Dana Center Presents at CAMT 2017 in Fort Worth, TX

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What We Do

The Dana Center supports educators in strengthening their instructional practices to improve student achievement in mathematics and science. We offer practical, research-driven solutions to meet your needs.

With a deep commitment to high academic standards and equal opportunity, we work to ensure that education is a reliable route for all students’ upward social and economic mobility.

Visit us in booth #329 (Exhibitor Hall) to see Dana Center products and meet with our authors/presenters.

 

Monday, July 10

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Session #2004
Title: Our Continuing Secondary Mission:  Effecting Teaching; Ensuring Students Learn Math; To Boldly Change the Way We Teach  
Presenters: Mary Davis and Denise Thornton
Date & Time: July 10, 10:00AM–11:00AM
Room: Convention Center 114
Grade Level: 6-8

Description: In Principles to Actions, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) set forth research-based actions for all teachers, coaches and specialists in mathematics; all school and district administrators; and all educational leaders and policymakers. These recommendations are used in NCTM’s core principles. However, many teachers have a difficult time seeing the “next step” in achieving these principles and don’t know the actions to take. In response, the Charles A. Dana Center has developed Innovation Configuration maps to provide clear pictures of what an ideal state would look like in each of these principles and descriptions for each step along the continuum as teachers approach this ideal state.
 

Ryan Timmons

Ryan Timmons

Session #2044
Title: PD2E:  Energize, Enhance Professional Learning with Social Media 
Presenters: Denise Thornton, Lisa Brown, Ryan Timmons; and panelists Darrell Emanuel – Round Rock ISD, Brian Bushart – Round Rock ISD, Kelly Fitzgerald – Pflugerville ISD
Date & Time: July 10, 11:30AM–12:30PM
Room: Convention Center 120
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: Do you ever wonder if there’s something more you can do with Twitter, Google+, blogs or other social media to enhance your professional learning? Were you once considered a trendsetter, ahead of the curve as you began online edchats but have now fallen behind the advancements in social media? The Charles A. Dana Center invites you to join our panel of respected social media practitioners as we help reinvigorate your online professional development. We’ll share our successes and struggles of facilitating professional learning through various social media platforms as well as help you establish your own network of support.
 

Denise Thornton

Denise Thornton

Session #2079
Title: Teaching High School Students to Speak the Language of Math
Presenters: Denise Thornton and Mary Davis
Date & Time: July 10, 1:00PM–2:00PM
Room: Convention Center 120
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: Teaching students to speak the language of math can seem daunting, but high school students can learn to participate in meaningful discussion when they have the instructional support they need. In this session, come see “math talk” in real classrooms and explore a set of principles that provide support for young mathematicians as they learn to articulate their own ideas, consider the perspective of peers, and construct mathematical understandings.
 

Katey Arrington

Katey Arrington

Session #2101
Title: What Story Does It Tell? Building Understanding of Rates of Change
Presenters: Katey Arrington and Denise Thornton
Date & Time: July 10, 2:30PM–3:30PM
Room: Convention Center 121B
Grade Level: 6-8

Description: Are your students able to describe how one quantity changes in relation to another? The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills emphasize concepts of ratios and rates to solve real-world mathematical problems. Come learn to develop students’ ability to accurately describe stories of “change” shared through tables, real life, and varied models.
 

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Session #2106
Title: Going Beyond Growth Mindset: Developing Effective Effort
Presenters: Lisa Brown and Brian Newsom
Date & Time: July 10, 2:30PM–3:30PM
Room: Convention Center 110AB
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: Recent studies show, a growth mindset—among both students and teachers—is an important attitude to cultivate and develop. However, a growth mindset alone is insufficient for bringing about lasting behavioral changes. Other changes to classroom practice are needed (e.g., modeling and promoting persistence strategies). Come explore these practices and related resources, many of them freely available. Optional: Please bring a laptop or tablet.
 

Tuesday, July 11

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Session #2172
Title: Using Mathematical Processes to “Reach for the STAARs” in Secondary  
Presenters: Mary Davis and Denise Thornton
Date & Time: July 11, 10:00AM–11:00AM
Room: Convention Center 121A
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: In Principles to Actions, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) set forth research-based actions for all teachers, coaches and specialists in mathematics; all school and district administrators; and all educational leaders and policymakers. These recommendations are used in NCTM’s core principles. However, many teachers have a difficult time seeing the “next step” in achieving these principles and don’t know the actions to take. In response, the Charles A. Dana Center has developed Innovation Configuration maps to provide clear pictures of what an ideal state would look like in each of these principles and descriptions for each step along the continuum as teachers approach this ideal state.
 

Anne

Anne Joyoprayitno

Session #2203
Title: What Is Computational Fluency and How Do We Support Students in Developing It?
Presenters: Anne Joyoprayitno and Lisa Brown
Date & Time: July 11, 11:30AM–12:30PM
Room: Convention Center 121B
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: How can we develop computational fluency without assigning large quantities of “naked” problems? In this session, join us as we examine the middle school Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that explicitly describe fluency and those that support fluency acquisition. Learn how you can promote students’ development of fluency through conceptual understanding and application in lasting and meaningful ways. We will also consider sample assignments that build fluency.
 

Shelley LeDoux

Shelley LeDoux

Session #2208
Title: Mathematical Analysis, Modeling, and Argumentation Using Science Content
Presenters: Shelly LeDoux and Denise Thornton
Date & Time: July 11, 11:30AM–12:30PM
Room: Convention Center 203C
Grade Level: 6-12

Description: The connections between the mathematics and science process skills present an extraordinary opportunity for schools to move toward higher levels of achievement for all students. This session will engage participants in interactive, high-quality experiences that highlight the connections between the process standards for mathematics and science using mathematical analysis, modeling, and argumentation of science content.
 

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Session #1192
Title: Our Continuing Elementary Mission:  Effecting Teaching; Ensuring Students Learn Math; To Boldly Change the Way We Teach
Presenters: Mary Davis and Katey Arrington
Date & Time: July 11, 2:30PM–3:30PM
Room: Omni Texas AB
Grade Level: K-5

Description: In Principles to Actions, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) set forth research-based actions for all teachers, coaches and specialists in mathematics; all school and district administrators; and all educational leaders and policymakers. These recommendations are used in NCTM’s core principles. However, many teachers have a difficult time seeing the “next step” in achieving these principles and don’t know the actions to take. In response, the Charles A. Dana Center has developed Innovation Configuration maps to provide clear pictures of what an ideal state would look like in each of these principles and descriptions for each step along the continuum as teachers approach this ideal state.
 

Sherri Jones

Sherri Jones

Session #2228 & #2291
Title: Focus on Conceptual Understanding Through Formative Assessment
Presenter: Sherri Jones
Date & Time: July 11, 1:00PM–2:00PM and 4:00PM–5:00PM
Room: Convention Center 202B (same room for Session #2291)
Grade Level: 6-8

Description: Can a multiple choice question measure conceptual understanding? Participants will delve into the life of a multiple choice question. What should have happened before it was asked and how do you use the information it provides to inform the next question posed? Come study selected standards in grades 6-8 and develop a set of intentional and meaningful assessments, including warm-ups, writing prompts, and exit tickets that work together to both build and assess conceptual understanding and prepare students for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
 

Wednesday, July 12

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Session #1238
Title: Using Mathematical Processes to “Reach for the STAARs” in Elementary
Presenters: Mary Davis and Katey Arrington
Date & Time: July 12, 10:00AM–11:00AM
Room: Omni Texas AB
Grade Level: K-5

Description: Is there more to math than the math?  The design of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills not only addresses the math content but also process standards.  We will examine why there are process standards in EVERY grade level, how the process standards influence our pedagogy, and where these process standards came from. Through these process standards, students can build habits of mind, and an atmosphere of thinking and reasoning in the classroom can be created. Come find ways to reinvigorate your classroom around the content you already know and use.
 

Kathi Cook

Kathi Cook

Session #2369
Title: The College Prep Math Course—Challenges and Opportunities
Presenters: Kathi Cook and Susan May
Date & Time: July 12, 11:30AM–12:30PM
Room: Convention Center 120
Grade Level: 9-12

Description: Is your district offering the HB 5-mandated College Preparatory Mathematics course? The emerging trend in college mathematics is toward multiple mathematics pathways; additionally, research indicates that academic skills are not sufficient to prepare students for college. How well does your course mirror these trends and research? Come explore a course that supports multiple pathways to college mathematics and also addresses crucial non-academic knowledge and skills.
 

Katey Arrington

Katey Arrington

Session #2393
Title: Transforming the Ways We Look at Similarity and Congruence
Presenters: Katey Arrington and Mary Davis
Date & Time: July 12, 1:00PM–2:00PM
Room: Convention Center 121C
Grade Level: 9-12

Description: What do the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills mean when they say to apply definitions of congruence and similarity in terms of transformations? In this session, we will compare the more traditional methods of teaching similarity and congruence to the transformation-based approach, and consider the implications that this change will have on experiences of both teachers and students. Come engage in rich mathematics sure to transform your geometry classroom!
 

Susan May

Susan May

Session #2410
Title: Focus on Congruence Mappings
Presenters: Susan May and Anne Joyoprayitno
Date & Time: July 12, 2:30PM–3:30PM
Room: Convention Center 121C
Grade Level: 9-12

Description: What is a congruence mapping? How can you use congruence mappings to prove geometric shapes are congruent? In this session, we will focus on the properties and definitions of congruence mappings, including reflections, rotations, and translations. Participants will think about a geometric relationship from a transformational approach and then explore how to write a deductive proof based on these transformations.
 

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