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Engaging Gifted Learners in Challenging, Collaborative Mathematics with Math Circles

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 211 A

Math is more than the memorization of discrete facts, formulas, and procedures. Gifted learners, who often crave problem solving and learn basic material without significant repetition, can lose interest in this type of math instruction. The answer? Math Circles! Math Circles are a structure through which students and leaders engage deeply with significant mathematics in an environment that promotes discovery, problem solving, and collaborative exploration. Come participate in this interactive session as a mathematical problem solver and leave with a clearer understanding of how to lead a math circle, as well as with resources to use in your own classroom or school.

Heather Danforth

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Helios School

Heather Danforth earned her MA in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education, from the University of Denver. After graduation, she served as a gifted and talented coordinator for Park County School District #6 in Cody, WY. She has worked with Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) as both a student and a staff member, and also served on the staff of the Center for Innovative and Talented Youth (now Center for Bright Kids) in Colorado. She has taught for more than ten years, focusing primarily on the special needs of gifted learners. She currently serves as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Helios School, a K-8 school for gifted children in Sunnyvale, CA. At Helios School, she co-develops curriculum, oversees the math program, coaches teachers, and supports students. She also hosts an after-school math circle. She continues to develop her own understanding of excellent mathematics teaching through participation in Math Teachers' Circles at the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose, CA.

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