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Spotlight speaker and DreamBox advisor Cathy Fosnot (center) visits the DreamBox team at NCSM

Top Takeaways from Two Texas-Sized Events

DreamBox unpacks from a week of back-to-back conferences in San Antonio

The DreamBox team was in San Antonio last week for two of the biggest math education events of the year — and boy did we have fun. We caught up with old friends, networked with new friends, and returned energized with fresh insights for the year ahead. Here are just some of the highlights from an action-packed week of math learning DreamBox style.

Catching up with old friends

Cathy Fosnot, Dreambox advisor and president and CEO of New Perspectives on Learning, caught up with us at our booth on Tuesday. Cathy co-presented several well-attended NCSM sessions including the Spotlight Session “Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work: The Process of Teacher Change.” She’s also the author of a book of the same title, which she graciously signed for conference attendees in the exhibit hall right next to our booth.

If you missed Cathy’s sessions in San Antonio, or caught them and are hungry for more, check out Equity, Access, and Achievement in the Math Classroom, a recorded session from just a few days ago. In this new session, Cathy and co-presenter Fran Roy explore methods for creating a positive growth mindset and leveraging technology to provide differentiation and professional support.

Grading the veep

DreamBox VP Dr. Tim Hudson received top grades for a popular session he presented at NCSM on how percentage-based assessment systems are preventing students from focusing on what matters most: outcomes. His Tuesday morning session, entitled “Assessing Proficiency without Percentages: Creating Grading Systems that Cause Reflection Instead of ‘Point Grubbing,’” played to a full house of educators eager to hear about the innovative assessment practices of a group of clever Algebra 1 teachers. Key takeaway: When you change the assessment, you change the conversation.

Taking home more than just insights

DreamBox booths at both NCSM and NCTM enjoyed steady traffic all week long as the team hosted workshops, live demos, and awesome giveaways. One lucky attendee from each event took home an iPad Mini, and visitors to our pop-up Polaroid photo booth left with memories in hand, proving that not everything that happens in San Antonio stays in San Antonio.

Meet Anna, winner of an iPad Mini at NCSM, presented by Joni Liverman, Dreambox

NCTM Attendees getting a live demo of Dreambox Learning

Celebrating our customers and looking ahead

More than 130 DreamBox users joined us Thursday evening at the Grand Hyatt for a customer appreciation event that featured great food, music, demos, and lots of fun. We were also honored to welcome an impressive lineup of the math world’s top thought leaders, including NCSM president Dr. John W. Staley, NCTM presenter Francis (Skip) Fennell, NCSM presenter Cathy Fosnot, and mathematics education consultant and immediate past-president of TODOS: Mathematics for All, Susie Hakansson. You know you must be doing something right when you’ve got math education’s brightest and best by your side.

Above all, this event was an opportunity to show our appreciation for our customers — to catch up with the people who use DreamBox daily in their classrooms, solicit their honest feedback, and thank them wholeheartedly for their continued support and inspiration. We even offered guests a sneak peek into new DreamBox features — including our latest professional development offering.

The DreamBox team had a great time in San Antonio and hope you did too. We’re already planning next year’s events. See you there!

MAIN PHOTO: Spotlight speaker and DreamBox advisor Cathy Fosnot (center) visits the DreamBox team at NCSM