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.

The theme of this year's 2018 Math Plus Conference is . . . PROGRESSIONS. Every year we explore and explain the most important math concepts in elementary and middle school. This year, we will focus on how these critical concepts fit together, both across and within each grade level.

In math, concepts build on previous concepts, and skills build on previous skills. Understanding how everything connects is the key to helping struggling students. It is also the secret to laying the groundwork for future learning. Our goal is to connect concepts and skills in both directions and make learning and teaching progressions clear.

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

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!


We take your survey comments and feedback to heart. Even though our overall conference rating last year was an amazing 4.73 out of 5.00, we always want to improve and have made three important changes:

1. For teachers who enjoy the intimacy of a smaller group, we have added 26 elective seminars with topics that benefit from more dialogue and hands-on work. Differentiated instruction isn’t just good for students – it’s good for teachers too!

2. Because less can be more, we have reduced our two main teaching blocks by 15 minutes. Our total teaching time has actually increased, however, because we have added a 60-minute teaching block in the afternoon.


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:

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!


Math Instructors
Greg Tang is a popular speaker at math, reading and technology conferences, and has done more than 2,500 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 15 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, author of the gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and author of 8 children's books from Scholastic. has over 32 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of math curriculums across the country.
Dr. Juli Dixon is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida, where she coordinates the award-winning 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, the textbook published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is considered my 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 holds two concurrent positions: Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school in Singapore; and principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, a global provider of professional development.
Graham Fletcher has been a classroom teacher and math coach and is currently a district math specialist. 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.
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 professional development books including 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.
Dr. Monica Neagoy
Catherine Kuhns is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught every grade from preschool through fourth grade. She is the author of several books including Common Core Math in Action, Building Number Sense, and Number Wonders. Catherine received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and 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.
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams
John SanGiovanni

Sessions Coming Soon. . .


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 accepting and appreciative of your body.

Nicole will also offer her popular meditation class. Our 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 and 4:00-5:00p on Tue & Wed.
Meditation classes 5:00-5:30p on Tue & 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!

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

Salsa lessons 4:00-5:00p and 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.


Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-421-6800
All workshops and activities will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown for the Math Plus 2018. Dual occupancy rates start at $*** per night subject to availability. Click here to book your room today.
*Additional taxes and fees may apply. (Rate valid through June 30th, 2018)

Airport Transportation:

We have received a discount rate for shuttle transportation through Super Shuttle at for those who are not renting a vehicle and need transportation to The Westin. Round trip rates start at just $30 per person.

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.


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 box 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 onsite credit card payments. 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 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, please follow the registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you can complete a temporary online registration to save your spot using purchase order number "Paper".

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

Do you offer group discounts?
This year we have made a shift away from our standard group discounts and moved towards early bird registration discounts. If you register by April 31st you will receive $30 off your registration! Register by May 31st to receive $15 off.

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 with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement.

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. There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after June 12th). We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc.

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. We would be glad to send you an invoice for your registration if you have not received it. Write to us at 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 and we will send over the required tax form. Our contact information is listed below.

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
The 2018 Math Plus Conference will 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 12th 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
Phone Number:620-869-1799
Fax Number:800-858-1287


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:

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

Booking overnight accommodations at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 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.

2018 Math Plus Registration
Feedback from Last Year's Conference

"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."

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