Superintendent Glenda Ritz to speak

Supt. Ritz to speak at Purdue Calumet
math conference Sept. 27; openings remain

Openings remain for K-12 educators to attend Purdue University Calumet’s Improvement of Mathematics Teaching Conference, Friday, Sept. 27, featuring Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz as a keynote speaker.

For teachers and administrators

The 32nd annual conference, intended for teachers and administrators, takes place on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ritz is scheduled to deliver the closing keynote presentation about her vision for Indiana public education.

The conference, which also includes various grade level breakout sessions, will focus on reform-minded math instructional topics.

Keynote speakers and their scheduled presentations—all in Alumni Hall of the Student Union and Library—are as follows:

  • 9 a.m. – Virginia Tech Professor Anderson Norton III, recognized for his research in mathematical development using teaching experiments and quantitative methods;
  • 11:30 a.m. – Shoder Education Foundation President/Executive Director Robert M. Panoff, whose presentation, “Dynamic Explorations Through Mathematics,” offers technology-enhanced strategies to engage the mind;
  • 2:05 p.m. – Superintendent Ritz’s presentation, “Imagining the Possibilities and Making Them Happen,” includes a state Department of Education informational update. She also plans to take questions from the audience.

Professional development opportunity

“Our intention is to provide a high quality professional development opportunity at an affordable price for devoted local educators eager to gain new insights about teaching mathematics effectively,” Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the university’s Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning Diana Underwood-Gregg said.

Prospective attendees must register in advance and can do so at the Purdue Calumet Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics web site, then clicking onto the “32nd Annual Conference on the Improvement of Mathematics Teaching Conference” link. Other information also is available by phoning Pam Hunter of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics staff (219/989-2273) or emailing Conference organizer Nancy Johnson.

The conference is sponsored by the Purdue Calumet Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, which serves the region by advancing the quality of mathematics teaching and learning at all levels through professional development and creation of instructional materials and curriculum.