Alumni Participant Outreach Activities

To build a core group of users for the PCMI @ Math Forum resources, participants of the High School Teacher Program have offered/will offer the following workshops.

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2003 - 2004
Ohio Math Academy Project - Cincinnati, OH
Dates: February 12 - 13, 2004
Presenters: Steve Phelps
Description: A workshop designed for Ohio's teachers, helping teachers to plan lessons and assessments in line with the Ohio Model Math Curriculum.
Inversion and Inversive Geometry on the TI-92 Plus/Voyage 200 - New Orleans, LA
Dates: March 12-14, 2004
Presenters: Steve Phelps
Description: This is a session at the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference. Participants will explore the little used F5:6:INVERSE command in Cabri Geometry. Participants will learn about the properties of inversive geometry, explore congruent shapes, construct inversive images, and see practical applications of inversion.
Teaching Geometry in the Middle Schools University of Cincinnati
Dates: Spring 2004
Presenters: Steve Phelps
Description: This quarter-long course for pre-service middle grade teachers will focus on methods, strategies, and tools used for effectively teaching geometry in middle grades. Students will use these to plan instruction in line with the NCTM Standards and Ohio Mathematics Content Standards.
2004 - 2005
Fractal Fun-damentals - Palm Springs, CA (CMC-South Conference)
Date: November 6, 2004
Presenter: Susan Mussack
Description: Algebra standards are accessible to all students through these projects and problem-solving activities. Imagination and creativity combine to motivate and intrigue.
2005 - 2006
An Interview with Celia Hoyles, ICMI's First Freudenthal Medalist - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 27, 2006
Presenter: Danny Goroff
Who Are the Best Math Teachers? - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 27, 2006
Presenter: Johnny Lott
The Locker Problem: Solutions, Extensions, and What If Not? - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 27, 2006
Presenter: Joanne Rossi Becker
Parametrics and Sequence Modes: From Algebra to Calculus - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 28, 2006
Presenter: David Kapolka
Connecting College and School Mathematics: Views from Mathematics Community - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 28, 2006
Presenter: Roger Howe
Not a Fishing Expedition: Posing Questions for Understanding - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 28, 2006
Presenter: Hiroko Kawaguchi Warshauer, Terence McCabe, Max Leon Warshauer, and Alejandra Sorto
Tic-Tac-Toe on a Torus, or Exploring the Geometry of Surfaces - St. Louis, MO (NCTM)
Date: April 29, 2006
Presenter: Philip R. Mallinson
Washington Mathematics Case Study Project - Outreach to the ESD in the Spokane area (MSP) - Eastern Washington University
Dates: June 20-23, 2006
Presenters: Middle School Math teachers from the Spokane area ESDs
Description: This Summer Institute provides weeklong immersion in proportional reasoning.
2006 - 2007
MTCD AHOE: Cryptology's Hidden Uses in Teaching Mathematics - NCTM Regional Meeting in Chicago
Date: September, 2006
Author: Jeff Reinhardt
Technology Tips: Approximating Irregular Areas with Monte Carlo Simulations - Mathematics Teacher n.100, pp.408-411.
Date: February, 2007
Authors: Edwards, M. T. and Reinhardt, J. A.
Conic Constructions with Cabri 3D - Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, Chicago, IL
Date: March 9-12, 2007
Speaker: Steve Phelps
Description: Conic Constructions with Cabri 3D.
What I Did Last Summer: Cubics, Derivatives, and the Steiner Ellipse - Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, Chicago, IL
Date: March 9-12, 2007
Speaker: Steve Phelps
Description: Based on questions explored by Phelps and David Minda about the complex roots of cubic equations, with particular focus on the role of DGS.
Lemniscate Links - T³ Regional Conference, Lima, OH
Date: April 27-28, 2007
Instructor: Jeff Reinhardt
Description: Delivered a presentation that exploring continuity of polar graphs with graphing calculators.
REU - NSF Grant - University of North Carolina at Asheville
Date: Summer, 2007
Presenters: Nancy Ruppert, eight undergraduate math majors from seven liberal arts colleges in the Southeast, and four mathematics faculty from UNCA
Description: Undergraduates participated in an eight week REU working with mathematics faculty from UNCA. Nancy wrote the evaluation piece to the REU and have been collecting data on students and faculty surveys and interviews all summer.
Probability, Polynomials, and CAS - USACAS 4th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Date: June 16-17, 2007
Speaker: Steve Phelps
Description: Participants will explore some simple probability game, and will use polynomial multiplication and CAS to model these games.
The Algebra Academy - University of North Carolina at Asheville
Date: July, 2007
Presenters: Nancy Ruppert; Ruafika Cobb, 8th grade math teacher; and four African-American middle school students
Description: Ruafika and Nancy worked together in the spring. Ruafika is the brainchild behind conducting an Algebra Academy for African American girls. She and Nancy worked with them on several Saturdays in the spring, and they conducted hands-on math for two days at UNCA. They plan on continuing the project this fall and will be presenting it at the National Middle School Association conference in November (2007).
Sixth grade CMP2 Initial Use Training - Seattle, WA
Date: August 20-22, 2007
Speaker: Alan Bond
Description: Taught 5th and 6th grade teachers about the CMP2 curriculum to help get them ready for their first use of the books.
2007 - 2008
Nspired Probability - Probability, Polynomials, and CAS - Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics & T³ Regional Conference, Lexington, KY
Date: October 19-20, 2007
Speaker: Steve Phelps
Description: Participants will use the TI-nspire CAS to model simple probability games using polynomial multiplication.
Developing a District-wide Algebra Proficiency Program - Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Date: October 19-20, 2007
Speaker: Jeff Reinhardt
Are You Connected? Fostering Exploration with Unexpected Graphs - Mathematics Teacher n.101, pp.412-417.
Date: February, 2008
Authors: Edwards, M. T. and Reinhardt, J. A.
Hands On Mathematics - Puget Sound Educational Support District, WA
Date: Ongoing
Presenter: ParaEducators and Elementary Classroom Teachers
Description: Kris Koch teaches workshops that educate classroom parapros and classroom teachers about the mathematical methods of John Van De Walle. Manipulative use and guided constructivism are core concepts. Kris also includes ideas from the Everyday Mathematics Program. Kris continues to work at NWMI, a weeklong workshop hosted at the University of Washington. NWMI was originally patterned on the ideas of PCMI and continues to be led by Dr. James King.
Advanced Functions - Ontario, Canada
Date: May, 2008
Coauthor: Beverly Farahani
Description: Farahani coauthored the textbook Advanced Functions, published by Nelson, that will be used in Ontario for the grade 12 University pre-calculus class. The website for the book is
Ontario Association for Mathematics Education - Ontario, Canada
Date: May, 2008
President-Elect: Beverly Farahani
Description: Beverly Farahani is president-elect for the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education. The website is
Thinkfinity Overview
Date: November and December, 2008
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Presentation to area teachers (grade 6-8 and 9-12) of how to utilize the THINKFINITY web site. Brown Brooks also trained district/county participants on March 5, 2009.
Developing a District-wide Algebra Proficiency Program - NCTM Central Regional Conference, Cleveland, OH
Date: October 16-17, 2008
Presenter: Jeff Reinhardt
Mathematics Fun/ Professional Development Activites - Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA
Date: December, 2008
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Activities that have been honed from Professional Development I have taken, and can be readily used in middle grade mathematics classrooms.
2008 - 2009
Using TI-Nspire CAS with a Pre-Calculus Class - T3 International Conference, Seattle, WA
Date: February, 2009
Presenter: Beverly Farahani
Description: Participants will have the opportunity to explore activities that have been used with grade 11 students as they begin their preparation for Calculus. Topics include radicals, binomial expansion, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Duke Energy Award
Date: February, 2009
Awardee: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Gloria won the Duke Energy Award for travel to the NCSM and NCTM conferences in Washington, DC.
Working with teachers from Bangladesh - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Date: March, 2009
Presenter: Beverly Farahani
Description: Farahani had the opportunity to work with teachers, visiting Canada, from Bangladesh. Over the course of a few days, the group focussed on using the TI 84+, CBLs, CBRs and TI-Nspire CAS.
PD for District Coaches - Seattle School District, Seattle, WA
Date: 29 May, 2009
Description: Roni Stein facilitated a cultural competence (CC) training for all of the district and building content and mentor coaches (K-12 all content areas). Roni first presented this with a mathematics twist in the Seattle area at the 2007 NW Math Conference. Joyce then invited her to present again to the NWMI group this past fall where one of SPS' mentor coaches was present. This coach shared her experience with the CC team and suggested that it would be great for all the coaching staff...and it was. Roni does a great job connecting the 5 dimensions of culture (Hofstede) to teachers' work with students, parents, teachers, and the community. Roni's connection to PCMI is indirectly through Joyce Frost and Art Mabbott but more directly through her husband, Bob Stein.
AP Stat reading - Louisville, Kentucky
Date: June 4 - June 12, 2009
Participants: John Mahoney, William Thill, and Carol Hattan
Description: As AP Statistics teachers, Bill, John, and Carol participated as readers for the AP Exam, scoring the exam written on May 5, 2009.
2009 - 2010
AP Statistics Development Committee
Date: July 1, 2009 and forward
Participant: John Mahoney
Description: John has been appointed to the position of College Board Advisor to the AP Statistics Development Committee. This seven-member committee develops the Course Description and plays a critical role in developing the exam. The CBA has additional responsibilities relating to the AP Statistics site on AP Central and other College Board activities.
Using Cross-Discipline Discussion to Generate Ideas for Student Engagement - Upper Arlington Schools Professional Development Day, UAHS, Columbus, OH
Date: October 19, 2009
Presenter: Jeff Reinhardt
Putting Motion into the Unit Circle - ATMOPAV Fall Meeting
Date: Fall, 2009
Presenter: Rob Upton
Description: Presentation to Philadelphia area high school math teachers about using Geometer's Sketchpad to develop the graphs of trigonometric functions using motion in the unit circle.
San Benito Math Talks - Hollister, California
Date: November, 2009
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: The San Benito County Math Talks encourage teachers to have high expectations for students, and help all students develop conceptual understanding and high levels of mathematical skill. Proposed by Hollister teacher Gloria Brown Brooks, facilitated by Suzie Caughey, and supported by San Benito County Office of Education.
2010 NCSM Annual Conference - San Diego, CA
Date: April 19, 2010
Lead Speaker: Janice Bradley
Co-Presenters: Kathe Kanim, Tanya Larkin, and Tanya Quisenberry
Description: Bradley, Kanim, Larkin, and Quisenberry delivered a presentation entitled "Administrators and Teachers Learning Collaboratively for High Quality Instruction: One High School's Story of Transformation."
South County Teachers Circle - Asiloma, CA
Date: June Immersion, 2010
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Brown Brooks organized and participated in the first circle for Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister. The South County Math Teachers Immersion went on to meet for the first time in September. In October, the circle had Joanne Rossi-Becker; and in December, Pallavi Shah.
Coaching Workshop - Las Cruces, NM
Date: August 2-3, 2010
Presenters: Katherine Kanim and New Mexico coaches
Description: By sharing strategies, this workshop developed a common understanding among the network of coaches for the state of New Mexico supported by Mathematically Connected Communities.
Mathematics Academy - Pampa, TX
Date: August 10-11, 2010
Presenters: Katherine Kanim and Pampa High School mathematics department staff
Description: Mathematics teachers and consultants working together to improve mathematics instruction for all students.
TODOS Live - online
Date: September 2010 - June 2011
Presenters: Harold Asturias, Rochelle Gutierrez, Nora Ramirez, Bob McDonald, Kathryn Chval, Ed Nolan, Heather Navarro, Noel Villegas, and Melissa Hosten
Description: This online mathematics professional development opportunity sought to increase mathematics equity via sessions on English Language Learners, High School Mathematics, Elementary school Mathematics, as well as using multiple representations to increase understanding.
2010 - 2011
Coaching Workshop - Gadsden, NM
Date: October 14, 2010
Presenter: Katherine Kanim and Gadsden Independent School district coaches
Description: This workshop provided catch-up and follow-up strategies for the Gadsden coaches in support of Mathematically Connected Communities in the state of New Mexico.
California Math Council South Conference - Asilomar, CA
Date: November 5, 2010
Presenter: Darryl Yong
Description: Yong got teachers talking about geometry during CMC's ice cream social by using the fun tetrahedron activity by Cagle and Frost.
California Math Council South Conference - Asilomar, CA
Date: November 5, 2010
Presenter: Darryl Yong
Description: Yong extended the water jug problem that Aki demonstrated a few years ago, presenting it alongside some lesson ideas.
A Math Circle to Foster Equity in the ELL Classroom - Palm Springs, CA
Date: November 5-6, 2010
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Discussion of an in-depth look at using "circles" to increase mathematics vocabulary, use multiple representations, and analyze problem solving with a focus on English language learners.
Quinte St. Lawrence Mathematics Association Fall Mini Conference - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Date: November 6, 2010
Presenter: Beverly Farahani
Description: Fun activities that have been used in the MCF 3M mathematics class.
Ignite - California Mathematics Council
Date: December 4, 2010
Presenter: Gloria Brown Brooks, Phil Daro, Tim Erikson, Scott Ferand, Linda Gojak, Steve Leinwand, Gretchen Mueller, Micheal Serra
Description: Gloria gave a five minute-long "Ignite!" talk, on a math topic she is passionate about; and also delivered the presentation "Creating a Math Circle to Foster Equity in the English Language Learner Classroom," which dealt with problem solving and with getting teachers together to dissect word problems and find ways to better relate their use with their ELL students.
California Math Project - Common Core Standards Committee
Date: December 15, 2010 through present
Members: Colleagues from universities, colleges and schools
Description: The mission of the California Mathematics Project (CMP) is to develop and enhance K-12 teachers' content knowledge and instructional strategies aligned with the California State Board of Education-adopted California Mathematics Content Standards and Framework. Gloria Brown Brooks is a member of the number sense and place value task force.
Circle on The Road - University of Houston
Date: March 18-20, 2011
Presenters: Jim Tanton, Anna Burago, Sam Vandervelde, Amanda Serenevy, Emily McCoullough, Julia Brodsky, Joshua Zucker, Japeth Wood, David Hankin, Silva Chang, and Gloria Brown Brooks
Description: Brown Brooks presented "Circles of Differences" as an apprentice on Joshua Zucker's team.
Monterey Bay Area Math Project Conference - UC Santa Cruz
Date: May 21, 2011
Presenters: Gloria Brown Brooks, Martin Weissman, Suzie Caughey, Luke Dilger, Melissa Christey, Cata Fitzgerald, and Judith Montgomery
Description: Use of common objects to transfer from 2d to 3d. Mathematical Fiction; Conway's Topographs; and Cognitively Guided Instruction
Technology for Teaching and Learning AP Statistics
Date: June 17, 2011
Location: AP Statistics Reading - Daytona, Florida
Participant: John F. Mahoney
Description: John is moderating this session featuring presentations on the use of computer applets, Fathom, Casio's PRIZM, and the TI-Nspire.


2011 - 2012
The Hands Project
Date: August, 2011
Publication: Mathematics Teacher
Author: John F. Mahoney
Description: John gave a brief summary of this article as a 5-minute short during PCMI 2010.
From Flatland to Zometown - California Mathematics Council, North and South
Date: November 4 and December 4, 2011
Presenters: Gloria Brown Brooks and mathematics teachers
Description: Pondering vertices, edges, faces, and their relationships with paper and Zometools.
2012 - 2013
Visualizing Functions
Date: October 16-18, 2013
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland
Speaker: Evelyn Baracaldo and Fred Dillon
Description: How can we help students view the complex ideas of functions in a variety of ways? Tables, graphs, symbols, words, and physi- cal models will all be used in this session that demonstrates ways to encourage connections among representations and deeper understanding about what functions are.
Ours Is to Reason Why When We Invert and Multiply
Date: October 16-18, 2013
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland
Speaker: Fred Dillon
Description: Starting with pictorial representations and continuing with dif- ferent operational strategies, we will build student comprehen- sion of what it means to divide with fractions. Our lessons and activities will culminate with ideas to help students clearly un- derstand the general algorithm for division by a fraction.


2013 - 2014
Explorations, Investigations, Applications: It's Why We Study and Teach Mathematics
Date: October 29-31, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana
Speaker: David Kapolka
Description: Discover the relationship between the area and perim- eter of rectangles and their graphical bounds. Examine geometric, statistical, and graphical models incorporating three of the CCSSM mathematical practices. Learn to easily explain the correlation coefficient. Extensive hand- outs provided.
Place Value Progression:A c-TAP Module
Date: October 29-31, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana
Speaker: Becky Pittard
Description: The presentation will bring to life the place value progression through student work from kindergarteners to fifth graders. The presenter worked with the Committee on Teachers as Professionals to determine appropriate tasks to engage students in mastering the Common Core State Standards aligned to place value.
Al-jabr Highlights: Using the History of Algebra as a Hook
Date: October 29-31, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana
Speaker: Jeff Reinhardt
Description: Exploring mathematics from a historical perspective can enhance student learning by revealing mathematics as it really is: a creative, dynamic, and human endeavor. We will focus on topics in the history of algebra: ancient methods of solving linear and quadratic problems, the origins of "algebra," and the revolutionary development of symbolic notation.
Generalizing Rules for Multiplying and Dividing by Powers of 10
Date: November 19-21, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Houston, Texas
Speaker: Greta Anderson
Description: Help your students understand multiplying and divid- ing with powers of 10. First, discover an exploration that pushes your students to generalize rules for multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 (and that takes only two min- utes a day!). Then, work with base-ten blocks to highlight the "why" for students in multiplying and dividing values by 10.
Using Good Tasks
Date: November 19-21, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Houston, Texas
Speaker: Fred Dillon
Description: What tasks can help my students learn about statistics and sampling, or about connections between functions and geometry? Together, we will work two problems that answer these questions and that model selecting goals, choosing good tasks, planning for discourse, thinking about assessment, having multiple entry points, and using proper tools.
The Cure for the Common Core
Date: November 19-21, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Houston, Texas
Speaker: Kate Nowak and Patrick Callahan
Description: Over the past year, a small group of teachers and curricu- lum developers from Illustrative Mathematics, High Tech High, and Mathalicious have teamed up to create high school course plans and unit blueprints. This resource details a pathway for translating the Common Core into a sequence of classroom experiences.
2014 - 2015
Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC)
Date:October 2014 - May 2015
Location: San Diego Unified School District
Speaker: Trang Vu
Description: I worked with several other MfA SD teachers (Dr. Ovie Soto, Gen Esmende, and Fred Griesbach) to organize a professional development series, one day each month, to deepen our understanding of mathematics and learn ways to implement the Common Core Practice Standards for Mathematics. We invited speakers to present important math topics, implemented the activities in our classrooms, and shared student work. The speakers we invited included professors from UCSD (Dr. Jeff Rabin, Dr. Laura Stevens, Dr. Guershon Harel) and PCMI presenters (Bowen Kerins, Dr. Darryl Yong, Brian Shay).
Right Triangles and Trigonometry: Constructing the Unit Circle
Date:November 11-13, 2015
Location: NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speaker: Jake Leibold and David Berger
Description: Help your students understand the unit circle, reference angles and radians. You will experience the use of manipulatives to help students understand key trigonometric concepts through construction of the unit circle using special right triangles. Multiple representations and connections among topics will be highlighted. This lesson was developed by the Lesson Study group at PCMI 2014.



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