Keynotes and Presentations

Steve Lienwand - Friday Lunch Keynote

Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at AIR (American Institutes for Research) and has over 35 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. He currently serves as mathematics expert on a wide range of AIR projects that turn around schools, improve adult education, evaluate programs, develop assessments and provide technical assistance. Before joining AIR in 2002, Steve spent 22 years as Mathematics Consultant with the Connecticut Department of Education where he was responsible for the development and oversight of a broad statewide program of activities in K-12 mathematics education including the provision of technical assistance and professional development, the evaluation of Title 1 and K-12 mathematics programs, the assessment of student achievement and teacher competency, and the coordination of statewide mathematics programs and activities. Steve has also served on the NCTM Board of Directors and has been President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Steve is also an author of several mathematics textbooks and has written numerous articles. His books, Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders and Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement were published by Heinemann in 2012 and 2009 respectively. In April of 2015, Steve was honored to receive the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Mathematics Education Leadership Award. (Adapted from

Watch some videos of Steve talking about Mathematics Education.

Grace Kelemanik - Balomenos Lecture

Grace Kelemanik is an author and mathematics education consultant. With over 30 years of experience in mathematics education, Grace has presented at numerous conferences and run quite a number of professional development workshops for mathematics educators. She is a former urban school teacher and a project director for the Education Development Center. Grace is the co-founder of Fostering Math Practices, and a coauthor of the books Routines for Reasoning and The Fostering Geometric ThinkingTooklkit.  (Adapted from

Here is a link to Grace's Ignite Presentation at the NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston: When Does 2+7+8=1?

Eric Milou - Opening Address

Dr. Eric Milou is a professor of mathematics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Dr. Milou has taught at Rowan for the past 20 years and served six terms as the President of the Rowan University Senate from 2007 to 2013. He previously served as President as the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, the program chairperson of the 2007 NCTM annual meeting and has extensive speaking experience on standards based reform in mathematics. He is one of the authors of digits, Pearson all digital middle school textbook and was the recipient of the Max Sobel Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award in 2009. Dr. Milou earned his doctorate from Temple University in Mathematics Education, a Masters in Mathematics from West Chester University (PA), and a BA in Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College (PA).

Here is a link to Dr. Milou's website:

Tracy Zager - Thursday Lunch Keynote

Tracy is the author of Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2017), which grew out of Tracy's work with her colleagues as a math coach, and before that with pre-service teachers and their in-service mentors. Tracy is most in her element in classrooms, learning together with teachers and students over time. She currently splits her time between coaching and editing professional development books for teachers. While she loves her work dearly, she still secretly pines for her fourth-grade classroom and hopes to return to full-time teaching someday.

Watch some videos of Tracy's past talks: