GMC 2014 Keynote and Featured Speakers

Session details for the following speakers will be coming soon, but here's the lineup for GMC 2014 so far...


Keynote Speakers

Kati Haycock, EdTrust President

Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps in Math: Lessons from Schools on the Performance Frontier

Come hear about highly effective schools that get unusually strong results in math from all students, regardless of race or income. National math achievement trends will be presented, with a special focus on low-income and minority students.


Janna Peskett, Mindset Works Scholastic

Ignite Student Learning with a Growth Mindset

Why is it that some students work doggedly at a difficult task while others crumble and give up at the first sign of struggle? Student motivation and resilience are essential elements of math success, but all too frequently our students decide they are not “math people” and simply give up. New research shows that our students’ implicit beliefs about intelligence determine their educational outcomes. Janna Peskett, a math educator and motivation expert, will discuss how to bridge the gap between research and practice to help students develop self-efficacy and resilience through the growth mindset—a fundamental idea that underlies all motivation, achievement, and success in school and in life.


Cindy Moss, Discovery Education

STEM Education

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Featured Speakers

Brian Newsome, UT at Austin

Effective Programs for At-Risk Students
(grades K – 12)

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Christine Franklin, UGA

Why is a ‘Statistical Reasoning’ course Important for ALL Students?
(Grades 10 – 12)

In our data-centric society, ‘Statistical Reasoning’ is a needed new course option for Georgia high school students. This course is designed for all students – both college bound and students planning to enter the workforce. The standards for this course are concept oriented with heavy emphasis on exploring data, study design, and using simulation for developing sampling distributions, P-values, and margins of errors. An activity will be utilized illustrating the standards clusters for this exciting course.


Claire Pierce

They Can Do It! Creating Successful Students by Changing Beliefs and Building Bridges
(Grades 6 – College)

Want a classroom filled with successful students who love math? This session will explore the latest research on changing students’ beliefs about their abilities to be successful in mathematics. Participants will examine interventions developed to effect changes in attitude, engage in tasks that push students to achieve, and probe strategies that encourage perseverance.


Eric Milou, Rowan University

Examining the Fraction Focus in the Common Core
(Grades 3 – 8)

This session will examine the steps that teachers must take to ensure high quality mathematics instruction in the era of the Common Core Standards with a focus on the mathematical practices and the teaching of rational numbers. Participants will examine how to engage, motivate, and use technology that can lead to building better number sense and facility with rational numbers.


Jan Scott, Scholastic

Focusing and Connecting to What Matters Most
(Grades 6 – 8)

Do your middle school students look puzzled when you talk about multiplication? Do they tremble when you mention fractions? Is it difficult for you to motivate them? Focus on best practices to get your middle schoolers ready for algebra by connecting what they’ve learned in arithmetic with what they need to learn to build a firm foundation for proportional reasoning, algebraic thinking, and higher-level mathematics.

Identifying and Building Common Core Fluencies for Mathematics
(Grades K – 5)

In order to become 21st Century learners and thinkers, students must see the connections between arithmetic and algebra. This session will focus on building elementary foundational fluencies so that struggling students may leverage fact knowledge, deepen understanding of fundamental concepts, and feel prepared for the more rigorous curriculum they will face.


Kenneth Jones & Tim Howard, Columbus State

Earth by the Numbers
(Grades 6 – 8)

In this STEM-based workshop, participants will engage in innovative, hands-on activities to help students use their developing math skills to better understand human impacts on the environment. Presented activities use real-world data to boost understanding of numbers and operations, measurement, probability and more. Receive lesson plans on CD-ROM.

Deepening Understanding of Functions
(Grades 9 – 12)

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Susie Hakansson, TODOS

ALL Students Can Practice the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
(Grades K – College)

Become familiar with the Standards for Mathematics Practice (SMP) through the introduction of this online course that supports teachers becoming proficient in the SMP through engaging discussions, videos, and problems. Grade level specific examples will be provided as well as strategies for English learners to access the SMP. Come and engage in the SMP. The purpose is support students, particularly English learners, to develop the habits of mind necessary to become proficient in mathematical thinkers.


Sherry Parrish, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Developing Numerical Fluency Through Number Talks
(Grades 3 – 6)

This interactive session will explore the use of Number Talks as a vehicle to support and expand students' numerical reasoning and computational fluency with whole numbers and fractions. Number Talks will be examined through the lens of the CCGPS and Standards of Mathematical Practice. Classroom video will be used to analyze students' reasoning and examine the benefits of using Number Talks in classrooms.


Cindy Moss (with Shayla Rexrode, Rob Warren, & Anna Strassner), Discovery Education

Putting the Sizzle in STEM
(Grades 5 – 10)

This session will provide participants with the opportunity to experience digital resources they can use in their classrooms to engage more students in rigorous science and math learning. Bring a digital device and leave with access to great free resources and competitions!


Kevin Moore (with Teo Paoletti, Irma Stevens, & Kevin LaForest), University of Georgia

Functions as Relationships and Quantitative Reasoning
(Grades 7 – College)

Kevin Moore, Teo Paoletti, Irma Stevens, & Kevin LaForest, University of Georgia We focus on an approach to function that emphasizes reasoning about relationships and incorporates several mathematical practices. In this session, participants will engage in tasks suitable for 9-12 students and portable to 7-8 classrooms. After engaging in the tasks, the speakers will discuss the design principles of the tasks including the mathematical goals. This discussion will include illustrations of student work and advice for classroom implementation.


Florence Fasanelli, Mathematical Association of America – Tensor Foundation

Finding Funds for Programs Encouraging Girls to Study Mathematics
(Grades 5 – College)

Successful out-of-school programs to encourage girls of all ages to persist in studying mathematics and science will be described in detail. Methods to gain funding for these programs will be shared. Contacting the speaker after the conference is expected to help in writing a competitive proposal.


Tom Reardon, Youngstown State University

CCGPS, Questioning Techniques, Technology, and Rich Tasks
(Grades 6 – College)

3 activities that promote active student engagement and are mapped to the practices and standards. Specific instructional strategies that stimulate deeper conceptual understanding. Discover, explore, investigate, analyze with appropriate technology: handheld, iPad, software.

Using iPads Effectively with One or a Class Set
(Grades 7 – College)

See how to incorporate the TI-Nspire app for iPads in your math classroom from grades 7 to 12, as a demo tool or in a 1-1 situation. See how to integrate graphing, geometry, spreadsheets, data, statistics – all communicating together in one cool app! Also see how to control your desktop with your iPad and how to easily and cheaply project what is on your iPad.

The Great Applied Problem & Other Individualized Activities
(Grades 8 – College)

This problem has more mathematics interwoven in its solution than any other mathematics problem I have encountered – an actual, real-life problem! I have successfully used it in my geometry, precalculus and calculus classes. Students work collaboratively, then individually on their own problem with unique data. Walk away with all the information, including how to easily assess each student’s individual problem.

The Ratios of Areas and Perimeters of Midpoint Polygons
(Grades 8 – College)

I will demonstrate how to use technology to construct regular polygons, calculate their perimeter and area. Then construct the midpoint of each side and create a similar polygon. Calculate its perimeter and area. Then calculate the ratio of the perimeter and area of the inside polygon to that of the outside polygon. It turns out that this is something special. Attend this talk to see what is so special.

Note, the above are just the keynote and featured sessions! For a complete preliminary sessions listing, see the following links: