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DreamBox Recommendations for 2017 NCSM/NCTM Conference Attendees

Your guide to this year’s must-see sessions (and more) in San Antonio

The first week of April, San Antonio will host two of the biggest math education events of the year and DreamBox will be in town for both. We’ll kick things off on April 3rd at the 2017 NCSM Annual Conference and continue the fun at the NCTM 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition, which runs the 5th through the 8th. If you’re planning to be in town for either or both events, be sure to look us up.

2017 NCSM Annual Conference

This year’s NCSM conference boasts nearly 300 sessions presented by some of the most influential, provocative, and knowledgeable math education experts and thought leaders.

DreamBox VP Dr. Tim Hudson will be presenting on Tuesday April 4th and the DreamBox team we’ll be hosting live demos and giveaways throughout the event at Booth #315/317. You can read more about Dr. Hudson’s session, our iPad mini giveaway, and schedule face time with a team member here.

With hundreds of sessions to choose from, you may be feeling little overwhelmed. Here are some of the sessions your DreamBox team recommends presented by speakers we know are top notch and always deliver. Enjoy!

Recommended NCSM Sessions







4:15 –5:15 p.m.


The Use of a Blended Learning Model for Professional Development and Systemic Change

Crockett C-D


8:15– 9:15 a.m.


District Approaches to Exemplary Mathematics: Principles to Actions and the Danielson Framework

Lone Star B


8:15– 9:15 a.m.


Assessing to Inform and Transform: Using the Show Me and Hinge Question Formative Assessment Techniques EVERYDAY

Republic A-C


10:00– 11:00 a.m.


Assessing Proficiency without Percentages: Creating Grading Systems that Cause Reflection instead of “Point-Grubbing”

Crockett A-B


8:45 – 9:45 a.m.


Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work: The Process of Teacher Change

Texas D


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Visions for the Future: Coaching Using a Blended Learning Model

Lone Star A


11:15–12:15 p.m.


Customizing Mathematics Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Independence Room


3:30–4:30 p.m.


Ignite! We’ll Enlighten You and We’ll Make It Quick

Texas D


2017 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition

If you thought the NCSM conference had a lot of presentations to choose from, wait until you see what NCTM has planned. Right now there are more than 700 sessions, workshops, and “bursts” (shorter 30-minute round-table discussions) scheduled concurrently throughout the day at both the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (HBGCC) and the Grand Hyatt hotel.

On Thursday at 9:30, Dr. Tim Hudson will be presenting a session on creating assessment systems that measure algebra 1 proficiency. In addition to Tim’s session, we highly recommend the presentations below offered by speakers we know you’ll enjoy. Also, the DreamBox team will be on hand at Booth #632 in the exhibit hall hosting live demos, awesome giveaways, and a pop-up Polaroid photo booth. Check out the full DreamBox NCTM lineup here and schedule a 15-minute chat with a team member.

Recommended NCTM Sessions







8:00 – 9:15 a.m.


Fractions on the Number Line for ALL Students

HBGCC, 005


9:30 –10:30 a.m.


The Crafting and Use of Technology for Professional Learning

Room 214A


9:30 –10:30 a.m.


Formative Assessment: Monitoring YOUR Classroom Canvas with The Formative Five. YOU Can Do This!



9:30 –10:30 a.m.


Our Algebra 1 Gradebooks Hold the Key to Equity & Access: Assessing Proficiency without Percentages

Grand Hyatt Republic ABC


8:00–9:00 a.m.


Dynamic vs. Static Assessment: A Growth-Mindset Perspective



8:00–9:15 a.m.


Selecting Quality Mathematics Tasks to Mine the Gap in Student Understanding

Grand Hyatt Ballroom B

Reminder: Be sure to use the Conference App for any last-minute revisions

With an event this big, schedules can change at the last minute. If you download the NCTM app you’ll have the entire program available at your fingertips on your cell phone, iPad, tablet, or computer. It will also allow you to plan and schedule your sessions and take notes. Look for details in your conference bag and posted at registration to have immediate access to this great experience.