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Conference Agenda
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.       Welcome and Introductions
      Common Core Standards in the Classroom
9:15 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.       Break-Out Session 1
10:15 a.m. - 11:05a.m.       Break-Out Session 2
11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.       Festival of Lessons and Ideas in Main Ballroom
11:50 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.       Break-Out Session 3
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.       A Moveable Feast: Lunch, Networking and Door Prizes

Conference Information
To Register:
We have two ways for you to register:
1) Register Online
2) Download a registration form and fax or mail it in.

If you have any questions you can email Debbie Dennick.
Break-Out Sessions:
Please indicate your session interest on the registration form so that we can have an idea for organizational purposes. Sessions will be open to maximum room capacity on the day of the conference. (Your choice will not be "binding"!)
Student Math Fair:
It’s like a Science Fair, but for math students! Students will submit their solutions to one of two mathematical tasks which were chosen in the spirit of Common Core. Student submissions (which might be posters or electronic or...) will be judged and awards given to the top student at each grade level. You can see the student submissions at the Festival of Lessons and Ideas from 11:10 – 11:45.
Where to Go:
Sign-in and main sessions for the Conference will be in the University Union Building, Ballrooms II and III (first floor). You can download a campus map at:
Certificates of Attendance:
Signed forms will be available at the registration tables at 1:30pm, following the close of the conference.
Contact Debbie Dennick or the MASE office at (916) 278-5487.

Workshop Descriptions
1) "I Think the Answer is 13 Because...: Constructing Viable Arguments in the Early Grades" (Grades K-2)
Stephanie Biagetti, Sacramento State

2) "Introducing the Numberline" (Grades K-2)
Linda Jelicich, Cobblestone Elementary
Meghan Kerins, Silverado Middle
Kerri Bray, St. Philomene

Common Core Lesson Designers Series: Teachers working with the Sac State Math Project designed and tested lessons for the Common Core Standards. Excited about using the number line as a tool but struggling with how to introduce it to K-2 students? Join Linda and Meghan they share a lesson about how to introduce primary students to the concept of representing concrete items and then counting them on the number line including additional ideas and adaptations for special ed students. Also join Kerri as she shares a lesson about students developing number sense by working with parts and wholes to 5.

3) "Using Function Machines to Teach Math Practices" (Grades K-12)
Lori Fury, Western Placer Unified
Functions machines are a great teaching method at many grade levels to help students recognize rules, patterns and trends. By using this strategy, students engage in these behaviors frequently and have an opportunity to make sense of problems (common core math practices 7 and 1). Function machines can be used to introduce rules at lower grade levels, to make connections between many related math concepts at middle grades, and also for complex problem solving in systems at higher levels.

4) "Teaching Strategies That Support the Standards of Mathematical Practices" (Grades K-12)
Susan Iida, Professional Development Consultant
Stacy James, E.V. Cain

Learn how to get MIFF-ed! During this session participants will learn about research-based teaching strategies to MANAGE students, engage or INVOLVE students, FOCUS students to the math content (or any content for that matter), and get FEEDBACK about students' level of understanding about the math content and can assist teachers in their implementation of the Standards of Mathematical Practices. You can also see these strategies in practice by attending the companion session entitled, "Does It Taste the Same? A Lesson on Equivalent Proportions."

5) "CC Lesson Designers: Numbers on the Fraction Line" (Grades 3-4)
Claire Fortenberry, Ruhkala Elementary
Debbie Prekeges, Cobblestone Elementary

Common Core Lesson Designers Series: We worked with the Sac State Math Project to design and test lessons for the Common Core Standards. We will describe a unit for teaching fractions affording students the opportunity to make sense of fractions on the number line and figure out viable arguments on their own. Resources will be shared.

6) "How to use the Area model for multiplication third through 5th grades" (Grades 3-5)
Corrie Traynor, Barrett Ranch Elementary
Corrinne Clay, Antelope Meadows Elementary
Peter Raisbeck, Dry Creek Elementary

"Meaningful multiplication; giving conceptual basis behind the procedures.” We are sharing our use of Area Models to enhance students underlying knowledge of mathematical practice. There will be a progression of area models/ multiplication from their introduction in 3rd to fraction multiplication in 5th! We want to provide discussion and ideas on how to build on them each year. Use the same tool to teach single digit multiplication, to multiplication with decimals and fractions in order to enhance students understanding of the operation.

7) "Does It Taste the Same? A Lesson on Equivalent Proportions" (Grades 3-8)
Susan Iida, Professional Development Consultant
Stacy James, E.V. Cain

During this session participants will experience a lesson designed to help students understand ratios and proportions. MIFF strategies, presented in the companion session entitled, "Teaching Strategies That Support the Standards of Mathematical Practices," will be used to deliver and support the lesson.

8) "CC Lesson Designers: Comparing Decimals " (Grades 5-6)
Lara Kikosicki, Cobblestone Elementary School
Common Core Lesson Designers Series: My team worked with the Sac State Math Project to design and test lessons for the Common Core Standards. Join me as I share how to get students to make sense of comparing numbers with decimals.

9) "Strategies that work for 6th-7th Grade"(Grades 6-7)
Dee Dee Panelli, Silverado Middle
Nicole Bussell, Loomis Basin Charter

Join us as we share a lesson supporting students in making sense of the mathematics for themselves. We will discuss strategies of how to move students to identify the reasoning underlying the mathematics.

10) "Addressing Standards of Mathematical Practice with Screencasts" (Grades 6-8)
Jim Richards, Magnolia Intermediate School
This session addresses many of the Standards of Mathematical Practice by utilizing a free iPad screencast app. From recognizing needs and addressing remediation, to differentiating instruction and increasing cognitive demand, screencasts offer access to students and teachers that is limited only by the author’s imagination. Watch and create an iPad screencast in minutes. See a glimpse of its application, recognize the potential, and take it where you may when you return to your site.

11) "Transformational Geometry, a reflection on reflections" (Grades 6-10)
Dave Chun, Sacramento County Office of Education
How do the Common Core State Standards address Transformational Geometry? How can reflections be taught using simple reflection tools? In this session, we will practice using reflection tools, trace the CCSS Geometry standards in grades 6 to high school, and verify experimentally the properties of reflections.

12) "Sharing and Investigating Successful Common Core Learning Tasks" (Grades 6-10)
Holly Kosiewicz, Albert Einstein
Loni Martin, Sutter Middle

Do you have students who are underprepared for Algebra? Join us for a “Give One, Get One” session where we will share tasks that implement the Mathematical Practices in the process of helping student to understand and be more prepared for Algebra. Your students may be in an algebra class or in a class prior.

13) "Leading students to discover how to reduce square roots - A look at the "SMP"" (Grades 7-8)
Clay Dagler, Luther Burbank High School
This session will show teachers how to lead students to discover how to reduce square roots. In the first part the presentation, teachers will take on the role of students and classroom observers while the lesson is demonstrate. The second part of this session will be a share out on how the lesson addressed some of the new common core standards.

14) "CC Lesson Designers: Reasoning about Direct Variation" (Grades 7-9)
Lori Fury, Western Placer
Natalie Ijames, Granite Oaks
Katy Desai, Bowman Charter

Common Core Lesson Designers Series: Teachers working with the Sac State Math Project designed and tested lessons for the Common Core Standards. Join us as we share our lesson providing opportunities for kids to make sense of direct variation and the process of planning we used in order to include CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice.

15) "Math Tunes: Rock Out With Math" (Grades 7-12)
James Fleisher, River Valley High
Songs to help students remember formulas and concepts, and spice up their experiences with learning mathematics. Many students (and adults!) see math as boring and stale. Internet videos offer an opportunity to remake this image of math into something more exciting. The more appealing videos are, the better the flipped-classroom model will work. Math is AWESOME, let’s make that clear to students!

16) "Solve Simultaneous Equations to Reveal Graphical Surprises" (Grades 9-12)
Scott Farrand, Sacramento State University
Solutions to simultaneous equations certainly have a meaning on the graphs of systems of equations. Join us as we expand graphical and algebraic connections and reveal more surprising graphical meanings when solving simultaneous equations.

17) "Ideas that Work" (Grades 9-12)
Tim Smith, Florin High School
This sessions is presented by 2014 California Teacher of the Year, Tim Smith. He will describe how technology is used in his classroom to introduce students to the Common Core State Standards. He teaches Algebra 1 and AP Statistics at Florin High School, a low-income, but not low-performing school in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
In his presentation, Tim will discuss how schools with few technological resources can minimize the anticipated gap on online-based Common Core State Standards Assessments. Please bring your questions and ideas for the discussion session at the end of the presentation.

18) "Understanding "Making Use of Structure"" (Grades 9-12)
Brian Lim, Sacramento State University
The seventh Standard of Mathematical Practice in CCSSM is to “Look for and make use of structure.” We will look at examples of how basic structures/problems can be developed through the progressions to make more cognitive complex structures/problems. For example we'll start with a basic problem such as finding areas of basic shapes and demonstrate how that can be made into a more cognitively complex structure.


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