Research in Mathematics Education

2014 Research-to-Practice Conference

RME is committed to providing an annual Research-to-Practice conference generously funded by The Meadows Foundation that partners educators, researchers, and mathematicians with a collaborative focus on improving the mathematics education landscape in North Texas. Now in it's third year, RME's conference will target Transitioning to the New TEKS: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in 2014.

Panel: Introduction to the New TEKS: K12 to Career

This session provided all participants with an outline of where we are and where we need to go with the implementation of the new math TEKS for Grades K-8. Emphasis was placed on current resources that are available to help with the transition and what educators can do in their classrooms to assist students in more rigorous approaches to the math.

Jo Ann Bilderback, M.Ed., Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Dr. Marc P. Christensen, Dean, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, SMU
Dr. Czarina Reyes, Professor of Mathematics, Dallas County Community College


Re-conceptualizing Curriculum: Focusing on the "Big Ideas"

Although the TEKS provide us with a description of the mathematics content that is required in Texas, they do not provide suggestions for designing instruction. To provide instructional support for districts and teachers, the Texas Response to the Curriculum Focal Points (TXRCFP) illustrates how the TEKS can be organized into "big ideas" around which to design instruction and assessment. In this session, participants will engage in activities that explain how the TXRCFP was constructed and how it can be used in K-8 classrooms.

Dr. Janie Schielack, Associate Dean for Assessment & PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University
Debbie Perry, M.Ed. District Coordinator of Mathematics, Midway ISD


Response to Intervention in Math: Supporting All Students

This session will provide an overview of basic principles for the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in mathematics, followed by a specific example of how RtI has been implemented in a high school setting. Participants will be provided information and resources for implementing or enhancing implementation of RTI in their own districts, and time for discussion and questions will be included.

Dr. Erica Lembke, Associate Professor, Special Education, University of Missouri
Yassmin Lee, M.Ed., Principal, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Fort Worth ISD


Designing Instruction and Assessment to Support Student Achievement: Early Mathematics

The past decade of research on early childhood learning in mathematics has resulted in exciting developments in instruction and assessment. This session will highlight key research findings that suggest we need to increase our expectations of mathematics learning for young. The findings will be compared to Texas Pre-K Standards and specific examples of how to structure early childhood experiences to optimize mathematics learning will be illustrated.

Dr. David J. Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School for Education & Human Development, SMU


Designing Instruction and Assessment to Support Student Achievement: Elementary

What do we expect teachers to know during this time of transition to the new mathematics TEKS? What do we expect students to know with the implementation of the new mathematics TEKS? And how we will know if they know it? Join us as we explore how two of the four critical PLC questions can be used to transition our curriculum, instruction, and assessment to the new mathematics TEKS.

Janet Dodd, M.Ed., Instructional Specialist, Pasadena ISD Elementary Mathematics, President, Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics


Designing Instruction and Assessment to Support Student Achievement: Middle School

In this session, we will explore the the five strands of mathematical proficiency identified by the National Research Council and their application to the cognitive complexities within the middle school mathematics TEKS. Session participants will use this knowledge to develop standards-based instructional tasks that address each strand of proficiency.

Brea Ratliff, M.Ed., RME Secondary Mathematics Coordinator, SMU


Panel: Leading Through the Transition

This session highlighted what school leaders are currently doing to assist their teachers with the transition and implementation of the new math TEKS from the district and school levels.

Pam Smith, M.S. Supervision, Director of Elementary Mathematics, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Principal, Rockwall-Heath High School, Rockwall ISD
Dr. Michael McFarland
, Superintendent of Schools, Lancaster ISD

About

Who we are

Research in Mathematics Education (RME) is a research and outreach unit within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development that conducts and disseminates high-quality, evidence-based research to improve students' mathematics performance in Texas. RME was established in 2011 and held its first Research-to-Practice Conference in February of 2012. More than 140 educators across the state attended the conference, which garnered enthusiastic and favorable response. On February 15, 2013, RME's second conference commenced with more than 200 participants exceeding capacity for this event. The RME conference is focused on the specific needs of Texas, and continues to provide innovative and timely topics in mathematics education today. 

Who should attend?

RME Conference attendees speaking

The 2014 RME Research-to-Practice Conference draws educators including classroom teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and researchers from around North Texas to discuss challenges and solutions in mathematics education. Our focus is on the relationship between research and practice. Conference sessions will integrate research findings with classroom and school-level practices to improve student achievement in mathematics.

Hotel and travel

The Hotel Palomar is the official hotel of the RME Research-to-Practice Conference. A boutique hotel in the heart of Dallas, situated across from SMU Campus, and convenient to the shopping and dining Dallas is known for, enjoy the city after an engaging day of learning. 

Transitioning to the New TEKS: Curriculum, Instruction and Assesment

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Location: Ballroom

8:45 a.m.
Welcome from Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director & Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Location: Ballroom

9:00 a.m.

Panel: Introduction to the New TEKS: K12 to Career
Location: Ballroom

Moderator:

Dr. Michael McLendon, Centennial Chair, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Panelists:

Jo Ann Bilderback, M.Ed., Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Dr. Marc P. Christensen, Dean, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, SMU
Dr. Czarina Reyes, Professor of Mathematics, Dallas County Community College
10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Re-conceptualizing Curriculum: Focusing on the "Big Ideas"
Location: Forum

Session Chair:

Elizabeth Howell

Presenters:

Dr. Janie Schielack, Associate Dean for Assessment & PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University
Debbie Perry, District Coordinator of Mathematics, Midway ISD

Response to Intervention in Math: Supporting All Students
Location: Theatre

Session Chair:

Dr. Carole A. Hayata

Presenters:

Dr. Erica Lembke, Associate Professor, Special Education, University of Missouri
Yassmin Lee, M.Ed., Principal, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Fort Worth ISD
11:30 a.m.

Plenary Discussion & Luncheon
Location: Ballroom

Moderator:

Dr. David J. Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School for Education & Human Development, SMU

Speaker:

Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Presidential Center, U.S. Secretary of Education 2005-2009


12:45 p.m. Poster Gallery & Break

1:15p.m.

Breakout Sessions - Designing Instruction & Assessment to Support Student Achievement

Early Mathematics
Location: Forum

Session Chair:

Saler Axel

Presenter:

Dr. David J. Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Elementary
Location: Theatre

Session Chair:

Dawn Woods

Presenter:

Janet Dodd, M.Ed., Instructional Specialist, Elementary Mathematics, Pasadena ISD, President TASM

Middle
Location: Ballroom 

Session Chair:

Cassandra Hatfield

Presenter:

Brea Ratliff, M.Ed., RME Secondary Mathematics Coordinator, SMU
2:30 p.m. Break & Registration for Prize Drawing

2:45 p.m.

Panel: Leading Through the Transition
Location: Ballroom

Moderator:

Dr. Lee Alvoid, Clinical Professor and Department Chair of Education Policy & Leadership, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Panelists:

Pam Smith, M.S. Supervision, Director of Elementary Mathematics, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Principal, Rockwall-Heath High School, Rockwall ISD
Dr. Michael McFarland, Superintendent of Schools, Lancaster ISD
3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Prize Drawing
Location: Ballroom

Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director & Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU


Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Foundation. 2014 RME Conference Keynote Speaker

Margaret Spellings
President, George W. Bush Presidential Center
U.S. Secretary of Education 2005-2009



Dr. Lee Alvoid, Clincal Associate Professor & Department Chair of Education Policy and Leadership, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMU JoAnn Bilderbeck, Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency

Dr. Lee Alvoid
Clincal Professor & Dept. Chair of Ed. Policy and Leadership, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Jo Ann Bilderback, M.Ed.
Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency

Dr. David J. Chard
Leon Simmons Endowed Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Dr. Marc P. Christensen
Dean and Lyle Professor of Engineering Innovation, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, SMU



Janet Dodd, M.Ed. Instructional Specialist, Elementary Mathematics, Pasadena ISD Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMU Dr. Erica Lembke, Associate Professor, Special Education, University of Missouri

Janet Dodd, M.Ed.
Instructional Specialist, Elementary Mathematics, Pasadena ISD, President TASM

Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller
RME Director & Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Yassmin Lee, M.Ed.
Principal, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Fort Worth ISD

Dr. Erica Lembke
Associate Professor, Special Education, University of Missouri



Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Principal, Rockwall-Heath High School, Rockwall ISD Dr. Michael McClendon, Associate Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Development Dr. Michael McFarland, Superintendent of Schools, Lancaster, ISD Debbie Perry, District Coordinator of Mathematics, Midway, ISD

Dr. Tom Maglisceau
Principal, Rockwall-Heath High School, Rockwall ISD

Dr. Michael McLendon
Centennial Chair, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Dr. Michael McFarland
Superintendent of Schools, Lancaster, ISD

Debbie Perry
District Coordinator of Mathematics, Midway ISD



Brea Ratliff, M.Ed.
RME Secondary Mathematics Coordinator, Annette Caldwall Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Dr. Czarina Reyes
Professor of Mathematics, Dallas County College

Dr. Janie Schielack
Associate Dean for Assessment, PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University

Pam Smith, M.S. Supervision
Director of Elementary Mathematics, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Supporters

The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas, and to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.
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Partners

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners. Dr. Diane Bryant, director of MCPER's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties serves as an RME researcher.

Previous Conferences

2013 RME Conference

2013 RME Conference Presentations

2013 RME Conference Presentations

On February 15, 2013, RME's second conference, Bridging Research & Practice: Explore, Participate, Engage, commenced with more than 200 participants, exceeding capacity for this event. Two expert panels bookended a day filled with breakout sessions exploring significant and timely topics in STEM, pedagogical knowledge, research in algebra, assessments and community engagement.

2012 Research in Mathematics Conference

2012 Research in Mathematics Conference: Mapping the Future of Mathematics Success

Mapping the Future of Mathematics Success

RME's first conference, Mapping the Future of Mathematics Success, reached 140 North Texas educators with broad topics from instructional design considerations for intervention to a discussion on Learning Progressions as well as clear cases for the use of data to drive increased academic achievement.