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Mathematics Conferences

Region 4 Mathematics Conference:
Framing the Future

Face-to-face and virtual options available!


Join other mathematics educators for a 1-day HYBRID conference, with sessions available both in-person and virtually via Zoom.

The event will be focused on creating meaningful mathematics experiences and effective learning possibilities for every math student. Attend mini-sessions that provide tools such as classroom-ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of key mathematics concepts, strategies that include all learners, and technology-based activities.





Event Schedule

  • Elementary educators will have access to a keynote presentation in the morning, followed by opportunities to attend your choice of two breakout sessions in the afternoon. 
  • Secondary educators will have their two breakout sessions available in the morning, with a secondary keynote presentation in the afternoon.
  • All guests will have access to recorded sessions beginning on the morning of the conference.


Breakout Sessions

Here is the current list of breakout sessions that will be available for registered attendees.  Sessions are subject to change.



  • All Hands In
  • Colorful Math
  • Creating a Mathematical Mindset Using Number Strings and Math Talks
  • Data Based Workstations
  • Helping Students Become Problem Solvers, NOT Problem Performers
  • Individualized Data-Driven Work Stations
  • #KinderCan Flip Over FlipGrid
  • Manipulatives, Real and Virtual: Effectively Teaching the Standards (learn more about this session below!)
  • A Math Coach’s Journey of How to Start and Monitor a Fact Fluency Program
  • The Mathematician's Journal
  • Mathematicians Talk about Math: Creating Purposeful Discussions
  • Power Up with Process Standards
  • Resource Classroom Lesson
  • Strategies to Develop Math Problem Solving Skills in Students
  • Tips for Facilitating Guided Math in the Primary Classroom
  • Where Mathematics and Literacy Meet: Combining Pedagogies to Solve Word Problems

General Interest

  • Deepening Student Questioning and Self-Reflection through A Collaborative PLC
  • Digital Tools to Accelerate Math Learning
  • Fact Fluency: Classroom Edition
  • It’s All About the Student
  • Mathematizing Teachers' Mindsets!
  • Micro-Skills in Math Planning
  • Prevention & Intervention: Tools for Student Success in Mathematics
  • Putting the L back into PLCs: How to Bring Research into Professional Learning Communities
  • Untangling the Confused or Lost
  • Algebra Alive - Breathe life into Algebra through Tiles
  • An Introduction to GeoGebra
  • Boosting Student Engagement with Math Tasks
  • Coaching with Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
  • Engaging Vocabulary Development Strategies
  • Lesson Internalization
  • Make Content Captivating when Reviewing for Tests
  • Productive Struggle + Manipulatives = Success! (learn more about this session below!)
  • Secondary Number Talks
  • Table-Building: The Gateway to Algebraic Reasoning
  • And more!!


Meet Our Keynote Speakers


grace-kelemanik-v2Grace Kelemanik, co-founder of Fostering Math Practices, has more than 30 years of mathematics education experience. A frequent presenter at national conferences, her work focuses on fostering mathematical thinking practices in all students. She is a former urban high school mathematics teacher and Project Director at Education Development Center. Grace has also worked extensively with new and preservice teachers through the Boston Teacher Residency program.  Grace is the coauthor of Teaching for Thinking: Fostering Mathematical Teaching Practices through Reasoning Routines and Routines for Reasoning: Fostering the Mathematical Practices in All Students. She is a mathematics education consultant and professional development provider.  Follow Grace on Twitter @GraceKelemanik.

amy-lucenta-v2Amy Lucenta, co-founder of Fostering Math Practices, has extensive K-12 mathematics experience with a focus on developing mathematical practices in all students, particularly in historically marginalized students. She supports teachers, districts, and educational collaborative organizations as they transition their curriculum and pedagogy to reflect current mathematics education research through professional development and coaching. A former middle school and high school teacher and elementary math coach, Amy has also worked with pre-service teachers as a secondary mathematics Clinical Teacher Educator for the Boston Teacher Residency Program. Amy is the co-author of Teaching for Thinking: Fostering Mathematical Teaching Practices through Reasoning Routines and Routines for Reasoning: Fostering Mathematical Practices in All Students, published by Heinemann. Follow Amy on Twitter @AmyLucenta


Featured Presenter


productive-math-strugglesKevin Dykema, co-author of Productive Math Struggle, has been a math teacher in southwest Michigan for over 25 years.  He is also currently the president-elect for NCTM.  Kevin conducts many professional development sessions throughout the US on the use of manipulatives to develop a conceptual understanding of math. 


Mr. Dykema will be presenting two breakout sessions:

Manipulatives, Real and Virtual: Effectively Teaching the Standards
Are you looking for ways to help your students develop a strong conceptual understanding in math and to better engage them in their learning?  Discover benefits of using virtual and traditional manipulatives in your class to help every student better understand math as well as some ways to use a variety of manipulatives.  The pandemic has helped raise the awareness that we can't just tell our students how to do the math but rather engage them in developing an understanding of the concepts.
Productive Struggle + Manipulatives = Success!
A vital part of today’s mathematics classroom includes rich mathematical tasks that engage students in productive struggle. This session will explore how to use manipulatives as entry points to work through rich mathematical tasks and encourage each and every student to understand how to harness the power of productive struggle and deepen their mathematical understanding.


Region 4 Mathematics Conference
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Location: This hybrid event will be held in person and virtually via Whova.
In-person: Region 4 Education Service Center
McKinney Conference Center
7200 Northwest 100 Drive
Houston, Texas 77092
(Map and Directions)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Session ID: 1321856
Credit: 6 CPE
Fee: $135
Audience: Instructional Specialists, Mathematics Coaches, Mathematics Teachers, Special Education Administrators, Special Education Teachers
For additional information about this event, e-mail
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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