August 23, 2019

Mathematics conference to be held at University of Maine at Fort Kent

FORT KENT — The Northern Maine Mathematics Enhancement Project is sponsoring “Using Manipulatives in Mathematics,” a fall conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent athletic building, Room 118.

The featured presenter will be Dr. Helene Silverman, professor of graduate and undergraduate classes in the department of early childhood and elementary education at Hebert H. Lehman College, City University of New York.

Silverman is writing the “Ideas” section of the Arithmetic Teacher, and a column, “Big Ideas from Simple Materials” for the Journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics of New York City.

Her publications include “The Kids Book of Metrics”; “Your Days are Numbered in Calendar Mathematics”; and “School Talk.” Silverman is a well-known speaker at local, state, regional and national meetings, particularly in the areas of early childhood, mathematics teaching and special education.

Although her focus will be on the use of manipulatives in teaching mathematics at the kindergarten through grade eight levels, conference organizers say all area educators are invited to attend.

For three days before the conference, Silverman will visit area school districts to work with teachers and students in and out of the classroom. She will be in Madawaska schools on Wednesday, Oct. 10; at SAD 27 on Thursday, Oct. 11; and at SAD 33 on Friday, Oct. 12.

Preregistration is required for the conference and enrollment is limited to 40 people. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

To register, contact the NMMEP at Cyr Hall, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent 04743.

For more information, call 834-3162, Ext. 227. There is no fee for the conference and participants are responsible for their own lunches.

The NMMEP has money for expenses for sending 10 people to the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England’s fall conference in Newport, R.I., Nov. 1-3. Only those who attend the NMMEP fall conference are eligible for this funding.

The NMMEP is funded by a Dwight D. Eisenhower Grant through the Maine Department of Education. Members of the NMMEP are Barbara Caron, Paul Grant, Patricia Richards, Lawrence Workman and John Elliot.

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