SDE's National Singapore Math Conference Will Feature Top Experts

PETERBOROUGH, N.H., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation's leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is delighted to announce the line-up of distinguished presenters for its fifth annual National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies, taking place July 15-19, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Each summer, hundreds of educators from across the country attend the four-day event to learn about Singapore Math, a teaching method based on the national curriculum of Singapore, with a strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, and a focus on in-depth understanding of the essential math skills recommended in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Points, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and the Common Core State Standards in for Mathematical Practice.

Since its inception in 2009, the conference has gained in popularity each year, as Singapore Math has been put into service nationwide by increasing numbers of educators.

Delivering the keynote address on the evening prior to the start of the conference will be celebrated educator Ron Clark. Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, founder of the Ron Clark Academy, and the subject of the television movie, The Ron Clark Story.

Famous mathematician and Singaporean educator and author Yeap Ban Har, Ph.D. will lead one full-day session and four 75-minute sessions over two days of the conference, and will be on-hand to sign copies of the recently published book he authored with American educator Lorraine Walker, Every Child Can Do Math: Deceptively Simple Activities to Develop Mathematical Thinking, for grades 3-8.

Award-winning math educator Dan Meyer will present an insightful half-day session titled "Why Kids Hate Word Problems," in which attendees will explore the quality of word problems printed on paper, the reasons for delivering curricula digitally, and effective methods for connecting math to the world outside the classroom.  

Also included in the top ranks of conference presenters is math expert and prolific author Greg Tang, who is well known for his work in developing intuitive approaches to teaching math. His books, Grapes of Math, Math Appeal, Math Fables and many others are well-used teacher resources in classrooms nationwide.

"The presenters at SDE's National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies are all math experts. Every one of them is an educator with classroom experience using Singapore Math strategies—and we all know that teachers learn best from teachers," reports Amy Aiello, Manager, Public Events Topic and Program Development at SDE. "They are best-selling authors on topics that matter to teachers, so they have lots of resources to share. And they'll be delivering high-impact sessions that will meet participants right where they're at." 

About SDE 
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,, or call 1-800-462-1478.

SOURCE Staff Development for Educators


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