What Participants are Saying

  • I'm still quoting things the presenters said during school meetings, training and to parents. The RME Conference was the most valuable training I have been to. 
  •  Mathematics instruction is only as informative as the teacher is knowledgeable. The more information I obtain, the greater the benefit is for the students. I wish to be the best possible for my students and my personal growth.
  •  Last year was my first time attending the conference and I feel it empowered me to become a better educator.
  • Each year I learn about current research and enjoy visiting with practitioners. Each year that I have attended, I leave with research, best practices, and inspiration that motivates me. 

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 3, 2017


Hughes-Trigg Building Map

Parking Map


We are going paperless this year with help from SCHED. Select your breakouts, and learn about our speakers!

7:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

Location: Hughes-Trigg Ballroom

8:15 a.m.

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

Location: Theater

8:30 a.m.

Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Mathematics Education in the K-12 to College Pathway

Yolette Garcia, Dr. James Epperson, Mary Kemper, Trena Wilkerson, Torrence Robinson 

Location: Theater

9:30 a.m.

Morning Break & Poster Presentations

9:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Is Anyone Ever Going to Understand Fractions? (Grades 6-8)

This is a hands-on session designed to help teachers investigate the impact of strategically presenting mathematics and building the relationship between concrete models and tabular representations. Participants will experience activities created to support students conceptual understanding of fraction operations, equivalence, and decimal-fraction relationships.

Presenter: Jane Silvey, Lindale ISD

Breakout 2 – Using Multiple Representations to Build Understanding of Fractions (Grades 3-5)

Conceptual Understanding is built by comparing and contrasting various representations of an idea. In this session, participants will work through a purposeful sequence of questions about fractions that encourages students to compare and contrast multiple representations of their thinking and leads to conceptual understanding upon which they can build number sense and procedural fluency. 

Presenters: Dr. Lindsey Perry, SMU, & Dr. Janie Schielack

Breakout 3 – Teaching for Understanding: Addition & Subtraction (Grades K-2)

Engage in research-based instructional strategies designed to help develop students' conceptual understanding of representing and solving addition and subtraction problems while developing procedural fluency.

Presenter: Dr. Stefani Kulhanek, ESC 4

11:05 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Injecting Elements of Effective Thinking into our Classrooms and Curricula

Presenter: Dr. Edward Burger, Southwestern University

11:45 p.m.

Lunch and RME Impact Awards Presentation

12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Coaching Teachers to Support Students with Conceptual Understanding (all grades, coaching session) 

Coaching is not as simple as A, B, C or 1, 2, 3! In this session, participants will explore the complexities of change and the coach's role in being a change agent. 

Presenter: Karen Spalding, Denton ISD

Breakout 2 – Rich Mathematical Tasks as the Foundation for Conceptual Understanding (all grades)

When you think about math teaching you think about math problems, (or "tasks"). But there's actually quite a bit of variety in mathematical tasks and that variety has a big impact on what students learn. 

Presenter: Dr. Annie Garrison Wilhelm, SMU

Breakout 3 – Number Talks: Facilitating Math Discourse to Build Conceptual Understanding (Grades K-6)

Number talks are brief conversations around purposefully designed computation problems. During this break-out session participants will learn about the key characteristics of successful number talks and how they can be used as a routine to build students' procedural fluency through conceptual understanding. 

Presenter: Dawn Woods, SMU

1:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break & Poster Presentations

2:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Design Elements for Instruction: Building Students' Conceptual Understanding

How do your students show that they understand, that they really understand? How do you know, really know, when they understand? Explore three elements of instructional design that build on modeling and multiple representations, discourse, and meaningful tasks to support conceptual understanding. These three elements serve to equip students while informing teachers about student learning. 

Presenter: Dr. Sharon Benson, ESC 4

3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & Prize Drawing

Location: Theater

Presenting Sponsor

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Contributing Sponsors


The RME Conference for 2017 has reached capacity. We look forward to seeing all of our participants! 

Through various partners and sponsors, the RME Research-to-Practice Conference offers: 

  • Seven hours of continuing education credits
  • A full day of professional learning and networking
  • A plated lunch


Featured Speakers

Edward Burger and Sharon Benson dual head shot

Where to Stay

The Magnolia Hotel Dallas at Park Cities is offering a rate of $123 for our conference attendees. Book a room here. 

 Contact us

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