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Excellence in Teaching Conference 2024: Making Sense of a Mathematical World

Registration closes February 23, 2024.

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Making Sense of a Mathematical World

In the wake of the pandemic, negative reports about students’ math performance pervade the news. Eager to address this and provide the best math instruction for their students, teachers are instead met with mixed messages on everything from timed tests in elementary schools to offering calculus in high schools. Here at the University of Notre Dame, we want to address these misconceptions and focus on what truly matters: how do we help students understand math in a deep and meaningful way? So, save the date for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Conference, March 8-10, 2024, on Notre Dame’s campus, where we will empower our students to make sense of a mathematical world. We’ll hear from renowned speakers and workshop classroom strategies that help us and our students deeply understand mathematical ideas and be excited about the math we’re learning! 

The Excellence in Teaching Conference is open to all participants, and most especially this year, K-12 math teachers, math leaders and coaches, and informal math educators.

A: attitudes and dispositions toward mathematics,
C: conceptual understanding of mathematics,
E: evidence-based practices for teaching mathematics

EL: Elementary
MS: Middle School
HS: High School
ML: Math Leaders and Coaches
A: All

Schedule

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Kathryn Chval

4:30-6:30 pm Registration check-in and Reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks included.
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center (overlooking Notre Dame Stadium)

Keynote: Supporting All Students in Our Mathematics Classrooms | Kathryn Chval, Ph.D.
(Dean, Professor, UIC College of Education) (Keynote to begin at 5:30 pm)

Teachers and leaders have the pivotal responsibility to establish and maintain conditions that facilitate the success and inclusion of students learning mathematics. The positioning of students affects their identities, participation, agency, and abilities to develop communicative, social, and academic competencies. Kathryn Chval will share how exceptional teachers establish conditions for student success in mathematics classrooms. 

8:00-9:00 am Registration check-in and breakfast
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

9:00-9:30 am Opening Remarks
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Topic: Making Sense of a Mathematical World | Patrick Kirkland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)

9:50-10:50 am Session A Breakouts
Mendoza College of Business

  • Using Story Problems to Teach Fractions | D'Anna Pynes, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • Math is NOT a universal language: ESL strategies to try tomorrow | Sarah Butch, M.A. (Coordinator, English as a New Language at Notre Dame)
  • Building Early Numeracy Skills in PreK-2nd Grade | Patrick Kirkland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • Data-Informed Teaching in the AI Era | Lewis Poché, M.Ed. (Coordinator, Higher-Powered Learning at Notre Dame)
  • Networking with Local Experts to Develop Rich Math Experiences | Lynette Grypp, M.Ed. & Brooke Thomas, M.S. (Teachers, Summit Country Day School)
  • Number Talks and Restorative Justice in the Middle School Classroom | Angie Hardman (Teacher, South Bend Community School Corporation)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Session B Breakouts
Mendoza College of Business

  • Small Variations, Significant Impact: How the Structure of Input Influences Children's Understanding of Mathematics | Nicole McNeil, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)
  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development in Math, Focusing on Fractions | Abby Giroux, M.A. (Coordinator, Program for Inclusive Education at Notre Dame)
  • Do Math Like a Champion Today | Brian Mulholland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)
  • Together We Can Make Math Make Sense: Best Practices for Public Sensemaking in the Classroom | Yaa Dankwa, M.Ed. (Graduate Student, Ohio State University)
  • Developing Number Sense in Middle School | Erin Whalen, M.S., M.A. (Teacher, MU Prep)
  • Where Faith and Reason Meet: How a Math Classroom Presents an Opportunity for Faith Engagement | John Brahier, M.A. (Associate Superintendent, Archdiocese of Detroit)
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Grace Kelemanik

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Keynote
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Keynote: Think Like A Mathematician | Grace Kelemanik and Amy Lucenta
Do your students get overwhelmed by wordy problems, complicated expressions, or unfamiliar representations? Do they grab numbers and start calculating without thinking?  Join us to explore three avenues of thinking championed in the Standards for Mathematical Practice and strategies to support students to slow down and make sense of messy math problems.

1:45-2:45 pm Session C Breakouts
Mendoza College of Business

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Amy Lucenta
  • Ensuring Our Students Can Make Sense of Math: Using Rich Formative Assessment in 3rd-8th Grade | Patrick Kirkland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)
  • The Use of Visuals and Multiple Representations in Mathematics | Kelly-Ann Gesuelli, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar, Cognition, Learning, and Development Lab at Notre Dame)
  • Supporting Students with Persevering through Mathematical Roadblocks | Erin Meikle, Ph.D. (Graduate Student, Duquesne University)
  • Promoting Mathematical Curiosity and Creativity | Kathryn Mulholland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)
  • Functions of Success: The Input Matters | Catie Acitelli, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)

3:00-4:00 pm Session D Breakouts
Mendoza College of Business

  • Connecting Representations: A Routine to Develop Structural Thinking (HS) | Grace Kelemanik (Co-Founder, Fostering Math Practices)
  • Contemplate then Calculate: A Routine to Develop Structural Thinking (K-8) | Amy Lucenta (Co-Founder, Fostering Math Practices)
  • Bring Your Capes and Discover Your Students' Mathematical Superpowers! | Ann Bingham, Ph.D. (Professor, Holy Cross College)
  • Turn and Talk: Discourse-Based Mathematics | Eve Fiorica & Mary Kate Koecheler (Teacher & Principal, Diocese of Rochester)
  • Are Students Recovering from the Pandemic? Signs from High School Statistics Classes | Ying "Alison" Cheng, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)

6:30-8:00 pm Dinner and Keynote
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Keynote: 5 Strategies to Engage All Students in Mathematical Thinking and Discourse | Grace Kelemanik and Amy Lucenta
Are you eager to engage ALL of your students in mathematical thinking? We will introduce five teaching strategies you can use to ensure all of your students are thinking, reasoning, and talking mathematically.  We will use examples and activities to illuminate each strategy and give concrete advice for getting started with each.

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

9:00-11:00 am Concluding Remarks and Curriculum Planning Sessions
Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn
Patrick Kirkland, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Notre Dame)

Registration

The cost of the conference, which includes meals, is $275. The deadline for registration is February 23, 2024.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration cancellations made before February 23 will receive a 95% refund (5% processing fee). Any cancellation made after February 23 is ineligible for a refund.

Financial support is available through your schools' Title funds or various scholarships and financial aid opportunities. The deadline for financial aid is February 15, 2024.

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Hotels

Morris Inn

  • Please use this link to book with a discounted rate at the Morris Inn.

Embassy Suites

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Sponsorships

Thank you to our sponsors for this year's Excellence in Teaching Conference!

 

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame

Curriculum Associates

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