2019 CCTM Annual Conference


Energize. Engage. Empower. Coming July 29-30 at the University of Denver.

The CCTM Annual Conference returns to the University of Denver this summer! Join hundreds of other Colorado teachers of mathematics for two days of professional learning designed to Energize, Engage, and Empower you as you start the new school year.

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Conference Program Highlights

Max Ray-Riek presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics

Keynote: Max Ray-Riek

When: Tuesday, July 30

Max Ray-Riek (@maxrayriek) is the Director of 6-12 Professional Development and high school curriculum writer for Illustrative Mathematics. Max is also the author of the book Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense Making with the Mathematical Practices. Prior to working for IM, Max worked for The Math Forum and was a secondary mathematics teacher.


Sara VanDerWerf presenting at the 2019 NCTM Annual Meeting

Preconference Teacher Workshop: Sara VanDerWerf

When: Monday, July 29

Sara VanDerWerf (@saravdwerf) taught for 25 years in Minneapolis Public Schools before spending several years as the math lead for the district. She has served as President of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics and currently works as a consultant. Sara blogs at www.saravanderwerf.com.


Melissa Boston leading a workshop at the 2019 NCTM Annual Meeting

Preconference Leader Workshop: Melissa Boston

When: Monday, July 29

Melissa Boston (@MBostonMath) is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Duquesne University who conducts professional development and research nationally. Melissa is also a busy writer and editor. Most recently, Melissa co-authored Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching to Inform Instructional Quality, which builds off her work as the developer of the Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Toolkit. She also served as an editor of the 2019 NCSM Monograph, an author of the high school Taking Action book from NCTM, a developer of NCTM’s Principles to Action Professional Learning Toolkit, an associate editor of Mathematics Teacher Educator, and a series editor of NCTM’s Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education. Melissa earned her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied the implementation of mathematical tasks under the direction of Dr. Margaret (Peg) Smith.

Lodging and Getting to the Conference

CCTM is very happy to return the University of Denver for our Annual Conference. DU features an auditorium that seats almost 500 people, classrooms for conference sessions, projectors for presenters, guest wifi, lunch options, and a beautiful academic setting.

There are several ways to get to the conference. We recommend taking the light rail. RTD serves University of Denver Station with the following light rail lines:

  • E Line (Union Station to Lincoln Station)

  • F Line (18th and California to Lincoln Station)

  • H Line (18th and California to Florida Station) 

If you are driving and taking I-25, exit onto University Avenue and head south. Event parking is available on campus for $8 on Friday.


Conference Hotel

CCTM will be using the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Tech Center as the Annual Conference hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved with a special room rate until July 9th or until the rooms are sold out, whichever comes first. To reserve a room, follow the instructions on the hotel website:


If you need assistance reserving your room, contact Charley Triplett, DoubleTree Sales Coordinator, at or 303-253-3991.


A box lunch is available at the time of registration, but you are free to explore the many lunch options on and around the DU campus:

Restaurants to the east of main campus (near University and Evans)

Restaurants to the east of main campus (near University and Evans)

  • Tokyo Bowl: 2337 E Evans Ave Casual Japanese eatery offering hearty rice & noodle bowls, plus some teriyaki entrees.

  • Ben & Jerry’s: 2339 E Evans Ave Next door to Tokyo Bowl. Iconic Vermont-based ice cream parlor chain, known for its creative, cleverly named flavors.

  • Ginza Sushi and Grill: 2104 S University Blvd Sushi, hibachi dishes & other Japanese cuisine in an airy space with a bar & sleek design touches.

  • Qdoba Mexican Eats: 2100 S University Blvd Mexican chain for counter-serve, custom burritos, tacos & more, including health-oriented options.

  • AliBaba Grill: 2060 S University Blvd Next to Four Friends Kitchen. Falafel & other Mediterranean favorites in an eclectic, airy space with a fountain & vivid colors.

  • Asbury Provisions: 2043 S University Blvd Comfort-food classics & craft beers are on offer at this gastropub.

  • Jason’s Thai: 2022 S University Blvd Wide range of Asian fare including extensive sushi menu & bar in modern, wood-toned setting.

  • Crimson and Gold Tavern: 2017 S University Blvd Basic bar catering to a college crowd with sports on TV, drink specials, & classic American grub.

Restaurants to the west of main campus (near High St. and Evans)

Restaurants to the west of main campus (near High St. and Evans)

  • Jerusalem Restaurant: 1890 E Evans Ave Gyros & falafel satisfy late-night cravings at this long-running Middle Eastern outpost open 24/7.

  • Illegal Pete’s: 1744 E Evans Ave Offbeat 3-meal staple supplying burritos & other quick-serve Mexican grub, plus a full bar.

  • Snarfs: 1729 E Evans Ave Branch of a regional chain dispensing hot & cold sandwiches in a simple, counter-serve setting.

  • Spanky's Urban Roadhouse: 1800 E Evans Ave This cozy upscale diner hangout offers elevated pub grub & flatbreads to accompany a full bar.

  • Jelly U Cafe: 1700 E Evans Ave Cheerful, light-filled joint preparing familiar breakfast fare & lunchtime salads & sandwiches.

  • Anthony's Pizza & Pasta: 1628 E Evans Ave Local counter-serve chain that's a take-out/delivery staple for NY-style pies & other Italian eats.

2019 Conference Committee

CCTM thanks the following people for all their work to make this year’s conference happen:

  • Conference Co-Chairs: Joanie Funderburk and Mary Pittman

  • Program Co-Chairs: Jen Overley, Annette Zook, and Kim Smith

  • Exhibits Co-Chairs: Juliana Tapper and Joe Bolz

  • Communications and Publicity: Raymond Johnson and Janet Oien

  • Preconference Video and Twitter Chat: Heather Atencio, Kevin Junod, Julie Schmalz, Suzanne Sundbye, and Julie Schmalz

  • Registration: Laurie Hillman

  • Awards: Rachael Risley and Diane Weaver