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39th Annual Mathematics Symposium to Feature Professional Developer

With the theme “Teaching, Learning, Exploring,” Frostburg State University will host the 39th annual Mathematics Symposium for mathematics teachers on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lane University Center. The symposium is designed to serve mathematics educators at all levels and has, in the past, brought more than 100 educators from the tri-state area.

Patrick Vennebush, online projects manager at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, will be the featured speaker for the event with his presentation “Using Online Resources to Promote Reasoning and Sense-Making.” Vennebush developed the free lessons and activities that appear on the Illuminations website at Formerly a middle school teacher, he has spent the past decade providing professional development as an associate director at PBS TeacherLine and as a developer at ETS. He serves on the MathCounts Question-Writing Committee and was a former editor of the column, “Media Clips” in the Mathematics Teacher journal. He is also the author of ”Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.”

The Mathematics Symposium is co-sponsored by the FSU Department of Mathematics and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is funded by grants from the FSU Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development Subcommittee.

The event will feature nine other speakers on topics such as mathematics pedagogy and issues in mathematics. The complete schedule can be found at The cost is $15 for registration or $25 for registration and lunch. For more information about the symposium, contact the FSU Mathematics Department at 301-687-4384, or e-mail Karen Parks at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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