Best Practices Math Summit a big success

Shown are back row: Karrie Washenfelder; Charlie Myers; Greg Tang; Dr. Dick Phillips; and Dr. Thomas Randle; front row Vivian Burley; Dora Olivo; Helen R. Wright; & Mable Scott Austin. Not shown were Mary Vazquez; Pastor Bobby ; Kathy Mathison; Marva Rasberry; Gwen Touchet, Robert Wolter; Curtis Rhodes; & Charles Dupre.

The Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council hosted  their inaugural and  very successful  Best  Practices  Math Summit, Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00am, – 3:30pm at the shared – campus of  University of Houston @ Sugar Land and Wharton County Junior College in  Brazos Hall Room 103 in Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479.   Attendees started arriving at 7:30am. Registration started at 8:00am. Conference bags were given. Heart healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunched were served.

Over 200 teachers and others attended the empowering summit. Dr. Thomas Randle, Supt. 0f Lamar CISD & P16 Chair and Helen R. Wright, Executive Director of the William Smith Sr., Tri – County Child Development Council, Inc  & Chair, P16 Math Summit welcome everyone.

Greg Tang, mathematics teacher and  author of the Grapes of Math and Math for All Season   is a highly  engaging  featured speaker.  For the first hour of the summit, Tang kept  the attendees totally focused on the  visual and tactile mathematics activities while using their critical thinking  skills. Tang challenged and encouraged the attendees  to use creativity and common sense to solve problems, rather than formulas and memorizations.

Dr. Robert Wimpelberg of the P16 Math Collaborative shared the current project in four districts involving fifth graders during the lunch break.

Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent, Lamar CISD & Chairman, P16 Council shares, “The Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council is excited to hold the first ever Best Practices summit in the County. Experienced teachers will be on hand to illustrate proven methods of math instruction in our area schools.  Being the first of its kind, we certainly applaud the committee for its commitment to education.”

The summit focused on mathematics, mathematics integration with technology, and research – based on instructional best practices fostering the learning of all students.  As education becomes more global, innovative ways of exploring, learning, and the sharing of knowledge are critical to providing our students with 21st century skills.

Helen Wright,Executive Director, William Smith Sr. Tri – County Child Development Council, Inc., P16 Board Member, and the Chair, P16 Best Practices Summit stated, “ I am ecstatic that the Fort Bend P16 Regional Council is providing Fort Bend County teachers the opportunity to share mathematics  concepts and skills  necessary to prepare  all students for the 21st century. The summit committee has taken the lead responsibility of teaching teachers to teach all children to succeed on an innovative, competitive, and global level.”

The Summit had forty (40) concurrent breakout sessions  involved instructional strategies; technology, IPods; Interest; Edmodo; Geocashing; and more. Certificates of Participation, 6.5 hours, were  given.

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