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Cultivating Soulful Mathematicians

2020 Math Conference

Who Should Attend?

7th-12th Grade Mathematics Teachers

About The Conference

       Teaching and learning mathematics orients ourselves and our students in a posture of wonder and gratitude, with a desire to worship God and serve one another in community. Mathematics is the language through which we describe the natural world and give expression to our exploration of even the most abstract relationships between shapes and numbers. This is realized as teachers carefully attend to students through instructional practices and deliberate classroom liturgies that draw students into enduring understandings. In our time together, participants will assume the role of students as they exercise their mathematical imagination, experience collaborative problem solving that is both accessible and challenging, and communicate meaningful connections between multiple representations of ideas. Teachers will be led through the process of backward design, development of provocative anchor tasks, and composition of assessments that reflect the chief aim of cultivating mathematical affections.

Keynote Speaker

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Francis Su | Harvey Mudd College

Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and the past president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award for the highly-acclaimed speech on which this book is based. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times.

Keynote | Mathematics for Human Flourishing

For many, math is cold, lifeless, and meaningless; a bunch of rules to follow; a way to separate people rather than a way to bring them together. It’s no wonder that many have anxiety over their math experiences. Francis Su is advancing a different vision: a society without mathematical affection is like a city without concerts, parks, or museums. To miss out on mathematics is to live without experiencing some of humanity’s most beautiful ideas. Math is intimately tied to what it means to be a human being and live a more fully human life. Thus, math meets basic human desires—such as for play, beauty, freedom, justice, and love—that we all share, and it cultivates virtues essential for human flourishing.

Plenary Speakers

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Colin Anderson | The Covenant School

Colin Anderson earned his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught a wide range of mathematics courses in middle school, high school, community college, and university settings. He has been a teacher and administrator at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA for the past 12 years, where he has played an instrumental role in creating a cohesive K-12 mathematics program. He is currently the Head of Upper School and previously served as the Mathematics Department Chair.

Andrew Elizalde
Andrew Elizalde | Covenant Classical School

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. He now serves as the Dean of Academics at Covenant Classical School in Forth Worth, Texas. His work in classical schools most notably includes reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities. Andrew also offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and maintains his website www.classicalcaveman.com.

Jacob Mohler
Jacob Mohler | The Cambridge School

Jacob Mohler earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Hillsdale College and continued his formal education earning a Masters of Arts in mathematics from Saint Louis University. Jacob has taught in several different academic settings since 2000 including a K-12 classical and Christian school, a 7-12 Christian school, community college and private universities. He enjoys looking for ways to broaden all of his students’ perspective about mathematics to help them see and experience math as a liberal “freeing” art and not just an academic discipline accessible to a select few. When not teaching, Jacob enjoys cooking delicious food and good conversations.

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Josh Wilkerson | Regents School of Austin

Josh Wilkerson graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a B.S. in Mathematics and completed a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. Josh has taught math at Regents School of Austin since 2012 and completed a Ph.D. in Math Education from Texas State University in the spring of 2017. His dissertation focused on the benefits of service-learning projects in mathematics. Josh currently chairs the math department K-12 at Regents. In his spare time he runs the website www.GodandMath.com which is devoted to the integration of mathematics and Christian faith and serves on the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.

Schedule

Sunday, June 21

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Registration
6:00 – 8:00 PM | Keynote and Q&A
Mathematics for Human Flourshing | Francis Su

Monday, June 22
The Teacher

8:00 – 9:00 AM | Introduction & Devotional
Josh Wilkerson & Francis Su
9:00 – 10:00 AM | Plenary
Understanding Math by Design | Andrew Elizalde
10:00 – 12:00 PM | Practicum
Cohort A: Quadratic Functions
Cohort B: Proportionality

12:00 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM | Practicum Continued

2:30 – 3:30 PM | Cohort Groups
Composing Unit Plans
3:30 – 4:30 PM | Panel Discussion
Francis Su, Colin Anderson, Jacob Mohler
4:30 – 7:00 PM | Fellowship & Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 PM | Optional Workshop
Composing Unit Plans

Tuesday, June 23
The Student

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Devotional
Jacob Mohler
9:00 – 10:00 AM | Plenary
The Mathematical Experience | Colin Anderson
10:00 – 12:00 PM | Practicum
Cohort A: Rational Functions
Cohort B: Sequences and Series

12:00 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM | Practicum Continued
2:30 – 3:30 PM | Cohort Groups
Anchor Tasks
3:30 – 4:30 PM | Plenary
Incarnational Teaching, Jacob Mohler
4:30 – 7:00 PM | Fellowship & Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 PM | Optional Workshop
Anchor Tasks

Wednesday, June 24
The Community

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Devotional
Andrew Elizalde
9:00 – 10:00 AM | Plenary
Mathematics for All | Josh Wilkerson
10:00 – 12:00 PM | Practicum
Cohort A: Summative Assessments
Cohort B: Summative Assessments

12:00 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM | Practicum Continued

2:30 – 3:30 PM | Cohort Groups
Assessments Workshop
3:30 – 4:30 PM | Facilitated Conversation
Participants
4:30 – 7:00 PM | Fellowship & Dinner

Please make your cohort selection at the time of registration.

Location

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX 75001

Cost

SCL Member Early Bird Registration Fee (by May 31): $450

Non-Member Early Bird Registration Fee (by May 31): $500

SCL Member Registration Fee (after May 31) : $500

Non-Member Registration Fee (after May 31): $550