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Math Institute 2023 Virtual Conference

September 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT Free

Registration Deadline: FRI. 9/29/23 

Math Institute 2023 will feature a morning keynote and workshop by Heather Buskirk, Director of Professional Learning for Citizen Math, as well as afternoon concurrent sessions. The overarching theme is helping learners view math as a powerful tool for understanding the world.

WHO is Math Institute for?

  • Math instructors and volunteers AND…
  • ABE teachers of ANY content who want to incorporate numeracy into their instruction in a meaningful way!

9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Morning Keynote & Workshop – Heather Buskirk

Description: Too often, traditional math instruction exists in a world apart from the real life experiences of our students. Even traditionally successful students come to view math as separate or other. How can we turn around the perspective to view math as a powerful tool for understanding the world? Great math learning is so much more than rigor. Let’s explore how math can and should be more meaningful, relevant, and fun.

Heather Buskirk is the Director of Professional Learning for Citizen Math and a National Board-certified teacher with over 12 years of classroom experience. In her work at Citizen Math, she develops and implements professional learning opportunities for math teachers looking to bring real world conversations into their math classrooms. Additionally, she serves on the Professional Standards and Practices Board for the New York State Department of Education and as a Trustee for the Knowles Teacher Initiative. She earned her B.A. in astronomy-physics and her M.A. in teaching from the University of Virginia.

1:15 – 3:00 pm – Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session #1: Where Shall I Begin?! Repurposing My Classroom Materials – Andy Albee & Marcie Vaiphei

Do you get overwhelmed by the thought of creating more rigorous and engaging math experiences for your students? Do you feel the pressure to always try something new? Join us as we take a look at commonly used resources and brainstorm ways of supplementing a core math text to enhance both student engagement and critical thinking in the math classroom.

Session #2: Exploring a Rigorous and Versatile Routine – Katy Chiqui & Meagan Hymes

Are you new to slow reveal graphs and interested in experiencing the power and versatility of this routine? Are you a user of slow reveal graphs who would like to dig deeper and explore the possibilities that this routine has to offer your students? If you said yes to either of these questions, then this session is for you!

Join us as we (1) experience connections to CCRS math practices and ELA standards (Let’s be real; we don’t teach math in a vacuum!), (2) discuss teacher moves for differentiating based on classroom context and student needs (including no-tech options!) and (3) highlight ways to increase student critical thinking about “math” topics that are interesting and relevant…and all of this using slow reveal graphs!


September 29, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT


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