CMC North Conference Program

CMC North Conference 64th Annual Conference
The Magic of Mathematics
December 3 - 5, 2021

Pacific Grove, CA 

Shared Speaker Materials


The program can be viewed through our conference app or download a pdf version. Visit the Apple or Google App Store and search for “CA Math Council” or “CMC Conferences”. Look for our CMC blue and gold logo. The app will have the most up-to-date information. 

Keynote Speakers 

Friday Night 

7:30 - 9 PM Michelle Cody - Fighting like OUR lives depend on it: Creating space for ALL students to see themselves as “math people”

We live in a world where people can say things like, “ I am NOT a math person” or “ I’m just not good at math”. This toxic mindset is pervasive inside of our classrooms. Students are counting themselves before they even can engage with the math. In this talk, we will look at current practice, mindset shifts, lessons, and reinvigorate what we know to be true. We are in the fight of our lives for our students.

Sunday Morning

9 - 10:15 AM Cathery YehNo Equity Without Everyone: Towards Inclusive Excellence for All

Culturally responsive mathematics invites all students into mathematics as their ways of thinking, reasoning, and living are attended to and honored. This session extends application of culturally responsive mathematics to explicitly account for both racial and disability justice. Learn key components to combine culturally responsive teaching and Universal Design for Learning to ensure asset-based mathematics teaching for all. Resources to promote classroom and school-based collaborative inquiry projects will be explored.

10:30 - 11:45 AM Dr. Pamela Seda - Seven Strategies to Make You Mathematics Class More Equitable

For too many underserved students, mathematics means confusion, failure, heartache, and feeling inadequate. Rather than risk failure, they simply choose not to "play" the game of school. In this presentation, participants will learn to use strategies of an equity pedagogy framework for engaging all students.


Friday Mini-Sessions (1:30 - 4:30 pm) 

CANCELLED Grades PreK-2 (Session A) - Annie Alcott

Brain Bins and Collections: Strategies to Develop ELD and STEM Thinking

In this session, we will explore strategies to support language development of all learners, students learning English in particular, as we delve into two inquiry-based math and STEM activities. The activities are called “Brain Bins” and “Collections.” In focusing on these two different and adaptable activities, we will explore materials, discuss how to pose questions, highlight language learning, and outline mathematical learning opportunities for young students. The learning opportunities include articulating problems to solve, making decisions, organizing materials, working with a partner or small group, recording and presenting findings while using persistence, independence, and flexibility in the process.


Grades 3-5 (Session B) - Christen Northrop

Fractions, Beyond a Numerator and Denominator

Do you think fractions are confusing/abstract/difficult? Do you feel nervous teaching fractions to your students? As research has shown, we learn best by “doing”! Engage in this hands-on session broadening and deepening your understanding of fraction sense in a way you may not have ever experienced before. We are moving away from fractions circles, tiles, and labeled items that give the fractional size to open our minds to the endless possibilities of developing fraction understanding through Cuisenaire rods. Participants will engage in the activities as a learner to best enable application with our students. You will leave the session with fraction progression understanding, lessons and resources to support classroom implementation, and your very own set of Cuisenaire rods to take home.


Grades 6-8 (Session C) - Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Lead Speaker with Celine Liu, San Leandro Unified School District, Carmen Whitman, Mathematics and Equity Designer, Emma Trevino, Mathematics and Equity Designer and Harold Asturias, The Lawrence, UC Berkeley

Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction: A Toolkit

This is an extended session to reflect on our own biases in order to transform our instructional practice and shift our instructional beliefs and practices toward antiracist math education. The activities and discussions in this session are based on the framework for deconstructing racism in mathematics included in Stride 1 of A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Resources and guidance to support Black, LatinX, and Multilingual students to thrive in grades 6-8. This equity toolkit is published by the Education Trust West. The framework offers essential characteristics of antiracist math educators and critical approaches to dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms by visualizing the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture (Jones and Okun 2001; dismantling Racism 2016) with respect to math. By centering antiracism, we model how to be antiracist math educators with accountability.


Grades 9-12 (Session D) - Hallie Foster

Of Course There is Discourse in This Course

When you reflect your own math classroom, who does the talking? How often do students talk? Does every student talk every day? Do your students listen to each other? This session will focus on strategies for increasing meaningful student discourse in the secondary mathematics classroom.  Come prepared to participate in discourse forward math activities that you can immediately begin using in your own classroom. 


General Interest (Session E) - Grace Kelemenik and Amy Lucenta

Design a Reasoning Routine to Develop Mathematical Thinking

In this session, we will pull back the curtain on our process for designing reasoning routines. We will share our sources of inspiration and the six-step process we use to create routines that foster mathematical thinking in all students. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to draft their own reasoning routine using the six-step process.


General Interest (Session F) - Brian Lindaman

The 2021 CA Mathematics Framework: Content Connections, Learning Progressions, and Equitable Instruction

To address current needs of California educators, the 2021 edition of the Framework includes several new emphases and types of chapters. Several foci feature prominently in the new Framework, including: Equitable Learning, Learning Progressions, Content Connections and Drivers of Investigation, Big Ideas, and Supporting and Empowering Teachers. An overview of how these themes are presented in the new Framework will be provided, and session participants will be given time to explore activities and engage in discussions which bring to life each of these important aspects.