AERA Philadelphia and NCTM New Orleans: Forty Sessions

Forty sessions. Forty. You see, I'm one of those people who really try to get my money's worth out of a conference, and when it's somebody else's money (thanks, National Science Foundation!) I try even harder. My 10-day conference marathon started with a rough day of travel, but in the remaining nine days I went to just about everything I could. I just made the conference my one and only priority — I didn't go sighseeing on "company time," I ate only when necessary (I lost 7 pounds in 10 days, despite being in the lands of cheesesteaks and bignets), and I only skipped a few sessions to give myself time to prepare for my own presentations.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

I don't know if 40 sessions is some kind of record, but if it is I'm not sure I ever want to break it. It was against all good advice to attend both AERA and NCTM in the first place. I set a precedent for myself last year when I recapped 21 sessions from the NCTM Research Presession and Annual Meeting in Denver. That effort took several days of binge-recapping, something I'd rather not do this year. I'm thinking about aiming for one recap per day; if that works out I could be done before June, but not by much. Before the recaps begin, however, I needed to put together an accurate accounting of the sessions I attended. Due to NCTM's overlapping sessions at the Annual Meeting, there are a few in this list that I did not see in their entirety. I can still recap what I can and make sure to point to whatever resources that might have been made available. If you see anything in the list below that you'd rather not wait to hear about, leave a comment or otherwise let me know and I'll try to get you information sooner rather than later.

AERA: Friday, April 4

1. Enriching Research and Innovation Through the Specification of Professional Practice: The Core Practice Consortium (AERA Presidential Session)

Chair: Pamela L. Grossman, Stanford University
Deborah Lowenberg Ball, University of MichiganBradley Fogo, Stanford University
Francesca Forzani, University of MichiganHala N. Ghousseini, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Megan L. Franke, University of California - Los AngelesSarah Schneider Kavanagh, University of Washington
Magdalene Lampert, Boston Teacher ResidencyMatthew J. Kloser, University of Notre Dame
Pamela L. Grossman, Stanford UniversityJamie O'Keeffe, Stanford University
Morva McDonald, University of WashingtonJessica J. Thompson, University of Washington
Elham Kazemi, University of Washington
Mark A. Windschitl, University of Washington
Discussant: Anthony S. Bryk, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

2. Division C Early Career Award Lecture
Chair: Gale M. Sinatra, University of Southern California
Leveraging Social Media to Create Opportunities for Learning and Scholarship - Christine M. Greenhow, Michigan State University
Participant: Barbara A. Greene, University of Oklahoma

3. Teacher Quality, Teaching Quality, and Student Outcomes in Mathematics: Putting the Puzzle Together
Chair: Heather C. Hill, Harvard University

  • Teacher Knowledge and Student Learning: Bringing Together Two Different Conceptualizations of Teacher Knowledge - Charalambos Y. Charalambous, University of Cyprus; Heather C. Hill, Harvard University; Daniel McGinn, Harvard University
  • Explaining Teacher Effects: Results From the National Center on Teacher Effectiveness Main Study - Heather Hill, Harvard University; Douglas Staiger, Dartmouth College; Mark Chin, Harvard University; Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Harvard University
  • Predictors of Teachers' Instructional Practices - David Blazar, Harvard University; Claire Gogolen, Harvard University; Heather Hill, Harvard University; Andrea Humez, Boston College; Kathleen Lynch, Harvard University
  • The Meaning of "High" and "Low" Value-Added Teaching: Observing Differences in Instructional Quality Across Districts - David Blazar, Harvard University; Erica Litke, Harvard University; Johanna Barmore, Harvard University
Discussants: Bridget Kathleen Hamre, University of Virginia; John Papay, Brown University

4. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Mathematics Teacher Education Programs: Current and Future Directions
Chair: Yukiko Maeda, Purdue University

  • Identifying Common Core State Standards for Math Challenges to Inform the Preparation of Preservice Teachers - Jeffrey M. Choppin, University of Rochester; Jon D. Davis, Western Michigan University; Corey Drake, Michigan State University; Amy M. Roth McDuffie, Washington State University
  • Reported Changes in Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education Programs due to the Common Core State Standards - Jeffrey Craig, Michigan State University; Jai He, Michigan State University; Sharon L. Senk, Michigan State University; Yukiko Maeda, Purdue University; Vivian Gregory Alexander, Purdue University
  • Goals of Mathematics Teacher Educators for Prospective Teachers and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics - Marcy B. Wood, The University of Arizona; Jill Annette Newton, Purdue University; Patricia S. Wilson, University of Georgia; Denise A. Spangler, University of Georgia; Corey Drake, Michigan State University; Sara E. Kasten
  • Priorities for the Improvement of Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation for the Common Core Era - W. Gary Martin, Auburn University; Marilyn E. Strutchens, Auburn University
Discussant: Robert Floden, Michigan State University

AERA: Saturday, April 5

5. The Video Mosaic Collaborative: An Online Professional Development Resource for Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences
Chair: Sharon Derry, University of North Carolina

  • The Video Mosaic Collaborative Repository: A Historical Perspective - Marjory Fan Palius, Rutgers University
  • VMCAnalytic Tool: A Demonstration - Robert Sigley, Rutgers University
  • Validating an Evolving Video Mosaic Collaborative Design by Seeking Evidence of Teachers' Growth in Reasoning and Related Shifts in Beliefs - Carolyn Alexander Maher, Rutgers University; James A. Maher; Marjory Fan Palius, Rutgers University; Robert Sigley, Rutgers University; Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University
  • Making Thinking Visible Through Multimedia Artifacts - Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University; Carolyn Alexander Maher, Rutgers University; Marjory Fan Palius, Rutgers University; Robert Sigley, Rutgers University; Alice S. Alston, Rutgers University
  • Design Research With Video Mosaic Collaborative-Based Instructional Activities for Online Teacher Education - Sharon Derry, University of North Carolina; Julia Gressick, Indiana University - South Bend; Alan James Hackbarth, University of Wisconsin
Discussant: Hilda Borko, Stanford University

6. Maximizing the Benefit of Teacher/Researcher Partnerships in Classroom-Based Development and Implementation Projects
Chair: Avi Kaplan, Temple University
Participants: Rick Coppola, University of Illnois at Chicago; Matthew Hartwell, Temple University; Liam Gallagher, Project Learn School; MaryAnn Stolberg, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School; Chris S. Hulleman, University of Virgina; Kenn E. Barron, James Madison University
Discussant: Tim Urdan, Santa Clara University

7. Innovative System and School Redesign: Improving Leadership Practice to Support Instructional Reform
Chair: Megan Hopkins, The Pennsylvania State University

  • The Relative Importance of Work With Teacher Leaders in Promoting Instructional Change: An Exploratory Study - Eric M. Camburn, University of Wisconsin; Seong Won Han, University of Buffalo - SUNY
  • Infrastructure Redesign and Instructional Reform in Mathematics: Formal Structure and Leadership - Megan Hopkins, The Pennsylvania State University; James P. Spillane, Northwestern University
  • Catalyzing Reform: How Coaches Frame Reading Policy - Sarah L. Woulfin, University of Connecticut
  • The Needed Infrastructure for Cognitively Ambitous Instruction in High Schools - Jal David Mehta, Harvard University; Sarah Melanie Fine, Harvard University
  • Strong Ties in a Decentralized District: Balancing Professionalism and Accountability to Achive Sustained Growth in Student Achivement - Lisa A. Umekubo, University of California - San Diego; Janet A. Chrispeels, University of California - San Diego; Alan J. Daly, University of California - San Diego
Discussant: David K. Cohen, University of Michigan

AERA: Sunday, April 6

8. Linking Theory, Research, and Practice to Improve STEM Undergraduate Education (AERA Presidential Session)
Chairs: Ann E. Austin, Michigan State University; Susan Singer, National Science Foundation
Participants: Stephen Barkanic, Business-Higher Education Forum; Anthony S. Bryk, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; James S. Fairweather, Michigan State University; Cynthia Finelli, University of Michigan; Robert D. Mathieu, University of Wisconsin - Madison; William R. Penuel, University of Colorado Boulder; Ann E. Austin, Michigan State University

9. Understanding Change Within Discussions of Mathematics Teacher Professional Learning Communities: Methodological Frameworks
Chair: Joy Ann Oslund, University of Michigan

  • Studying Changes in Teachers' Group Conversations: A Methodological Literature Review - Joy Ann Oslund, University of Michigan; Pamela A. Moss, University of Michigan
  • Concomitant Analysis in Considering Teacher Development and Professional Development Materials Over Time - Edd V. Taylor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Using Tools from Discourse Analysis to Understand Change in a Teacher Study Group - Samuel Otten, University of Missouri; Beth A. Herbel-Eisenmann, Michigan State University; Kate Johnson, Brigham Young University
  • Studying Teachers' Attempts at Change Through Narrative Inquiry - Lindsay Keazer, Michigan State University
Discussant: Helen J. Featherstone, Michigan State University

10. Research in Mathematics Education SIG Poster Session
Supporting Common Core-Driven Curriculum Adaptations for High School Algebra - Raymond Johnson, University of Colorado Boulder; Heather Leary, University of Colorado Boulder; William R. Penuel, University of Colorado Boulder

11. Open Access Publishing and the Leadership Role of Education Research
Chair: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association
Erno A. Lehtinen, University of Turku; Mark Warschauer, University of California - Irvine; William Cope, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; John M. Willinsky, Stanford University

12. Analysis of Social Networks of Educators: Empirical Findings, Practical Applications, New Directions, and Theoretical Issues
Chair: Min Sun, Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • What We Know About Teacher and Administrator Networks: Replicated Findings and Recent Extensions - Kenneth A. Frank, Michigan State University; Min Sun, Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Challenges, Changes, and Churn: A Longitudinal Social Network Perspective of Urban District Leadership - Alan J. Daly, University of California - San Diego; Kara S. Finnigan, University of Rochester
  • Knowledge Production in Education Systems and Organizations: Intra- and Interactions About Instruction - James P. Spillane, Northwestern University; Megan Hopkins, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Using Network Ideas to Plan for the Adoption and Implementation of New Standards - William R. Penuel, University of Colorado Boulder
Discussant: Cynthia E. Coburn, Northwestern University

NCTM: Monday, April 7

13. The Coming Transformation of American Education: Implications for Mathematics Education
Arthur Levine, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

NCTM: Tuesday, April 8

14. Connecting Data and Chance through Modeling
Lead Speaker: Cliff Konold
Co-speakers: Richard Lehrer and Robert delMas
Discussant: Patrick W. Thompson

15. The Algebra Project: Working for Quality Math Education for Students
Lead Speaker: Robert P. Moses
Co-speakers: Bill Crombie, Andre Harguani, and José Antonio Orozco
Discussant: OneLA- Industrial Areas Foundation

16. Examining the Influence of Tasks, Goals, and Anticipation on Instruction
Lead Speaker: Samuel L. Eskelson
Co-speaker: Margaret Smith

17. Using Representations of Practice in Survey Research with Mathematics Teachers
Lead Speaker: Daniel Chazan
Co-speakers: Orly Buchbinder, Justin K. Dimmel, Ander Erickson, and Kristi Hanby
Discussants: Patricio G. Herbst and Randolph Philipp

18. Mathematics Teacher Educators Supporting Prospective Teachers in Learning about CCSSM
Lead Speaker: Corey Drake
Co-speakers: Jill Newton and Denise A. Spangler

19. Colleagues 2.0: The MathTwitterBlogoSphere and Mathematics Teachers’ Professional Learning
Lead Speaker: Ilana S. Horn
Co-speakers: Nicole Bannister, Annie Fetter, Shauna Hedgepeth, Ashli J. Black, Justin Lanier, and José Vilson

20. Aligning Mathematical Tasks to the Standards for Mathematical Practice
Lead Speaker: Raymond Johnson

NCTM: Wednesday, April 9

21. Perspectives on Linking Research and Practice: Thoughts from the Field
Co-speakers: Lynsey K. Gibbons, Kara Jackson, Heather Lynn Johnson, and Jonathan N. Thomas
Discussant: Michael C. Fish

22. A Practical Theory of Productive Persistence in Mathematics Education
Lead Speaker: Philip Uri Treisman

23. Beyond Rise-over-Run: A Design Experiment and Learning Trajectory for Slope
Lead Speaker: Frederick Peck

24. How Should the Enacted Mathematics Curriculum Be Conceptualized and Studied?
Lead Speaker: Janine Remillard
Co-speakers: Joshua Taton, Kara Jackson, Indigo Esmonde, and Anne Garrison Wilhelm
Discussant: Mary Kay Stein

25. The Joy of x
Lead Speaker: Steven H. Strogatz

NCTM: Thursday, April 10

26. Principles to Actions: What's Exciting about NCTM's New Blueprint?
Lead Speaker: Steven Leinwand

27. Developing Leaders in Mathematics Education: What Does it Take?
Lead Speaker: NCTM Affiliate Services Committee

28. Are They There Yet? Exploring the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Written Curriculum
Lead Speaker: Katie Arndt
Co-speakers: Lori Rakes and Jennifer Ward

29. Online PD Resources for Mathematical Practices: Seeing Structure and Generalizing
Lead Speaker: Joanne Rossi Becker

30. Beyond Rise/Run: Activities to Invent and Connect Slope's Five Faces
Lead Speaker: Frederick Peck

31. Examining and Developing Practice through Live Laboratory Teaching
Lead Speaker: Deborah Loewenberg Ball
Co-speakers: Julie McNamara and Nicole Garcia

NCTM: Friday, April 11

32. Math Teachers and Social Media: Professional Collaboration or Support Group?
Lead Speaker: Raymond Johnson

33. What Changes Should Be Made for the Next Edition of the CCSSM?
Lead Speaker: Zalman Usiskin

34. Why "Getting Real" Requires Being "Radical" in High-Stakes Education
Lead Speaker: Rochelle Gutiérrez

35. The Mathtwitterblogosphere: Creating Your Own Online Professional Learning Communities
Lead Speaker: Ashli J. Black
Co-speaker: Chris Hunter

36. One of Us: Every Teacher a Blogging Teacher
Lead Speaker: Kate Nowak

37. Making Sense of Fraction Operations with Realistic Mathematics Education
Lead Speaker: Mieke Abels

38. Teachers Leveraging Technology in the Classroom
Lead Speaker: Jon Wray

NCTM: Saturday, April 12

39. Online Professional Learning Opportunities for Mathematics Educators
Lead Speaker: David C. Wees

40. NCTM's Principles to Actions: Implications for High School Mathematics
Lead Speaker: W. Gary Martin