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2018 T³™ International Conference

March 2–4, 2018, San Antonio, Texas

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John Urschel - Key Note Speaker

Spark your own aha! moment

Join us at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio for a one-of-a-kind event that you won’t want to miss.

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It’s the feeling when you discover even more than you were looking for ...

Come learn proven strategies that get students excited about learning math, science and STEM. Explore fresh, high-impact ideas that deepen understanding and support achievement. Get ready to experience hands-on interactive sessions that strengthen teaching, technology and content skills. Become connected with a global community of educators and thought leaders who share your passion for excellence in education.

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Learn it today, teach it tomorrow

Focus uniquely on using TI technology and resources to drive classroom success. Personalize your conference experience by choosing from hundreds of hands-on, interactive sessions – created and presented by teachers for teachers. Then, guide your students to their very own aha! moments when you get back.


March 1

Preconference Session: Grant Writing 
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Conference Registration
4 to 9 p.m.

Preconference Mixer
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


March 2

Conference Registration
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opening Session
8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Conference Sessions
10 to 11:30 a.m.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lunch Break
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Conference Sessions
12:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception
4:30 to 6 p.m.


March 3

Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to noon

Conference Sessions
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch Break
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Conference Sessions
1:45 to 4:30 p.m.


March 4

Coffee Chats
7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

Power Sessions
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Closing Session
10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy world-class professional development at affordable rates

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Earn credit for your participation in the T³™ International Conference

Acquire 1.5 Continuing
Education Units (CEUs) through
Adams State University.
(Additional fee applies; details coming soon.)

Get one semester hour of
graduate credit through
Central Michigan University.
(Additional fee applies.)

All attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance, which may be submitted to your school or district for professional development credits.

T³™ International Conference participants report enthusiastically that the inventive ideas and inspired strategies they take back to their schools revitalize and re-energize their classroom practices.

John Urschel - Key Note Speaker


John Urschel

Doctoral Candidate, Applied Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Former Professional Football Player

Former professional football player turned full-time mathematician, John Urschel, will kick-off the 2018 T³™ International Conference by sharing his journey of where a love of math has taken him and where it can take your students. His keynote will include time for audience questions.

Friday, March 2, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Attend this session for a chance to win lunch with John Urschel. Seven lucky winners will be chosen at the end of the opening session.


Jennifer Bartkowski

CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Jennifer Bartkowski has transformed the way girls are engaging in STEM outside of the classroom by spearheading the development of the STEM Center of Excellence in South Dallas. In the closing session, she’ll share the research that links social and emotional learning and leadership development to success in STEM. Discover important community partnerships that can extend the impact you have in the classroom and be inspired by stories of girls who are pursuing a future in STEM.

Sunday, March 4, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Be sure to stay for the grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the closing session. Three lucky attendees will win a spectacular prize pack from TI. Must be present to win.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board.

Customize your conference experience

Discover your own aha! moments when you choose from hundreds of hands-on, interactive sessions that focus uniquely on the use of TI technology and resources to deepen understanding, support student achievement and drive classroom success.

Browse the full slate of conference sessions.

Be sure to download the 2018 T³™ International Conference app to access the following features:

  • Session schedules
  • Conference planner
  • Announcements
  • Maps
  • Provide session feedback


Writing Small Grants for Classroom Innovations

Do you have an idea for a STEM project or another initiative, but you need a grant to get started? This preconference session will inform you about large and small grant opportunities that can include technology; equipment and resources; expert speakers; student camps; parent programs; and even community events. Learn how to access grant sites and begin the process of writing a proposal to fund the creative ideas you want to implement. This session includes a comprehensive list of grant sites and information about ways to make your grant proposal stand out from the rest. Bring electronic devices and we will visit the grant sites on-site!

This session is included with conference registration.

Thursday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, second floor, Lone Star Ballroom B


  • Jennifer Cezar, Grant Partnership Consultant, Texas Instruments
  • Doris Teague, Educational Consultant and Grant Specialist, Dallas, Texas

Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR)

The Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) project is creating an innovative post-algebra II alternative to precalculus for students who have completed algebra I, geometry and algebra II, or integrated high school mathematics I, II and III. The AQR course develops mathematical proficiency, statistical proficiency and quantitative literacy, filling a critical gap in the nation's high school mathematics course offerings. This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and appropriate for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). It is a solution to the fourth year of high school mathematics now required in many states. It addresses numerical reasoning, statistical reasoning, modeling and spatial reasoning – and balances mathematics language development with in-context, technology-supported inquiry and problem solving.

Join us for a day of diving deeply into AQR.

Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, River Level, Meeting Room 005


  • Gregory Foley, Ph.D., Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • Rachael Gorsuch, Columbus Academy, Bexley, Ohio
  • Michael Houston, Riverside Beaver County School District, New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Steve Phelps, Madeira High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Johnny Ashurst, T³™ National Instructor, Baxter, Kentucky

AQR Part 1: Exploring Number and Quantity

Friday, March 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

AQR Part 2: Exploring Statistics and Probability

Friday, March 2, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

AQR Part 3: Modeling With Algebra

Friday, March 2, 2 to 3 p.m.

AQR Part 4: Modeling With Functions

Friday, March 2, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Seven for Seven

Join us for a fast-paced, information-packed session as seven motivating speakers present seven inspiring topics for seven minutes each.

Friday, March 2, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom C

  • Linda Antinone, Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Cory Boby, Benton High School, Malvern, Arkansas
  • Karen Campe, T³™ National Instructor, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Alice Fisher, Bellaire High School, Houston, Texas
  • Juan Gonzalez, Laredo Early College High School, Laredo, Texas
  • Dan Ilaria, West Chester University, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Steinke, Mother Theresa High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Statistics Symposium

The Statistics Symposium provides a full day of sessions focused on statistics across the vertical curriculum. The symposium will address:

  • Laying the foundation for statistical concepts
  • What key ideas are important and how we can help students develop understanding of these concepts
  • What simulation-based inference looks like and how it can help students make reasonable decisions based on data and statistical reasoning
Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, River Level, Meeting Room 005

  • Gail Burrill, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Paul Rodriguez, AP* Statistics Development Committee Member, Troy High School, Fullerton, California
  • Ellen Breazel, Ph.D., AP* Statistics Development Committee Member, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Deborah Nolan, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Landy Godbold, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gloria Barrett, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Pittsboro, North Carolina


Learn from the experts at two-hour Power Sessions on Sunday morning.

All Power Sessions take place on March 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

AP* Calculus From Those in the Know

Learn more about AP* Calculus from those in the know during this special panel presentation. This is a great opportunity to engage with the Chief Reader for AP* Calculus, recent members of the AP* Test Development Committee and representatives of the College Board and the Educational Testing Service as they share exam insights and discuss instructional challenges and opportunities for AP* Calculus teachers.

Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom

  • Thomas Dick, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Vicki Carter, West Florence High School, Florence, South Carolina
  • Stephen Davis, Ph.D., Chief Reader – AP* Calculus, Davidson, North Carolina
  • Craig Wright, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Stephanie Ogden, Ph.D., Director, AP* Content Development – Calculus and Statistics of Content, The College Board

Mathematics Teaching Strategies to Inspire Educators and Engage Students

Come and learn how to get the most out of your time with students. Focus on research-based teaching strategies to create the Aha! moments in class. Learn how to put research into practice with effective questioning, pacing, assessing and sequencing while making thinking visible. Aha!

Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom

  • Linda Antinone, Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Kyle Atkin, Kern High School District, Bakersfield, California
  • Linda Griffith, Pd.D., Wilbur Mills Educational Cooperative, Quitman, Arkansas

Teaching Science is Phenomenal: Using Three-Dimensional Science Standards to Engage Students

With over 40 states adopting or developing three-dimensional state science educational standards based upon “A Framework for K–12 Science Education,” (National Research Council, 2012), the way science is taught and learned in our country is shifting significantly. Noted science education expert, Peter McLaren, will highlight how the innovations of the Framework and the three dimensions are integrated to support students as they strive to explain phenomena and design solutions to problems. Panelists will also focus on how TI handheld technology can support these instructional shifts by helping students make their thinking visible through the science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts inherent within three-dimensional teaching and learning. Bring your questions to this Power Session for the Q&A discussion with thought leaders in science education.

Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom

  • Erick Archer, Science Market Segment Strategy, Texas Instruments
  • Peter McLaren, National Science Consultant and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Writer, Rhode Island
  • Jeff Lukens, T³™ National Instructor, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Cassie Whitecotton, T³™ Regional Instructor, Mansfield, Texas
  • Stacey Thibodeaux, Southside High School, Lafayette, Louisiana

Using Technology Alongside #SlowMath to Promote Productive Struggle

How might we shift classroom culture so that productive struggle is part of the norm? What if this same culture defines and embraces mistakes as opportunities to learn?

One of the Mathematics Teaching Practices from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) “Principles to Actions” is to support productive struggle in learning mathematics. We want all learners to make sense of tasks and persevere in solving them. The tasks we select and facilitate must offer opportunities for each learner to develop connections and deepen their conceptual understanding.

Join us to learn more about #SlowMath opportunities that encourage students to persevere through challenging tasks instead of allowing their struggle become destructive. This session will address:

  • How might we provide #SlowMath opportunities for all students to notice and question?
  • How do activities that provide for visualization and conceptual development of mathematics help students think deeply about mathematical ideas and relationships?
Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom

  • Jill Gough, The Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jennifer Wilson, T³™ National Instructor, Black Mountain, North Carolina

AP* Statistics: Expert Perspectives on Constructing and Applying Rubrics

Rubrics are important in teaching any statistics class. How do you construct a rubric, and in doing so, how do you decide what is important to emphasize? With respect to the AP* Statistics exam, the Chief Reader will discuss the general principles for an AP* question, the evolution of a rubric, the philosophy in deciding what to emphasize, and what some of the standard rubrics look like for topics such as hypothesis testing or confidence intervals. AP* Question Leaders and Rubric Team Members will give examples of how the rubrics are refined and finalized. An educator new to the reading will share what it is like to apply the rubrics and how this has impacted his own teaching.

Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor, Texas Ballroom

  • Gail Burrill, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Ellen Breazel, Ph.D., AP* Statistics Development Committee Member, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Jeff McCalla, St. Mary's Episcopal School, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Paul Rodriguez, AP* Statistics Development Committee Member, Troy High School, Fullerton, California
  • Jessica Utts, Chief Reader, AP* Statistics; University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board.


Enjoy the convenience of staying at the
2018 T³™ International Conference hotel:

Grand Hyatt® San Antonio
600 East Market St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205

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Reserve your guestroom before Feb. 8

Take advantage of the discounted conference rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 16.75 percent).

  • Complimentary basic internet is available in guest rooms
  • Check-in time: 4 p.m.
  • Check-out time: 11 a.m.

Book hotel  

For questions regarding hotel reservations, please contact the T³™ International Conference housing coordinator:

Connections Housing
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Central time


Parking at the Grand Hyatt® San Antonio includes in-and-out privileges.

  • Self-parking: $29 per day
  • Valet parking: $39 per day
The Convention Center Garage at 850 E. Commerce Street is $10 per day.*

*Additional downtown parking options are available. Rates are subject to change at any time.


Preconference Mixer

Meet and reconnect with fellow attendees, and join us for a “fireside chat” with conference keynote John Urschel, mathematician and former professional football player. Chips and dip and a cash bar will be provided. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, March 1, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, second floor, Lone Star Ballroom A

Win a Lunch with John

Enter to Win Lunch With John Urschel

Attend the opening session for your chance to win lunch on Friday, March 2, with conference keynote John Urschel. Seven lucky winners will be drawn at the end of the opening session.

Friday, March 2, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, Street Level, Lila Cockrell Theater


Visit the exhibitors including the TI Booth to learn more about the latest products and resources.

Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor

Welcome Reception: Party Like It’s 1988

Flash back 30 years to 1988, when the T³™ program began, for a trippendicular celebration. Bring on the big hair, shoulder pads, neon duds and parachute pants, and dance to fresh beats on the boom box.

Friday, March 2, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, second floor, Lone Star Ballroom

Celebrating 30 Years of the T³™ Program

We’re giving away 30 TI graphing calculators or handhelds in honor of the 30th anniversary of the T³™ program. Attend General Sessions on Saturday and Power Sessions on Sunday for a chance to win.

Coffee Chats

Coffee Chats

Sunday, March 4, 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor rooms

Join fellow attendees with similar interests for a “coffee chat” prior to the Power Sessions. Complimentary coffee will be available in the designated rooms.

  • Calculus – Crockett A
  • Computer Algebra System (CAS) – Crockett B
  • Coding and computer science – Crockett C
  • Engineering/STEM – Crockett D
  • Statistics – Republic A

Grand Prize

Attend the closing session for your chance to win the grand prize. Three closing session attendees will win a technology package that includes one each of the following:

  • TI-Innovator™ Rover
  • TI-Innovator™ Hub with TI LaunchPad™ Board
  • TI graphing calculator or handheld


Stop by the TI STEM Room to see new projects built using the TI-Innovator™ Rover programmable robotic vehicle and provide valuable feedback to developers.

Hours: Coming soon

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, River Level, Meeting Room 007C

Show Us Your Badge

Use your conference badge to receive discounts at participating San Antonio restaurants, stores and attractions.

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TI-Cares™ Customer Support

Visit TI-Cares™ customer support to get answers to your TI technology questions and receive assistance with your operating system updates.

Thursday, March 1, 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday, March 2, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt®, fourth floor

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