Northwest Math Institute

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Shore

Dr. Susan Resnick

Greg Tang

John SanGiovanni

Annie Fetter


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 3,600 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.
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.
Annie Fetter worked on the project that developed the first version of the Geometer’s Sketchpad and was a founding staff member of the Math Forum. This means that she had the best job ever with the best people ever for 29.5 years. She currently works part-time for the 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education, continuing The Math Forum’s work on three NSF grants.


(Click here for printable schedule)




Lessons Learned – Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

Problem Solving – Grades K-2
Greg Tangr

Fluency & Facts – Grades K-2
Susan Resnick

Fluency & Facts – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

Problem Solving – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

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

Assessment - Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni

Geometry - Grades K-5
Susan Resnick

Fractions - Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Ratio & Proportion - Grades 5-8
Greg Tang



Intervention – Grades K-2
Susan Resnick

Reasoning – Grades K-2
John SanGiovanni

Geometry – Grades K-2
Annie Fetter

Reasoning – Grades 3-5
John SanGiovanni

Intervention – Grades 3-5
Susan Resnick

Clothesline Math – Grades 3-5
Chris Shore

Geometry – Grades 6-8
Annie Fetter

Statistics – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Algebraic Thinking – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang

Morning Electives

Place Value – Grades K-5
Chris Shore

Notice & Wonder – Grades K-5
Annie Fetter

Making the Most of Noticing and Wondering

Heard about Noticing and Wondering, but aren't sure what it really looks like? Already do it, but wonder if you're truly leveraging students' ideas?

Participants will experience three different versions of Noticing and Wondering (NW): (1) What Did You Hear? (2) What Did You See? and (3) Noticing and Wondering. We'll wear both student and teacher hats as we do math together, then look back at the way each activity was structured to maximize and value the students' contributions.

We will reflect on the ways in which NW increases student engagement and access to mathematics, but also how NW is a tool that can scaffold teachers' engagement in "decentering”.

Teuscher, Moore, and Carlson (2015) argue that teachers who decenter are more likely build models of their student thinking and make decisions according to their understanding of how students are understanding mathematics, which is at the center of eliciting and using student thinking to inform instruction.

Mathematically, we’ll explore multiples, factors, tables, extending visual patterns, and area and perimeter. Join And wondering why you didn’t teach like this before!

Math Practices – Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni




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.

Click here to see more top rated restaurants near the hotel.

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 29th 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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