MATH PLUS National Conference

Greg Tang's 4th Annual MATH PLUS Conference will be held July 11-13, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. We will have three specially-designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers.

The theme of this year's 2017 Math Plus Conference is . . . PROGRESSIONS. Every year we explore and explain the most important math concepts in elementary and middle school. This year, we will focus on how these critical concepts fit together, both across and within each grade level.

In math, concepts build on previous concepts, and skills build on previous skills. Understanding how everything connects is the key to helping struggling students. It is also the secret to laying the groundwork for future learning. Our goal is to connect concepts and skills in both directions and make learning and teaching progressions clear.

Speakers. For 2017, Greg has assembled another world-class team of experts. Joining us for the first time are Graham Fletcher, Dr. Juli Dixon, Christina Tondevold, Dr. Nicki Newton and Shelly DuBose. Returning are some of our highest-rated speakers from previous years, including Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Cathy Kuhns, Dr. Sandy Atkins and Michelle Parks.

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.


Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Christina Tondevold

Dr. Nicki Newton

Greg Tang

Michelle Parks

Shelly DuBose

Dr. Juli Dixon

Graham Fletcher

Catherine Kuhns

Dr. Sandy Atkins
WHAT MAKES MATH PLUS SO DIFFERENT?

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!

NEW THIS YEAR!

We take your survey comments and feedback to heart. Even though our overall conference rating last year was an amazing 4.73 out of 5.00, we always want to improve and have made three important changes:

1. For teachers who enjoy the intimacy of a smaller group, we have added 26 elective seminars with topics that benefit from more dialogue and hands-on work. Differentiated instruction isn’t just good for students – it’s good for teachers too!

2. Because less can be more, we have reduced our two main teaching blocks by 15 minutes. Our total teaching time has actually increased, however, because we have added a 60-minute teaching block in the afternoon.

WHY IS IT CALLED "MATH PLUS"?

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

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 2017. Greg and his team welcome you to Kansas City!

Presenters

Math Instructors
Greg Tang is a popular speaker at math, reading and technology conferences, and has done more than 2,500 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 15 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, author of the gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and author of 8 children's books from Scholastic. GregTangMath.com has over 32 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of math curriculums across the country.
Dr. Juli Dixon is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida, where she coordinates the award-winning master's and doctoral programs in math education. Juli works to improve teachers’ content knowledge so they can justify and clearly communicate their own mathematical thinking and ideas. Juli is an author for Go Math, the textbook published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is considered my 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 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. BanHar.blogspot.com
Graham Fletcher has been a classroom teacher and math coach and is currently a district math specialist. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has made him a sought-after speaker at both international and American conferences. He continues to be a passionate advocate for best practices and a change agent for elementary mathematics.
Dr. Nicki Newton builds on current curriculum research and theory to provide practical and realistic 21st century strategies for today’s elementary classrooms. She is the author of professional development books including Guided Math in Action, Math Workshop in Action, Math Running Records in Action, Math Problem Solving in Action and Math Workstations in Action. She is an avid pinner, blogger and tweeter.
Christina Tondevold, known as The Recovering Traditionalist, works with teachers to develop their students’ mathematical understanding in ways that are not limited by traditional ways of doing and teaching mathematics. Her primary focus is on developing number sense and fact fluency, and she is a popular speaker, blogger, and creator of effective online workshops. TheRecoveringTraditionalist.com
Catherine Kuhns is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught every grade from preschool through fourth grade. She is the author of several books including Common Core Math in Action, Building Number Sense, and Number Wonders. Catherine received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching given by the White House and National Science Foundation.
Dr. Sandy Atkins is an inspiring speaker who makes the Mathematical Practices come alive in her work with schools and districts across the country. She is committed to finding those "aha moments" when important mathematical connections are made by teachers and students. Her sessions are both thought provoking and practical. CreatingAHAS.com.
Michelle Parks is a former middle school teacher and is currently a STEM consultant for a cooperative agency in Wisconsin. She works directly with 29 districts in western Wisconsin, provides support for districts across the state, and is a part-time consultant for The Anglo American School in Moscow, Russia. Michelle currently serves as the Secretary for the Wisconsin Mathematics Council.
Shelly DuBose has spent her career working as a middle school mathematics teacher, a K-8th instructional coach, and a nationally recognized conference speaker. As the founder of Refined Practices Consulting, Shelly partners with schools and districts across the country to impact student learning through better mathematics instruction. A deep understanding of mathematics and Singaporean pedagogy provide the framework for Shelly’s work.
Conference Instructors
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™. store.gregtangmath.com/pages/greg-jr
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. YogaMandala.com
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.

Schedule

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Sessions

JULY 11

JULY 12

JULY 13

Fluency & Reasoning – Keynote, All Grades
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!

Math Running Records in Action – Grades K-2
Dr. Nicki Newton

Fact Fluency is one of the linchpins of mathematical achievement. Come learn how to lay a solid foundation. In this workshop we will discuss how Math Running Records provide a look into children’s flexibility, efficiency, accuracy and automaticity. We will look at Math Running Records being administered, discuss how to analyze and interpret the data and then discuss how to level fluency workstations so that students practice fluency in their zones of proximal development. Join the Fluency Revolution Today! Come get everything you need to make it happen this year for your kids!

Geometry, Measurement and Data – Grades K-2
Catherine Kuhns

These real world domains of mathematics at the primary grade level demand our children have multiple opportunities to grasp the language, analyze shapes, make predictions, draw conclusions and measure in a variety of ways. This session will focus on the hands-on and conversation-rich lessons to build understanding.

Word Problem Progressions – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Area Models – Grades 3-5
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Closing the learning gap through the vertical progression of key concepts using an area model:

Understanding the vertical progression of key concepts across the grades enables us to implement more effective strategies for closing the learning gap of our struggling students. In this interactive session, we will connect concepts related to area, perimeter, factors, prime and composite numbers, multi-digit multiplication, fraction multiplication, and the distributive property.

Differentiation – Grades 3-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Ways to differentiate instruction will be illustrated through division. Frameworks for differentiating instruction to challenge advanced learners and support struggling ones will be discussed.

CPA Progression – Grades 3-5 (elective)
Shelly DuBose

From Experience to Generalization: Connecting Concrete Representations of Multiplication and Division to Abstract Application

While teachers rarely question the importance of concrete experiences during the learning process, it is not uncommon to feel that students fail to adequately transfer their understanding once a generalized procedure is introduced. Using Singaporean pedagogy and an emphasis on place value, this session will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Engage in anchor tasks linked to 3-5 grade multiplication and division standards.
  • Practice techniques for using manipulatives that allow for differentiation while promoting both flexible thinking and procedural fluency.
  • Consider how intentional language serves as a bridge between concrete and abstract.

Lesson Planning – Grades 3-5 (elective)
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Using phased lesson development to meet the needs of all students: A look at division and powers of 10.

Often lesson flow is governed by the readiness of the “middle majority” of students to move on. Students who work at a faster pace and catch on quickly are asked to sit quietly and wait. Students who work at a slower pace or struggle in mathematics move on to the next idea without getting to complete all of the related tasks. Unfortunately, many of these students are most in need of completing all of the tasks plus additional tasks to build understanding and confidence. The students who work at a faster pace need additional challenges. In this seminar, participants will examine a phased approach to lesson progressions that meets the needs of all students without needing to plan separate lessons. In this design, time is available for all students to complete the tasks, build independence in making sense of unfamiliar tasks, develop deeper understandings, and continue to be challenged as the cognitive demand of the tasks increases. Time is also available to the teacher for conducting formative assessments and providing needed support. Participants will have an opportunity to design their own phased approach for a key concept at their grade level.

Negative Integers Operations – Grades 6-8
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

What Learning Theories Say – In this session, we will experience the learning of four operations involving negative integers for middle school students in ways that are consistent with the learning theories.

Linear Equations – Grades 6-8
Shelly DuBose

Linear Equations: What do we know about deep understanding and how do we achieve it:

Mathematical situations are commonly presented in one of three ways: words, visual representations, or numbers and symbols. While students often learn and make sense of these varying presentations separately, depth of understanding is achieved when they consider and analyze the connections. This session will trace the development of linear equations across the grades as participants consider the content and explore instructional moves designed to promote generalization.

Afternoon Electives

Guided Math in Action – Grades K-2
Dr. Nicki Newton

Guided math is a great instructional strategy. Everybody wants to do it, but how? In this engaging, educational and resource-filled workshop, participants will learn how to do it! We will discuss the 5 essential elements, watch videos of lessons and look at the framework for creating standards-based, guided math lessons that rock!

Journaling as a Tool for Consolidation, Reflection and Assessment – Grades K-5
Dr. 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!

Fraction Comp. – Grades 3-5
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Using Multiple Representations and Conceptual Understandings to Build Computational Fluency of Fractions

In this interactive session, we will examine the use of a variety of representations (concrete, pictorial, verbal, and symbolic) to build fraction computation fluency. We will investigate the importance of:

  • understanding the meaning of each operation (operation sense),
  • translating symbols using conceptual language,
  • meaningful pictures & diagrams,
  • repeated reasoning and reasoning algebraically to identifying patterns for computation.
We will begin with fraction division to develop a conceptual understanding of fractions and part-whole relationships. We’ll then work with models for fraction addition and subtraction, ending with multiplication if time permits.

Enriching Connections from Math to the other Academics – Grades 3-6
Catherine Kuhns

Is it math and science, social studies, cultural awareness or art history? The answer is “Yes, an enriching Yes.” By connecting math with other academic areas into one-day lessons or multi-day projects our students can have opportunities to learn beyond the math chapter. Making connections builds, deepens and enriches understandings.

Embracing Naked Numbers, No Story Necessary – Grades 3-8
Shelly DuBose

It is a common misconception that mathematics presented in context is more engaging, accessible, perplexing and thus results in more learning. Teachers often feel the need to invest valuable time seeking ways to embed grade-level content within an entertaining context. Using examples that span the intermediate and middle grades, this session will introduce participants to questioning techniques and strategies designed to promote discourse and deep thinking focused on questions that might be otherwise viewed as purely computational. Learn to love naked numbers and the mathematical experiences they can provide for your students.

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

Do your students struggle with word problems – especially when they include fractions, decimals, ratios and percents? In this elective session, learn firsthand how to use visual models to make sense of problems and develop proportional reasoning skills.

We will use area models, tape diagrams and double-sided number lines to represent relationships visually and intuitively, then use algebraic systems of equations to solve problems quickly and efficiently.

As more districts implement new State and Common Core standards at the elementary levels, it becomes increasingly important for middle school teachers to build on the models and strategies being taught in the earlier years. Join Greg and learn firsthand a progression of visual models that will help your students and strengthen your curriculum.

Optional Bonus Sessions – Tuesday from 3:00-4:00

Word Problems – Back to Basics – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are you adept at using part-whole and tape or strip diagrams (a.k.a. bar models) to model the 15 different types of addition and subtraction word problems? Do you need a refresher class or maybe encouragement and more confidence when teaching students to model word problems?

Join Greg in a smaller, more personal setting as we cover the fundamentals of modeling and teaching grade K-2 word problems. We will use visual models to make sense of the relationship between numbers, and use numberless and questionless word problems to develop conceptual understanding.

This session is especially designed for teachers who are new to modeling or might benefit from a review of fundamental concepts.

Family Math Nights – Grades K-5
Greg Tang Jr.

Fact fluency starts at home, but how can we excite and incentivize our families enough to actually WANT to be practicing outside the classroom?

Introducing the GTM Family Math Night.

Designed, tested, and optimized for fun, the GTM Family Math Night is the perfect way to get your whole community involved. In this session, we’ll show you exactly what you need to know - from the materials required, to facilitating the event, and everything in between.

Each math night station consists of a new and exclusive GregTangMath game, which you"ll be able to play hands-on with your peers. By the end of the session you’ll be a math night pro, motivated and excited to get back home and run your own!

Math Practices – Grades K-5
Sandy Atkins

The Standards for Mathematical Practice outline the processes in which students and teachers should engage in doing mathematics. In this interactive session, we will examine classroom based activities that highlight these practices. Included is an investigation of instructional shifts needed to align with the Standards, and instructional practices that will build conceptual depth.

Particular attention is given to:

  • Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others,
  • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically, and
  • Attention to Precision Standards.
Anchor Tasks – Grades 3-8
Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Model Drawing – Grades 6-8
Shelly DuBose

Algebra, Application and Analysis...The power of visualization in a middle school classroom

Contrary to what some believe, the use of visuals is not only valuable for young children. The ability to visualize, promotes mathematical reasoning, strengthens our understanding of concepts and number, and encourages students to contemplate before they calculate. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to practice the use of visualization within the context of 6-8 mathematics while also experiencing instructional techniques designed to encourage student success.

JULY 11

JULY 12

JULY 13

Mathematics Literacy - What Should Our Students Be Able to Do? – Keynote, All Grades
Dr. 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.

Word Problem Progressions – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Secrets to a Successful Student-Centered Intervention Program – Grades K-2
Christina Tondevold

Are you and your students stuck using an intervention program that is neither effective nor engaging? Join Christina and learn how to use number talks, story problems, and games to create an intervention program for your students that develops mathematical thinking and fluency while encouraging exploration, communication, reasoning and rigor.

You will come away with specific activities you can implement immediately, a blueprint to help you plan for the future, and knowledge of how research from the IES Practice Guide on RTI supports your practice. Student-centered intervention – the secret to success!

Fundamentals of Teaching Early Number Sense and Operations – Grades K-2
Dr. 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.”

Lesson Planning – Grades K-2 (elective)
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Using phased lesson development to meet the needs of all students: A look at decomposing and composing numbers.

Often lesson flow is governed by the readiness of the “middle majority” of students to move on. Students who work at a faster pace and catch on quickly are asked to sit quietly and wait. Students who work at a slower pace or struggle in mathematics move on to the next idea without getting to complete all of the related tasks. Unfortunately, many of these students are most in need of completing all of the tasks plus additional tasks to build understanding and confidence. The students who work at a faster pace need additional challenges. In this seminar, participants will examine a phased approach to lesson progressions that meets the needs of all students without needing to plan separate lessons. In this design, time is available for all students to complete the tasks, build independence in making sense of unfamiliar tasks, develop deeper understandings, and continue to be challenged as the cognitive demand of the tasks increases. Time is also available to the teacher for conducting formative assessments and providing needed support. Participants will have an opportunity to design their own phased approach for a key concept at their grade level.

A WHOLE Picture of Fractions – Grades 3-5
Catherine Kuhns

Fractions are HUGE and cannot be taught in one neat tidy chapter. Our students need to be engaged in multiple representations of fractions through out the year. In this session we will look at the fraction related standards and discuss the critical concepts students must develop. Participants will leave with a host of hands-on and pictorial lessons to deepen understanding, literature connections and short assessments that target key concepts.

Differentiation – Grades 3-5
Yeap Ban Har

Ways to differentiate instruction will be illustrated through division. Frameworks for differentiating instruction to challenge advanced learners and support struggling ones will be discussed.

Area Models – Grades 3-5
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Closing the learning gap through the vertical progression of key concepts using an area model:

Understanding the vertical progression of key concepts across the grades enables us to implement more effective strategies for closing the learning gap of our struggling students. In this interactive session, we will connect concepts related to area, perimeter, factors, prime and composite numbers, multi-digit multiplication, fraction multiplication, and the distributive property.

Word Problems – Back to Basics – Grades 3-5 (elective)
Greg Tang

Are you adept at using tape or strip diagrams (a.k.a. bar models) to model the 9 different types of multiplication and division word problems? Are you comfortable teaching your students to model problems with remainders or fractions? Do you need a refresher class or maybe encouragement and more confidence when teaching students to model word problems?

Join Greg in a smaller, more personal setting as we cover the fundamentals of modeling and teaching grade 3-5 word problems. We will use visual models to make sense of the relationship between numbers and to transition students from thinking additively to multiplicatively.

This session is especially designed for teachers who are new to modeling or might benefit from a review of fundamental concepts.

Rational Numbers – Grades 6-8
Shelly DuBose

Haven't you learned this before? Reenforcing their foundational understanding of rational numbers within the context of middle school content:

For many students, the challenges of middle school content have less to do with the new learning and more to do with the incomplete foundation this content is being built upon. This session will take a close look at the middle school standards that require the understanding and application of rational numbers. While exploring the depth and flexibility required by the content, participants will identify question types best used to reconstruct prior knowledge and consider the art of using student errors to pinpoint misunderstandings and guide instruction.

Formative Assessment – Grades 6-8
Michelle Parks

Making Your Mathematics Learning Targets More Than Just Wallpaper!

Many districts are asking teachers to engage in the work of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The first question of a PLC is “what do we want our students to learn.” Writing learning targets has been the vehicle that so many teachers have been asked to do, but how do we ensure that the learning intentions we are communicating to students are more than just wallpaper? How do ensure that the learning targets we are writing will help students deeply understand concepts, make connections, and generalize mathematical thinking? In this session explore how to write and implement effective and accessible learning targets that will move this instructional practice beyond wallpaper while helping students focus on deeper more meaningful aspects of the content!

Afternoon Electives

Fluency Thru Flexibility – Grades K-2
Christina Tondevold

When assessing children's fluency with facts, we typically assess accuracy and efficiency. But there is another critical component that is often missing – flexibility. In this session, we will explore Van de Wall’s four relationships that build number sense: spatial, more and less, benchmarks of five and ten, and part-whole. You will leave with terrific ideas for creating math centers, teaching place value, moving beyond counting, and building concepts and strategies that build a pathway for future learning.

Advanced Learners – Grades K-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

In this session, ways to provide for advanced learners will be described. Examples from Singapore classrooms will be presented for discussion.

Fraction Comp. – Grades 3-5
Dr. Sandy Atkins

Using Multiple Representations and Conceptual Understandings to Build Computational Fluency of Fractions

In this interactive session, we will examine the use of a variety of representations (concrete, pictorial, verbal, and symbolic) to build fraction computation fluency. We will investigate the importance of:

  • understanding the meaning of each operation (operation sense),
  • translating symbols using conceptual language,
  • meaningful pictures & diagrams,
  • repeated reasoning and reasoning algebraically to identifying patterns for computation.
We will begin with fraction division to develop a conceptual understanding of fractions and part-whole relationships. We’ll then work with models for fraction addition and subtraction, ending with multiplication if time permits.

Enriching Connections from Math to the other Academics – Grades 3-6
Catherine Kuhns

Is it math and science, social studies, cultural awareness or art history? The answer is “Yes, an enriching Yes.” By connecting math with other academic areas into one-day lessons or multi-day projects our students can have opportunities to learn beyond the math chapter. Making connections builds, deepens and enriches understandings.

Number Sense – Grades 3-8
Michelle Parks

According to the Math Practice Standards, “Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure.” But how can you help students focus on the structure behind math problems rather than just finding multiple ways to arrive at “the” answer? In this session explore instructional strategies, including purposefully crafted Number Talks, to build a number sense continuum for grades 3 - 8. Learn about problem types and strategies that maximize students’ ability to uncover the math behind the task.

Word problems – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang

We will use bar models (a.k.a. tape diagrams) and number lines to visually model and solve problems with fractions and decimals, then switch to double-sided number lines to model percents, ratios and rates. Our focus will be on making sense of proportional relationships, rather than cross-multiplying and manipulating algebraic expressions with no understanding.

We will make extensive use of multistep problems, especially problems that are algebraic and require strong reasoning skills. Visual models will be the key to making sense of confusing relationships, and transitioning to algebraic expressions will be the key to solving the more difficult problems.

Optional Bonus Sessions – Wednesday from 3:00-4:00

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.

Family Math Nights – Grades K-5
Greg Tang Jr.

Fact fluency starts at home, but how can we excite and incentivize our families enough to actually WANT to be practicing outside the classroom?

Introducing the GTM Family Math Night.

Designed, tested, and optimized for fun, the GTM Family Math Night is the perfect way to get your whole community involved. In this session, we’ll show you exactly what you need to know - from the materials required, to facilitating the event, and everything in between.

Each math night station consists of a new and exclusive GregTangMath game, which you"ll be able to play hands-on with your peers. By the end of the session you’ll be a math night pro, motivated and excited to get back home and run your own!

Math Practices – Grades K-5
Sandy Atkins

The Standards for Mathematical Practice outline the processes in which students and teachers should engage in doing mathematics. In this interactive session, we will examine classroom based activities that highlight these practices. Included is an investigation of instructional shifts needed to align with the Standards, and instructional practices that will build conceptual depth.

Particular attention is given to:

  • Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others,
  • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically, and
  • Attention to Precision Standards.
Narrow Your Focus to Develop Fact Fluency – Grades 3-8
Christina Tondevold

The 80/20 rule, a.k.a. the law of the vital few, tells us that 80% of outcomes are caused by 20% of what we do. This has dramatic consequences for your classroom, and in particular, helping your students develop fact fluency. Whether you are trying to get kids fluent with addition or multiplication facts, there are a few vital facts that should be the focus. Join us and learn what they are. Less can be so much more!

Collaboration – Elective Grades 6-8
Michelle Parks

JULY 11

JULY 12

JULY 13

Five Instructional Shifts for Supporting Rigorous Standards – Keynote, All Grades
Dr. Juli Dixon

Explore five essential instructional shifts that emphasize the mathematical practices and the content they support. Connect the five shifts to the TQE Process supporting tasks, questions, and evidence within a formative assessment process. Enhance your understanding of the shifts through the use of authentic classroom video. Specific content areas of focus are dividing whole numbers and fractions, geometry, and strategies for basic facts.

3-Act Progressions – Grades K-2
Graham Fletcher

Harnessing the Power of the Purposeful Task

In this session we’ll explore the power of problem-based lessons and how they can be used as a formative assessment tool. In specific, we’ll look at the structure of 3-Act Math Tasks and how these tasks can be used to build conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction in the primary grades.

By working through multiple tasks, we’ll develop an understanding of the purposeful moves that take place throughout a lesson. Participants will leave with an understanding of what 3-Act Tasks are and how to implement them in their classroom.

Fundamentals of Teaching Early Number Sense and Operations – Grades K-2
Dr. 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.”

Word Problem Progressions – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Six Essential Expectations for Effective Mathematics Instruction – Grades 3-5
Dr. Juli Dixon

How are grades 3-5 students supported to make connections in mathematics in ways that support students to reason mathematically? Explore six essential expectations for effective mathematics instruction that emphasize the mathematical practices and the content they support with the purpose of increasing student achievement for all learners. Engage in intermediate grade tasks and classroom video to create a shared image of classrooms where effective mathematics instruction is in place. Specific content areas of focus are measuring area; multiplying fractions; and interpreting the remainder with division.

3-Act Progressions – Grades 3-5
Graham Fletcher

Harnessing the Power of the Purposeful Task

In this session we’ll explore the power of problem-based lessons and how they can be used as a formative assessment tool. In specific, we’ll look at the structure of 3-Act Math Tasks and how these tasks can be used to build conceptual understanding of multiplication in the intermediate grades.

By working through multiple tasks, we’ll develop an understanding of the purposeful moves that take place throughout a lesson. Participants will leave with an understanding of what 3-Act Tasks are and how to implement them in their classroom.

Algebraic Thinking – Grades 6-8
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

What are the foundations of strong algebraic thinking? How do we help students learn basic skills in algebra in a way that prepares them for subsequent learning in algebra. Linear functions and quadratic ones will be used as case studies.

Six Essential Expectations for Effective Mathematics Instruction – Grades 6-8
Dr. Juli Dixon

How are middle school students supported to make connections in mathematics in ways that support students to reason mathematically? Explore six essential expectations for effective mathematics instruction that emphasize the mathematical practices and the content they support with the purpose of increasing student achievement for all learners. Engage in middle school tasks and classroom video to create a shared image of classrooms where effective mathematics instruction is in place. Specific content areas of focus are measuring area; dividing fractions; and exploring equivalent expressions.

Closing Keynote – Keynote, All grades
Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Dr. Juli Dixon, Graham Fletcher, & Greg Tang

Is the future of math education in our country confusing, uncertain, and maybe even a little bit scary? Yes, but there is a bright side! For the first time, State and Common Core standards provide a clear roadmap of the concepts, strategies and skills our kids need at every grade level,

In our closing session, we will tie everything together and make the important connections that will help you better understand how the pieces fit together. We will cut through the clutter and complications and explore must do, go to, have-to-do activities that can provide the spark that changes a student’s experience with math and school forever. Join us for what could be some of Ban Har, Juli, Graham and Greg's best ideas yet!

JULY 11

JULY 12

JULY 13

Activities

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 accepting and appreciative of your body.

Nicole will also offer her popular meditation class. Our 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 and 4:00-5:00p on Tue & Wed.
Meditation classes 5:00-5:30p on Tue & 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

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

Salsa lessons 4:00-5:00p and 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.

Hotel

Westin at Crown Center
One East Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-474-4400
www.westincrowncenterkansascity.com
All workshops and activities will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Onsite parking is $17 per day.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Westin for the Math Plus 2017. Dual occupancy rates start at $149* per night subject to availability. Click here to book your room today.
*Additional taxes and fees may apply. (Rate valid through June 30th, 2017)

Airport Transportation:

We have received a discount rate for shuttle transportation through Super Shuttle at http://group.supershuttle.com/group-page/math-plus-conference/ for those who are not renting a vehicle and need transportation to The Westin. Round trip rates start at just $30 per person.

When selecting the location on Super Shuttle's website, type in “Westin”, and pick the 2nd option which says "the Westin at Crown Center”.

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.

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 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 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 info@gregtangmath.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, 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?
Absolutely! We offer group discounts for all of our workshops. For the 2017 Math Plus Conference we have discounts available for groups of 3 or more, pricing and availability is listed on the registration page.

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 info@gregtangmath.com 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 info@gregtangmath.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 info@gregtangmath.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 2017 Math Plus Conference. The past two years we were able to offer 1.5 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 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
Email Address:info@gregtangmath.com
Phone Number:620-869-1799
Fax Number:800-858-1287

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Together, we can make the 2017 Math Plus Conference a conference to remember!

Booking overnight accommodations at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 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.

2017 Math Plus Registration
Feedback from Last Year's Conference

"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!