What Participants are Saying

  •  Excellent sessions! I am now using number talks in my kindergarten class and really enjoying watching the kids learn!
  • The information from the breakout sessions was extremely enlightening. Even though I teach fourth grade, I often find the information from lower grade sessions very helpful. This was absolutely true of my morning session. The afternoon session challenged my view of rich mathematical tasks. I loved it!
  •  I only wish there were more conferences like this one. Our district has limited funds to send teachers to conferences and many are very expensive. 
  • Great resource. I know of nothing else of this quality that is this close, and at a cost we can send several folks. 

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 16, 2018


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Conference Recap

Our conference evaluation is now available here! 


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.

Opening Session: Developing Problem-Solvers and NOT just Rule Followers

Dr. Kristopher J. Childs, Texas Tech University, Assistant Professor

Location: Theater

9:10 a.m.

Morning Break & Poster Presentations

9:35 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Scaffolding Student Sense-Making with Numberless Word Problems (Grades K-2)

Presenter: Brian Bushart, Round Rock ISD, Elementary Math Curriculum Coordinator

Breakout 2 – Deepening Learning with Meaningful Tasks (Grades 3-5)

Presenter: Debbie Perry, Midway ISD, District Mathematics Coordinator

Breakout 3 – The Problem with Problem-Solving (Grades 6-8)

Presenter: Kay Neuse, Prince of Peace Catholic School, Department Chair and Grade 8 Math Teacher

10:55 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Making and Breaking Conjectures: Supercharging Mathematical Thinking in Your Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Dan Finkel, Founder, Math for Love

11:35 p.m.

Lunch and RME Impact Awards Presentation

12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Problem-Solving in Math with Bee-Bots: Strategies to Integrate English Learners (All Grades)

Presenter: Dr. Diego Roman, Dr. Karla del Rosal, Dr. Rob Rouse, Southern Methodist University

Breakout 2 – How to help Students with Mathematics Difficulties Become Expert Problem-Solvers (All Grades)

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Powell, University of Texas at Austin

Breakout 3 – We Teach! We Coach! We Learn! (Campus Instructional Coaches)

Presenter: Pam Smith, Mathematics Consultant

1:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break 

2:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Breaking the Problem-Solving Barrier

Presenter: Mary Kemper, Coppell ISD, Director of Mathematics

3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & Prize Drawing

Location: Theater

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 Contact Us

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