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Math and science teachers conference to be held at New Mexico State

More than 300 New Mexico math and science teachers will participate in professional development sessions at the New Mexico Science Teachers Association (NMSTA) and the New Mexico Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NMCTM) annual state conference Dec. 4-6 in the Corbett Center Student Union at New Mexico State University.

ar's conference, "Schools Without Borders: Integrating Math, Science and Literacy," will provide sessions for K-12 teachers related to the "No Child Left Behind" mandate and will include strategies to incorporate state standards, benchmarks and assessments into the classroom. Session topics include literacy in math and science, leadership and partnerships, research and lesson study, and diversity.

Pre-conference sessions Thursday, Dec. 4, are a "Technical Assistance for Mathematics Testing" workshop at 1 p.m., a "Safety in the Elementary Classroom" workshop at 2 p.m., and a session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. titled "Project Wet: Discover a Watershed - The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo."

Conrad Storad of Arizona State University will be the keynote science speaker at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Storad is the author of numerous true-life science books on topics such as Arctic exploration and quantum chemistry.

Cindy Chapman of the Albuquerque Public Schools will be the mathematics speaker at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Chapman received the Presidential Award for excellence in mathematics teaching and also is a former member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics board of directors.

The NMCTM membership meeting is at noon Friday, Dec. 5.

The annual NMCTM and NMSTA breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, followed by the NMSTA membership meeting at 9 a.m. The breakfast is $15.

One graduate credit will be available at registration for a $50 fee. The registration fee for the two-day conference is $55. Saturday only registration is $25. Student teachers and pre-service teachers registration fees are $25 with the proper identification. Those who want to register can still do so at the conference.

Additional support for the conference was provided by the NMSU-based WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development and by the MathStar Program in NMSU's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

For more information about the conference, contact the MathStar office at (505) 646-3084.