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Topic: [ncsm-members] 2nd Announcement: 4th International RME Conference (Boulder, CO,
Sept 27-29, 2013)

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[ncsm-members] 2nd Announcement: 4th International RME Conference (Boulder, CO,
Sept 27-29, 2013)

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*//Conference registration at the early bird rate has been extended to
Friday, July 19th. //

Feel free to distribute this 2nd Announcement to others who might be


/The Development of Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning through
Contexts and Representations in Science, Technology and Mathematics/
***4th International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference
*University of Colorado at Boulder
September 27 - 29, 2013*


*~~ Second Announcement ~~


We cordially invite you to join us September 27 -- 29, 2013, for the
Fourth International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference (RME4),
a biennial conference held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in
the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This three-day conference is
sponsored by the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics
Education, the CU-Boulder School of Education and the Freudenthal
Institute US.

Since 2005, the RME conference has focused on strictly mathematics as
the sole content area of interest. However, this year the RME conference
includes studies in mathematics and/or science education, to promote
productive intra- and inter-disciplinary discussions about ways in which
contexts and representations promote student reasoning.

*Who Should Attend?**
*The program is organized to address the needs of university faculty;
district, state or national school administrators; and professional
developers and teachers who are engaged in design and research in
mathematics and science education and/or teach pre-service courses. The
content addressed in this 3-day conference includes upper elementary
through university level mathematics and science.

*Conference Program*

The 2013 conference will focus on the use of contexts and
representations in science, technology and mathematics in ways that
support mathematical and/or scientific reasoning. Plenary and
interactive breakout sessions willinclude presentations focusing on the
use of context and representations in instructional sequences that are
either specific to mathematics or science, or involve the integration of
STEM content. The purpose of this approach is to offer comparisons of
design research and related empirical studies within and across
disciplines, to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction in design
research in mathematics, science and technology, to further understand
productive similarities and differences in design research and the
application of activities and instructional sequences that promote
reasoning, modeling and problem solving in natural science, life
science, and mathematics. The program will include keynote speakers Paul
Cobb, Harrie Eijkelhof, and Alex Repenning, and an expanded program of
90 minute breakout sessions offered by researchers, educators, and
curriculum designers from the Cayman Islands, Japan, the Netherlands,
South Africa, United Kingdom and the United Stateswho have engaged in
research, design and use of instructional sequences to support
understanding of math, science, and integrated domains from primary,
secondary and undergraduate level education.

/Plenary sessions/

Several plenary/keynote sessions have been scheduled for the 3-day
conference. Paul Cobb (Vanderbilt University, USA), Harrie Eijkelhof
(Director, Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education,
NL), Alex Repenning (University of Colorado Boulder) and other plenary
speakers will highlight different perspectives on the use of context,
representations, and other RME-related design principles in curriculum,
assessment, instruction, and teacher learning. Their presentations will
further describe how materials and activities have been designed to
promote student understanding of mathematics and science.

/Interactive, breakout sessions/


The conference program will also include seven 90-minute breakout
sessions organized by thematic strands and grade bands. The themes are
instructional design, professional development and student learning with
grade bands addressing primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
Most of these sessions will be conducted in an interactive, workshop
style to promote engagement with math and science activities, to support
analysis of student responses, to reflect on classroom video excepts,
and to explore the use of various technologies. Many of the resources
shared in these sessions can be used for further development of
resources, professional development, or classroom activities.

/Session Themes/

This conference will also include sessions that are related to Realistic
Math Education but are not necessarily direct derivatives, to further
articulate the relationships between various approaches and provoke
deliberation and discussion of productive approaches that support
student learning. The use of contexts, models and tools will be shared
and discussed in light of this goal. The ways in which research on
student learning, productive instructional sequences, and assessment
practices are aligned with such approaches will be used to inform future
research and design in topics beyond the scope of this conference.

In addition to a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, ample time for
discussion between sessions for informal meetings and professional
networking has been planned into the schedule. Saturday afternoon will
offer an opportunity for local tours of downtown Boulder and early
evening hikes in the foothills of the Rockies.


As a courtesy for participants who preferred to wait until more program
information was available, we have extended the pre-enrollment deadline
to July 19^th .

*Please register by the July 19^th pre-enrollment deadline for a reduced
conference fee of $295. After July 19th the standard registration fee is
$365. *

The conference registration page is:

Conference registration fee covers materials, continental breakfast,
lunch, coffee and snacks. The registration fee does not cover
transportation, lodging and other meals. Participants are responsible
for their own travel expenses. Enrollment for this conference is limited
and registration may close early, so please pre-register as soon as


Upon receiving registration, the program committee will send a
confirmation email within 48 hours that includes general conference


Participants must arrange for their own travel and lodging. Because of
its proximity to the campus and conference, a block of rooms has been
reserved for conference participants at the Best Western Plus Boulder
Inn, 770 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado. The group rate includes a
complimentary hot breakfast, free high speed wifi, and free bike rental.
Pictures of the hotel can be seen at


. Group code: call 800-233-8469
<file://localhost/tel/800-233-8469> and reference code:
"4th International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference"

. Group Rates: $109 for a room with one king bed

$119 for rooms with two queen beds

Please contact Ari Rubin (
<>) for other reservation related questions.


*Other Hotel Options in Boulder*

Other hotel options that are within a short walking distance to campus

·Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80303


·Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites, 800 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado,
80303 (

·Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, 2151 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado, 80302


Some budget hotels have rooms for around $65 per night, but it is not
uncommon to pay anywhere from $110 to $250 per person per night in a
Boulder hotel.

For a complete list of accommodations in Boulder, please review the
website: <>

You will find a map and list of hotels in the Visitors link in the menu

*Conference Website *

Additional information will also be posted to the Freudenthal Institute
US website: <>_


Please direct any conference related inquiries to David Webb at <>


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