Mathematics, Opportunity, and Instruction: What All Educators Need to Know

Dates: January 31 and  February 1, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fee: $85

Location:     Asheville Event Center

291 Sweeten Creek Road

Asheville, NC 28803

GRADES: K-12 Administrators, Regular Ed and Special Ed teachers.


This workshop will explore our cultural understandings of mathematics and its consequences. We will consider mathematics in a way that changes our presumptions about instruction, student goals, and grouping practices. From math talk to subitizing to the pythagorean theorem our time spent will help participants make sense of the current trends and mandates surrounding efforts to improve. Our work together will impact administrators’ understanding of ‘look fors’, general educators’ sense of priority with mathematics instruction, and special educators’ ability to impact student improvement and write appropriate goals. Valerie Faulkner is a Teaching Associate Professor at NC State. A dynamic speaker, her 2012 TEDxNCSU lecture “Teaching Math to the Analog Brain in the Digital World” was chosen as a lecture of the month by TED. She is co-author and State Level trainer of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Foundations of Mathematics and is the co-author of two textbooks designed to support high school students who have not yet been placed in Algebra. For more information, contact April at