Look for next year:

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 2018, Washington, DC

My talk at this conference will be something I have been looking forward to discussing for many years.  I will be taking over 20 years of journals that students have written for me and doing a qualitative study on the writings.  Hopefully, I will find some interesting things that I have learned about student writing in mathematics. Hope to see you there.

PBL Summit returns! July 2018 . Watch for info and announcement at

Upcoming This Year:

NCTM Regional Meeting, October 18-20, 2017, Orlando, FL

My talk is titled “Am I Doing this Right? PBL Mathematics from a Thematic Perspective.”  There are many way of viewing PBL in math right now and I’m goig to speak about how to take problems and teach a topic by using scaffolded problems that have the same theme.  I hope to have a huge audience so please stop by if you are there!

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 13-16, 2016, San Fransisco, CA

My talk this year is entitled Mentoring Each Other: Teaching Teachers to Teach with PBL and I’m speaking with two other colleagues – Miriam Singer of the Kent Denver School and Kristen McVaugh of Deerfield Academy.  These two exceptional young teachers who I have had the pleasure of mentoring in the past 3 years and we will talk about the experience of teaching and learning to teach with PBL methods.  We hope that many people come to see the talk and especially teacher educators who might want to bring some of the experiences back to their education classrooms.

Past Speaking Engagements:

Professional Development Workshop, November 30, 2015 – The Webb School, Bell Buckle Tennessee
See the article at Webb’s news site at this link

PBL Math Teaching Summit July 16-19, 2015 at Deerfield Academy

I am organizing a PBL Teaching Summit (click link for more details) for a three-day weekend in July (location in western Massachusetts). My hope is to gather teachers who currently use Problem-Based or Inquiry-Based Curricula from all over the U.S. together to discuss current topics, trends and concerns and facilitate workshops and conversations.  Please contact me if you have interest or know of people who might have interest.

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 15-18, Boston, MA

My talk is entitled Assessing PBL: Relating Student Work to the Practice Standards and my hope is to present many different methods of assessment and connect them to the CCSS Practice Standard to show how PBL relates to the Common Core.

Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology see more here

I have two courses running this year at the MST conference in Exeter and I hope to offer some CwiC sessions that are focused on PBL and assessment and journal writing again.  This conference is the week of June 23-38 and is always a great professional experience for me.

AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA April 3-7, 2014

My proposal was accepted at AERA this year to present my finding from my dissertation research.  I’m very excited to be going to AERA this year and still working on editing the final draft of the paper for submission in March.

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, April 9-12, 2014

I am going to be presenting on my dissertation work at the NCTM conference this year.  I’ve changed the workshop a bit in order to focus more on teachers and to show them how the research results showed outcomes of how different girls reacted to the PBL relational classroom.  I am honored to be presenting at this conference once again.

Teaching Contemporary Math Conference, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, January 24-25, 2014

I will be doing 2 workshops on Saturday morning on “PBL Pedagogy for BC Calculus Today” My plan is for this workshop to really focus on using PBL (what is it? how does the class work?) in relation to the concepts and topics of BC Calculus.  Does it really work in an AP course?  Can you really get through the curriculum and not teach to the test?  I am very excited about going to this conference in January.

PME-NA 2013, Chicago, IL November 14-17

I will present my paper on my dissertation research which I entitled, ‘Relational Problem-Based Learning: Adolescent Girls’ Experiences with an Inclusive Pedagogy for Mathematics.’  This is a wonderful conference for mathematics education researchers – totally invigorating and motivating for me last year.  I can’t wait.

Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology

For another summer my PBL course Moving Forward with Problem-Based Learning will run at the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy. However, for the first time, I am offering a course called “Scaffolding and Developing a PBL Course” which still has space in it. This is for teachers whose schools are already using a PBL Curriculum and would like to learn how to align it more with their audience and syllabus. check out the full course description for both at the conference website. Hope to see you there.


ISOMA – Independent Schools of Ontario Mathematics Association
I am so excited to be speaking at the ISOMA meeting in Toronto and then doing a two-day workshop at Bishop Strahan School in the city. I will be there from January 9-11, 2013 and working on gender issues and PBL.

Attendees of the ISOMA conference can get a copy of my Key Note Address powerpoint here.

Attendees of my workshop on Scaffolding at the ISOMA conference can find the short powerpoint slides here.

Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology
I’ll have two sections of my PBL course running at the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy. I’m so excited! Cwic sessions include iPad apps for the classroom, Problems from the Calculus of Friendship and the Teaching Girls in STEM fields SIG again – always a good time. The dates this year are June 24-29, 2012. Go to for more details.

Boston College Mathematics Institute and Rutgers University Discrete Mathematics Conference
March 3, 2012
This conference is being held at my alma mater, where I’ll be speaking about using PBL to engage high school math students. I’m so excited to return to BC to be a part of their Math institute for this day and help out in this way doing professional development for teachers in the Boston area.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsored Interactive Institute on High School Mathematics
Infusing the Classroom with Reasoning and Sense Making

July 28-30, 2011
I’m really excited to be a part of this conference in Orlando, FL helping to teach teachers about how to create classrooms that foster reasoning and sense making with problem-based learning. My workshop “Encouraging Reasoning and Sense Making with Problem-Based Learning” is just a small part of the exciting speakers that they have lined up including Dan Meyer from Stanford University.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition
April 13-15, 2011
I have had two presentation proposals accepted for the NCTM National Conference in Indianapolis for next April. One is a research session in which I will be presenting on the discourse research that I did last fall. The other will be an information session in which I will be presenting with my colleague Sunshine Greene from Emma Willard on the Problem-Based Curriculum innovations that we have made to our geometry curriculum at our school. If you are attending the conference, please plan on stopping by. More details as the conference gets closer.

NYSAIS Educating Girls Conference
January 3, 2011
I’ll be presenting a workshop on Creating a Geometry Classroom with the Relational Learning Needs of Girls with my colleague Sunshine Greene at the Chapin School in NYC. This conference is sponsored by New York State Association of Independent Schools.

Marist College “Women in Society” Conference
I will be presenting on “A Mathematics Pedagogy of Feminst Relation: A Discourse Model” which is based on my research from last fall. This conference is coming up in October, 2010. Go to for more details.