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 CareerThis 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
- Understanding the New Math TEKS
- Understanding the New TEKS in Mathematics Research to Practice
- Academic Vertical Alignment Training and Renewal (AVATAR) Project
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: ElementaryWhat 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 SchoolIn 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
- Changing the Way We Think About Instruction: Middle School Mathematics
- Planning Template: Strands of Mathematical Proficiency
- Scenarios: Group Activities to Discuss Evaluation, Aligning, and Instructional Design
- Handout: Guiding Questions on Cognitive Engagement
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
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?
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.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
||Welcome from Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director & Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Panel: Introduction to the New TEKS: K12 to Career
|10:00 a.m.|| Morning Break
Plenary Discussion & Luncheon
|12:45 p.m.|| Poster Gallery & Break
Breakout Sessions - Designing Instruction & Assessment to Support Student Achievement
|2:30 p.m.||Break & Registration for Prize Drawing
Panel: Leading Through the Transition
Closing Remarks & Prize Drawing
Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director & Associate Professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU
2013 RME Conference
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
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.
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.
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.