MATH PLUS National Conference

Greg Tang's 5th Annual MATH PLUS Conference will be held July 10-12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. We will have three specially-designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers.

Do you have students who struggle with math facts or lack number sense? Do you have advanced learners who need to be challenged? And do you have students in the middle who are capable of so much more? If you are ready to take your teaching and students to the next level, then join us for Greg Tang’s 2018 MATH PLUS Conference!

The theme for our conference this year is the three R’s – reasoning, routines and rigor. Greg’s team of extraordinary speakers will help you make sense of the most important concepts and strategies at each grade level. They will share daily routines and activities that will help your students develop fluency and automaticity. And together, we will explore challenging problems that encourage mastery and develop the advanced thinking skills kids need for higher math.

Speakers. For 2018, Greg has assembled another world-class team of experts. Each of our speakers is a seasoned educator, skilled communicator, and highly sought after presenter with extensive experience presenting at major mathematics and education conferences. No hit-or-miss sessions here – they are simply the best of the best.


Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Graham Fletcher

Dr. Nicki Newton

Greg Tang

Dr. Monica Neagoy

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Dr. Juli Dixon

John SanGiovanni

Catherine Kuhns

Dr. Sandy Atkins
WHAT MAKES MATH PLUS SO DIFFERENT?

First, we offer carefully coordinated workshops that provide a deeper, more connected understanding of mathematics. The strategies and teaching techniques we offer have been pioneered by our speakers and tested in classrooms across the world.

Unlike many conferences that offer a hodgepodge of sessions and topics, Greg has worked with his team to design grade-specific curriculums that target the most important strategies, skills and standards. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of both effective teaching methods and important mathematical content.

Second, our speakers have been selected because they are master communicators who can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely. Each is a proven orator and author, and together they have trained thousands of teachers and sold millions of books.

More importantly, every speaker is friendly, approachable and exceptionally nice too! Our goal is a collegial atmosphere that encourages questions, dialogue and meaningful interactions. We want this to be the best three days of learning you have ever experienced.

Third, unlike large conferences with huge budgets for marketing, we put all of our time, energy, and resources into our speakers and curriculum. We provide 18 hours of math instruction plus an additional 8 hours of instruction in the arts. That’s 26 hours of world-class instruction in just 3 days. We are excited and ready to work with you!

WHY IS IT CALLED "MATH PLUS"?

In addition to helping you become a better math teacher, we want our conference to be a truly inspiring experience – one that re-energizes you, rekindles your passion for teaching, and rejuvenates your spirit. Our goal is to open eyes and minds to new ways of learning, teaching, living and being. Isn’t it finally time to try the things you have always wanted to try?

The extraordinary Nicole Grant, one of Boston’s finest instructors, will be back to both energize and soothe you. If you have ever wanted to try yoga or meditation, now is the time. We'll provide a yoga mat and early morning wake-up call. Nicole will provide expert instruction and encouragement.

Do you ever feel left out at parties or weddings when the dancing starts? Join us for our nightly swing and salsa lessons. If Greg can do it – anybody can do it! Check out the fun at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

We hope you will join us for this year’s MATH PLUS Conference. It is a new paradigm for professional development – idealistic, intimate and inspiring. Attendees have described our family-run conference as "life changing" and “by far the best they have ever attended.”

For three, magical days in July, we want you to feel inspired, encouraged, challenged and cared for. Sold out every year since we started in 2014 – even better in 2018. Greg and his team welcome you to Kansas City!

Presenters

Math Instructors
Greg Tang has done over 3,000 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 17 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and 6 other books from Scholastic. His website GregTangMath.com has over 52 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of school math programs across the country.
Dr. Juli Dixon is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida, where she coordinates the master's and doctoral programs in math education. Juli works to improve teachers’ content knowledge so they can justify and clearly communicate their own mathematical thinking and ideas. Juli is an author for Go Math, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is considered by many to be the foremost expert on Singapore Math. For over 10 years he taught at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Currently, Ban Har is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school in Singapore. He is also the author of Think Mathematics.
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams is a professor and department chair at the Univ. of Louisville. She currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors and has written many books and articles including Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally, and Teaching Student Centered Mathematics (with Van de Walle, Lovin & Karp).
Dr. Nicki Newton builds on current curriculum research and theory to provide practical and realistic 21st century strategies for today’s elementary classrooms. She is the author of Guided Math in Action, Math Workshop in Action, Math Running Records in Action, Math Problem Solving in Action and Math Workstations in Action. She is an avid pinner, blogger and tweeter.
John SanGiovanni John SanGiovanni is an elementary math supervisor in Howard County, Maryland. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action and the Mastering the Basic Math Facts series. John is an instructor and coordinator at McDaniel College and a frequent speaker at national conferences. John currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors.
Dr. Monica Neagoy is an international consultant, keynote speaker, and K-12 expert with a contagious passion for the beauty and power of mathematics. She has created video series (Discovery Education, The Annenberg Channel) and is the author of Planting the Seeds of Algebra (Corwin), Unpacking Fractions (ASCD & NCTM), and Maths, Méthode de Singapour.
Graham Fletcher has been a classroom teacher and math coach. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has made him a sought-after speaker at both international and American conferences. He continues to be a passionate advocate for best practices and a change agent for elementary mathematics.
Catherine Kuhns is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught every grade from preschool through grade 4. Her books include Common Core Math in Action, Building Number Sense, and Number Wonders. Catherine received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching given by the White House and National Science Foundation.
Dr. Sandy Atkins is an inspiring speaker who makes the Mathematical Practices come alive in her work with schools and districts across the country. She is committed to finding those "aha moments" when important mathematical connections are made by teachers and students. Her sessions are both thought provoking and practical.
Conference Instructors
Greg Tang Jr. is the creator of Tangy Tuesdays and inventor of the popular math games Ten Frame Mania™ and NumTanga™. He is a master game developer, programmer, math night expert and favorite among kids, teachers and math specialists across the U.S. Greg’s recent creations include Equato™, Web Bonds™, Tic-Tac-Tang™ and Tic-Tac-Tenframe™.
Nicole Grant continues to study yoga in the BKS Iyengar tradition, is a Level III-certified Usui Reiki practitioner, Life Purpose Coach, Integrative Nutrition Therapist, and founder of the Yoga Mandala studio in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Nancy Murphy has been dancing since early childhood, and has been teaching partnered dance in the Boston area for over 25 years. As a social dancer, Nancy can be seen on the floor at events ranging from Milongas to Swing dance clubs to everything in between. Nancy has trained many Boston area dancers and teachers and returns to Math Plus for her third year in a row.

Schedule

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Sessions

JULY 10

JULY 11

JULY 12

Rigor & Results – AM Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

To be good at math, do kids need good computational skills or good problem-solving skills? The answer is both – and strong reasoning skills are the key! But what’s the best way to develop these critical skills? In our opening keynote we will explore the important role of reasoning and rigor in your classroom. Together, we will solve challenging problems that will both baffle and delight you. Join us and experience firsthand the value of struggle and the satisfaction of success.

Six Spheres of Influence for Mathematics Teaching and Learning – PM Keynote, All Grades
Dr. Juli Dixon

Effective teachers, coaches, and administrators are aware of the many ways they influence mathematics teaching and learning. You must be “critical consumers” of the structures and practices used while teaching so you can advocate for what is best for your students. This is best accomplished by understanding the six spheres of influence in mathematics teaching and learning.

Dr. Juli Dixon models best practices as she shares these six spheres through the exploration of mathematical tasks and how to plan for them as well as through the use of authentic classroom video. The six spheres involve the effective use of classroom observations, the decisions regarding posting the essential question (or lesson objective) at the start of a lesson, the choice of structure for the lesson delivery, the way feedback is provided during instruction, the way intervention is provided, and the use of the TQE Process for planning.

Word Problem Progressions – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Workstations – Grades K-2
Dr. Nicki Newton

Math Workstations is an exciting, engaging, instructional strategy. Everybody wants to do it, but how? In this engaging, educational and resource-filled institute, teachers will learn how to do it! They will see how to create standards-based math workstations that rock, workshop management strategies that work, and assessment tools that inform instruction! Dr. Nicki will teach about planning for, creating and assessing productive leveled math workstations! We will discuss matching activities to students, incorporating the 4 must have workstations and using technology throughout the workstations.

Anchor Tasks – Grades 3-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Building Bridges, Not Walls, from Computation to Algebraic Thinking – Grades 3-5
Dr. Monica Neagoy

In 2000 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the U.S. stated that algebra cuts across all areas of PreK–12 mathematics. In 2010 the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the AERO Standards confirmed that algebraic thinking begins in kindergarten. Yet the progression from single-answer arithmetic in the early grades to deep and advanced mathematical thinking later on is not clear to many teachers. Come experience powerful PreK-12 bridges that connect the dots. Some of the hands-on explorations that will be unpacked in this session have been selected from the speaker's Corwin Press book titled, Planting the Seeds of Algebra, Grades 3-5.

We will focus particularly on models of multiplication and division that best serve students in their mathematical journey. Also, we will discuss the subtle differences between cultivating good number sense and cultivating good algebraic sense from the perspective and numbers and operations. After this session, you will never look at odd and even number, multiplication and division, or equality in the same way again...and your students will be forever empowered!

The Key to Mathematical Success: Fractions! – Grades 3-5
Dr. Juli Dixon

Elementary school students’ knowledge of fractions is a greater predictor of mathematics achievement in high school than their knowledge of multiplication or even their family education and income (Siegler et al, 2015). Make sense of fraction concepts and operations and how to support students in grades 3-5 to develop knowledge linked to success in elementary school and beyond!

Participants will engage in rigorous tasks designed to elicit sense making related to fraction concepts and operations as learners first and then observe students engaging in the same tasks using classroom video. Emphasis will be placed on connecting real-world problems to models that support the context provided in the problems. Finally, participants will connect strategies for solving the problem that rely on directly modeling the situations in the problems to more efficient procedures for solving similar problems.

Don't Steal the Struggle – Grades K-5 (9:45-11:15am elective)
Dr. Nicki Newton

Developing the 8 elements of a Productive Mathematical Disposition
In this session, Dr. Nicki will unpack the 8 elements of a productive mathematical disposition: Creativity, Flexibility, Interest, Confidence, Value of Application, Inventiveness, Perseverance, and Reflection (Merz, 2009). We will define them, explore them, and discuss how to start and expand integrating them into our daily math curriculum. Come to the session and and explore how 3D pens, marble chases, and the wonders of slime all are activities that organically build a productive mathematical disposition and prepare our students to live and work in the 21st century.

Geometry – Grades K-5 (12:00-1:30pm elective)
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Geometry is one of the most valued branches of mathematics because, if correctly taught, it develops our students ability to reason spatially. It provides them with the tools to visualize and model non-visual mathematical concepts and solutions to problems. Students cannot develop these skills if geometry and measurement concepts are not introduced and developed correctly.

Ban Har will provide his teachers with the understanding and tools they need to teach these concepts effectively and with high levels of student engagement. Through demonstration lessons he will teach the correct use of manipulatives, journaling and assessment so teachers can be sure their students are learning and growing as they should be.

Making the Connection: Linking Concepts and Procedures for Middle School Measurement – Grades 6-8
Dr. Juli Dixon

Concepts and procedures are most valuable when they are connected. Engage in experiences designed to link concepts and procedures related to measurement in the middle grades. Explore three critical components demonstrated as essential for connecting concepts and procedures in grades 6-8. The three components for bridging concepts and procedures are to:

  1. Know the mathematics;
  2. Choose the right tasks;
  3. Make the connection explicit. Make sense of the three components through tasks, classroom video, and discussion in the context of measurement, specifically by linking formulas for area and extending that content to volume.
From Fractions → Rational Numbers → Ratios → Proportional Relationships – Grades 6-8
Dr. Monica Neagoy

I’ll never forget the words uttered by a Virginia State Math specialist, to an acquiescing audience of teachers, at a national math conference: “Fractions are a killer aren’t they? I see teachers quiver when they have to teach them.” Indeed, in the upper elementary grades, fractions are the hardest topic for teachers to teach and the hardest topic for students to learn. Actually, many people who dislike math can trace their disenchantment back to elementary school, right after they were introduced to fractions. That’s when sense making in mathematics began surrendering to memorizing procedures, as the following adage conveys so well: “Ours is not to reason why, just invert and multiply!” The “fraction problem” is a serious one because fractions are the foundation for a series of important secondary math concepts such as ratio, rate of change, proportions, slope, and proportional functions.

This talk will address keys bridges from fractions to ratios and proportional reasoning and provide teachers with empowering tools –in content, pedagogy, and good questions – to help their students succeed in these challenging curricular areas. Here are some questions we will tackle to get us thinking: Is every rational number a fraction? Is every fraction a rational number? Whole numbers, natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers: How do they all connect (and where do fractions fit in)? State at least two differences between fractions and ratios?

Afternoon Electives

Journaling – Grades K-2
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Singaporean educators consider reflection to be one of the 5 necessary components for an effective mathematics lesson, and the use of math journals can be seen in almost all classrooms in Singapore. The research behind the use of journaling is definitive, yet few teachers realize how powerful math journaling can be and the many uses it has in the classroom.

Ban Har will demonstrate these uses, and why they are such an integral part of the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. You will leave this session feeling excited and empowered to use journals in your classroom!

Visualization in Mathematics Class – Grades K-5
Dr. Monica Neagoy

The author (or Dr. Neagoy…?) is presently working on a new book for teachers from grades K to 8, that even high school teachers will appreciate. While the exact title is not fixed yet, the working title is: “Making Mathematics Visible: Helping All Students SEE the Beauty and Power of Math!” Examples will be drawn from curricular areas including in numbers, operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, and measurement. The presenter will model what it means to “make math visible” using 10 different media:

  • Using our bodies (movement, dance, rhythm, etc.)
  • Using household material (string, paper, scissors, containers, etc.)
  • Using/making drawings
  • Using home-made math materials (human number line)
  • Using commercial math manipulatives
  • Using good math games
  • Using visual techniques (bar modeling)
  • Using interactive apps
  • Using math magic tricks
  • Using dynamic software

All students, and even adults, are amazed once they SEE the math. The objective then is to use this powerful visualization as a stepping-stone to the abstract and the symbolic.

Daily Thinking Routines in Action – Grades K-5
Dr. Nicki Newton

Distributed Practice Throughout the Year
Bring math to life with routines that are academically rigorous, standards-based, and engaging! Go beyond cookie cutter templates and some students watching while other students are doing the math and get all your students reasoning, modeling, and communicating about math every day! Dr. Nicki will be discussing and teaching how to develop effective daily routines to improve students’ thinking, reasoning, and questioning about math. The session based on her new book Daily Math Thinking Routines in Action provides a wide variety of rigorous, high-interest routines and explains how to rotate and implement them into your curriculum.

Technology – Grades K-5
Greg Tang Jr.

Do your students like math games? Reasoning puzzles? Collaborative activities? FUN?! If so, they are going to love what we have coming. Join Greg Jr, creator of Tangy Tuesdays™ and Ten Frame Mania™, as he unveils the all new tangmath.com 2.0! This exciting update will feature more than 10 new web games, digital teaching tools, printable resources, collaborative activities and more. In this session, teachers will learn firsthand how to navigate the site, use each resources, differentiate for various grade levels and target specific skills.

Redefining Success: Supporting All Students to Reach Their Full Potential – Grades K-8
Dr. Juli Dixon

Juli Dixon provides a unique perspective on how to support ALL students to learn. Juli, a university mathematics educator, provides the viewpoint of both the educator and the parent of children with special needs. She shares the story of her daughters Alex and Jessica. Alex, a college sophomore, has experienced serious medical and educational struggles. Jessica’s story offers a window into the life of both the sibling and a high achiever with a disability. Juli uses the Dixon’s riveting journey to provide new and valuable perspectives on RtI and the Universal Design for Learning.

Word Problems – Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Do your students struggle with word problems – especially when they include fractions, decimals, ratios and percents? In this elective session, learn firsthand how to use visual models to make sense of challenging problems and develop proportional reasoning skills.

We will use tape (strip) diagrams and double-sided number lines to represent relationships visually and intuitively, then use ratios and algebraic equations to solve problems more quickly and efficiently.

As more districts implement new State and Common Core standards at the elementary levels, it becomes increasingly important for middle school teachers to build on the models and strategies being taught in the younger grades. Join Greg and learn firsthand a progression of visual models that will help your students and strengthen your curriculum.

JULY 10

JULY 11

JULY 12

Differentiation – Keynote, All Grades
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Differentiating the mathematics classroom and meeting the needs of struggling and advanced learners remain among the greatest challenges of the classroom teacher. Differentiation strategies that are effective in other subjects areas, are not always a good fit for the math classroom, yet they continue to be utilized and taught to our teachers. Ban Har will provide insight into the approach used in Singaporean classrooms and how their teachers meet the needs of diverse student populations learning the same content.

The methodologies taught by Dr. Yeap Ban Har are grounded in Singapore’s proven approach to mathematics instruction. An approach that since 1995 has catapulted Singapore to the top of the World in international assessments of student achievement, and has kept them there ever since. Singapore’s curriculum was a model for the Common Core State Standards, and their program has been implemented in over 40 countries and many top public and private schools in the United States.

Number Sense Progression to Build Automaticity – Grades K-2
Graham Fletcher

Finding a balance between conceptual understanding and automaticity can be difficult, especially in the primary grades. In this session, we’ll build our understanding of the number sense trajectory and explore how it can be used to build automaticity and fluency in our students.

Anchor Tasks – Grades K-2
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Putting Practices into Action – Grades K-2
Dr. John SanGiovanni

Mathematically proficient students do more than compute. They solve problems, reason, explain, look for patterns, and use vocabulary precisely. This session investigates how teachers can develop these behaviors in our youngest mathematicians. Practical strategies that can be modified for any grade level will be shared.

Building Bridges, Not Walls, from Computation to Algebraic Thinking – Grades 3-5
Dr. Monica Neagoy

In 2000 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the U.S. stated that algebra cuts across all areas of PreK–12 mathematics. In 2010 the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the AERO Standards confirmed that algebraic thinking begins in kindergarten. Yet the progression from single-answer arithmetic in the early grades to deep and advanced mathematical thinking later on is not clear to many teachers. Come experience powerful PreK-12 bridges that connect the dots. Some of the hands-on explorations that will be unpacked in this session have been selected from the speaker's Corwin Press book titled, Planting the Seeds of Algebra, Grades 3-5. We will focus particularly on models of multiplication and division that best serve students in their mathematical journey. Also, we will discuss the subtle differences between cultivating good number sense and cultivating good algebraic sense from the perspective and numbers and operations. After this session, you will never look at odd and even number, multiplication and division, or equality in the same way again...and your students will be forever empowered!

Anchor Tasks – Grades 3-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Four Fundamentals of Multiplication Fact Fluency – Grades 3-5
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Imagine an approach to mastering multiplication facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Word Problem Progressions – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Daily Routines to Jumpstart Math Class – Grades 3-8 (9:45-11:15am elective)
Dr. John SanGiovanni

Do your students struggle with number sense and reasoning? Are you looking to jumpstart your students’ engagement with activities that are doable? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, practical routines for developing number sense and fluency with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio, and operations. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided as well as classroom clips that model how to use the resources.

The Power of Progressions – Grades 3-5 (12:00-1:30pm elective)
Graham Fletcher

Untangling the Knotty Areas of Teaching and Learning Fractions
Let’s explore some key understandings involving fractions by examining the developmental progression of models, strategies, and concepts, and how they all build on one another. Many times, as our fraction units near, the emphasis on teaching and learning mathematics shifts to rules and procedures which shouldn't be the case. To avoid this approach, we'll identify how simple changes in everyday practice can leave a math residue that builds solid reasoning and makes student understanding stick.

Proper use of Properties: Exploring How Properties Can Support Understanding of Big Ideas – Grades 6-8
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

The associate, commutative, and distributive properties are not in the middle school curriculum so that students can match them up with examples that fit each property! They are in the K-12 curriculum as generalizations about how numbers (and variables) can be moved around without changing the value of an expression. The properties are central to conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. In this session, we will explore ideas central to the middle school curriculum (e.g., proportions, rational number operations, and simplifying algebraic expressions) and see how explicit attention to using the properties can develop procedural fluency.

Algebra: Gateway for a Few or Highway for All? – Grades 6-8
Dr. Monica Neagoy

Algebra, a gatekeeper course, holds back many students—especially females and students of color—and prevents them from accessing STEM courses in high school and STEM careers later on. Traditionally introduced late, abruptly and symbolically, algebra seems to many as being disconnected from PreK-6 mathematics that precede it: this is one reason for students’ difficulty with the subject. Based on her extensive work with algebra at all grade levels (preK-5 books & 7-12 videos) the presenter unpacks key mathematical ideas and offers questions, tasks and explorations to help students make sense of variables, expressions, equality, equations, equation solving, and functions.

She will model K-12 connections that help give meaning and promote understanding. During the session introduction we will pose important questions such as: What does it mean to “know” algebra in the 21st century? What approaches to algebra work best with middle school students? What does doing and talking algebra look like in the classroom? What are some important bridges to algebra? What are key student misconceptions in algebra and how can we help them overcome them?

Afternoon Electives

Advanced Learners – Grades K-5
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

In this session, ways to provide for advanced learners will be described. Examples from Singapore classrooms will be presented for discussion.

Assess Basic Fact Fluency Like It’s Important – Grades K-5
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

With all we know about formative assessment, why do we continue to use something as ineffective as a rote timed test to assess one of the biggest ideas in mathematics? Not only do timed tests not provide good data on student learning, they contribute to student anxiety in mathematics. Let’s pull out all the stops and use our best knowledge of formative assessment tools! In this session, we will explore tools such as journal writing, observations, informal interviews, and mastery interviews, that collectively provide the type of data we need to ensure that we are building on what students know in order to eventually master their entire set of facts.

3-Act Tasks – Grades K-5
Graham Fletcher

Filling the Void of Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary Grades

As elementary educators, we’ve misinterpreted the term “model” as simply the use of manipulatives. This is causing our students to miss the mark when it comes to the Process Standard, Model with Mathematics. Through the use of 3-Act tasks, we’ll explore what mathematical modeling is, what it looks like, and how we can support this work in our elementary classrooms.

Using Evidence of Understanding and Misconceptions in Elementary Mathematics – Grades K-5
Dr. John SanGiovanni

Determining our students’ understanding and misconceptions is essential for their success. This session features a useful process for using evidence. The session highlights a collection of quality tasks that teachers can use with their own students. It investigates what students might do with these tasks and what evidence it provides to us.

The Mathematics of Beauty and the Beauty of mathematics – Grades K-8
Dr. Monica Neagoy

Whether subjective or objective, ephemeral or eternal, arousing the senses or charming the intellect, the definition of beauty has forever challenged artists and philosophers alike. This engaging and highly visual presentation invites you to ponder the meanings of beauty, examine the mathematics behind things beautiful, and enjoy aspects of mathematics that delight students, teachers, mathematicians, and all lovers of mathematics.

The presentation is offered by Dr. Monica Neagoy, whose longstanding loves for mathematics and the arts come together in this talk. She has taken this presentation across the country and abroad—to conferences and special events in Europe, Africa, and the Middle-East—and has garnered much acclaim for both its content and format.

Area Models – Grades 5-8
Greg Tang

Is there a tool that can help students become fluent with their math facts? Develop proportional reasoning skills? Make sense of averages? Understand negative quantities? Solve algebraic equations? Yes – and it’s the area model! Join us as we use this incredibly powerful but oft-overlooked tool to make challenging problems easier to understand and easier to solve. Length times width will never be the same!

JULY 10

JULY 11

JULY 12

When are We Ever Gonna Use This? – Keynote, All Grades
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Think of the many ways you might say this sentence, varying the emphasis on different words. While students might use this expression as a (legitimate) request to know how the mathematics they have learned has a use in their daily lived experiences, we will examine this question in terms of what it can mean in helping every student develop procedural fluency. Intrigued? I hope so!

Geometry, Measurement and Data – Grades K-2
Catherine Kuhns

These real world domains of mathematics at the primary grade level demand our children have multiple opportunities to grasp the language, analyze shapes, make predictions, draw conclusions and measure in a variety of ways. This session will focus on the hands-on and conversation-rich lessons to build understanding.

Advanced Word Problems – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are you looking for meaningful ways to challenge your K-2 students? In this session, we will explore word problems that go beyond the required 15 addition and subtraction problem types. We will explore a progression of word problems that develops strong reasoning skills at an early age and lays the groundwork for true algebraic thinking. If your school is moving toward personalized learning and meeting the needs of every student, this session is for you!

Putting Practices into Action – Grades K-2
Dr. John SanGiovanni

Mathematically proficient students do more than compute. They solve problems, reason, explain, look for patterns, and use vocabulary precisely. This session investigates how teachers can develop these behaviors in our youngest mathematicians. Practical strategies that can be modified for any grade level will be shared.

Measure & Data – Grades 3-5
Dr. Sandy Atkins

What is needed to build a firm foundation of key measurement concepts? Measuring! Join this interactive session as we engage in activities to build conceptual understandings of:

  • measurable attributes,
  • linear measure,
  • time, and
  • money

Four Fundamentals of Multiplication Fact Fluency – Grades 3-5
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Imagine an approach to mastering multiplication facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Word Problem Progressions – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they can be taught to maximize student understanding and skill development.

We will also use multi-step problems at every grade level to assess conceptual understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Quality Task Selection in Elementary Mathematics – Grades K-5 (9:45-11:15am elective)
Dr. John SanGiovanni

What affect does a high-quality mathematics task have on our instruction? How do we identify quality mathematics tasks? Where do we find them and how do we modify a task to improve its quality? This session answers these questions for K-5 teachers, coaches, and administrators. Tools for identifying tasks and a compilation of tasks by grade level will be provided.

Geometry – Grades K-5 (12:00-1:15pm elective)
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

These real world domains of mathematics at the primary grade level demand our children have multiple opportunities to grasp the language, analyze shapes, make predictions, draw conclusions and measure in a variety of ways. This session will focus on the hands-on and conversation-rich lessons to build understanding.

Building Rational Number Understanding – Grades 6-8
Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Positive and negative numbers must be interpreted and applied in many ways; points on a numberline, temperature on a thermometer, points on a coordinate plane and many more. A complete and deep understanding is prerequisite to success in secondary and postsecondary mathematics. Ban Har will frame the necessary understanding and representations of rational and irrational numbers and demonstrate instructional strategies you can implement immediately that will increase your students’ understanding and engagement.

“Why did y = become f(x) = ?” And Other Questions Students Ponder about Functions – Grades 6-8
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams

Sometimes functions are presented as completely new concepts; other times functions are presented as a new way to use notations for equations. Which is correct? A better question is, “To what extent are both of these assumptions true?” In this session we will explore the relationships between equations and functions. When we understand and teach students how these abstract ideas are related, we help them to build on their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding of algebraic relationships. A collection of engaging tasks will be shared that can be used and adapted across grades 6 – 8.

Closing Keynote – Keynote, All grades
Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams, Dr. John SanGiovanni, & Greg Tang

Is the future of math education in our country confusing, uncertain, and maybe even a little bit scary? Yes, but there is a bright side! For the first time, State and Common Core standards provide a clear roadmap of the concepts, strategies and skills our kids need at every grade level,

In our closing session, we will tie everything together and make the important connections that will help you better understand how the pieces fit together. We will cut through the clutter and complications and explore must do, go to, have-to-do activities that can provide the spark that changes a student’s experience with math and school forever. Join us for what could be some of Ban Har, Jennifer, John and Greg's best ideas yet!

JULY 10

JULY 11

JULY 12

Activities

Yoga & Meditation

Have you always wanted to try yoga? Now is your chance! Join us mornings or afternoons for a class with the extraordinary Nicole. Whether you’re a pure beginner or an experienced practitioner, she will inspire you to become more aware, accepting and appreciative of your body.

Nicole will also offer her highly-rated meditation classes this summer. Speakers will fill your mind during the day, and Nicole will help bring clarity and purpose in the afternoon.

Yoga classes 6:30-7:30a on Tue, Wed & Thu, 4:15-5:15p on Tue and 4:00-5:00p on Wed.
Meditation classes 5:15-5:30p on Tue and 5:00-5:15p Wed.

Swing & Salsa

Have you ever watched people on a dance floor and wished it were you? Then join us for Lindy Hop lessons with Greg & Nancy. No partner necessary, just a smile and 2 left feet are all you need! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

For those who prefer Latin music, Nancy will offer salsa lessons each afternoon. Life is short. Isn’t it time to dance?

Salsa lessons 4:15-5:15p Tue & 4:00-5:00p Wed.
Lindy Hop 6:30-7:30p on Tue & Wed.

Live Music & Game Night

Join us for an incredible night of dancing to live music by the swinging-hot, St. Louis jazz band Miss Jubilee. Fronted by a high-energy female vocalist and backed by a swingin’ horn-fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee is a favorite among dancers and fans of all ages.

Ready for even more fun? Greg Jr. and his crew will be there to entertain us with his creative, new math games. What better way to celebrate newfound friends and colleagues than listening to great music, dancing, playing games, and winning t-shirts and puzzle packs. "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Live music, dancing & game night from 7:30-10:00p on Wednesday.

Hotel

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-421-6800
www.kansascitymarriottdowntown.com
All workshops and activities will be held at The Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Onsite parking is $19 per day.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Marriott for the Math Plus 2018. Dual occupancy rates start at $159* per night subject to availability. Click here to book your room today.
*Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Airport Transportation:

We will have discount shuttle transportation through Super Shuttle for those who are not renting a vehicle and need transportation to The Marriott. Last year round trip rates start at just $30 per person. Check back here for a link to booking as we get closer to the event.

Things to do in Kansas City

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City Discover the two-story aquarium, featuring more than 30 phenomenal displays directly inside the Crown Center Complex.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City A world of color, creativity and fun, attractions, rides, 4D cinema and more.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art A city gem, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art houses famous contemporary pieces, exhibitions and more.

Truman Sports Complex Home to both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums which houses the Kansas City Cheifs football team and 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Kansas City Zoo The Kansas City Zoo is 200 acres and includes African, Australian and Farmland exhibits, among many others.

Crown Center There’s always something going on at this Kansas City entertainment center. Check out the free outdoor movies and concerts during the summer months.

Country Club Plaza The Downtown District offers premier dining, shopping, entertainment and events in Kansas City.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects from ancient times to modern day.

Science CityLearning is fun with hands on activities and over 50 interactive areas.

Oceans of Fun Explore 60-acres of drenching slides and water attractions.

Worlds of Fun Explore the Amusement Park with thrill rides, attractions, shows and more to enjoy for the whole family.

Coco Key Indoor Water Resort The Key West-themed Coco Key Indoor Water Resort is a 55,000-square foot indoor water oasis, where it is a comfortable 84 degrees all year long.

Hallmark Visitors Center Catch a behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s largest greeting-card company headquarters directly inside our Crown Center complex.

Kaleidoscope From the minds behind Hallmark, experience a free creative workshop for kids ages 5 to 12.

Arts & Cultural Activities in Kansas City

American Jazz Museum Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational programs, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Founded in 1990 to commemorate African American history in baseball, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a great place to explore history, exhibits, news and events.

National World War One Museum Designated by Congress as the official World War One Museum, the museum showcases the history around the world during World War One using impressive interactive technologies.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects and artifacts from ancient times to modern day.

Coterie Theatre A professional Equity theatre serving families and young audiences, Coterie Theatre is named “one of the five best theatres for young audiences in the US” by Time Magazine.

Harley Davidson Final Assembly Plant Tour facility to see how hogs are made.

Meals

To make sure everyone is caffeinated and on time for their workshops, we’ll provide coffee and danish from 7:30-8:15 each morning and a deli lunch each day from 11:15-12:00. It’s all part of your registration fee, and we’re still less expensive than many conferences!

Why don’t other conferences supply breakfast and lunch like us? Because it’s expensive. But we believe it’s money well-spent as it allows us to compress our schedule and offer additional workshops each day. In addition, one of the important goals of our conference is to encourage camaraderie and collegiality and eating together is a great way to meet new people and get to know our friendly presenters.

We do not provide dinner, so grab a few of your newfound friends and head to one of Kansas City’s culinary options.

Crown Center Restaurants

The Brasserie Restaurant – When you're in the mood for good times and great food, be sure to check out The Brasserie located in the lobby of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and full bar. Restaurant is a casual – relaxed setting, known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.

The Crayola Cafe – Not just for kids! Although we pride ourselves on being "kid friendly," Crayola Cafe is not just for kids! The regular lunch and dinner menus feature delicious selections that will appeal to the more experienced diner. These items include entree salads, Pizza, chicken selections, and several burger and sandwich choices.

The American – Reinventing American Cuisine. Established in 1974 with iconic architecture and sweeping views of Kansas City, The American offers progressive cuisine led by executive chef Michael Corvino.

Milano's – Italian Dining · Milano is located at 25th and Grand on the first level of Crown Center. The restaurant is glass enclosed and has a view of Crown Center’s fabulous fountains with 49 jets that plume water 25 feet into the air.

Spectators Restaurant & Bar – Spectators a Boulevard Beer Inspired Gastro Pub, located on the second floor of Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, is an exciting casual dining experience Based around a gastro pub concept, Spectators has incorporated healthy options and regional cuisines.

Other Nearby Options

Country Club Plaza – Located 3 miles south of Crown Center, the Country Club Plaza features 15 blocks of upscale shops and restaurants in a charming Spanish-inspired setting.

Westport – This historic district was once a passage way to the western frontier and is now a colorful array of boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

Power & Light Entertainment District – The newest entertainment district in the downtown Kansas City area provides eclectic dinning, entertainment and shopping options for everyone.

Zona Rosa – Live. Work. Play. Near the airport, Zona Rosa is the destination for everything you need with luxury living, dinning and shopping options in one centralized location.

Kansas City Barbecue

Yelp – Highest-rated BBQ restaurants in KC

Travel Channel Best barbecue joints in the city

Chow Town Kansas City dominates list of America’s Best Ribs

USA Today10 Best KC BBQ Restaurants

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we accept credit card payments on our website. After completing your registration information you will be taken to the payments page where you can complete your registration using your credit card. You will receive an email once your payment has been processed.

Can I register using a purchase order?
Of course! We know that many districts will only allow workshop registration using purchase orders. Once you complete your registration information, you will be taken to a page to complete your payment information. Your registration is not confirmed until you enter your purchase order information or complete purchase with credit card. If you do not have a PO # at the time of registration, enter "email" in the PO # field and send us an email at info@gregtangmath.com to confirm your registration. You can email, fax or mail your PO to the information below. Payment is preferred prior to the event.

Do you have a paper registration form?
We accept registrations using this form, although we cannot guarantee space will be available at the time of receipt. To ensure your spot is saved for the workshop, you must first register online: registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you should still complete the online registration and save your spot by entering the purchase order number as "Paper".

When is my payment due?
Payments are due prior to the event. We can accept cash, check and all major credit cards on-site at the workshop if prior arrangements have been made.

Do you offer group discounts?
For the 2018 Math Plus Events we have decided to forgo the group discounts and offer Early Bird Registration instead. Register by May 31st for a $30 per person discount.

I am unable to attend. Can someone take my spot?
Yes, you can switch out attendees at any point leading up to the conference. Just send us a quick email to info@gregtangmath.com with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement. In-case there are last minute changes, have the replacement let us know at check-in who they will be filling in for.

What happens if I have to cancel?
We understand there are times where you may be unable to attend a conference you have registered for. If cancellation is done more than 30-days from the event, we will refund your registration cost minus a $100 administration fee. We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc. if requested.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after June 11th).

Can I get an invoice for my registration?
When you complete your registration, an automatic confirmation email is sent to the email address listed as the payment contact. This email includes a link to download your invoice. Please check your junk/spam folder to see if this email was caught up there. If you are still unable to find the invoice, write to us at info@gregtangmath.com with the primary registrant’s name and we will email you an invoice.

Are you a vendor for my district?
There is a good possibility we have been added as a vendor in your district for a previous workshop, if so we would be listed as "Creative Smarts Inc.". If we are not listed as a vendor, we would be glad to provide you the information you need to have us added. Email us at info@gregtangmath.com and we will send over the required tax form. Our contact information is listed below.

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
We are still finalizing the details of college credit for the 2018 Math Plus Conference. The past two years we were able to offer 1.5 semester unit of college credit through Humboldt State University at the cost of $50 per unit. These courses are offered primarily for elective or professional development purposes.

What time is the conference?
The full daily schedule can be seen at the bottom of the sessions tab. We will plan to have onsite check-in available the night before the conference. Check-in on Tuesday, July 10th will start at 7:00 am. Further registration details will be provided nearer to the event.

May I record a session at the conference?
Audio or visual recording is not permitted at any workshop or seminar due to copyright/trademark issues.

What is your contact information?

Company name:Creative Smarts, Inc.
Mailing address:PO Box 185
 Hesston, KS 67062
Email Address:info@gregtangmath.com
Phone Number:620-869-1799
Fax Number:800-858-1287

Register

The cost of our conference is $789, with a daily breakfast and lunch included. We have an early bird discount available. Save $30 per person if you register by May 31st (Only $759).

Our goal is to make this the best three days of learning you have ever experienced. We hope you will help us spread the word by sharing our link with your friends and colleagues: gregtangmath.com/mathplus.

Together, we can make the 2018 Math Plus Conference a conference to remember!

Booking overnight accommodations at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, where all workshop events will take place, is done directly through the hotel. View the hotel info page to see full details about booking your room.

Questions? Please contact us at: info@gregtangmath.com.

Click here to register now!
Feedback from Past Conferences

"I can honestly say that this was the best conference I have attended in years! On any topic! It was non-stop information, challenges, support and encouragement. We weren’t expected to “know” the math. We were expected to try, talk, think, construct connections, and do math. I taught first grade for 25 years and am now working with math teachers at various levels. I attended the 3-5 series and much of it was a challenge. But I never felt threatened because I didn’t already know how to do something. I learned so much! Thank you for an amazing experience."

"This conference respects that a teacher's time is precious. It cuts out anything that is not directly related to making you a better math teacher. It has some of the most inspiring presenters that make you excited to get back in the classroom and revolutionize the way we teach math."

"You will get great information and teaching methods that work. You will have your mind opened to ways of thinking you have not thought of before, but that make sense!"

"Very organized. Wonderful presenters that love math and love to have fun! Information is presented in a fun, easy to follow format."

"Everything you wanted to know about methods and implementation of math education put on by the best in math. Overwhelming in a very good way."

"This conference is the most amazing experience that a teacher will have as far as professional development. They will learn how and why to teach math for understanding."

"It's a math conference with extremely knowledgeable presenters that provide you with a lot of examples and resources that will truly get you to start thinking about & teaching math in a more student friendly and centered manner."

Space is limited and hotel rooms will fill fast, so don't wait any longer. Click here to register now!