PETERBOROUGH, N.H., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling all math educators! Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation's leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce its eighth annual National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies, taking place July 18-22, 2016 in Las Vegas.
The National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies is geared at helping K–6 educators from across the country transform their math instruction through best math practices. Joining top educational experts with 100+ content-rich sessions to bring about new and exciting math lessons, activities, and real-world connections, this highly acclaimed conference is founded securely around the teaching method based on the national curriculum in Singapore.
"This conference is the fastest and most enjoyable way for teachers to get thoroughly up-to-speed on key aspects of Singapore Math," enthuses Mikell Lang, SDE's math program planner. "Singapore students have repeatedly ranked at or near the top on international math exams since the 1990s and understand math on a deeper level. We're thrilled to be bring these high-quality and relevant strategies to educators so that they can use with their students immediately!"
The conference will feature full-day, half-day, and 75-minute sessions, distinguished speakers, experts, and authors, including world-renowned Singapore Math expert and inspirational speaker Yeap Ban Har. As an education, you'll take a deeper dive into the most current and relevant math content and strategies, and you'll explore the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach and learn why it's important. You'll gain a keen understanding of the relationship between the "why" and the "how" of math, as well as between math procedures and concepts.
Beloved education speakers and authors Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Catherine Kuhns (Common Core Math in Action), Char Forsten (Step-by-Step Model Drawing), Jana Hazekamp (Why Before How), and Eliza Thomas (Math Play) also headline the long list of nationally and internationally-leading math minds ready to provide high-quality, current, and relevant strategies that teachers can bring back to their classrooms and deliver immediately.
"Math shouldn't be feared—it should be fun!" explains Lang. "Solving problems by thinking critically and collaborating with others can turn your math block into the most exciting part of the school day. I know the great ideas and implementation strategies from experts will help make math relatable to even the most novice of math educators."
The wide variety of mathematics-focused sessions reflects the topics educators asked for, and teachers will be able to choose sessions that address their specific classroom needs, grade level, and implementation level—all to provide deeper and more meaningful content. Content includes: Foundation of Number Sense, Singapore Math through Whole Numbers, Small Groups with a Purpose: Building Critical Thinkers, Foundations of Model Drawing, Ideas for Active Math Centers, Math Interventions, Differentiating Instruction with Games & Activities, and more!
This conference is also the perfect fit for administrators, with sessions designed to explore being an effective instructional coach, explore how the Singapore approach to teaching math is tied to best practices, and discover how to use Singapore Math to promote mathematical understanding that leads to math mastery and student success. Content on walkthroughs, getting parents on board, and perseverance, will be highlighted as well.
"From the first session to the last, you'll find wonderful opportunities to make the connection between math concept and practice," explains Lang. "You'll discover that with the right strategies, activities, and practices, math can be fun for everyone!"
Conference "extras" also mean added fun and education for attendees. A Singapore Math Meet & Greet allows attendees to collaborate, network, and meet expert presenters as they enjoy raffles and prizes, and daily "take-away tips" provide quick hits that serve as motivators and interesting strategies to use in the classroom.
The Singapore Math Strategies conference is one of eight outstanding national conferences that SDE hosts each summer, divided between Las Vegas, Chicago, and Orlando. It features two pre-conference events, the Administrator Summit, and Power-Up!, both requiring separate registration.
SDE provides professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.
Educators interested in learning more about SDE's national conferences and the many other professional development opportunities offered by SDE can visit the company's website, www.SDE.com, or call 1-800-462-1478.
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