January 11, 2016

31st annual math conference set for Feb. 18

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 31st annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics is scheduled for Feb. 18 at the Hancock Conference Center on the John A. Logan College campus in Carterville. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Conference and Scheduling Services office is now accepting registrations. 

The conference will bring together teachers from grades pre-kindergarten through 14 for a day of learning about the “Standards for Mathematical Practice,” which are the areas of expertise educators seek to develop in their students in preparation for Common Core learning assessments. 

Al Otto, professor emeritus at Illinois State University in Normal, is the conference luncheon speaker. His presentation, “And What Do I Do Next?” will focus on understanding how perception of a topic as easy or difficult influences how it is taught. Other speakers include George Reese, president of Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Bob Mann, the organization’s past president. 

Conference breakout sessions will highlight a wide variety of topics including the Common Core in mathematics, technology, connections between math and science, music and literacy, proportional reasoning, writing and evaluating standards, cooperative learning, content vocabulary, teaching mathematics to young children, and other areas of interest including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Teachers can receive professional development units. 

The cost is $80 for those who register before Feb. 11 or $90 after that date. The fee includes all sessions and conference materials, a continental breakfast and luncheon.  To register, or for more information, visit www.conferenceservice.siu.edu or call 618/536-7751. 

Pre-service students can attend for a reduced cost. For university student registration information, contact Jerry Becker or Cheng-yao Lin at 618/536-2441.