CMC Central Symposium

Making Mathematics Accessible for all Students

March 13 & 14, 2020
Bakersfield, CA

Friday, March 13, 2020 will feature  Mario Valdez, “Releasing Control To Students Through Socratic Sense Making”  Participants will observe and participate in a simulation of a rich task lesson, with an emphasis on releasing control to our students through Socratic sense making. A group of Oak Grove 5th Graders will take part in the lesson simulation. A panel discussion with Mario Valdez, Troy Hays (principal), and students will follow the activity.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Keynote Speaker Fawn Nguyen: Fawn has spent the last 30 years in the classroom and has been a featured speaker at many math conferences throughout her career. She is currently in her first year as a Math TOSA with Rio School District.  Learn more about Fawn at http://fawnnguyen.com/

Saturday Afternoon Featured Speakers:

Chris Luzniak is a mathematics educator who doubles as a speech and debate coach. Chris is currently a math teacher and department chair at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. He enjoys teaching mathematics and exploring new ways to incorporate debate activities into math lessons at all levels. Chris is also an instructional coach, working with teachers in both math and science to develop real-world debate routines and activities for students. Some of his work can be seen at luzniak.com or on his blog clopendebate.wordpress.com

Enchantee Minor has been working in the field of education for over two decades. With experiences as a Bilingual Teacher's Assistant, Self-contained Elementary Teacher, High-School Math Teacher, Adult Education Professor, Collaborative Coach, and Professional Development Facilitator, Enchantee brings a wealth of perspectives to the educational community. 

Enchantee has worked for many school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, Pasadena Unified, the Antelope Valley's Westside Union School District, and the William S. Hart Unified School District.  She currently works as an Independent Consultant and contracts with: California GEAR UP, a Federally-funded state-wide grant, housed in the University of California's Office of the President; California State University, Northridge's, Center for Teaching and Learning, where she facilitates professional development between heterogeneous and homogeneous groups of math teachers; and EQuad, Educational Services, her community-focused non-profit organization. Enchantee is also an active member of many professional organizations, including the California Mathematics Council (CMC), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). 

Vertical articulation is a focus of much of her work, as Enchantee helps teachers to understand the scope and sequence of the mathematics they present to their students. In addition, she encourages teachers to approach their work through the lens of cultural relevance, reminding them that learning should be an active experience and not vicarious.

Christina Lincoln-Moore is an Assistant Principal in LAUSD. She is an innovative Constructivist educational leader who is tenacious and profoundly dedicated to mindful project-based learning to engender formidable mathematics identities. She taught for LAUSD from 1996 until 2014. She is currently an Assistant Principal at Westside Global Awareness Magnet. Christina presents as a Featured Speaker nationally focusing on equity and access of African-Americans to algebra. Her professional presentations include the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, California STEAM Symposium, California Mathematics Council, Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, California STEAM Symposium, and ACSA: Women In Leadership. Christina serves as the State Secretary for the California Mathematics Council (CMC) and Equity, Access, and Empowerment Chairperson of the California Mathematics Council: Southern Section (CMCS). The committee is dedicated to designing and the implementation of dynamic resources to re-humanize mathematics for traditionally marginalized students and provide its CMCS members resources necessary to meet the needs of and reflect the diverse communities they serve.