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Information for Prospective Presenters

Math in Action is seeking presenters for our 2018 conference, which is on Saturday February 24 on GVSU's Allendale campus. We welcome proposals from anyone engaged in improving mathematics teaching and learning. Past presenters have ranged from early-career, first-time presenters to nationally recognized experts. What do you have to share with our community?

This page contains important information for presenters. A link to submit a proposal is at the bottom of this page. We ask that you submit your proposal by Monday, October 2, 2017.

drawing of Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton


This year, we are seeking Math in Action presentations which focus on one of these main themes:

  • Discourse in Mathematics Classrooms. Examples include, but are not limited to: Promoting whole class and small group discussions to increase understanding of concepts, encouraging mathematical reasoning and debate, asking strategic questions, understanding the relationship between discourse and formative assessment, analyzing incorrect answers, and analyzing the efficiency of a particular strategy.
  • Integrating Problem Solving Routines into Existing Mathematics Curricula. Examples include, but are not limited to: 3 Act Tasks, Number Talks, and Counting Collections.
  • General interest talks falling outside of these two themes. We plan to offer a number of general interest sessions. Examples include, but are not limited to: Assessment, Design Thinking, Differentiation, Focusing on the "M" in STEM, Growth Mindset, Statistics in the secondary curriculum, and Technology.

Sessions are intended to actively engage participants: The conference is named Math in Action



  • Student presenters or co-presenters are welcome! Students must co-present with a K–12 teacher or professor.
  • Up to three presenters from each proposal receive free registration.


Sessions are 1 hour long. They are scheduled for the following times:

  • A:   8:40 – 9:40 AM  
  • B:  9:50 – 10:50 AM  
  • C:  11:00 AM – Noon
  • D:  12:10 – 1:10 PM  
  • E:  1:20 – 2:20 PM  
  • F:   2:30 – 3:30 PM

Every effort will be made to accommodate requested times. However, most presenters request morning so not all times can be accommodated.

Most sessions will be offered for State Continuing Education Credit Hours (SCECH). Please submit a 2-page resume or vita with your proposal to allow us to offer your session for SCECH credit.



All conference rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Windows computer with ceiling mounted projection unit and screen
  • Wired and wireless access to the Internet
  • DVD player with speakers
  • Document camera
  • Whiteboards
  • You can connect your own laptop to the projection device. Macintosh computer users must supply their own adaptors.

Math in Action will provide a guest login and password for computers and wireless internet.

Software available on the GVSU network includes:

  • Mathematics: Microsoft Office (including Excel), Fathom, Geometer's Sketchpad and GeoGebra, Green Globs, Maple, Mathematica
  • Statistics: Camp Tools, JMP, SAS, SPSS, WinBugs
  • Multiple web browsers
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader