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Kansas 2008 SMARTT Conference features Homer Hickam

October, 2008

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM) and the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) are working together again to offer a statewide conference, SMARTT 2008,  that focuses on the learning and teaching of mathematics and science using assessment, research and technology. If you’re interested in a TI-T3 conference, you will find that at SMARTT as well.  There will be sessions each day focusing on TI technology – graphing calculators, Navigator, TI-Nspire in particular.  Register for SMARTT 2008 and you can attend any of the T3 sessions, or register for T3 and attend any of the SMARTT sessions.  There is only one registration fee and you can “mix and match” your sessions.

The Kauffman Foundation has joined us in this endeavor. The conference will be at the Overland Park Convention Center November 6-8, 2008.  Visit or, or email Kay Neill, or Connie Schrock, for additional information and registration.

You won’t want to miss best-selling author (Rocket Boys) and retired NASA engineer Homer Hickam who will open the conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 6th.   

Several outstanding math and science speakers will be presenting at SMARTT 2008.  Among them are:  

  • Adam Weiner, author of the best-selling book, Don't Try This at Home.
  • Dr. Ken Wesson will present "Brain-compatible Approaches for Teaching”. 
  • Dr. Kathleen Fulson is the Director of Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF).  Dr. Fulson will present "Teaching in the Digital Age:  What it Means for Today's Math, Science, and Technology Teachers" and "Retaining the Best and the Brightest:  Holding on to Top Math/Science/Technology Teachers".   
  • Cathy Seeley, former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 
  • Liping Ma, author of Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics.
  • Lee Stiff, former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Teachers PK-16, parents, school administrators, and school board members are invited to attend.  As its “name” implies, SMARTT 2008 is all about Science & Mathematics –Assessment, Research, and Technology Together. 

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