Monday Workshops, Awards, and Social Event


Monday Preconference Workshops

Melissa Boston leading a workshop at the 2019 NCTM Annual Meeting

Preconference Leader Workshop: Taking Action to Promote NCTM’s Effective Teaching Practices in Mathematics Classrooms

Presenter: Dr. Melissa Boston
When: Monday, July 29, 1:00-3:00
Where: University of Denver, Sturm Hall 151
Parking: Lot L for $10/vehicle (maps and public transit options)

The session will provide an overview of NCTM’s Effective Teaching Practices and a deep dive into the practices of promoting discourse and eliciting students’ thinking. The session has two goals: 1) to engage participants in thinking about how the effective teaching practices support students’ engagement in mathematics, and 2) how they, as coaches or teacher leaders, can support mathematics teachers to enact the practices in their classrooms, using the tools from the Taking Action books or online resources.

About Melissa: 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.


Sara VanDerWerf presenting at the 2019 NCTM Annual Meeting

Preconference Teacher Workshop: Engaging Students in Seeing Mathematical Structure

Presenter: Sara VanDerWerf
When: Monday, July 29, 3:30-5:30
Where: University of Denver, Sturm Hall 151
Parking: Lot L for $10/vehicle (maps and public transit options)

Students who identify mathematical structure find and use efficient strategies to solve problems. How can we help students see the structure of mathematical concepts before we name it for them? Practical strategies that engage students in noticing structure will be modeled with specific details for implementation in the secondary classroom. In addition, teachers will practice an instructional routine for engaging every student in mathematical discourse.

About Sara: Sara VanDerWerf (@saravdwerf) is a nationally board-certified teacher who taught secondary mathematics for Minneapolis Public Schools for 27 years, with 5 of those years leading K-12 mathematics at the district office. Sara served in multiple positions on the board of directors for the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, most recently as past president. Sara currently travels her state and around the U.S. speaking and providing professional development. Sara’s passions in K-12 mathematics include engaging students in discourse, English language learners, teaching that values student reasoning about mathematical concepts, and building positive student identities. Sara has a calculator museum and taught herself to ride a backwards bike that changed how she taught. Sara is active in the national mathematics community via Twitter at @saravdwerf and writes frequently at her blog,

Awards and Social Event

When: 6:00-end (the awards portion is expected to last from 6:30 to 7:30)
Where: ViewHouse Centennial/DTC (7101 South Clinton Street, Centennial, CO 80112)

Join this year’s CCTM award winners, PAEMST state finalists, CCTM members, and guests to recognize excellence in mathematics teaching and leadership. CCTM thanks Texas Instruments for their generous support of this year’s awards ceremony and social event.