Featured Speakers

Opening Session Speakers


Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, math coach, and currently as a district math specialist. He graduated from the University of Georgia where he earned his specialist degree in Math Education. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States.​ He is the author of many elementary 3-act tasks, which can be found at gfletchy.com. It’s in this space and beyond that Graham continues to be an advocate for best practice and a change agent for ​K-5 mathematics.


Timothy Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold, PhD is an educator, husband, father, friend, runner, author and presenter. An expert in K-12 mathematics education and school leadership, he has been nationally recognized as a mathematics teacher, a division leader in Mathematics and Science and as a school district Superintendent at award winning Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois. After receiving his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Loyola University Chicago, he served as Past-president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and as co-author of Grades 6-12 mathematics textbooks for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His most recent professional development publications include, a four book series for teachers and leaders: Beyond the Common Core (Solution Tree and NCTM, 2015) and his newest book, HEART: Fully Forming Your Professional Teaching and Leading Life! released in March 2017.


Karim Ani

Karim Ani is the founder and head of curriculum design for Mathalicious. Mathalicious writes lessons around real-world topics for middle and high school teachers. Mathalicious has been recognized for innovation in applications in mathematics by the U.S. Department of Education, the Buck Institute for Education, the Hewlett Foundation, and others. Prior to Mathalicious, Karim taught 8th grade math in Virginia and New York City and was later a middle school math coach. He has degrees from Stanford University and University of Virginia, and was named in Education Week as one of the Top Young Leaders Transforming Education in America.


James Burnett

James Burnett is the cofounder and president of ORIGO Education. He started the company because he is passionate about education and is continually striving to mathematics meaningful, enjoyable and accessible by all students. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 mathematics resources for teachers and students aged 5 to 12 and regularly speaks to audiences across Australia and North America. As president, James aims to lift the profile of mathematics through dynamic professional learning and the development of innovative print and digital resources for the classroom. His achievements have been recognized with awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the 2017 Elementary Publisher of the Year Award (Australia); and Learning Magazine’s 2018 Teacher’s Choice Award for Stepping Stones 2.0.


Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver is a former Louisiana Teacher of the Year, a best-selling author, and highly acclaimed national and international speaker. This popular keynoter has presented in 49 states, Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East. Debbie’s books include Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, Fall Down 7 times – Get Up 8, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, and her recently released Teaching Kids to Thrive. She is a multiple award-winning educator who has taught almost every grade level and every kind of students along the way. Dr. Silver’s high-energy sessions address both the art and heart of teaching. Her extensive research background gives her keen insights into educational theory and practice, while her trademark humor and candor help her connect with all those involved in education. Audiences delight in hearing this 30-year veteran teacher whose presentations are described as “where learning collides with laughter.”


Julie Dixon

Juli Dixon is professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Dixon is focused on improving teachers’ mathematics knowledge for teaching so that they support their students to communicate and justify mathematical ideas. She is a prolific writer who has published numerous books, textbooks, and articles. Dr. Dixon delivers keynotes and other presentations throughout North America. She is co-author of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Go Math for K-8 Mathematics and AGA and Integrated Mathematics for High School. She is also co-author of Solution Tree’s Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching book and video series. Especially important to Dr. Dixon is the need to teach each and every student. She often shares her personal story of supporting her own children with special needs to learn mathematics in an inclusive setting. Juli published A Stroke of Luck: A Girl’s Second Chance at Life with her daughter, Jessica Dixon.

Featured Speakers


Edward Burger

Dr. Edward B. Burger is President of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Previously, he was Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. In 2006 Reader’s Digest honored him in its annual 100 Best of America special issue as Best Math Teacher. Professor Burger is the author of more than 40 scholarly papers and books, including Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas, which has been translated into seven languages. He was honored with the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for his coauthored work with Michael Starbird, The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking.

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Susan Brookhart

Susan M. Brookhart is an independent educational consultant and author based in Helena, Montana. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Duquesne University. She was the 2007–2009 editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education, and she is currently an Associate Editor of Applied Measurement in Education. She is author or coauthor of 17 books and more than 70 articles and book chapters on classroom assessment, teacher professional development, and evaluation.

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Janet Pittock

Janet is a highly accomplished visionary executive with K-8 publishing experience in supplementary, intervention, and core programs for students performing at all levels from struggling to advanced. Results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in meeting market needs and developing internal capacity. She has served on both the NCSM and TODOS national boards.

Pam Harris

Pamela Weber Harris

Pamela Weber Harris is the author of Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle & High School Students and the new Lessons & Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy. A former secondary mathematics teacher, Pam currently teaches at Texas State University, is a K-12 mathematics education consultant, a T³ (Teachers Teaching with Technology) Instructor, and an author and coauthor of several professional development workshops.


Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton is a fabulous presenter who has taught thousands of teachers the joy and excitement of “hands-on” math. Kim’s teaching experience includes over 25 years of classroom teaching and time as a regional math specialist and as a university instructor.

Kim’s Video Profile


Cathy Seeley

Dr. Seeley is a senior fellow emeritus from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Dr. Seeley is the author of Faster Isn’t Smarter (2009); Smarter Than We Think (2014).

Dr. Seeley’s video profile


Dr. Marian Small

Dr. Marian Small is a Canadian educational researcher, academic, author, and public speaker. She has co-authored mathematics textbooks used in Canada, Austria, and the United States, and is a proponent of a constructivist approach to mathematical instruction within K–12 classrooms.


Jo Ann Bilderback

Ms. Bilderback serves as the mathematics/science content specialist for the Texas Education Agency. She supports the implementation of the TEKS, TEC, TAC, and statewide mathematics and science initiatives. She also serves as the state director of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Learn more about Jo Ann

Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand

Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at AIR and has over 35 years of leadership positions in mathematics education.  He manages AIR projects that turn around schools, improve adult education, evaluate programs, develop assessments and provide technical assistance.

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Sue O’Connell

Sue has decades of experience supporting teachers in making sense of mathematics and effectively shifting how they teach.  She is the lead author of Math in Practice, a new grade-by-grade K-5 professional learning resource. She is also coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into ActionMastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division.  She served as editor of Heinemann’s popular Math Process Standards series and also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It.

Dinah Zike

A nationally renowned author, educational consultant, and lecturer, Dinah has invented hundreds of educational manipulatives (graphic organizers) that are used internationally by educational publishing companies and consultants in their own publications, programs, seminars, and curricula. Dinah’s Foldables are an exclusive feature of McGraw-Hill textbooks.

Sharon Benson

Sharon Benson currently serves as Director of Mathematics and Advanced Academics at the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC). Sharon has also served as a member of the Texas Algebra Readiness Initiative, the Commissioner’s Math Advisory Council, and assessment committees related to STAAR End-of-Course for Geometry and Algebra II. She is also a contributing author for multiple resources produced by Region 4 ESC to support K-12 mathematics.

Barb Dougherty

Barb Dougherty

Dr. Barbara Dougherty is the fourth Director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawaii. Former Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dougherty was previously the Director of the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Education at Iowa State University and the University of Mississippi’s Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams is a mathematics teacher educator, author, and life-long learner with a passion for making mathematics meaningful for all students. She has written over a dozen books and many articles around K-12 mathematics education, including best-selling books on how to teach mathematics – Elementary and Middle School Mathematics – Teaching Developmentally and Teaching Student Centered Mathematics (with John Van de Walle, LouAnn Lovin, and Karen Karp).

Brianna Donaldson

Brianna Donaldson received her PhD from Indiana University.  She serves as the director of special projects at AIM and manages the Math Teachers’ Circle Network, a national network of professional communities for middle school math teachers.

Robyn Silbey

Robyn Silbey

Robyn Silbey taught for 36 years in Montgomery County, Maryland, a large, urban/suburban school district with a widely diverse population. She was a classroom teacher for 11 years, and a school-based math coach for 25 years. Robyn also served on the district’s Mathematics Textbook Evaluation and Selection Committee, Mathematics Advisory Committee, and Blueprint and Curriculum Design Committees. Robyn currently collaborates with public school districts, charter school systems, and individual campuses around the country. She also presents professional development workshops and webinars.

Ramona Davis

Ramona Davis is currently a Secondary Math Curriculum Specialist with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston.  Her degree is from The University of Texas at Austin. As a classroom teacher, she has been given the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, including elementary math and science, kindergarten, middle school math, Algebra I and Algebra II in three different school districts in Texas.  The majority of her 36 years in education is in secondary math.  As a curriculum specialist she writes curriculum, district benchmarks, and writes/conducts professional development in her current district.

Michelle Rinehart

Michelle Rinehart learns, serves, and teaches as a Secondary Mathematics Consultant in West Texas. Her work focuses on procuring and providing leadership and learning opportunities for mathematics educators throughout her area. Michelle speaks nationally about topics in mathematics and computer science education, with a particular focus on conceptual understanding in secondary mathematics and building teacher leaders.

Glenna Tabor

Glenna Tabor

Glenna is an educator, motivational speaker, and the developer of Tabor Rotation, the most effective and proven classroom framework for balanced & personalized small-group mathematics. She has worked as a classroom teacher; specialist; faculty member of Regent University; an ASCD trainer; math consultant for Houghton Mifflin and Insight.

John Elmer

John serves as a national presenter for the Dinah Zike Academy.