abilities and especially those who struggle?

Greg’s team of extraordinary speakers are the authors and pioneers of some of the most effective teaching methods used in classrooms around the world. They will show you firsthand how to leverage their best ideas and create synergies with your own.

We will make sense of the most important concepts and strategies at each grade level, share daily routines and activities that fill gaps in understanding, and explore problems that encourage mastery and develop the advanced thinking skills kids need for higher math. Math will never be the same!


Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Dr. Susan Resnick

Greg Tang

Chris Shore

John SanGiovanni
WHAT MAKES OUR MATH INSTITUTES SO DIFFERENT?

First, we offer carefully coordinated workshops that provide a deeper, more connected understanding of mathematics. The strategies and teaching techniques we teach have been pioneered by our speakers and tested in classrooms across the world.

Unlike many conferences that offer a hodgepodge of sessions and topics, Greg’s carefully crafted curriculum targets the most important strategies, skills and standards. Attendees gain a deeper understanding of both effective teaching methods and important mathematical content.

Second, our speakers have been selected because they are master communicators who can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely. Each is a proven orator and author, and together they have trained thousands of teachers and sold millions of books.

Every speaker is friendly, approachable and exceptionally gracious too. Our goal is a collegial atmosphere that encourages questions, dialogue and meaningful interactions. We want this to be the best two days of learning you have ever experienced!

Third, unlike large conferences with huge budgets for marketing, we put all of our time, energy, and resources into our speakers and curriculum. We provide 12 hours of world-class math instruction in 2 days. We are excited and ready to work with you!


Presenters

Greg Tang has done over 3,600 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 17 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and 6 other books from Scholastic. His website GregTangMath.com has over 70 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of school math programs across the country.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is considered by many to be the foremost expert on Singapore Math. For over 10 years he taught at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Currently, Ban Har is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school in Singapore. He is also the author of Think Mathematics.
Chris Shore is a high school math teacher of 28 years and also serves as district math coach in Temecula, CA. He is a nationally renowned presenter and trainer offering workshops such as Reaching and Teaching Those Kids, and Clothesline Math. He is a recipient of the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has led schools to significant improvements in standardized test scores.
Susan Resnick has extensive experience as a public and private school educator, a Special Education expert, and math consultant. She has been an elementary, middle school and high school math teacher, district math coordinator, elementary and high school principal, and was one of the first educators to be licensed as a Math Intervention Specialist in Colorado.
John SanGiovanni is an elementary math supervisor in Howard County, Maryland. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action and the Mastering the Basic Math Facts series. John is an instructor and coordinator at McDaniel College and a frequent speaker at national conferences. John currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors.

Schedule

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Sessions

AUGUST 5

AUGUST 6

Lessons Learned – Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

After doing 3,000 workshops, conferences, and author visits in the last 18 years, what have I noticed? What have I wondered? In our opening keynote, I will share strategies, concepts, and teaching methods that have proven effective with kids of all backgrounds and all abilities.

Is teaching math really all that difficult? Yes, it is! There is nothing simple about it. But is it possible that in many instances we are making it even more difficult instead of making it more accessible?

A key insight in our opening session will be the value of streamlining our teaching methods. Can a school and then an entire district see rapid growth in their students’ understanding, skills and test scores when they make difficult decisions about which strategies, models, and manipulatives to use? Is more always better or is it always just more? Can less ever be more?

Everywhere we turn there are more options and more information. How do we make sense of it all and what are some principles that can help guide us? Join Greg for a keynote and conference that are unlike all the others. Math – and you – will never be the same!

Problem Solving – Grades K-2
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Problem solving must be the focus of school mathematics. Using examples from the early grades, we learn how problems can help in the learning of basic concepts as well as provide opportunities for practice, on top of providing platforms for students to apply what they have learned.

Fluency & Facts – Grades K-2
Susan Resnick

What is the definition of fact fluency? In this session, we will focus three phases of fluency: building facts, using known facts, and building automaticity. We will explore activities that simultaneously build number sense, flexibility, and automaticity without removing higher order thinking. We will discuss strategies used to compose and decompose numbers in order to strengthen understanding of addition and subtraction facts.

Fluency & Facts – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

What is the definition of fact fluency? In this session, we will focus three phases of fluency: building facts, using known facts, and building automaticity. We will explore activities that simultaneously build number sense, flexibility, and automaticity without removing higher order thinking. We will discuss strategies used to develop understanding of different forms of multiplication and division to help students generalize and apply facts needed for problem solving.

Problem Solving – Grades 3-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Problem solving must be the focus of school mathematics. Using examples from grades three to five, we learn how problems can help in the learning of basic concepts as well as provide opportunities for practice, on top of providing platforms for students to apply what they have learned

Graphing – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Pig Pens & Helicopters to Write Equations and Draw Graphs

Conceptual understanding needs to precede procedural fluency. This is particularly true when asking students to write equations form context. State test scores are showing that this is one of the most difficult standards to teach. By leading with the verbal story of the Pig Pen, using manipulatives, and posing purposeful questions, this model lesson in which you will participate will make it easy for you teach students this understanding and ability. The interactive Tubicopter lesson gets students to think deeply about rate of change in graphs. There is so much more to graphing linear equations than ‘rise over run.’ Let’s have fun learning and teaching two of the most important standards in the middle school curriculum.

Number Sense and Reasoning Routines – Grades 6-8
John SanGiovanni

Do your 6-8 students struggle with number relationships and decomposition, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and even fractions? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any middle school mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will also be shared.

Morning Electives

Five Actions for Productive Struggle – Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni

The struggle is real. But productive struggle is more than a catchphrase. It is the result of five actions that teachers take so that students struggle, persevere, and succeed. In this session, participants learn about how struggle in mathematics is grounded in identity, environment, planning, support, and reflection. Participants will acquire strategies to support them before, during, and after the lesson or the struggle. Classroom tools and lesson seeds will be shared for use as soon as the first day of school.

Variables – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School!

Your elementary school students do not need to graph parabolas, but they are expected to start experiencing variables and equations. It will be made clear to you exactly what is considered ‘algebraic thinking,’ what your algebraic skills your students are expected to take with them to middle school, and some powerful lessons to instill algebra in their young minds.

Afternoon Electives

Measure & Data - Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Fractions – Grades K-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

What are the keys to understanding fractions? This sessions look at three critical areas and will include several anchor tasks for key ideas in fractions.

Intervention – Grades K-5
Susan Resnick

Differentiation isn’t a place students go, it is an active approach to tiering student learning. In this session, we will learn how to scaffold instruction through the analyzing student work and the use of a three-strand approach using the Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract cycle, Number Trajectories and a progression from recognition to production to extension. We will explore how and when to deliver differentiated instruction, what accommodations and modifications are appropriate and how to help our struggling learners succeed.

Assessment - Grades 3-8
John SanGiovanni

Ratio & Proportional Reasoning - Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Proportional thinking is the heart of middle school math, the key to advanced mathematical concepts, and perhaps most importantly, one of the most useful math skills for everyday life.

In this session, we explore a strategic progression of comparative reasoning problems that develops strong proportional reasoning skills. We start with additive and multiplicative comparison problems, progress to ratios and unit rates, and finally transition to linear equations and slope.

We will solve each problem both pictorially and algebraically, and focus on tools that can be applied generally and creatively to a wide range of problem types. We will use bar models, double-sided number lines, quantity-value tables, and finally, systems of equations. This is one session you won’t want to miss!


AUGUST 5

AUGUST 6

Teaching Priorities – Keynote, All Grades
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

What are the priorities of a teacher during math lessons? Math learning, obviously but also mindset about the nature of math and mindset about the nature of learning. In this keynote, we explore ways to make the learning of all three happen.

Number Sense and Reasoning Routines – Grades K-2
John SanGiovanni

Do your K-2 students struggle with reasoning about numbers and quantity, addition and subtraction, decomposition or even counting principles? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any middle school mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will also be shared.

Enrichment – Grades K-2
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Ways to challenge students who grasp mathematical ideas quickly include acceleration and enrichment. In this session, we will experience several examples of enrichment lessons where students are challenged without requiring them to accelerate to new content.

Intervention – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

Differentiation isn’t a place students go, it is an active approach to tiering student learning. In this session, we will learn how to scaffold instruction through the analyzing student work and the use of a three-strand approach using the Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract cycle, Number Trajectories and a progression from recognition to production to extension. We will explore how and when to deliver differentiated instruction, what accommodations and modifications are appropriate and how to help our struggling learners succeed.

Number Sense and Reasoning Routines – Grades 3-5
John SanGiovanni

Do your 6-8 students struggle with number relationships and decomposition, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and even fractions? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any middle school mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will also be shared.

Functions – Grades 6-8
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

In this session we look at the progression of the learning of functions in the middle school years. Concurrently, we will also look at how anchor task approach might look like in middle school.

Statistics – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Statistics for Your 21st Century Middle School

The second hardest word in the new 21st century standards is ‘statistics,’ the hardest being ‘all.’ This means that we need to teach statistics to all students at all secondary grade levels. As the new standards where being developed, the business community begged for more statistics in the curriculum due to the ever growing existence of big data in the current economy. So let’s be sure we know these standards and how to teach them. We will take a journey from the meaning of statistics through mead absolute deviation and graphic displays, then finish with scatterplots and linear regressions.

Morning Electives

Place Value – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Inquiry – Grades K-5
Susan Resnick

Afternoon Electives

Clothesline Math – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Clothesline Math for Elementary has arrived! You will learn the power of this dynamic number sense tool and see how well it teaches important K-5 concepts from counting numbers, through addition, multiplication, fractions and variables. The new 21st Century elementary standards mention an ‘open number line’ over twenty times. You will learn what that means, why it is important for children to experience it, and how the ‘Master Number Sense Maker’ will help you teach students both current content and much needed number sense simultaneously.

Geometry – Grades K-5
Dr. 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.

Quality Task Selection in Elementary Mathematics – Grades K-5 (9:45-11:15am elective)
Dr. John SanGiovanni

What affect does a high-quality mathematics task have on our instruction? How do we identify quality mathematics tasks? Where do we find them and how do we modify a task to improve its quality? This session answers these questions for K-5 teachers, coaches, and administrators. Tools for identifying tasks and a compilation of tasks by grade level will be provided.

Enrichment - Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Do only your advanced students need enrichment or do all your students need to be solving rigorous, thoughtful, well-designed problems? Can a student who is struggling with current grade level material really solve challenging, multi-step problems? Important questions to consider!

In this session, we will explore a progression of problems that gives students the opportunity to develop the skills they need to improve, advance and ultimately solve challenging problems. Equally as important, we will explore a progression of visual models that are the key to developing your students' abstract, algebraic thinking skills. In this sessions, we want it all. Better problems and better solutions. Join us!

CPA & Equations – Grades 6-8
Susan Resnick

How can we use the Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract cycle to help students move through the equations and functions trajectory when it all seems so abstract? Get ready to get moving and learn to use concrete and pictorial experiences to help students acquire the concepts while they develop the algorithms side by side.

AUGUST 5

AUGUST 6

Hotel

We have secured a block of rooms at the Radisson for the Baltimore Math Institute. Dual occupancy rates start at $129* per night subject to availability. Click here to book your room today. *Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Radisson Hotel Baltimore
Downtown-Inner Harbor
101 W Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-752-1100
https://www.radisson.com/baltimore
All workshops and activities will be held at The Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor.

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National Aquarium - The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a non-profit public aquarium located at 501 E Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.

Baltimore Museum of Art - The Baltimore Museum of Art, located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, is an art museum that was founded in 1914.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Home to the Baltimore Orioles, it is the first of the "retro" major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s, and remains one of the most highly praised.

Jewish Museum of Maryland - The Jewish Museum of Maryland is located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The museum tells the story of the American Jewish experience in the city of Baltimore and throughout the US state of Maryland.


Things to do in Annapolis

United States Naval Academy - You don't have to become a midshipman to find out what one's life is like. A guided tour, delivered by a professional, certified guide through the Armwel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the Naval Academy, will give you an insider's perspective. Learn fun and unusual facts about midshipmen life, like how the entire brigade of 4,500-plus is served every meal in less than 20 minutes. Guided tour is optional.

Annapolis Boutique Shopping - Surrounded by the beauty and charm of the Historic District and the grandeur of the Chesapeake Bay, it's easy to spend the day exploring our eclectic specialty stores.


Seneca Creek State Park

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Things to do in Washington DC

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Museums - DC has been named the best museum destination in the world many times. From world-class art to some of the country's most inspiring artifacts, it would take months to explore all our museums have to offer. Click here for all information on DC museums.

Monuments & Memorials - Feel the presence of the country's forefathers in our monuments and memorials as you pose next to a 19-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln, stand alongside Korean War veterans and gaze up, up, up at the Washington Monument. Click here for all information on DC Monuments & Memorials.

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Meals

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 professional 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: contact@tangmath.com as soon as possible so we can attempt to accommodate you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we accept credit card payments on our website. 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 contact@tangmath.com 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, you must first register online: registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you should still complete the online registration and save your spot by entering the purchase order number as "Paper".

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

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 contact@tangmath.com with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement. In-case there are last minute changes, have the replacement let us know at check-in who they will be filling in for.

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. We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc. if requested.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after July 7th).

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. Please check your junk/spam folder to see if this email was caught up there. If you are still unable to find the invoice, write to us at contact@tangmath.com 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 contact@tangmath.com 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 still finalizing the details of college credit for the 2018 Math Institutes. The past two years we were 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 tab. We will plan to have onsite check-in available the night before the conference. Check-in on Monday, August 7th 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:Tang Company LLC.
Mailing address:PO Box 777850
 Henderson, NV 89077
Email Address:contact@tangmath.com
Phone Number:858-244-0498
Fax Number:858-408-2986

Register

The cost of our two-day institute is $645, and that includes coffee and danish each morning and lunch at noon. Register by May 31st to receive a $25 discount, early-bird price of only $620 per person!

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

Our goal is to make this the most worthwhile two days of learning you have ever experienced. We hope you will help us spread the word by sharing our link with your friends and colleagues: https://gregtangmath.com/baltimoremath.

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