E2 (Engagement * Excellence)

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00-9:20 Welcome and Overview of the Day

  • Chuck English, Director of Playful Learning and Inquiry, Science Museum of Virginia
  • Judy Stewart, President and CEO, Virginia STEAM Academy
  • Amy Harris, Virginia STEM Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of Education
9:20-10:20  Choose a session

'Design and Build' sponsored & facilitated by the Science Museum of Virginia

Experience a design-build activity that can be replicated in the classroom. In teams, participants will use the engineering design process to meet a challenge. They will test their creation and compare it to the other team’s innovation. Participants will collaboratively identify ideas and concepts that work, as well as determine areas that need improvement. They will unpack with colleagues the math and learning process in an effective design-build activity.
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'Museum in a Box' sponsored & facilitated by the University of Richmond Museums

Museum in a Box is a portable toolkit complete with samples, experiments, and lesson guides that can be requested on loan from the University of Richmond Museums. This Box helps parents and educators learn about the rocks and minerals that are found in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It also introduces the processes of rock and mineral formation and transformation.
10:20-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 “Internal and External Environments: Maximizing Both”
Nancy DaviesInternal and External Environments: Maximizing Both: This presentation focuses on a number of topics that impact student engagement and drive for excellence. The internal environment is what a student brings to learning such as confidence, mindset, or fear of failure. Questioning strategies, play and tinkering, and stereotype threat are examples of what make up the external environment. This research-based talk highlights key areas of each with practical strategies for maximizing both.

Speaker Information
Founding head of Orchard House School, Nancy Davies is an educational leader with a history of developing successful, innovative programs. Known for creating optimal learning environments for students, Nancy speaks at the local and national levels on developmentally based learning, positive learning communities, leadership, math, writing and reading workshops, and middle school education. Her work in education led to various awards and honors including a Klingenstein Head’s fellowship from Teachers College, Columbia University, The St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College Distinguished Alumna of the Year, the Influential Women of Virginia, in 2014 a Boomers and Shakers Award, and most recently the 2016 YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Education.
11:15-12:05 “Simple to Advanced Thinking through Patterns”
Caren Diefenderfer (Interactive)Simple to Advanced Thinking through Patterns: This workshop is designed as a hands-on opportunity for participants to experience a complicated mathematical concept from its humble beginnings. Studying patterns can be the basis of serious mathematics. In this presentation, we begin by observing the six symmetries of an equilateral triangle. By using a particular notation, we will create a special group of functions, called permutations. This process leads to a key element in Modern Algebra and introduces us to one example of a dihedral group. We repeat this process and study the eight symmetries of a square. We determine tables for these two permutation families and then show how to play the patterns we have created using hand bells. By increasing the number of bells, we can create longer and more complicated musical compositions and each composition corresponds to a more advanced mathematical idea.

Speaker Information
Dr. Caren Diefenderfer is a professor of mathematics at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She was the 2015 recipient of the John M. Smith Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of the MD-DC-VA section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Dr. D was Chief Reader for the College Board’s AP Calculus program, chair of the MAA’s special interest group on Quantitative Literacy, the president of the National Numeracy Network and the governor of the MD-DC-VA Section of the MAA. She has been sharing her love of mathematics and problem solving with Hollins students and alumnae for over 30 years. Through numerous public lectures, she also enjoys describing how the patterns of mathematics are key elements in music and the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, and cross stitch).
12:05-12:40 Lunch & Networking

The Mini-giveaway (Must be present to win)

12:40-1:30 Secrets of the Math Mastery Mindset”
Rebecca ZookSecrets of the Math Mastery Mindset: In this talk, educators and administrators will discover groundbreaking tools to build and nurture students’ math confidence. The key areas under discussion are growth mindset, flow orientation, and questioning strategies. From these tools the goal is to develop a mastery orientation and for students to come to experience math as a source of joy and a type of self-expression. Participants will walk away with clear steps, case studies, and tools that they can immediately use to nurture a mastery approach and mastery mindset in their own classroom, school, or community.

Speaker Information
Rebecca Zook is a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert. Featured on Mashable, and covered by Wired magazine and the New York Times, Rebecca has developed strategies and tools in her one-to-one math mentoring programs that support students who are freaking out, failing, or secretly crying themselves to sleep over math. With over ten years of experience as a thought leader on the cutting edge of math education, Ms. Zook has developed tools for cultivating student success and ways for instilling a math mastery mindset.
1:30-2:30 Choose a Session:

'Design and Build' sponsored & facilitated by the Science Museum of Virginia

Experience a design-build activity that can be replicated in the classroom. In teams, participants will use the engineering design process to meet a challenge. They will test their creation and compare it to the other team’s innovation. Participants will collaboratively identify ideas and concepts that work, as well as determine areas that need improvement. They will unpack with colleagues the math and learning process in an effective design-build activity.
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'Engaging Creative Thinkers' sponsored & facilitated by Partners in the Arts

Art forms can be used to build strong, integrated learning communities. By integrating creativity, math curricular content is transformed into objects, ideas, and forms that students can better comprehend. See how the intentional integration of creativity engages and empowers students to become more curious and creative learners.
2:30-3:00 Panel Discussion facilitated by Nancy Davies

The Great Giveaway (Must be present to win)

3:00-3:30 Tour of The Science Museum of Virginia (optional)

Note: The schedule is subject to change.