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Math department trains Idaho teachers at summer conference

Boise State staff leading Idaho teachers through a presentation on teaching counting to young students.
Regional Math Specialist Giselle Isbell shows how to teach counting with puzzle pieces.

Idaho math teachers gathered in the Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise State this June. Faculty and staff from the Department of Mathematics taught sessions on topics like teaching counting, picturing the infinite and making math fun in the classroom.

The Math Education Collective hosts its annual Math Teaching Conference every summer, offering free professional learning for Idaho teachers. This year’s theme was “Serious Fun with Important Mathematics,” continuing the department’s mission to get students at every level engaged and excited about math.

Math education is one of the foundations of Boise State’s math department. The university’s Math Learning Center won two national awards last year for contributions to student success and retention.

Community events like the Math Teaching Conference help train Idaho’s future workforce. These partnerships have a direct impact on education throughout the state. When students realize math can be fun, they’re more likely to succeed in their K-12 math courses and sign up for more math courses in college.

Visit the conference’s website for more information about next year’s event.