Monday, January 27, 2014

iMATHination on Facebook and Twitter

Keep the iMATHination backchannel going! Use #iMath2014 on Facebook and Twitter so that we all can be part of the conversations happening around the conference!

Monday, January 13, 2014

iMATHination Bookstore Blowout

Barbara's Bookstore

Barbara's bookstore will be on-site and offer a 10% educator discount on all math titles and resources purchased during the conference.  The store will be open Saturday, January 25, 2014, in the vendors' room.

Friday, January 10, 2014

iMATHination Special Session Spotlight

College and Career Ready-making

The iMATHination Conference team in a joint effort with AAR Corp. presents a discussion-to- action session that will focus on steps that need to be taken, and those currently being taken, to support students in developing STEM college and career readiness skills -- those necessary to function and compete in this global environment.  Greg Dellinger from AAR Corp. will lead an interactive discussion with panelists from the classroom, higher education and the corporate world that will include audience Q & A.
Panelists include: Diane Briars, Ph.D. (NCTM), Tammera Holmes (AeroStar Consulting Corp.), Karen Lindebrekke (iBIO Institute Educate Center), Ellen Casey (CPS), Jeffrey Mikula (CPS), Stephanie Levi, Ph.D. and Roxana Hadad (CTC@NEIU).

Greg "G-Man" Dellinger
Director of Recruiting at AAR Corp.
Greg Dellinger is the Director of Recruiting for AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of diverse products and services to the worldwide commercial aviation and government/defense industries.  Having grown up on approach to the O’Hare field in Chicago, Illinois, and Naval Air Station Glenview, Greg has had a lifelong passion for aviation.  Greg joined AAR CORP. from leading international entertainment and media enterprise, The Walt Disney Company.

Dellinger did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois.  Recognized for implementing recruiting efficiency strategies within Human Resources, Dellinger is passionate about STEM education, youth development, and leadership.  Greg is active in The Blackstar Project, Chicago Youth Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.  Dellinger is a past Ricky Byrdsong Award Finalist and has won the WE CARE Role Model Award from the Chicago Police Department.  Greg is married with 4 children.

iMATHination 2014 "Takes Flight" with AAR CORP!

Global aerospace industry leader AAR CORP. has signed on as sponsor of the iMATHination 2014 conference.  AAR is a leading provider of products and services to the commercial aviation, government and defense industries. It provides a variety of aircraft overhaul and modification services for the world’s leading major, regional and cargo airlines, the U.S. government and its allies.

AAR has made a commitment to help close the industry workforce gap by supporting programs that help schools prepare students to become the next aerospace job holders.  They hope to do this, in part, by participating in the creation of an awareness of the applied STEM careers in public schools as well as supporting access to applied STEM pathways that allow students to do and learn concurrently, accelerating the hiring process.

To lean more about AAR visit their web site at

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

iMATHination 2014 Saturday Keynote

Tammera L. Holmes

Tammera Holmes is President and CEO of AeroStar Consulting Corporation, a professional aviation consulting and support services company.  Through her company, she conducts aviation exploration workshops, leadership training and mentoring in the K-12 setting through her Aviation Academic Initiative and Aerostars Aviation Exploration Apprenticeship program.  A primary focus of Aerostars is to introduce students to careers in aviation as well as provide a support system to post-secondary students seeking aviation-related licenses, certifications and degrees through innovative STEM curriculum, internships, mentoring and after school programs such as After School Matters.

Ms. Holmes has worked as a business manager, project administrator and aviation consultant with Landrum and Brown for its Chicago office.  Notable projects that she has worked on include: Green Airport Initiatives, Clean Construction Bid Specifications for the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP), FAA Guidance for the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program, O'Hare and Midway School Noise Abatement Programs and the FAA Environmental Impact Statement for OMP.  She has also worked on environmental mitigation research for OMP for wetlands, noise abatement, energy supply, natural resources, hazardous materials and emissions.

Ms. Holmes is the recipient of the 2011 Bessie Coleman Legacy Foundation "Fly Sister Fly" Distinction Award, was After School Matters Instructor of the Month in November 2012 and honored as one of the City of Chicago's Dynamic Women in Aviation in 2005.  She holds a  B.S. degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is pursuing her M.S. in Management at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

iMATHination Conference January 2014 - Call for Proposals

We'd like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 8th annual iMATHination 2014 Conference - a retreat-style professional development conference for middle and high school educators including administrators, teachers, coaches and curriculum directors interested in math, science and technology.  Each year our mission is to provide our participants with strategies and activities that promote a highly interactive, real-world applications approach to the teaching of problem-solving in mathematics.

Priority will be given to proposals for sessions that include the above; integrate a combination of math, science and technology; and address the conference theme focusing on the 6 pedagogical shifts necessary for successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

The conference will take place on January 24-25, 2014, at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL.  There will be two types of presentations - Friday evening "Math Bash" sessions and Saturday workshops.  The Friday sessions will be 45 minutes in length and are meant to be fun, interactive activities.  Saturday workshops will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.  Both session types must be hands-on in nature.  The Saturday session should leave time for participants to begin thinking about how they will utilize materials/ideas presented in their daily practice.

The proposal is to be completed on-line at the following link: Proposal Form

The topics that may be presented are:

Forensic Science
Technology Integration (computer software, calculators, tablets, clickers, web tools and resources)
Assessment in Math/Science
Teacher collaboration
Social Justice

Proposals are due by October 30, 2013.  Presenters chosen for the conference will be notified by November 8, 2013. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the iMATHination Team.

Thank you!

iMATHination Team
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago Teachers' Center
770 N Halsted 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60622

V: 312.733.7330 | F: 312.563.7210 | E:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

iMATHination 2014 Opening Keynote

Diane J. Briars, Ph.D.
NCTM President-Elect

Diane J. Briars, Ph.D.           

Diane J. Briars is a mathematics education consultant and President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Primary foci of her current work are supporting schools and districts in their interpretation and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and The Intensified Algebra Project, a joint venture of the Learning Science Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin, which is developing instructional materials for underprepared 9th grade Algebra 1 students. Previously, she was Mathematics Director for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Under her leadership, the Pittsburgh Schools made significant progress in increasing student achievement through standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment.

Dr. Briars is a Past President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), a 2,500-member international mathematics leadership organization and has served in leadership roles for various other national organizations, including The College Board and the National Science Foundation. She has served as a member of many national committees and advisory boards, including the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, headed by Senator John Glenn. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, M.S. and B.S. in Mathematics from Northwestern University and did post-doctoral study in the Psychology Department of Carnegie-Mellon University. She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher.