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Save the Date!

The 2017 Georgia Mathematics Conference will be held Oct 18-20th at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center

This year’s theme is “Communicating Mathematics: Creating a Culture for Discourse Fluency.”

What is this "discourse" of which we speak? Discourse can be messy, and there is no single course of action or step-by-step linear approach that says discourse starts here and finishes over here. Discourse is on-going, circuitous, and reflective. Discourse includes students, mathematics educators, all types of support personnel at the school, district, regional, state, national, and international levels, and the communities/families at-large. Further, discourse can occur through a variety of platforms, including face-to-face, peer-to-peer, student-to-teacher and vice versa, teacher-to-teacher, etc., through digital environments, and others not even realized. Discourse also occurs though spoken ideas, written ideas, reading of text, listening, social media environments, such as blogs, and much more.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at this conference, please contact our Director of Exhibits, Jennifer Peek (Jennifer.peek@gctm.org, Phone: 229-938-1775)

Keynote Speakers


Christine (Chris) Franklin  is the K-12 Statistics Ambassador for the American Statistical Association and elected Fellow. She is retired from the University of Georgia after 36 years as the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Statistics. She is the co-author of two Introductory Statistics textbooks and has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Chris was the lead writer for the American Statistical Association Pre-K-12 Guidelines for the Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Framework and chaired the writing team of the ASA Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) report. Chris completed her term serving as the Advanced Placement Statistics Chief Reader in July 2009. She has been honored nationally by her peers with the Mu Sigma Rho National Statistical Education Award, the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) biennial lifetime achievement award, and the ASA prestigious Founders Award. She was a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar, spending six months at the University of Auckland, New Zealand working with statistics educators on the project, “Implementing K-12 Statistics Standards: Comparing Practices in New Zealand and the United States”. She also spent time with mathematics and statistics educators at the University of Tasmania.
Oct 18 (Wednesday Evening)

Sunil Singh is the author of Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics and a Lead Ambassador of The Global Math Project. He is also a Regular Contributor to the New York Times Numberplay Blog and spends much of his time doing Family Math Nights all over his home province of Ontario. Currently, he works with Scolab (a partner with The Global Math Project) as a math consultant to the development and promotion of interactive and integrative digital resources for K to 12 schools in the US and Canada. He has given over 50 presentations and workshops on creative mathematics to principals, teachers and students in Ontario.
Oct 19 (Thursday Evening)

Sue O’Connell has years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher, math coach, district school improvement specialist, and math speaker/consultant. She is the lead author for Heinemann’s Math in Practice series and is the coauthor of Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She has authored numerous other books that support the teaching of K-5 mathematics and is particularly focused on instructional practices that support the development of mathematical thinking. She is a frequent speaker at math conferences and is Director of Quality Teacher Development, providing on-site professional development for schools and school districts across the country.
Oct 20 (Friday Afternoon)

Featured Speakers


  • Chris Franklin, keynote speaker

  • Sunil Singh, keynote speaker

  • Sue O’Connell, keynote speaker

  • Patricia Baltzley, Montana mathematics educator and experienced pre-K-12 Mathematics Director for Baltimore Public Schools

  • Michelle Mikes, GCSM President, Mathematics Supervisor for Cobb County (and colleagues to include TJ Kaplan, Legislative Representative, State of Georgia; Terry Haney, RESA Math; Vinnie Prasad, Mathematics Coach, Cobb County; Angela Stewart, Principal, Lovinggood MS, Cobb County; Sandi Woodall, Math Program Director, State of Georgia)

  • Melissa Paris, Elementary Instructional Coach, Whitfield County

  • Ge-Anne Bolhuis, Secondary Instructional Technology Coordinator, Whitfield County


EdCamp-Style Discourse Sessions


In the afternoon on the first day of the conference, GCTM will offer its first EdCamp-style discourse sessions. The focus for these sessions will be to engage participants in a discussion on new techniques for teaching mathematics, to enrich their knowledge, and to elevate their understanding of how discourse promotes mathematical literacy and improves academic practice. Sessions offered are determined organically by the participants during the introductory session (first 20 minutes). In other words, bring your topics and let’s discuss! For more information on the full EdCamp model, please visit https://www.edcamp.org/