Dana Center Presents at NCSM 2017 in San Antonio, TX

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What We Do

The Dana Center supports educators in strengthening their instructional practices to improve student achievement in mathematics, science, and education leadership. 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.

NCSM 2017: Pre-Conference Session

Fostering Effective Teaching and Learning: How to Achieve Your Mathematics Vision

Date: Sunday, April 2
Time: 1:00PM–5:00PM
Session A
Presenters: Katey Arrington and Shelly LeDoux
Session Materials: Presentation

Katey Arrington

Katey Arrington

How can leaders become more effective facilitators of change?
Leadership for greater student achievement requires attention to research-informed behaviors that encourage continuous improvement. These behaviors create an environment conducive to change and promote a collaborative culture where vision can become action. In this session, participants will explore the role of leadership to:

• Communicate expectations.
• Promote collaborative learning and planning.
• Monitor progress and make adjustments.

How can leaders support individuals during times of change?
Because systems adopt change and individuals implement change, leaders need strategies to support reactions and behaviors experienced by individuals. This session will engage participants in exploring a framework for supporting the affective nature of change and in using specific interventions for improving performance and moving toward established goals.

Participants will:
• Explore research-informed Stages of Concern that can guide leadership actions.
• Plan a course of action to support high-quality mathematics instruction.

 

NCSM 2017: Conference Sessions

College Ready or Not? Opportunities in the 12th-Grade Mathematics Transition Course

Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 3:00PM–4:00PM
Room: Lone Star A
Presenters: Lindsay Fitzpatrick and Kathi Cook
Session Materials: Presentation
States are seeing an opportunity in 12th grade to finish preparing students for college mathematics through “transition courses.” Come learn about the modernization of mathematics in higher education, how the move to multiple mathematics pathways affects this key transition point, recommended content for transition courses, and strategies for engaging 12th graders who have struggled in mathematics.

 

Asset-Based Thinking: A Better Way to Lead

Brian Newsom

Brian Newsom

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 4:15PM–5:15PM
Room: Texas D
Presenter: Brian Newsom
Session Materials: Presentation
For us as leaders supporting educators at different levels of the system, what would be the impact if we modeled and applied the practice of focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses? Would we be able to obtain the mathematics program we strive to achieve for both teachers and students? Explore how asset-based thinking can help shape a new approach for your teachers and students.

 

Teaching High School Students to Speak the Language of Mathematics

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 8:15AM–9:15AM
Room: Mission B
Presenters: Mary Davis and Denise Thornton
Session Materials: Presentation
Teaching students to speak the language of mathematics can seem daunting, but high school students can learn to participate in meaningful discussions when they have the instructional support they need. 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 perspectives of peers, and construct mathematical understandings.

 

Mathematics Education Online Learning and the Expanded Learning Community

Ryan Timmons

Ryan Timmons

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 8:15AM–9:15AM
Room: Presidio B-C
Presenters: Ryan Timmons and Linda Evans-Taliaferro
Session Materials: Presentation
As online professional learning gains importance in the mathematics education realm, what role does a district or school leader play in its design and implementation? There are key elements of building online professional learning opportunities in mathematics that strengthen learning and empower participants. This session will dive into the choices leaders have when looking to build strong mathematics communities of practice.

 
Dana Center Staff NCSM 2016
 

Building Conceptual Understanding with Virtual Manipulatives

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 2:15PM–3:15PM
Room: Republic A-C
Presenters: Ingrid Ristroph (Learning Technologies Department, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin) and Lisa Brown
Session Materials: Presentation

In this session, we will consider the following questions:

  • How can we incorporate virtual manipulatives into curriculum in a way that promotes understanding, allows practice, fosters creativity, and strengthens connections within mathematics?
  • What are some benefits and concerns of using virtual, as opposed to traditional, manipulatives in our classrooms?

 

Creating Meaningful Assessments with Technology-Enhanced Items

Susan May

Susan May

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 11:15AM–12:15PM
Room: Bowie A-C
Presenters: Susan May, Kathi Cook, and Nick Romagnolo (Newark Public Schools)
Session Materials: Presentation

Technology is impacting high-stakes assessment of students across our country. Educators need access to a variety of technology-enhanced items for student assessment at the classroom level to ensure student success. How do these items allow students to be more engaged with the mathematics and for teachers to better assess conceptual understanding?

 

Building High-Leverage Professional Learning Systems with Research-Informed Tools for Equity and Access in Mathematics

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 2:15PM–3:15PM
Room: Crockett A-B
Presenters: Lisa Brown, Danielle Seabold, and Diane Owen-Rogers (Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency)
Session Materials: Presentation

As leaders, how can we support educators in acting on their commitment to access and equity, especially for underrepresented populations; cultivating competent mathematics problem solvers; and enacting the five dimensions outlined in the TRU Math Framework? Learn how our team engages faculty in ongoing professional development that enables them to deepen their understanding of these ideas and strategies while routinely putting them into practice.

 

The Digital Administrator: Supporting Ongoing Teacher Professional Learning Through Technology

Linda Evans-Taliaferro

Linda Evans-Taliaferro

Time: 2:15PM–3:15PM
Room: Lone Star B
Presenters: Linda Evans-Taliaferro and Shelly LeDoux
Session Materials: Presentation
The implementation of rigorous standards across the nation poses not only a great challenge to students, but also to teachers in meeting the demands of going deeper in both content and pedagogy. How do education leaders find ways to coach teachers and provide ongoing support in mathematics? Existing technology can offer one solution to education leaders by extending professional learning into online spaces with a variety of differentiated supports.

 

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