Texas Instruments to Convene 2nd Annual Conference-in-a-Conference at the 2011 T³ International Conference

Top mathematics educators and researchers join together
to discuss innovations in calculus instruction

DALLAS (Jan. 12, 2011) – Texas Instruments Education Technology is convening leaders in calculus education from around the world to discuss issues and innovations in the field during the day-long 2nd Annual Calculus Conference-in-a-Conference program at the T³™ International Conference on Feb. 26, 2011, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Organized as an educational forum for calculus teachers, the T³ International Calculus Conference-in-a-Conference will feature a panel discussion on the challenges facing Advanced Placement (AP*) Calculus, an international panel providing perspectives on calculus instruction and an address by Mathematical Association of America President-elect Paul Zorn. Mathematical literacy also will be on the agenda during the closing session of the conference where attendees will discuss, “Calculus or Statistics: Which is more important for mathematical literacy?”. On Friday evening, Feb. 25, participants will gather for a calculus technology session where they can share their experiences and best practices.

Building solid AP Calculus programs is important for the future of mathematics education and the transition from high school to college. At the 2010 T³ International Conference, Dr. David Bressoud, president of the Mathematical Association of America, noted that success in AP Calculus is the single most useful predictor of successful completion of college. Students without access to a good program in AP Calculus are at a competitive disadvantage.

“Advanced mathematics is fundamentally important to getting students ready for college and for preparing them for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] careers of the future. Our Calculus Conference-in-a-Conference centers on helping educators have a forum for thinking about issues, innovations, and ideas that can inform and improve the learning and teaching of calculus," said Tom Dick, professor of mathematics, Oregon State University, and T³ International Calculus Conference-in-a-Conference organizer and speaker.

For more than 20 years, the T³ International and Regional Conferences have educated teachers on innovative ways to sharpen their pedagogy skills and to engage students in the math and science classroom using technology. Teachers learn from experienced educators, participate in hundreds of hands-on sessions, network with other educators and receive classroom activities and ideas to implement in their own classrooms. They also have the opportunity to preview the latest classroom technology from Texas instruments.

“Texas Instruments is convening some of the best minds in calculus education from around the world to share ideas and discuss the latest innovations and technologies in calculus instruction,” said Gayle Mujica, director of professional development and content for Texas Instruments Education Technology. “We hope to help these educators foster calculus programs in their schools.”

For more information on the T³ International Calculus Conference-in-a-Conference as well as the three-day T³ International Conference or to register for the events, please visit the T³™ International Conference. Texas Instruments is offering early bird registration pricing through Jan. 14, 2011.

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*AP is a registered trademark of The College Board which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse TI products.