Reflecting on the 2017 Users' Conference

Published March 3, 2017

 

"Go forth and do good work."

Elizabeth Phillips ended the 2017 Users’ Conference with those words. A reflection not just on the work teachers do, but also on the conference itself.

In the 20 years that the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) has been hosted the Users’ Conference, the topics have changed but the message has always stayed the same: Helping teachers have thought-provoking and insightful conversations based around mathematics teaching, learning, and assessing for all CMP classes and students.

This year’s conference brought teaching professionals from 16 states with diverse teaching backgrounds in middle school mathematics. The conversations were engaging and insightful. Participants’ positive energy and professionalism played a key part in the success of the conference.

Elizabeth Phillips, CMP Author, kicked off the event with her keynote talk “Arc of Learning: Making the Curriculum Design Transparent.” From there, participants joined various breakout sessions, focusing on how CMP supports student work, growth mindset, the mathematics, assessment, differentiation, and more.

The closing keynote, presented by AJ Edson and Yvonne Grant, focused on the free support that the CMP office offers to CMP Users.

Presenters included CMP Author Elizabeth Phillips; CMP Author Susan Friel; Cynthia Callard; Melanie Del Grosso; Kathy Dole; Carolyn Droll; AJ Edson; Yvonne Grant; Christyn Jackson-Bernard; Gloria Jentz; Jenny Jorgensen; Teri Keusch; Jennifer Kruger; Jim Mamer; Valerie Mills; Kay Neuse; Anne Marie Nicoll Turner; Jane Porath; Amy Ray; Jan L. Robinson; Alissa Roganovic; Mary Beth Schmitt; Shawn Towle; Karma Vince; and Jamie Wernet.

A special thank you goes out to those who helped contribute to the success in this year’s event. Photographs from our conference are now available.

Coming up in June are six week-long workshops: