Manitoba Association of Mathematics Teachers

M3: Mindsets, Modeling and Mathematical Thinking

Club Regent Casino Hotel and Event Centre

1415 & 1425 Regent Avenue West

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Phone: 204-667-5560 (Hotel), 204-957-2500 (Event Centre)


8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Check-in and Vendors, Displays open

9:00 – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks

9:05 – 10:15 AM

10:15 – 10:50 AM
Break/Browse Vendors

10:50 AM – 12:05 PM
Morning Session

12:05 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch (on your own)

1:45 – 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session


Dr. Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams
Stanford University, Stanford, California

Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed®. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ‘Early Career Award’, the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014) and the CMC Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership award (2015). She is the author of eleven books and numerous research articles. She recently formed to give teachers, parents and students the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. Her work has been published in the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the 8 educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.


Cathy Williams is co-founder and Executive Director of youcubed, a center at Stanford University. Previously Cathy served as the Director of K-12 Mathematics in the Vista Unified School District where her professional development series earned a California State Golden Bell Award. The professional development in Vista Unified included a
unique technology infused K-12 mathematics program that provided workshops for parents, teachers and administrators, and included talks and coaching by Jo Boaler. Cathy’s former roles have included a high school mathematics teacher, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator, and Mathematics Department Chair and District Curriculum Leader over an 18-year span before she became a curriculum and instruction administrator in 2003.
Cathy served for seven years as the San Diego County Office of Education K-12 Mathematics Coordinator where her key projects included the creation of the book and professional development program, Math Language that Works and the online math teacher support program Getting Ready for Algebra. Her professional development series, Algebraic Reasoning Through Inquiry (ARTI) supported many district teachers in San Diego County. During her County Office time, Cathy served as the lead coordinator for the first-generation California State Early Assessment Program (EAP) professional development series. Cathy is co-author of the nine book series Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas.


Plenary (9:00 – 10:15 AM)
Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers

Recent years have seen an explosion of scientific evidence, from neuroscience, psychology and education showing that there is a different way to teach and learn, available to us all. When people take a limitless approach to learning – in mathematics and in life – different pathways open up to them, leading to higher, more equitable and more enjoyable achievement. Mindset messages are important but they do not take root unless they are accompanied by a multiplicity approach to content and life. In this session we will consider what a mindset and multiplicity approach to mathematics is. We will watch videos of students, work on mathematics together, and think together about ways to create equitable and engaging learning experiences that are limitless. ALL registrants attend. Participant limit: 1400.

10:15 – 10:50 AM Break: Food, publisher/vendor displays

Morning Session (10:50 AM – 12:05 PM)
Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers (Continued: Workshop-1)

In this session, we will share our teaching that we ran with 81 middle school students. In 18 lessons, their grade level growth improved by 2.8 years. How did we achieve that? Come and find out the messages, and the lessons we gave them to develop their “limitless minds,” and how the approach can be used at all grade levels. Participant limit: 1000. Audience: Grades K-8.

12:05 – 1:35 PM Lunch break

Afternoon Session (1:40 – 3:00 PM)
Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers (Continued: Workshop-2) FULL

In this session, we will share what it means to teach with a Limitless Mind and to share that with your students. We will work on mathematics tasks together that are visual, creative, and open. We will share the important messages to give with the tasks and we will extend what we know about adapting all tasks to give limitless messages. We will watch films of teaching together to unpack the important moves that help students develop limitless minds and we will help everyone build a positive relationship with mathematics, develop more growth mindsets and to go through life with a limitless approach. Participant limit: 1000. FULL Audience: Grades K-8.

Dr. Zalman Usiskin
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Zalman Usiskin is a professor emeritus of education at the University of Chicago, where he was an active faculty member from 1969 through 2007. In 1983 he helped initiate the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) and he served as its overall director from 1987 until June of this year.

He began his career as a high school mathematics teacher and his research has focused accordingly on the teaching and learning of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, with particular attention to applications of mathematics at all levels and the use of transformations and related concepts in geometry, algebra, and statistics. His interests
are broader, covering all aspects of mathematics education, with particular emphasis on matters related to curriculum, instruction, and testing; the selection and organization of content; the teaching and learning of mathematics; international mathematics education;
teacher education; the history of mathematics education; and educational policy.

He is the author or co-author of over 150 articles and other papers on mathematics and mathematics education, dozens of books and book-length research monographs, including textbooks and their teachers’ editions and a college-level text Mathematics for High School Teachers – An Advanced Perspective. The UCSMP curriculum for grades 6-12 is a full mathematics curriculum that covers both pure mathematics and its
applications and utilizes and whose latest edition assumes students have access to computer algebra systems, dynamic algebra and geometry, spreadsheets, and other technology. In 2014, NCTM published a book containing 38 of his talks and articles, the first time the organization published a collection of writings of one person.

He has spoken at conferences or colloquia in all 50 U.S. states, 8 provinces of Canada (including Manitoba many years ago) and 25 other countries. He has been on the program of every NCTM annual meeting since 1972 and every International Congress of Mathematical Education (ICME) since 1972 and was a special invited lecturer in Canada in 1992, and in Korea in 2012. He has received the highest honors bestowed by the two largest mathematics education organizations in the United States, the Glenn Gilbert (National Leadership) Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in 1994, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from NCTM in 2001. In 2018 he received the ISDDE Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the International Society for Design and Development in Education.

Morning Session
Mathematical Modeling in the Curriculum

This session focuses on mathematical modeling from the earliest grades through high school. I will show that people model all the time but do not realize it because it is so commonplace. Examples will be drawn from arithmetic, algebra, and geometry and range from simple to quite complex. Participant limit: 400. Audience: K-12.

Afternoon Session
The Shape of Geometry and the Geometry of Shape

This session takes a look at the idea of “shape” as fundamental and speaks to four developments in recent times that have the potential to change the universe of shapes that are studied: transformations; applications; coordinates; dynamic geometry systems. Participant limit: 400. Audience: K-12.

Registration and Fees

Register here:

Online registration will begin September 1, 2019 and will remain open until Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Online payment is through PayPal.

Participants are to register for the conference online at There will be NO onsite registration. When registering, you are required to choose the morning and afternoon sessions you wish to attend. Sessions are open to all participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. All participants are expected to attend the morning plenary session.

It is absolutely essential that you provide a current e-mail address when you register. Admission tickets, which must be presented to be admitted to the event, will be issued by e-mail. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TICKET, YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

** Please Note **
The participant limits listed for each session are subject to change. The limits may be adjusted depending on interest.


It is advantageous to register as a MAMT Member. Being a member entitles one to receive MAMT publications sent by e-mail, and discounts on any MAMT initiated PD throughout the year. This year, the fees are as follows:
Conference with Membership: $75
Conference only: $85

Other Information:

The morning plenary session will be in the Club Regent Casino Event Centre. Jo Boaler’s morning and afternoon sessions will also be held in the Club Regent Casino Event Centre. Zalman Usiskin’s sessions will be held in the second floor ballroom at the adjacent Club Regent Canad Inn Hotel. Parking will be available in the Club Regent Casino Parkade. Vendor/publisher displays will be in the entrance space between the Event Center and Hotel.