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Scholarships Available for ABE Practitioners to Attend the 2018 MCTM Spring Conference! - By Amber Delliger, ATLAS Numeracy Coordinator

The Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Spring Conference has always been one of my favorite events of the year! It’s a conference completely dedicated to math education. Teachers from Pre K-12, college, and adult education come together to talk about math teaching and learning, and this year ABE is making its official debut!

At ATLAS, we believe that connecting with fellow educators makes our classroom practice stronger. While the ABE Math Institute has always been a great way to connect with other ABE teachers, this year we are branching out and taking advantage of a large math conference held in Duluth that brings together math teachers from a variety of contexts and from all corners of the state.

MCTM Spring 2018 Conference

The MCTM Spring Conference is a two-day event with national keynote speakers and workshop sessions led by math leaders at all academic levels (Pre K-12, ABE, and College), focused on a variety of math topics, teaching methods, resources, and more. Opportunities abound for networking and exploring exhibitors and vendors. This is a great opportunity to learn from and with your colleagues!

Conference Topics

This year, ATLAS connected with MCTM and MinnMATYC (Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) to plan an Adult Education strand. This means that in addition to a number of quality sessions provided by K-12 teachers about K-12 math content (which we all teach!), there will be an opportunity to attend sessions specifically about the needs of adult math learners. 

You’ll see sessions led by seasoned ABE presenters focusing on understanding formulas, building coherence, dealing with challenging students, using videos in instruction, supporting ESL learners and more! In addition to our ABE presenters, MinnMATYC presenters will be covering topics such as content on the ACCUPLACER NextGen assessment, partnering with ABE in developmental education, and other content areas specifically targeted in adult learning.

Conference Scholarships

To help support ABE practitioners from across Minnesota to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, ATLAS is excited to offer a number of scholarships for up to $400 each to help offset the cost of attending the conference. This scholarship can be used toward registration, hotel, and/or mileage. (You know I believe that math is best done with a friend, so think about carpooling and sharing a hotel to make the most of your scholarship money!)

NOTE: Hotels are filling up fast!  If you're planning on attending the conference, make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  Hint: you'll be able to find more affordable options slightly farther from the venue.

We encourage all those who are interested in attending the conference to apply for a scholarship. Let’s build a strong showing at the conference this year and continue to expand ABE offerings at MCTM events in the future.

Hope to see you in May in Duluth!

2018 MCTM Spring Conference and Scholarship Information

Who: Practitioners who are dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of meaningful mathematics for all students

2018 MCTM SPRING CONFERENCE: Building Community

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2018

DECC Convention Center, Duluth, MN

$225 for Friday & Saturday  •  $125 Saturday Only

Keynote Speakers:
Friday: Paul Gorski  •  Saturday: Robert Q. Berry III

Scholarships Available:
Up to $400 for Friday & Saturday  •  Up to $300 for Saturday only

Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018

Scholarship Application: APPLY HERE >> 
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To Learn More:
 Visit the conference website ( or check out the ATLAS Calendar of Events

First published 1/23/18