MATH PLUS National Conference

Greg Tang's 6th Annual MATH PLUS Conference will be held July 9-11, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. We will have three specially-designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers.

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 MATH PLUS Conference!

The theme for our conference this year is the three R’s – reasoning, routines and rigor. Greg’s team of extraordinary speakers will help you make sense of the most important concepts and strategies at each grade level. They will share daily routines and activities that will help your students develop fluency and automaticity. And together, we will explore challenging problems that encourage mastery and develop the advanced thinking skills kids need for higher math.

Speakers. For 2019, Greg has assembled another world-class team of experts. Each of our speakers is a seasoned educator, skilled communicator, and highly sought after presenter with extensive experience presenting at major mathematics and education conferences. No hit-or-miss sessions here – they are simply the best of the best.


First, we offer carefully coordinated workshops that provide a deeper, more connected understanding of mathematics. The strategies and teaching techniques we offer 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 has worked with his team to design grade-specific curriculums that target the most important strategies, skills and standards. Attendees will 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.

More importantly, every speaker is friendly, approachable and exceptionally nice too! Our goal is a collegial atmosphere that encourages questions, dialogue and meaningful interactions. We want this to be the best three 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 18 hours of math instruction plus an additional 8 hours of instruction in the arts. That’s 26 hours of world-class instruction in just 3 days. We are excited and ready to work with you!


In addition to helping you become a better math teacher, we want our conference to be a truly inspiring experience – one that re-energizes you, rekindles your passion for teaching, and rejuvenates your spirit. Our goal is to open eyes and minds to new ways of learning, teaching, living and being. Isn’t it finally time to try the things you have always wanted to try?

The extraordinary Nicole Grant, one of Boston’s finest instructors, will be back to both energize and soothe you. If you have ever wanted to try yoga or meditation, now is the time. We'll provide a yoga mat and early morning wake-up call. Nicole will provide expert instruction and encouragement.

Do you ever feel left out at parties or weddings when the dancing starts? Join us for our nightly swing and salsa lessons. If Greg can do it – anybody can do it! Check out the fun at:

We hope you will join us for this year’s MATH PLUS Conference. It is a new paradigm for professional development – idealistic, intimate and inspiring. Attendees have described our family-run conference as "life changing" and “by far the best they have ever attended.”

For three, magical days in July, we want you to feel inspired, encouraged, challenged and cared for. Sold out every year since we started in 2014 – even better in 2019. Greg and his team welcome you to Kansas City!


Math Instructors
Greg Tang has done over 3,000 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 has over 60 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.
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™.
Conference Instructors
Nicole Grant continues to study yoga in the BKS Iyengar tradition, is a Level III-certified Usui Reiki practitioner, Life Purpose Coach, Integrative Nutrition Therapist, and founder of the Yoga Mandala studio in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Nancy Murphy has been dancing since early childhood, and has been teaching partnered dance in the Boston area for over 25 years. As a social dancer, Nancy can be seen on the floor at events ranging from Milongas to Swing dance clubs to everything in between. Nancy has trained many Boston area dancers and teachers and returns to Math Plus for her third year in a row.




Yoga & Meditation

Have you always wanted to try yoga? Now is your chance! Join us mornings or afternoons for a class with the extraordinary Nicole. Whether you’re a pure beginner or an experienced practitioner, she will inspire you to become more aware, accepting and appreciative of your body.

Nicole will also offer her highly-rated meditation classes this summer. Speakers will fill your mind during the day, and Nicole will help bring clarity and purpose in the afternoon.

Yoga classes 6:30-7:30a on Tue, Wed & Thu, 4:15-5:15p on Tue and 4:00-5:00p on Wed.
Meditation classes 5:15-5:30p on Tue and 5:00-5:15p Wed.

Swing & Salsa

Have you ever watched people on a dance floor and wished it were you? Then join us for Lindy Hop lessons with Greg & Nancy. No partner necessary, just a smile and 2 left feet are all you need!

For those who prefer Latin music, Nancy will offer salsa lessons each afternoon. Life is short. Isn’t it time to dance?

Salsa lessons 4:15-5:15p Tue & 4:00-5:00p Wed.
Lindy Hop 6:30-7:30p on Tue & Wed.

Live Music & Game Night

Join us for an incredible night of dancing to live music by the swinging-hot, St. Louis jazz band Miss Jubilee. Fronted by a high-energy female vocalist and backed by a swingin’ horn-fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee is a favorite among dancers and fans of all ages.

Ready for even more fun? Greg Jr. and his crew will be there to entertain us with his creative, new math games. What better way to celebrate newfound friends and colleagues than listening to great music, dancing, playing games, and winning t-shirts and puzzle packs. "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Live music, dancing & game night from 7:30-10:00p on Wednesday.


Kansas City Westin at Crown Center
1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-474-4400
All workshops and activities will be held at the Westin at Crown Center Kansas City. Onsite parking is $25 per day.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Westin for the Math Plus 2019. Dual occupancy rates start at $162* per night subject to availability, book by June 22nd. Click here to book your room today.
*Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Airport Transportation:

We have discount shuttle transportation through Super Shuttle for those who are not renting a vehicle and need transportation from MCI Airport to The Westin. Round trip rates start at just $30 per person. Click here to book your transport now.

Things to do in Kansas City

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City Discover the two-story aquarium, featuring more than 30 phenomenal displays directly inside the Crown Center Complex.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City A world of color, creativity and fun, attractions, rides, 4D cinema and more.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art A city gem, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art houses famous contemporary pieces, exhibitions and more.

Truman Sports Complex Home to both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums which houses the Kansas City Cheifs football team and 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Kansas City Zoo The Kansas City Zoo is 200 acres and includes African, Australian and Farmland exhibits, among many others.

Crown Center There’s always something going on at this Kansas City entertainment center. Check out the free outdoor movies and concerts during the summer months.

Country Club Plaza The Downtown District offers premier dining, shopping, entertainment and events in Kansas City.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects from ancient times to modern day.

Science CityLearning is fun with hands on activities and over 50 interactive areas.

Oceans of Fun Explore 60-acres of drenching slides and water attractions.

Worlds of Fun Explore the Amusement Park with thrill rides, attractions, shows and more to enjoy for the whole family.

Coco Key Indoor Water Resort The Key West-themed Coco Key Indoor Water Resort is a 55,000-square foot indoor water oasis, where it is a comfortable 84 degrees all year long.

Hallmark Visitors Center Catch a behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s largest greeting-card company headquarters directly inside our Crown Center complex.

Kaleidoscope From the minds behind Hallmark, experience a free creative workshop for kids ages 5 to 12.

Arts & Cultural Activities in Kansas City

American Jazz Museum Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational programs, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Founded in 1990 to commemorate African American history in baseball, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a great place to explore history, exhibits, news and events.

National World War One Museum Designated by Congress as the official World War One Museum, the museum showcases the history around the world during World War One using impressive interactive technologies.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects and artifacts from ancient times to modern day.

Coterie Theatre A professional Equity theatre serving families and young audiences, Coterie Theatre is named “one of the five best theatres for young audiences in the US” by Time Magazine.

Harley Davidson Final Assembly Plant Tour facility to see how hogs are made.


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 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 Kansas City’s culinary options.

Crown Center Restaurants

The Brasserie Restaurant – When you're in the mood for good times and great food, be sure to check out The Brasserie located in the lobby of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and full bar. Restaurant is a casual – relaxed setting, known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.

The Crayola Cafe – Not just for kids! Although we pride ourselves on being "kid friendly," Crayola Cafe is not just for kids! The regular lunch and dinner menus feature delicious selections that will appeal to the more experienced diner. These items include entree salads, Pizza, chicken selections, and several burger and sandwich choices.

The American – Reinventing American Cuisine. Established in 1974 with iconic architecture and sweeping views of Kansas City, The American offers progressive cuisine led by executive chef Michael Corvino.

Milano's – Italian Dining · Milano is located at 25th and Grand on the first level of Crown Center. The restaurant is glass enclosed and has a view of Crown Center’s fabulous fountains with 49 jets that plume water 25 feet into the air.

Spectators Restaurant & Bar – Spectators a Boulevard Beer Inspired Gastro Pub, located on the second floor of Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, is an exciting casual dining experience Based around a gastro pub concept, Spectators has incorporated healthy options and regional cuisines.

Other Nearby Options

Country Club Plaza – Located 3 miles south of Crown Center, the Country Club Plaza features 15 blocks of upscale shops and restaurants in a charming Spanish-inspired setting.

Westport – This historic district was once a passage way to the western frontier and is now a colorful array of boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

Power & Light Entertainment District – The newest entertainment district in the downtown Kansas City area provides eclectic dinning, entertainment and shopping options for everyone.

Zona Rosa – Live. Work. Play. Near the airport, Zona Rosa is the destination for everything you need with luxury living, dinning and shopping options in one centralized location.

Kansas City Barbecue

Yelp – Highest-rated BBQ restaurants in KC

Travel Channel Best barbecue joints in the city

Chow Town Kansas City dominates list of America’s Best Ribs

USA Today10 Best KC BBQ Restaurants

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 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.

Do you offer group discounts?
For the 2019 Math Plus Events we have decided to forgo the group discounts and offer Early Bird Registration instead. Register by May 31st for a $60 per person discount.

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. 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 June 9th).

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 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 from 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?
Yes, we are able to offer 1.5 semester units of college credit through Humboldt State University for the 2019 Math Plus Conference. 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 Tuesday, July 9th 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


The cost of our conference is $849, with a daily breakfast and lunch included. We have early bird discounts available. Lock in last year's rate, save $60 per person if you register by March 31st (Only $789) or $30 per person if you register by May 31st (Just $829).

Our goal is to make this the best three 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:

Together, we can make the 2019 Math Plus Conference a conference to remember!

Booking overnight accommodations at the Westin at Crown Center Kansas City, where all workshop events will take place, is done directly through the hotel. View the hotel info page to see full details about booking your room.

Questions? Please contact us at:

Click here to register now!
Feedback from Past Conferences

"I can honestly say that this was the best conference I have attended in years! On any topic! It was non-stop information, challenges, support and encouragement. We weren’t expected to “know” the math. We were expected to try, talk, think, construct connections, and do math. I taught first grade for 25 years and am now working with math teachers at various levels. I attended the 3-5 series and much of it was a challenge. But I never felt threatened because I didn’t already know how to do something. I learned so much! Thank you for an amazing experience."

"This conference respects that a teacher's time is precious. It cuts out anything that is not directly related to making you a better math teacher. It has some of the most inspiring presenters that make you excited to get back in the classroom and revolutionize the way we teach math."

"You will get great information and teaching methods that work. You will have your mind opened to ways of thinking you have not thought of before, but that make sense!"

"Very organized. Wonderful presenters that love math and love to have fun! Information is presented in a fun, easy to follow format."

"Everything you wanted to know about methods and implementation of math education put on by the best in math. Overwhelming in a very good way."

"This conference is the most amazing experience that a teacher will have as far as professional development. They will learn how and why to teach math for understanding."

"It's a math conference with extremely knowledgeable presenters that provide you with a lot of examples and resources that will truly get you to start thinking about & teaching math in a more student friendly and centered manner."

Space is limited and hotel rooms will fill fast, so don't wait any longer. Click here to register now!