We have two amazing keynote speakers: Dan Finkel will be kicking-off proceedings on the Thursday evening, while Lisa Lunney Borden will wrap things up on Saturday.
Dan Finkel is the Founder of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. Dan develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education nationally and internationally. His TEDx Talk, 5 Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, has been viewed over a million times. Dan’s curriculum has been used by thousands of students, and is known for its combination of rigor and play. The math games he co-created with his wife, Katherine Cook, have won over 20 awards. They include Prime Climb, Tiny Polka Dot, and Multiplication by Heart.
Lisa Lunney Borden is a Professor of mathematics education at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and holds the John Jerome Paul Chair for Equity in Mathematics Education. Having taught 7-12 mathematics in a Mi’kmaw community, she credits her students and the community for helping her to think differently about mathematics teaching and learning. She is committed to research and outreach that focuses on decolonizing mathematics education through culturally based practices and experiences that are rooted in Indigenous languages and knowledge systems. Lisa teaches courses in mathematics education and Indigenous.
Our program will include almost 70 sessions from amazing speakers including…
Nat Banting is a classroom mathematics teacher from Saskatoon who blogs about teaching math at natbanting.com/blog and tweets as @NatBanting. Recently, he received a 2021 Prime Minister’s Certificate of Excellence in STEM, and in 2019 the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences awarded the 2019 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizing innovation and excellence across Canadian mathematics education.
Tannis Calder is currently a learning coordinator for Indigenous Education with the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools on the Coast Salish territories of Snaw Naw As, Snuneymuxw and Stz'uminus. Her most recent interests have involved looking at how core subject areas such as mathematics, science, language arts and social studies can be taught through an imaginative, cross-curricular lens from an Indigenous, place-based perspective.
Michelle Chu is a late French immersion teacher with the Burnaby School District and self-professed math nerd. After realizing that a traditional approach to teaching wasn’t helping students think deeply or better comprehend concepts, she became passionate about expanding her math program with the goal of helping students move beyond the idea that they are “math people” or “not math people” and towards developing richer understanding. Michelle has her M.A. in Educational Technology and Learning Designs.
Carole Fullerton is passionate about mathematics education. She is a teacher-leader working in classrooms across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond. Addressing student diversity through rich questions, teaching through problem-solving and planning around the big math ideas are essential aspects of her practice. In her collaborative work she strives to engage students and their teachers in thoughtful investigations of what it means to DO mathematics, learning through exploration, talk and play.
Pam Harris is a mom, a former high school math teacher, a university lecturer, an author, and she wants to change the way we view and teach mathematics. “I had always bought into the myth that math is a disconnected set of facts to memorize, with rules and procedures to mimic.” But Real Math is thinking mathematically, not just mimicking what a teacher does. Pam helps teachers make this shift that supports students to learn Real Math.
Dr. Allison Hintz is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington. She studies teaching and learning alongside educators to create experiences where children are heard, understood, and inspired as mathematical sense makers. She is the co-author of Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions and Mathematizing Children’s Literature: Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion.
Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a professor of mathematics education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and author of the best-selling book, Building Thinking Classrooms. Peter is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. He consults regularly with teachers, schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, problem solving, assessment, numeracy, and student thinking.
Chris Luzniak is a math consultant and currently teaches high school math in Ohio. His nearly 20 years of teaching mathematics began in New York City public schools, where he also founded and coached the Speech and Debate team. Through his combination of teaching and coaching, Chris has worked to develop debate routines that bring student voice and discussion into the math classroom. Some of his work can be seen at luzniak.com and in his book Up for Debate! published by Stenhouse Publishers (and distributed by Pembroke Publishers in Canada).
Cynthia Nicol is an educator and professor in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia (UBC) and holds the David Robitaille Professorship in Mathematics and Science Education. Her research explores approaches to connecting mathematics, community and culture for all students and especially for students in remote, rural and Indigenous communities.
Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem is from the Stó:lÅ and St’at’imc First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. She is Professor Emeritus in the Educational Studies Department at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia (UBC) and has received multiple awards locally, nationally and internationally for her innovative contributions to Indigenous education.
Janice Novakowski is a district teacher consultant in the Richmond School District learning with K-12 teachers and students. She is also an adjunct professor at UBC where she learns with elementary teacher candidates. Janice is involved with the BC Numeracy Network, NCTM, NCSM and facilitates the BC Reggio-Inspired Mathematics Project.
Kyne is the stage name for Kyne Santos, a world class drag queen, YouTuber, and mathematics communicator. Born in Manila, Kyne grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and launched the YouTube channel “onlinekyne” in 2013. Kyne began her drag career while at university, and became known for her iconic tutorials; there’s been no stopping her since! Kyne appeared on the reality competition show Canada’s Drag Race, where she fought not only for the crown, but also the screen time. In 2020, Kyne took to TikTok and now with an audience of over 1 million followers across platforms, Kyne spreads her passion for math education and scientific literacy, and brings STEM education to the queer community and queerness to STEM.