Location and Date

Southern Methodist University

A nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hughes-Trigg Building Map
Parking Map

Keynote Speaker

What Participants are Saying

  • Everything was very organized. I received a wealth of information that I can immediately return to my campus to incorporate in my professional sessions with my teachers.
  • I really enjoyed the session on performance tasks. I know I can implement them in my classroom next week and I have a better understanding of how to utilize them. Overall this was the BEST conference or training I have been to.
  • I took something meaningful from every session! I especially loved the healthy balance between high-level, research based ideas and things I could copy and take to my classrooms the next day.
  • So many great ideas and I'm excited to use them in my classroom to increase confidence and better math skills.



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7:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast


Location: Hughes-Trigg Ballroom

8:15 a.m.

Welcome to the Conference


Location: Theater

8:30 a.m.

Opening Panel: Disrupting Inequities in Mathematics Education

Sagar Desai, Chief Operating Officer, The Commit Partnership

Martha Bujanda, Principal, Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy

Markita Tillman, Teacher, Billy E. Dade Middle School

9:30 a.m.

Morning Break & Poster Presentations

9:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions


Access Granted: Shifting Classroom Assessments to Support Student Achievement in Mathematics

Sharri C. Zachary, Elisha M. Pease Elementary, Principal

Natalie Richards, Assistant Principal; Danielle Tillis, Instructional Coach


Intensifying Instruction in Mathematics for Students at Risk 

Erica Lembke, University of Missouri, Department Chair & Professor of Special Education


"She Slept 'Where' Last Night?" Poverty and Homelessness in Our Mathematical Classroom

Alexandra Pavlakis, Southern Methodist University, Assistant Professor

11:05 a.m.

Mid-day Session: Social Emotional Learning

Dara Rossi, Southern Methodist University, Clinical Associate Professor 

12:05 p.m.

Lunch and RME Impact Awards Presentation

1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


Mathematical Mindsets for Gifted Students

Ann Batenburg, Southern Methodist University, Clinical Associate Professor;

Annie Garrison Wilhelm, Southern Methodist University, Assistant Professor


Teaching Math Word Problems to English Learners : Challenges and Opportunities

Candace Walkington, Southern Methodist University, Associate Professor;

Doris Baker, Southern Methodist University, Associate Professor


How to Help At-Risk Learners Get "On Track" for Mathematics Success

Christian Doabler, University of Texas, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break 

2:30 p.m.

Keynote: Connecting Social Emotional Learning to Position Students as Mathematically Competent

Robert Q. Berry, III, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, President

3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & Prize Drawing

Location: Theater


Contributing Sponsors


Contact Us 

Questions? Send us an email at rme@smu.edu