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MSU Math Ed at 2019 NCSM Conference

2019 NCSM Conference LogoSeveral members of the MSU Mathematics Education community will be presenting their research at the 2019 National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference. This year is the 51st NCSM Annual Conference and it will be taking place April 1-3 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

The conference theme is Making Waves with Effective Mathematics Leadership. The six strands for the 2019 NCSM Annual Conference are Coaching, Equity and Social Justice, Leadership, Engagement, Experiences, and Development. These strands continue the conversations from previous Annual Conferences but remain important areas of interest. Conference organizers hope that by focusing on these topics, NCSM members will learn deeply about the issues and be able to use this knowledge to advance to the next level in their journey through mathematics.

Gail Burrill, Elizabeth “Betty” Phillips, Alden “AJ” Edson, and Yvonne Grant will be sharing their work at this year’s conference. MSU presentations are detailed below.


MSU Presentations

Monday, April 1

CMP LogoElizabeth Phillips, Alden Edson, Yvonne Grant

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Pacific 2

Over Thirty Years of Teaching Through Open Problem Activities: Going Deep with Mathematics

This session focuses on teaching through open problem activities. Defined as sources of classroom activity devoted to the developing mathematical ideas, open problems refer to contextual situations involving multiple access points, methods/pathways, and solutions. Teaching through open problems is pivotal for fostering equity-based teaching practices. We will discuss the practice of "going deep with mathematics," particularly around helping students to solve an open problem, unpack the embedded mathematics, and connect learning to prior and future knowledge.


Gail Burrill PhotoGail Burrill and Tom Dick

2:45-3:45 pm  Pacific 23

Recommendations for Statistics and Probability in the Secondary Curriculum: Implications for Teacher Leaders

NCTM's Catalyzing Change recommends essential statistical concepts that should be part of the curriculum for every high school graduate, building on the foundation laid in the middle grades. The challenge: statistics is very different from mathematics. What do teachers need to know to teach statistics well? How can we, as instructional leaders, help teachers learn this content and how to teach it?