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2017 Spring Symposium


Building Powerful Numeracy

April 27, 2017
Lead by Pamela Weber Harris
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center – Duluth, MN


How do we build powerful numeracy in our students, from early grades through high school? How can we help ALL students automatize the facts? What is real math versus “fake math”? We will work with and experience teaching strategies to help all students construct numerical relationships so that they can be successful at their grade level while also building their understanding for continued success in later grades. Participants will study the lesson structures of problem strings and problem talks-how these tasks work together to help students construct mental connections that enable them to use powerful strategies and solve real problems.We’ll discuss an overall vision, focus on specific examples across the grade levels, and point out some of the common pitfalls that can derail honest efforts.Though the book title highlights middle and high school students, this session is designed for all grade levels and all adults.

Pamela Weber Harris, a former secondary mathematics teacher, teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, is a K-12 mathematics education consultant, a T^3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology) National Instructor, and a nationally known speaker.She presents at conferences and workshops throughout the U.S. on numeracy, Problem Strings at all grade levels, and using technology appropriately in the mathematics classroom

Who should attend?
  • Administrators
  • District curriculum leaders
  • Teacher leaders
  • Teacher educators
  • Teams from districts or schools

Attendees will receive a copy of the book
Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students
by Pamela Weber Harris(Heinemann, 2011)

The symposium has reached maximum registration and is full.

"Creating Communities of Success"
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, 2017

Information and Registration Forms

Lodging - Conference and Symposium participants are responsible for their lodging.