New England Math PLUS Institute

Our small, family-run conference has three, specially designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. Back for a third straight summer, our theme this year is reasoning. We will make sense of the most important math concepts at each grade level, and explain how these critical concepts fit together both across and within each grade level.

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 New England Math PLUS 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!

Greg Tang

Chris Shore

Susan Resnick

John SanGiovanni

Dr. Yeap Ban har

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 country.

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 math instruction plus an additional 4.5 hours of instruction in the arts. That’s over 16 hours of world-class instruction in 2 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 yoga instructors, will both energize and soothe you. Have you 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 a swing and soul lesson with Gillian and Greg. Life is short. Let’s dance!

We hope you will join us for two magical days in July. Math Plus represents a new paradigm for professional development – idealistic, intimate and inspiring. Attendees describe our family-run conferences as "life changing" and “by far the best they have ever attended.” You will feel inspired, encouraged, challenged and cared for. We welcome you to Boston's North Shore!


Math Instructors
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 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.


(Click here for printable schedule)




Lessons Learned – Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

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

Fluency & Facts – Grades K-2
Susan Resnick

Fluency & Facts – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

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

Graphing – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Reasoning – Grades 6-8
John SanGiovanni

Morning Electives

Productive Struggle – Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni

Variables – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Afternoon Electives

Measure & Data - Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Fractions - Grades K-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Intervention - Grades K-5
Susan Resnick

Assessment - Grades 3-8
John SanGiovanni

Ratio & Rate - Grades 5-8
Greg Tang



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

Reasoning – Grades K-2
John SanGiovanni

Enrichment – Grades K-2
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Intervention – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

Reasoning – Grades 3-5
John SanGiovanni

Functions – Grades 6-8
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Statistics – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Morning Electives

Place Value – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Inquiry – Grades K-5
Susan Resnick

Afternoon Electives

Number Line - Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Geometry - Grades K-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Task Selection - Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni

Enrichment - Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Equations - Grades 5-8
Susan Resnick




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 Mon & Tue and 4:15-5:15p on Mon.
Meditation class 5:15-5:30p on Tue.

Swing & Salsa

Have you ever watched people on a dance floor and wished it were you? Then join us for a Lindy Hop & Soul lesson with Greg & Gillian. 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 Monday afternoon. Life is short. Isn’t it time to dance?

Salsa lessons 4:15-5:15p and Lindy Hop Lessons 6:30-7:30p on Mon.

Live Music & Game Night

Join us for an incredible night of live music and dancing with Tom Whitehead's Rites of Swing. This group is lead by vocalist, guitarist and pianist, Tom Whitehead. The ensemble also features Michael Arciero on guitar, Kris Day on upright bass and Don Whitney on drums The sound evokes the smooth, acoustic feeling of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz style, but with a distinctly American flavor of vocal standards from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

Whitehead sings in a mature, improvisory style that is greatly complimented by Arciero’s dynamic and virtuosic lead guitar playing. Day and Whitney provide a seamless and effortless rhythmic foundation that swings hard, but is never overbearing. This group sails along like a Clipper Ship of a bygone era - smooth, elegant, powerful and a real joy to listen and dance to.

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 Monday.


DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: 978-777-2500
DoubleTree Boston North Shore
All workshops and activities will be held at The DoubleTree Boston North Shore Hotel.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Doubletree for the New England Math Plus Institute. Dual occupancy rates start at $128* per night subject to availability and booking by July 8th. Click here to book your room today. *Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Things to do near Portsmouth

Emmons Preserve is part of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. There are very walkable trails throughout following the Batson River. Our favorite trail is "Jeremy's Trail"-keep to the right, and you'll find a little waterfall!

Turbats Creek Road, Kennebunkport, ME, United States - Our favorite place in Cape Porpoise! Depending on the weather (and tides), Turbat's Creek is filled with fantastic tidepools, seaglass and shell hunting, and at low tide access to Vaughn's Island! If you are adventurous and in the area in the morning, bring your kayak or paddleboard to spend the afternoon with the seals!

Goat Island Lighthouse Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, ME, United States – In Cape Porpoise Harbor, you can visit this picturesque lighthouse via your own boat or kayak. It is clearly visible right off the Pier Rd./on the pier in Cape Porpoise, or the benches provided. While you're down there, throw in a line to catch some mackerel!

Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, ME, United States – This pristine sandy beach is pretty empty at this time, and you don't need to pay for parking! Take a walk down the soft white sand beach (3 miles long!) to collect sand dollars, moonshells, periwinkles, and all sorts of beautiful gifts from the sea. Access to a good 90% during all tides.

Shopping in Dock Square Kennebunkport, ME, United States – If there is rain, there is always the option to shop! Dock Square is right down the road from Cape Porpoise, and it is filled with little local shops of all kinds!

Colony Beach, Gooch's Beach, Mother's Beach, Parson's Beach – All beaches here are fantastic! Colony Beach is small, but you can walk along the breakwater. Gooch's is a long, flat sandy beach great for walking. Mother's Beach has a playground for the kids, or kid at heart! Parsons is long, with great waves, and a beautiful drive down a long stone road with old Oak Trees that line the sides. If you find your way to any of these you will not be disappointed!


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 Boston's culinary options.

Yelp Top Rated Portsmouth Restaurants

Lexie’s Joint is totally stoked to be the area's premiere burger destination! Have a seat in our casual dining area and enjoy items from our refreshingly unique and dependably delicious menu. We use the freshest ingredients and the utmost care to make sure your Lexie's experience is out of this world. Burgers aren't just our specialty; they're our passion.

Bill’s Original Kitchen – "Bill's is a one man storefront operation in beautiful downtown Kittery. He makes one of the best lobster rolls I've ever eaten, and I've been eating lobster rolls up and down the Maine coast since the 1970s."

Shio is a Japanese restaurant with full lunch and dinner menus featuring authentic sushi and sashimi cuisine. We strive to provide a unique dining experience with top-notch service and high quality food. Our sushi bar serves up traditional sushi and sashimi favorites along with a wide variety of Maki (rolls).

Louie’sis a rustic Italian restaurant; and in the spirit of the Italian tradition, we use the ingredients around us to create comfortable, inviting, and creative food.

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Course Credit

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

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

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

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.

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 25th).

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

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
We are 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, July 22nd 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
Phone Number:858-244-0498
Fax Number:858-408-2986


The cost of our two-day institute is $645, and that includes coffee and danish each morning and lunch at noon. Lock in last year's price – register by March 31st to receive a $50 discount, early-bird price of only $595 per person! Register by May 31st for a $25 per person discount.

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

Our goal is to make this the best 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:

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