Northwest Math Institute

Do you have students who struggle with math facts or lack number sense? Do you have advanced learners who need to be challenged? Do you have students in the middle who are capable of so much more? If you are ready to take your students to the next level, then join us for 2 incredible days of learning – July 23rd and 24th – in the exciting city of Seattle!

Our small, family-run conference has three, specially designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. We also have a 4th track for K-8 teachers interested in Singapore Math. No matter what program you use, we have you covered!

This year, our theme is reasoning and rigor. Our experts will share proven classroom routines that develop fluency and automaticity, then model challenging problems that develop reasoning skills and prepare your students for higher math.

Speakers. This year, Greg’s team includes world-renowned math expert Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams from the University of Louisville, and Singapore Math expert Shelly DuBose. They are seasoned educators, skilled communicators, published authors, and popular speakers at major mathematics conferences in the U.S. and overseas. No hit-or-miss sessions here – they are simply the best of the best.

Chris Shore

Dr. Susan Resnick

Greg Tang

John SanGiovanni

Graham Fletcher


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

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

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

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

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


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 52 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of school math programs across the country.
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 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.
Graham Fletcher has been a classroom teacher and math coach. 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.


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Rigor & Results – Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

To be good at math, do kids need good computational skills or good problem-solving skills? The answer is both – and strong reasoning skills are the key! But what’s the best way to develop these critical skills? In our opening keynote we will explore the important role of reasoning and rigor in your classroom. Together, we will solve challenging problems that will both baffle and delight you. Join us and experience firsthand the value of struggle and the satisfaction of success.

Visualization – Grades K-2
Yeap Ban Har

What is visualization? Why is it important? What are some ways to develop visualization ability? In this session, we will do activities that can help us answer these questions.

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. Textbooks do not seem to pay much attention to the progression of word problems and needlessly confuse and confound our students.

Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they should be taught. We will look at ways you can jump start your kindergarten students and get them ready for 1st grade problems, especially the challenging comparison and 2-step problems they will see next year.

For 1st grade students, we will have them practicing multi-step problems in a thoughtful, progressive way that builds confidence and skills while encouraging perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Word Problems – 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. Textbooks do not seem to pay much attention to the progression of word problems and needlessly confuse and confound our students.

Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they should be taught. We will use multi-step word problems to teach and assess skills within a grade level, then use more multi-sep problems to assess skills across grade levels.

We will focus on the more challenging problems, first using elapsed time to assess additive thinking. We will switch to multiplicative thinking including problems with remainders and fractions. We will use multi-step problems to assess understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Four Fundamentals of Multiplication Fact Fluency – Grades 3-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Imagine an approach to mastering multiplication facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Proper use of Properties – Grades 6-8
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Exploring How Properties Can Support Understanding of Big Ideas

The associate, commutative, and distributive properties are not in the middle school curriculum so that students can match them up with examples that fit each property! They are in the K-12 curriculum as generalizations about how numbers (and variables) can be moved around without changing the value of an expression. The properties are central to conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. In this session, we will explore ideas central to the middle school curriculum (e.g., proportions, rational number operations, and simplifying algebraic expressions) and see how explicit attention to using the properties can develop procedural fluency.

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

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

1:45-3:00 Electives

Assess Basic Fact Fluency Like It’s Important – Grades K-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

With all we know about formative assessment, why do we continue to use something as ineffective as a rote timed test to assess one of the biggest ideas in mathematics? Not only do timed tests not provide good data on student learning, they contribute to student anxiety in mathematics. Let’s pull out all the stops and use our best knowledge of formative assessment tools! In this session, we will explore tools such as journal writing, observations, informal interviews, and mastery interviews, that collectively provide the type of data we need to ensure that we are building on what students know in order to eventually master their entire set of facts.

Journaling – Grades K-5
Yeap Ban Har

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

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

The progression and Power of Mental Math – Grades K-8
Shelly Dubose

This session will trace the mental math progression as it exists in a Singapore curriculum. Participants will be introduced to strategies for effectively guiding students through the mental math chapter/lessons and will explore methods for maintaining a focus on flexible strategies within content that appears more computational in nature.

Area Models: Seeing Is Believing – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang

Is there a tool that can help students become fluent with their math facts? Develop proportional reasoning skills? Make sense of averages? Understand negative quantities? Solve algebraic equations? Yes – and it’s the area model! Join us as we use this incredibly powerful but oft-overlooked tool to make challenging problems easier to understand and easier to solve. Length times width will never be the same!

Singapore K-8 Sessions

Singapore Math Lesson Structure: Design & Delivery
Shelly Dubose

Effective instruction begins with intentional lesson design and purposeful planning. Participants in this session will be introduced to the research-based fundamentals of gradual release lesson structure Facilitated walk-throughs and analysis of classroom video will provide opportunities for teachers to access important information regarding both lesson design and delivery. In addition, a framework for planning will be introduced followed by collaborative practice.

Gradual Release: Making the Most of Guided Practice
Shelly Dubose

Singapore lesson design leverages the power of gradual release; moving students systematically towards independence. Participants in this session will examine the structural elements of a Singapore text through the lens of gradual release while exploring instructional techniques designed to make the most of whole group, small group and independent learning.



Differentiating Instruction – Keynote, All Grades
Yeap Ban Har

This keynote session aims to challenge our current thinking about differentiating instruction. Can differentiated instruction happen using a common task? Is differentiating instruction about different students having different outcomes? Is it still differenting instruction when students are having the same outcomes? How should we challenge advanced learners?

Four Fundamentals of Addition Fact Fluency – Grades K-2
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Imagine an approach to mastering addition facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Anchor Tasks – Grades K-2
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.

Anchor Tasks – Grades 3-5
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.

A Fix for Fractions 3-5
Greg Tang

For too many students, fractions are a barrier to higher math. Fortunately, it is the one difficult topic that is not difficult to fix! Greg has spent many years developing a comprehensive system for teaching fractions. Districts who use it have not just seen gains in test scores, they have seen their scores jump.

In this session, we will use a combination of concrete, pictorial, digital, and abstract models to teach fraction fundamentals. Learn firsthand how to give your students a strong foundation in equivalence, comparison, computation, and word problems.

Ratio & Proportion – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang

What’s the best way for students to develop proportional reasoning skills? By thinking proportionally. A lot! Join us as we model and solve challenging problems that are part of a strategic progression of comparative reasoning problems. We will start with additive and multiplicative comparison problems, then solve problems with fractions, ratios and unit rates. Finally, we will use clever, proportional reasoning strategies to solve challenging problems with 2 and 3 variables. Is there a great way to prepare students for slope and rate of change problems? This is one session you won’t want to miss!

Functions & Equations – Grades 6-8
Jennifer Bay-Williams

“Why did y = become f(x) = ?” And Other Questions Students Ponder about Functions

Sometimes functions are presented as completely new concepts; other times functions are presented as a new way to use notations for equations. Which is correct? A better question is, “To what extent are both of these assumptions true?” In this session we will explore the relationships between equations and functions. When we understand and teach students how these abstract ideas are related, we help them to build on their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding of algebraic relationships. A collection of engaging tasks will be shared that can be used and adapted across grades 6-8.

1:45-3:00 Electives

When are We Ever Gonna Use This? – Grades K-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Think of the many ways you might say this sentence, varying the emphasis on different words. While students might use this expression as a (legitimate) request to know how the mathematics they have learned has a use in their daily lived experiences, we will examine this question in terms of what it can mean in helping every student develop procedural fluency. Intrigued? I hope so!

Involvement vs Engagement
Shelly Dubose

Perhaps nothing impact the learning experience more than a student’s level of engagement. This session will explore two unique types of student participation; engagement in the learning environment as well as engagement with the mathematics. Using Singaporean pedagogy as a guide, participants will explore strategies for maximizing impactful engagement.

The Value of Place Value – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang

Is place value the most important concept kids do not understand? Are base 10 blocks and base 10 discs part of the solution or part of the problem? Can we fix many of the topics kids struggle with – measurement, fractions, elapsed time, algorithms – by fixing their “treble” with place value? Yes. It’s all about that base!

Geometry – Grades 3-8
Yeap Ban Har

What is the essence of geometry? What must students learn by grade five? How about grade eight? This session is about the pedagogy of helping students learn geometrical ideas.

Singapore K-8 Sessions

Successfully Implementing Singaporean Pedagogy in an American School: What every instructional leader should know
Shelly Dubose

In an effort to provide consistent support for all community members, this seminar looks closely at Singapore Math from a leaders (coach or administrator) perspective. Participants will experience key instructional practices, identify purposeful ways to support faculty, discuss classroom observation and feedback, and consider common challenges.

Using Mathematical Text as a Vehicle for Learning
Shelly Dubose

In the same way that students benefit from reading and interacting with different types of writing, engaging with different forms of mathematical text can also lead to deeper understanding. Using the anchor task and guided learning components of a Singapore math lesson, this session will introduce participants to techniques that encourage students to become readers, writers, and communicators of mathematics.




We have secured a block of rooms at the Doubletree for the Seattle Math Plus Institute. Dual occupancy rates start at $219 per night subject to availability, book by July 1st. Click here to book your room today. You can also book by calling 1-800-HILTONS and using group code GTM. *Additional taxes and fees may apply.

DoubleTree Seattle Airport
18740 International BLVD
Seattle, WA 98188
Phone: 206-246-8600
DoubleTree Website
All workshops and activities will be held at The DoubleTree Seattle Airport. Onsite parking is $12 per day.


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 Seattle's culinary options.

Yelp Top Rated Seattle Restaurants

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Our specialty is a unique style of Hawaiian plate lunch, featuring two scoops of rice, a hemisphere of creamy macaroni salad, and a generous helping of an aloha-infused hot entrée.

Sharps Roasthouse Sharps RoastHouse has been heralded as one of Seatac Airport's most popular dining destinations for over 25 years. A Classic American RoastHouse, Sharps features the famous one-of-a-kind 25 foot Custom Radiant Roaster. Our chefs age and slow roast a proprietary custom cut 109 Hereford Prime Rib for over 14 hours, hand-chop fresh Hamburgs to Prime Grade Marbling, cold smoke St. Louis style ribs over smoldering Washington Applewood, and spit roast succulent locally sourced chickens.

Dave’s Diner & Brews was established in 1996 by David Sorsa. It has become a favorite dining experience for the local community. It will take you back to the 1950's with its home cooking, Route 66 decor, friendly service and atmosphere.

Seaports Restaurant & Lounge – We make it easy for you to enjoy a delicious meal without even leaving the hotel. Whether you are into health food, snacks, or gourmet food all the way, we’ve got something to tickle your palate. Stay in and use our in-room dining service, check out the onsite restaurant, or unwind with after-dinner drinks at the bar.

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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 Tuesday, July 10th 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 two-day institute is $595, and that includes coffee and danish each morning and lunch at noon.

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

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