RME's annual Research-to-Practice conference is generously funded by The Meadows FoundationThe Hoglund Foundation, Istation, and Reasoning Mind. Educators, researchers, and mathematicians collaborate on improving the mathematics education landscape in North Texas. 



A Global View of the Process Standards

Jo Ann Bilderback, M.Ed., Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Ph.D., Professor, Baylor University
Hector Reyes, Chief Engineer, Raytheon Company


Solving Word Problems Using Schemas

In this session, we learn about additive and multiplication word-problem schemas and discuss the importance of explicit instruction on using these schemas to solve word problems. Participants will learn how to teach students to identify schemas, use diagrams and equations to represent schemas, and use diagrams and equations for problem solution.

Sarah Powell, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin


Mathematical Problem Solving in Real World Situations

This session discusses how high school mathematics can be embedded in real world situations, focusing on teaching approach that “personalize” learning to students out-of-school interests in topics like sports, music, and movies. We’ll begin by discussing the need for making high school mathematics more relevant, and will address ways to respond to the question of “when am I ever going to use this?” We’ll then take a close look at some of the research that shows the impact of connecting math instruction to real world situations, and discuss how these connections can be made well or poorly. Finally, we’ll discuss and provide a handout with some take-away resources that high school teachers can use to find high-quality, real world-focused lessons.

Candace Walkington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Southern Methodist University


Fostering Small-Group, Student-to-Student Discourse: Discoveries from a Practitioner Action Research Project

Fostering student-to-student discourse in small groups can be challenging. This presentation will describe the development of and discoveries from a practitioner action research project, which tackled the question of how teachers can interact with their students while they are working collaboratively to promote and improve student-to-student communication. Research-based suggestions for teacher interventions that encourage and enhance small-group discussions will be provided. Further, advice for teachers who are considering undertaking practitioner action research to develop their own practice will be shared.

Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Andrews Institute of Mathematics and Science Education, Texas Christian University


Operations with Whole Numbers: Teaching Mathematics for Understanding through Problem Solving, Discourse, and Practice.

Teaching through the mathematical process standards engages students in complex thinking that challenges them to make connections between mathematics concepts and experiences of the past, present, and future.  Through problem solving and discourse, students are given a meaningful context in which to persevere and make sense of the mathematics. Participants will be given the opportunity to work with their colleagues to further explore how to merge these ideas with common textbook problems. 

Carole Hayata, Ph.D., Mathematics Research Specialist, Research in Mathematics Education, Southern Methodist University


Middle School Mathematics: Proportional Reasoning

We have a new strand focused on proportionality in the middle grades. We have new mathematical process standards that students should use to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. How does the content interact with the process to create proportional reasoning? Experience tasks that take us deeper into proportionality in order to develop proportional reasoning. Engage in collegial conversations about creating classroom experiences that integrate proportionality and the mathematical process standards.

Sharon Benson, Ed.D., Mathematics Solutions, Region 4 Service Center


Using Real Objects And Manipulatives To Solve Problems: A Focus On Factoring Quadratics

The session will focus specifically on the mathematical process standard of using real world objects and manipulatives to solve mathematical problems in high school. The importance of using manipulatives to solve math problems will be described, along with a review of one research-based instructional strategy that has shown to impact student achievement with its use of manipulatives. Participants will learn how to integrate this instructional strategy into the content area of factoring quadratics through various demonstrated examples. Finally, different ways of incorporating this strategy beyond the algebra classroom will be brainstormed. 

Pooja Shivraj, Ph.D., Educational Assessment Researcher, Research in Mathematics Education, Southern Methodist University 


Panel: Supporting All Students In Engaging In The Process Standards

Karla del Rosal, Ph.D., Instructor, Southern Methodist University
Lindy Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education, Texas Christian University
Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology, Baylor University

About

Who we are

Research in Mathematics Education (RME) is a research and outreach unit within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & 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 with 140 educators in attendance. Now in its 4th year, the conference quickly reached capacity at 300 attendees with a 50 person waiting list months prior to the 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 2015 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

Hotel Lumen is the official hotel of the RME Research-to-Practice Conference. 

The Lumen is a boutique hotel in the heart of Dallas situated across from SMU Campus, and is convenient to Dallas shopping and dining. Enjoy the city after an engaging day of learning.

An SMU campus map with RME event parking is available for download here.

 

8:30 a.m.

Registration
Location: Ballroom

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

9:00 a.m.

Panel: A Global View of the Process Standards
Location: Theatre

Moderator
Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Panelists
Jo Ann Bilderback, M.Ed., Math/Science Content Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Trena Wilkerson, Ph.D., Professor, Baylor University

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:15 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Understanding Problem Structures
Location: Theatre

Presenter
Sarah Powell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas

Mathematical Problem Solving in Real World Situations
Location: Forum

Presenter
Candace Walkington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, SMU

Communicating and Reasoning about Mathematics
Location: Promenade

Presenter
Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

11:30 a.m.

Plenary Discussion & Luncheon
Location: Ballroom

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

12:45 p.m. Poster Gallery & Break

1:15p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Elementary Mathematics: Operations with Whole Numbers
Location: Theatre

Presenter
Carole Hayata, Ph.D., Mathematics Research Specialist, RME SMU

Middle School Mathematics: Proportional Reasoning
Location: Forum

Presenter
Sharon Benson, Ed.D., Director, Mathematics and Advanced Academics, Region 4 Education Service Center

High School Mathematics: Quadratic Equations using CRA
Location: Promenade

Presenter
Pooja Shivraj, Ph.D., Educational Assessment Researcher, RME SMU

2:30 p.m. Break & Registration for Prize Drawing

2:45 p.m.

Panel: All Students Engaging in the Process Standards
Location: Theatre

Moderator
Paige Ware, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Department Chair, Teaching and Learning, SMU

Panelists
Karla del Rosal, Instructor, SMU
Lindy Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education, Texas Christian University
Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology, Baylor University

3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Prize Drawing
Location: Ballroom

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








Sharon Benson, Ed.D.
Director, Mathematics and Advanced Academics, Region 4 ESC


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. Lindy Crawford
Associate Professor, Special Education, Texas Christian University, Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education



delRosalK
Assistant Dean of External Affairs & Outreach, Simmons School of Education, SMU
Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME Director, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMU

Karla del Rosal
Instructor, Teaching and Learning, SMU


Yolette Garcia
Assistant Dean for External Affairs & Outreach, SMU


Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller
RME Director & Associate Professor, Education Policy and Leadership, SMU


Dr. Carole Hayata
Instructor & Mathematics Research Specialist, RME SMU






Dr. Susan Johnsen
Professor, Educational Psychology, Baylor University


Dr. Sarah Powell
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Sarah Quebec Fuentes
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, Texas Christian University


Hector Reyes
Chief Engineer, Raytheon Company



Dr. Pooja Shivraj


Dr. Pooja Shivraj
Educational Assessment Researcher, RME SMU


Dr. Candace Walkington
Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, SMU


Dr. Paige Ware
Associate Professor & Department Chair, Teaching and Learning, SMU


Dr. Trena Wilkerson
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University

Supporters

With generous support from: 

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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Istation

Istation is a privately held company headquartered in Dallas, Texas that offers fully-integrated, computer-based learning systems for reading and mathematics. They offer computer-adaptive formative assessments, curriculum, differentiated instruction aligned with RtI tiers, student-data reports, and a library of teacher resources. Istation is a generous supporter of the RME 2015 Research-to-Practice Conference.


The Hoglund Foundation and Reasoning Mind

The Hoglund Foundation and Reasoning Mind are generous supporters of the RME Research-to-Practice 2015 Conference. The Hoglund Foundation promotes agencies and programs involved in education, health, and family support services that will bring about positive change in the city of Dallas. Reasoning Mind is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support all children in their mathematics journey with rigorous, focused curriculum, teacher support, and student engagement through an innovative and comprehensive online learning system.

In-kind donations from:

 Central Market

 Society Bakery

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.

Ways to Give

Giving to the RME Conference supports Texas educators. Multiple levels of support exist for giving. It is with your support that we continue to provide this conference at no cost to educators. Click here to give.

Pythagoras - $20,000+

Newton - $10,000 - $19,999

Descartes - $5,000 - $9,999

Euclid - $500 - $4,999

Euler - up to $499

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Previous Conferences

2014 RME Conference

2014 RME Conference Presentations

RME's third annual conference, Transitioning to the New TEKS: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, had 250 participants for its largest turnout yet. Presenters included Texas educators, administrators, researchers, industry representatives, and college and career readiness experts. The conference keynote speaker, Margaret Spellings, served as the U.S. Secretary of Education and continues to work in collaboration with the George W. Bush Foundation to support education reform. Her keynote focused on the impact education policy has on student achievement.

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.