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UHV to host new mathematics education conference

Victoria-area mathematics educators will have the opportunity to come together to learn about the latest teaching techniques and concepts at a new conference.

The Victoria Crossroads Council of Mathematics Educators Conference will feature at least 40 presentations as well as a luncheon speaker and a book fair. The conference will be hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development and is modeled after the Conference for Advancement of Mathematics Teachers.

Barba Patton

“For years, teachers in Victoria had to travel out of town to attend conferences and continuing education sessions,” said Barba Patton, a UHV professor of mathematics education. “It’s been one of my dreams to offer a conference for Crossroads teachers to have convenient access to training sessions, networking opportunities and other resources.”

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at various locations on the UHV campus, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. It is open to parents and educators, including pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade teachers in area public and private schools as well as homeschool educators. Registration costs $12 before Wednesday and $15 after. Attendees are asked to register before the day of the conference. A limited number of spots will be available on the day of the conference.

Conference attendees will earn six hours of continuing education credit. They also can attend a Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Fred Litton

“The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development always is searching for ways to support and encourage education in the community,” said Fred Litton, dean of the school. “This conference will offer a variety of strategies and methods that will inspire success in the classroom. The school is proud to offer its support to this event.”

The event will begin in the UHV University Center Multi-Purpose Room, where a welcome address will be given by Josie Rivera, a UHV alumna who went from being a high school dropout to serving as superintendent of Bloomington Independent School District. She also served as a member of the Victoria College Board of Trustees and the UHV President’s Regional Advisory Board.

Afterward, a variety of sessions will be offered in UHV University West. The presentations will be offered by current teachers as well as pre-service teachers who have not yet finished their degrees.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in mathematics education,” Patton said. “The presentations will include some of the latest teaching methods and concepts being taught to future educators. In addition, the opportunity to network with local professionals and make connections is helpful for everyone.”

The luncheon speaker will be Faye Bruun, an associate professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Bruun’s research on mathematics education has been published in numerous journals.

Attendees can register online at www.uhvconnect.org/event/MathDay or by contacting Patton at pattonb@uhv.edu to receive a brochure with sign-up forms.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities, and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.