US Math Recovery Council®
2020 National Conference

October 26 - 29, 2020

At the Heart of Math Recovery
Inspire. Empower. Energize.

Join us in Chicago Area 2020

October 26 - 29, 2020

Hyatt Lodge Hotel

Oak Brook, IL
October 26 - 29, 2020


Presenter Proposals Now Open

Member Sessions & Instructional Activity Showcase

Submit Your Proposal More Info

Presenter Proposals Close February 29, 2020

Accepted session Lead Speakers will receive a discount code for $100 off 2-day attendance or $50 off 1-day attendance.
IAS presenters will have their name submitted into a drawing for $100 worth of Math Recovery® Educational Products.

2020 Registration Rates

Registration is open January 29 - October 10, 2020 (or until sold out)

Early Bird rate ends August 24, 2020

Early Bird: Full payment is due upon registration and no later than the early bird deadline on August 24, otherwise you will be charged regular rates.
Refunds: The registration fee is non-refundable after September 25, 2020. Registration can still be transferred to another person by calling (952) 491-9856 after this date.

Pre-Conference
You will be required to choose your sessions at the time of registration.
Member* Non-Member**
Full Day, October 26
Includes Breakfast & Lunch
Early Bird:
$225
Regular Rate:
$260
Early Bird:
$225
Regular Rate:
$260
Half Day, October 26
AM session includes Breakfast
PM session includes Lunch
Early Bird:
$160
Regular Rate:
$195
Half Day Afternoon Awareness Session: Complimentary
Early Bird:
$160
Regular Rate:
$195
Half Day Afternoon Awareness Session: Complimentary
Conference Member* Non-Member**
Full 2-Days, October 27-28
Includes Breakfast & Lunch
Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres Reception October 27
Early Bird:
$465
Regular Rate:
$535
Early Bird:
$515
Regular Rate:
$585
Single Day, October 27 or 28
Includes Breakfast & Lunch on a single day
Early Bird:
$255
Regular Rate:
$315
Early Bird:
$305
Regular Rate:
$365
Leadership Summit Member* Non-Member**
Half Day, October 29
Certification in AVMR Champion, Fractions Champion and/or MR Leader is required.
Includes Breakfast
Early Bird:
$100
Regular Rate:
$115
Early Bird:
$150
Regular Rate:
$165

* Renewing Membership: If you are an USMRC Member and your membership will expire on or before October 26, 2020, take advantage of the member rate by renewing PRIOR to conference registration. Complete your membership payment FIRST via credit card,*** then go to the conference webpage to register. NOTE: This will extend your membership by one year past your expiration date.
** Joining Membership: If you are not currently an USMRC Member and paying your conference fees with a credit card or district PO, take advantage of the member rate by joining PRIOR to conference registration. Go to www.mathrecovery.org to create an account and complete your membership payment via credit card,*** then return to the conference webpage to register.
*** Note: USMRC is not able to accept purchase orders for membership dues when registering for the conference.
DISCOUNTS: Upon acceptance the Lead Speaker will receive a registration code for $100 off 2-day attendance or $50 off 1-day attendance. The appropriate code must be used when registering.

Pre-conference Speakers

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Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

Mike Busch

Mike Busch

Marria Carrington

Marria Carrington

Mollie Gabrielson

Mollie Gabrielson

Melissa Goodacre

Melissa Goodacre

Sarah Helmer

Sarah Helmer

Laurie Karl

Laurie Karl

Lori Loehr

Lori Loehr

Christy Lyle

Christy Lyle

Dina Mendola

Dina Mendola

Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter

Amy Scheff

Amy Scheff

Dee Swanson

Dee Swanson

Pamela Tabor

Pamela Tabor

Sherry Thompson

Sherry Thompson

Travel & Logistics

October 26 - 29, 2020
Hyatt Lodge Hotel

Retreat to the secluded Oak Brook Hotel

Book your guest room at the Hyatt Lodge Hotel and receive the special group rate of $159.00. You may also call 630-568-1234 or 1-877-803-7534 and mention the US Math Recovery Council® Conference. Special Conference rates expire on September 24th, 2020. Go to Travel FAQs below to find airport, shuttle and other transportation details.

Discover a private hideaway nesled in the heart of Oak Brook at Hyatt Lodge. Connected to our Conference Center, the hotel resides on acres of forest preserve and sits waterside to a scenic Lake. Enjoy a resort-style stay, perfect for the US Math Recovery Council® 2020 Conference.


O'Hare Int'l Airport

From O'Hare Int'l Airport (15 miles): Take I-294 South to I-88 West. Exist I-88 at 83 North (Cermak Rd)-1st exit after toll booth. At stoplight (22nd St / Cermak Rd), turn right and go two stoplights to Jorie Blvd. Turn right on Jorie Blvd to the third stoplight (Kroc Dr). Turn left. At stop sign turn left on Ronald Lane. Hotel is on left.

Midway Int'l Airport

Fly into Chicago Midway.
Distance: 15 miles
 

Metra

The Metra BNSF Line (Hinsdale Station) is located 3 miles south of the hotel. You will need a taxi to/from the train station and hotel.

Address

2815 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-568-1234

Parking

Complimentary guest parking can be found adjacent to the hotel in the self-parking lot. For your convenience, we recommend pulling up to the front drive of the hotel before self-parking so staff can easily assist you with unloading luggage before you park.

Pre-conference Sessions

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Linking Fraction Intervention to Add+VantageMR® through Units Coordination: A trajectory for instruction (Full Day)
by Christy Lyle

As we attempt to move students through the constructs on the Model for the Development of Fractions Concepts, what does that look like in a practical sense? Following Steffe's reorganization hypothesis, by building student strengths and units coordination in whole number, specifically in higher decade addition and subtraction and multiplication/division, we support the move into fractional thinking. Consider excerpts from a series of recorded lessons with two 3rd grade students as we work to move from a part/whole model to the measurement world of fractions, ever mindful of the supporting concepts and skills necessary for this transition. Building upon what was learned through the intervention, we will deepen our understanding of units coordination leading to an effective teaching skill leading to student understandings.

Prerequisite:

  • AVMR Fractions

The Power of Arguments and Generalizing (Repeated AM & PM)
by Dee Swanson, Lori Loehr & Marria Carrington

Mason et al (2007:42) challenges us as teachers with the dictum ‘a lesson without an opportunity to generalize is not a mathematics lesson' (Developing Number Knowledge, pg. 19). Many elementary classrooms are challenged with applying the Theme of Mathematizing: Generalizing. In this pre-session, we will explore the research presented in "But Why Does It Work? Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom" by Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter and colleagues. We will consider a whole group, Add+VantageMR® teaching model that supports students to make mathematical arguments in the elementary classroom. Participants will engage in mathematical activities to unpack standards that lend themselves to making generalizations in math. We will also make connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practices, and of course, view videos of students engaged in the work!

Audience:

  • All Attendees

Creating Pedagogical Engineers: Tinkering with Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students
by Dina Mendola & Mollie Gabrielson

An engineer is a person who is trained and skilled in the design, creative construction, and use of knowledge to improve upon what already exists. The same is true in education! In courses, we often hear the concern of, "How am I going to do another thing?" In this session we will discuss and explore ways to shine a Math Recovery® lens on any curriculum resource or activity and create constructive ways to tinker with instruction in order to meet the needs of all students.

Audience:

  • All Attendees

Ensuring Sustainability Through Purposeful Evaluation
by Pamela Tabor, PhD

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 mandates that all professional development funded via Title II funds be evidence-based and part of a plan of continuous improvement. Program impact evaluations should be normative in all program implementations. The morning session will present principles of evaluation based on Joellen Killion's Assessing Impact: Evaluating Professional Learning and other resources. Model evaluation plans and templates will be shared. Participants will be encouraged to share their evaluation successes and challenges during an interactive discussion. Participants may select the optional afternoon interactive work session in which principles will be applied to draft an evaluation plan specific to the participant's district.

Audience:

  • All Attendees

An Inquiry-Based Approach to Structuring Numbers to 20: From Early Structuring to Facility with Addition & Subtraction Basic Facts
by Sherry Thompson & Kate Anderson

This pre-conference session will explore an instructional progression that begins with Early Structuring and ends with facility with the basic facts. We will focus heavily on questioning and prompts that move away from telling and showing to actively engaging the student in inquiry mode.

Prerequisite:

  • MRIS
  • MRSp1 Certification

Audience:

  • MRIS
  • MRSp
  • AVMR Champions
  • MR Leaders

Going Beyond the Assessment Schedules: Assessing students within classroom instruction
by Melissa Goodacre & Amy Scheff

In this session participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Add+VantageMR® (AVMR) models and sharpen their skill of ongoing assessment within their classroom. It is the goal of this session to expand teachers' knowledge of the learning framework and AVMR models in order to allow them freedom to assess students beyond the confines of the AVMR assessments. Teachers will engage in video observation of regular lessons and analysis of where students are within the LFIN and models.

Audience:

  • All Attendees

Facilitating Professional Learning Communities: Primary
by Laurie Karl, Andrew Potter & Sarah Helmer

This session will share ideas from our district Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in West Fargo, ND. We will show how we use Math Recovery® data and the Learning Framework in Number to empower teachers in planning lessons to advance their students current level of thinking. Video will be used to highlight the different collaborative aspects between grade level teams, math specialists, and administration in a PLC. This session will be focused on supporting teachers of primary-aged students. Participants will be given time to collaborate on implementing PLCs their own district or school.

Audience:

  • Primary District Administrators
  • Building Leadership
  • AVMR Champions
  • MR Leaders

Interactive Work Session: Designing Your Evaluation Plan
by Pamela Tabor, PhD

Participants will work collaboratively or individually to design their own impact evaluation plan specific to their school or district in a supportive environment.

Audience:

  • Attendees from AM Session

Instructional Coaching: Developing Critical Learning Behaviors
by Sherry Thompson & Mollie Gabrielson

This pre-conference session will explore the nuances of working with adult learners. We will identify critical learning behaviors and discuss individualizing feedback to match learning preferences.

Audience:

  • Math Leaders
  • Math Coaches
  • AVMR Champions
  • MR Leaders

Facilitating Professional Learning Communities: Intermediate
by Laurie Karl, Andrew Potter & Sarah Helmer

This session will share ideas from our district Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in West Fargo, ND. We will show how we use Math Recovery® data and the Learning Framework in Number to empower teachers in planning lessons to advance their students current level of thinking. Video will be used to highlight the different collaborative aspects between grade level teams, math specialists, and administration in a PLC. This session will be focused on supporting teachers of intermediate-aged students. Participants will be given time to collaborate on implementing PLCs their own district or school.

Audience:

  • Intermediate District Administrators
  • Building Leadership
  • MR Leaders
  • AVMR Champions

Math Recovery® Awareness Session (complimentary)
by Math Recovery® Staff

This session is for attendees who do not have prior Math Recovery® training or experience and would like to explore more information on Math Recovery® professional development. The session will provide a complete overview of our courses, focusing on history of development, course layout, mathematical topics, learning goals, intended audiences, hosting a course, expected participant commitments and other areas of Math Recovery® interests. There will be time for questions and answers throughout the session.

Audience:

  • New to Math Recovery®
  • District Administrators
  • Building Leadership

FAQs

About

What is the Math Recovery® Conference?
The US Math Recovery Council® Conference is offered by the US Math Recovery Council®, a nonprofit educational agency, and its Board of Directors. The annual conference provides awareness, support and continuing education for those striving to transform numeracy education to ensure all students have access to high quality mathematics instruction. Conference attendees and presenters gather together from across the US and other nations to learn, share, connect and build strong collegial networks of support. It is a great place to ask questions and engage in fostering the further development of mathematics instruction that meets the needs of each student. Learn about the most recent research, examine Math Recovery® and Add+VantageMR® implementations, get a snap shot of the future of Math Recovery®, and connect with friends and colleagues, old and new. Whether you are an administrator, a teacher, a math coach, a teaching assistant, an undergraduate in education, or an interventionist, you will find a range of session offerings to meet your needs.
How do I ask my administrator for funding to attend?
Attending the US Math Recovery® Conference provides valuable professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and help build a collegial support system. Feel free to utilize the important Talking Points found in the Make The Case document to support your request to attend.

Besides the above Make The Case document, feel free to download and customize this request letter when addressing your administrator.
Can Math Recovery® accommodate my special dietary needs?
US Math Recovery Council® takes allergies seriously and strives to offer food options to meet the dietary needs for all attendees. We work with the hosting hotel to provide safe and delicious meals in a buffet style with allergen ingredients labeled or removed. Despite taking every precaution, we cannot guarantee that menu items are free of trace amounts of allergens or meets the need for a very limited diet or life-threatening allergies. Please request all dietary needs during the registration process.
What is the dress code?
Most participants wear comfortable and casual clothing. The temperature inside the meeting rooms will be comfortable, but if you are prone to chills you may want to bring a sweater. You may also want to bring comfortable walking shoes for the many shops and restaurants in the area. Layered clothing is best for any unpredictable Fall weather. Remember to bring a jacket for evening outings.
What else is there to do besides attending the conference?
US Math Recovery Council® is planning some fun social activities outside the conference day. Return to the conference webpage frequently to see developments on the social schedule.

Discover The Area to learn about the many activities, shopping and other area interests.

Registration

What are the registration fees?
Registration fees will vary based on whether you are a member, non-member, early bird or later. Before you register, check to be sure your membership dues will be current right up to the date of the beginning of the conference. If not, renew your membership first before registering. To get the best value keep your membership up-to-date and register before the Early Bird deadline expires.

Click here to download and print a chart listing all registration rates.
Where is the group registration button?
If a group needs to pay together, please put the same PO number in the Purchase Order field during the payment section.

There is not a group button. Each individual must register him/herself while logged into their account. The registration process will automatically link to a participants account to verify certifications for specific session choices. If a third party needs to register for you, please be sure they are capable of logging into your membership account to connect your certifications and they fill in the conference attendee's information and not their own.
What is the importance of individual registration?
There are several session choices an individual may choose during the registration process that will require individual certifications. Therefore, you will need to be logged into your Math Recovery® account to connect your certifications with your conference registration. For example, if you have not attended a specific course prior to the conference or are not logged into your account, you will not have the option to choose some session choices. If a third party needs to register for you, please be sure they are capable of logging into your membership account to connect your certifications and they fill in the conference attendee's information and not their own.

If you do not have an account already, see the FAQ directed to this topic.
What if I am not a member, do not have an account, or cannot remember my password?
If you are not a Math Recovery® Member and do not have an account, you must "create" a complimentary account before registering for the conference. If you have previously taken a course or registered for past conferences and cannot remember your password, please do not create a second account. Click on the "forgot password" button and follow the instructions to reset your password.
Can I bring a guest with me included in my registration fee?
As always, we encourage that you bring colleagues and friends with you to the US Math Recovery Council® conference; however, each registered participant will need to pay a registration fee for their own attendance.
How can I get a discount on my registration fees?
Register early and maintain your membership to receive the most value.

You may also receive a discount by sharing your wealth of knowledge and talent by speaking at the conference or presenting at the Instructional Activity Showcase. Speaker/presenter proposals are available here. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 29, 2020.

Sessions & Offerings

What can I expect at pre-conference?
Registered participants will be asked to sign-up for the session(s) they plan to attend during pre-conference. To learn more about each pre-conference session, hover on the icon in the registration page (link) or see the downloadable schedule.

Pre-conference sessions allow participants to choose either between a full-day or one to two half-day experiences focusing on important topics within the Math Recovery® community. Sessions are facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable US Math Recovery Council® staff and members. A half-day afternoon session featuring awareness on Math Recovery® professional development is offered for those with no or little experience in Math Recovery® and is offered at no additional charge.
What can I expect during the 2-day conference?
Sessions offered within the 2-day conference consist of keynote sessions by featured authors of the Math Recovery® series of books, sessions led by US Math Recovery® staff, and selected sessions led by members within the Math Recovery® community. The slate of sessions offered presents a range of topics important to learning and implementing Math Recovery®.
What is the offering on Thursday called the Leadership Summit?
If you are a Math Recovery® Leader, Add+VantageMR® Champion, or Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion we hope you will stay for Thursday's Leadership Summit. This event will provide opportunities for you to deepen and extend your knowledge, skills, and tools for delivery and support of US Math Recovery® courses. You will have opportunities to provide feedback, collaborate with peers, and learn from US Math Recovery® professional development designers and developers. This event is exclusive to current Leaders and Champions. We hope to see you there!
What is the schedule for the conference and what time should I plan to leave for the airport without missing vital information?
Download the current schedule here. Come back often to see additional pieces of information that will be added and updated as the full conference schedule and agenda unfolds. Monday's Pre-conference will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. The full 2-day conference will end on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The last event on Wednesday will be a Keynote Speaker that you will not want to miss. Thursday's Leadership Summit will be back for the third annual meeting of Math Recovery® Champions and Leaders. Thursday finale' will end at 12:00 p.m.

Travel

Is there a shuttle from the airport or will I need to arrange my own transportation?
There is no hotel shuttle available.
What are the details of the Hotel and Conference venue?
Retreat to the secluded Oak Brook Hotel. Discover a private hideaway nestled in the heart of Oak Brook, IL. The hotel resides on acres of forest preserve and sits waterside to a scenic lake. The conference Center is connected via a covered walkway across the lake. Enjoy a resort-style stay, perfect for the US Math Recovery Council® 2020 conference. See the Hyatt Hotel fact sheet here.

Discover the Area
What airport(s) should I fly into?
Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 15 miles from the Hyatt Lodge Hotel.

From O'Hare Int'l Airport (15 miles): Take I-294 South to I-88 West. Exit I-88 at 83 North (Cermak Rd)-1st exit after toll booth. At stoplight (22nd St / Cermak Rd), turn right and go two stoplights to Jorie Blvd. Turn right on Jorie Blvd to the third stoplight (Kroc Dr). Turn left. At stop sign turn left on Ronald Lane. Hotel is on left.

Midway International Airport is 15 miles from the Hyatt Lodge Hotel.
What are some of the other transportation details?
The Metra BNSF Line (Hinsdale Station) is located 3 miles south of the hotel. A taxi will need to take you to/from the train station to the hotel.
Where should I park and is there a charge?
Complimentary guest parking can be found adjacent to the hotel in the self-parking lot. For your convenience, we recommend pulling up to the front drive of the hotel before self-parking so staff can easily assist you with unloading luggage before you park.