January 23, 2015

Annual conference for math teachers is Feb. 19

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Continuing Education and Outreach is now accepting registrations for the 30th annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics, set for Feb. 19 at John A. Logan College in Carterville. 

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hancock Conference Center.  It is designed for people who teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as teachers in training. 

Break-out sessions will cover Common Core mathematics, math and science connections, music and literacy, cooperative learning, writing and evaluating standards, proportional learning, STEM, calculators and iPads and other topics of interest. Teachers will lead many of the sessions. 

Eric Bright, eighth grade math teacher at Charleston Middle School, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation, “A Future Worth Fighting For,” will highlight four key changes necessary for better teaching and learning.  

Also speaking will be Bob Mann, president of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Donald Porzio, past-president of the organization; and George Reese, president-elect of ICTM.  

The early registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, and organizers recommend early registration to secure a spot. The $60 registration fee covers conference materials, participation in the various sessions, a continental breakfast and the luncheon. The cost is $70 after Feb. 13. 

Pre-service students may participate at a reduced cost. Contact SIU Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty members Jerry Becker, professor, or Cheng-yao Lin, associate professor, at 618/536-2441 for student registration details. 

For more information, or to register for the conference, call 618/536-7751 or visit the Continuing Education and Outreach website at www.continuinged.siu.edu