About the Conference

Saturday, January 26, 2019
8:30am – 4:00pm
Canisius College Science Hall
1901 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208


Fran McGreevy and Pete Dobmeier of “Root-Ed – Leadership & Learning” have a combined 60 plus years of experience in classroom instruction, building administration at all three levels, curriculum, instruction, educational research and staff development.  They are looking forward to delivering the keynote at the annual Canisius College Math Conference, which is centered around a theme that so resonates with them, “Partnering with Mathematics”.  They will utilize a highly interactive approach while making extensive use of multi-media as they focus in a fresh way on those essential and foundational principles of positive relationships, collaboration and connection and their impact on student learning.  Fran & Pete have presented sessions at the Conference in the past and are  excited about presenting the keynote address.



Long Division without the Traditional Algorithm
Ron Perry
Williamsville Central School District
Why are 4th grade students learning the traditional algorithm when it is not in the standards until grade 6? A concrete and pictorial approach to this concept.
New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities, Grade 3-6

Letting Mathematics Emerge Through Play
Harry O’Malley
Manifest Education
Want to learn a new classroom routine that students love?  Then Emerge lessons are your answer!  They feel like a Kahoot, but engage students in deeper mathematical learning.  Come play and learn.
Elementary, middle, and high school

3 Act Tasks, Inquiry Math, & the Secondary Classroom
Samantha Maciejewski
Orchard Park High School
Heard about 3 Act Tasks? Think they are only for elementary? Come see how to use short videos and images to spark mathematical problem solving.
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Dana F. Morse
Texas Instruments
We will do basic coding on the TI graphing calculators to create a pathway for STEM careers through the technology required for assessments. We will make music through code, build a digital mood ring through code, even drive a car with code all using the graphing calculator.
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Breakout EDU
Kate Hitzges, Julie Johnson, Michelle Kirk, Susan Recoon
Williamsville Central School District
Learn how to design a Breakout EDU game for logarithms, limits, and polynomials, that can be played with your kit.
9 – 12

Make Math Fun and Deepen Conceptual Understanding by Moving Back and Forth Along the Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract (C-P-A, C-R-A, C-SC-A) Continuum
Melanie Myers
Williamsville Central School District
Math can be a lot of fun for everyone, even for students who struggle. Join us to discover fun, easy ways to deepen students’ understanding.
PreK – 4, New teachers

Partner Tools for Thinking: The Meaning of Addition and Subtraction
Donna Lillis
Through partner videos, we show how the rekenrek and number balance develop deeper concrete – pictorial – abstract understanding of the part whole relationship.
New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities, PreK – 2, AIS Learners K – 4

Mentor Models in Math Class
Kari Fiutak, Jamie Raepple, Heather Habberfield
Kenmore Tonawanda UFSD
Let’s take a page from ELA playbook and explore how we can use mentor texts and models to grow our students’ capacity to reason, explain and model with mathematics.
PreK – 4

Islamic Geometry
Kayla Cappuccio, Mallory Ferrucci
Salamanca City School District
We will delve into geometry constructions that create beautiful pictures with historical context in Islamic culture.
PreK – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12, K – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Using Open Middle Problems to Promote the Mathematical Practices
Denea L. Czapla
Sweet Home Middle School
Open middle problems push students beyond procedural thinking, promote communication and require reasoning to solve. Come learn about these problems and how to implement them.
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Insight on Student Thinking through FALs
David C. Wilson
SUNY Buffalo State
Formative Assessment Lessons (map.mathshell.org) engage students in select topics across grades 6 -12 in ways that reveal their fundamental understanding of content. Video excerpts and student work will be discussed.
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Math Circles of Inquiry
Jane Cushman, Mary Plumb, Mary Beth Richey, Elizabeth VanHarken
SUNY Buffalo State
e empowered in-service and pre-service teachers in Buffalo and Rochester to actively engage their students as creative thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners. High school teachers and college faculty co-created resources and participated in ongoing professional development and mentoring sessions that combine the strengths of two complementary approaches bridging the K-12 and higher-education divide: Math Teacher
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers

David C. Wilson
Buffalo State College
Illustrative Mathematics Open Up Resources: What’s the buzz?
Learn about the highest‑rated middle school math program on EdReports! Open Up Resources (an OER publication) is a problem-based curriculum authored by Illustrative Mathematics.
5 – 8, New teachers, Veteran teachers, Educators of students with disabilities

Elizabeth Kent
Buffalo Public Schools
Formative Assessment Lessons (FALs) assist ELLs to use math appropriate language during a lesson & identify issues needing remediation PRIOR to testing. Videos and 2 lessons will be shown.
5 – 8, 9 – 12, New teachers, Veteran teachers, English Language Learners

Eileen K. Ryan
Williamsville Central Schools
Daily Thinking Routines
Whether it be the lesson opener, a mid-lesson energizer, or an irresistible closing activity, participants will learn how to bring math to life with provocative, 5-8 minute routines that are academically rigorous, standards-based, and engaging.
Grades 1-5

Hollie Hartford
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers
In this session, you will learn why Math Workshop is a valuable vehicle for mathematics instruction and how to establish routines and procedures that will help get your guided groups and learning stations up and running.
PreK – 4, 5 – 8, Educators of students with disabilities, District and Department Leaders/Administrators