First Big Island Math Summit Gives Teachers a Forum to Share Ideas and Develop Lessons

WHAT:  Big Island Math Summit

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2012  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center (Moanahoku Room) 600 ‘Imiloa Place

WHO: More than 35 public and private elementary, middle and high school math teachers from around the island, and more than 20 UH Hilo and Hawaii CC math professors; presenters from American College Testing; Rep. Mark Nakashima

Background:   With the intention to boost math education and appreciation in schools, the first ever Big Island Math Summit was developed by a group of volunteers to provide math teachers a forum to share ideas, look at new approaches to teach common core standards, and learn about the resources available to them.

The programs main objectives are to:

  1. Bring together classroom “math champions” to share their ideas for impacting math education;
  2. Provide a forum for the development and publishing of lessons to teach common core math standards and;
  3. Provide resources and support for hosting Family Math Nights at community schools.

Family Math Nights is a platform to involve parents and share with them ways to support their children’s math education.


  • Registration & Refreshments:  8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome by Chancellor Noreen Yamane: 9:00 a.m.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon with Student Scholar sharing & American College Testing presentation: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Standards Lesson Development: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sharing:  2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Summary and Closing by chancellor Donald Straney:  3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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