2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference
The best math and science teachers in the state will come together to review, refresh and retool current math and science practices and inspire educators to provide a Problem-Based Learning Environment to their students.
I am excited to announce a great opportunity for professional learning for this summer that will help you to really use the implementation of the Kansas Standards for Mathematics as an opportunity to advance instruction in your classroom, building, and district! The mornings will include guest speakers from KATS, KATM, and others and chances to learn from expert math and science teachers in Kansas. During the afternoons each day, grade-banded groups will be digging deep into content. This will be a great opportunity to be inspired and learn from others, but it's the afternoons that I think will really be fantastic.
The content of the 2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference will focus on building a Problem-Based Learning Environment for students in mathematics.
Below are the fantastic afternoon sessions we will be offering in mathematics at the conference this year:
MATHEMATICS ELEMENTARY SESSION
- Emphasizing Elementary Math in a Problem-Based Learning Environment
- Teachers will process and develop a problem based learning opportunity revolving around the measurement domain for students at their grade level. Teachers will explore the focus documents to understand how to weave the supporting clusters within the major clusters. Specifically, we will focus on how to implement the measurement clusters as a supporting or major cluster, depending on their grade levels. Teachers will walk away with multiple problem based learning opportunities to share and use in their schools. We will also analyze the components of project based learning as it aligns to mathematics and explore opportunities for integration and implementation with a focus on the standards for mathematical practice and effective mathematics teaching practices.
MATHEMATICS MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SESSION
- Incorporating Secondary Math Standards in a Problem-Based Learning Environment
- Teachers will analyze components of Project Based Learning and explore opportunities for integration and implementation of the math standards within this structure. The focus will be on the Content Standards, the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices. Teachers will walk away with multiple rich mathematical tasks that meet the criteria of solid “hands-on” tasks and project based learning. These tasks will be based on content standards that are appropriate for each grade level or course.
The 2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference scheduled for June 17-18 will be held at Newman University, 3100 McCormick St, Wichita, KS 67213.
During these two days of intense professional learning, you will:
- Network with some of the best math and science teachers in Kansas; Acquire ideas and tools from Kansas math and science education researchers;
- Dig deep into the standards with strategies to move your classroom, building, and district closer to your vision for math and science education;
- Take your teaching to the next level.
You are encouraged to attend and extend an invitation to your principals and superintendents to join you at the conference.
Conference Registration Fee
KEEN Member Registration Fee $50
Non-KEEN Member Registration Fee $75
Presidential Awards Dinner ONLY $25
Conference registration fee includes, the two day conference, lunch each day and snacks in the afternoon. The fee also includes the awards dinner on Monday evening honoring the 2019 Presidential Awards nominees and finalists. Please indicate on the registration portal if you plan to attend the awards banquet.
Please note the conference registration fee will not be reduced if you choose not to participate in any of the conference.
One (1) EDUC graduate credit from Friends University for your Summer 2019 conference attendance will be available at an additional expense.
Registration Closes Friday, May 24, 2019
We look forward to you joining us for these two days of professional development and networking with other exemplary educators throughout the state!