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MCTM 2014 Math Conference

BWCC President/CEO Walt Townshend presents the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics with a Governor’s Proclamation , here received by Andrew Bleichfeld, MCTM President.

BWCC President/CEO Walt Townshend presents the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics with a Governor’s Proclamation , here received by Andrew Bleichfeld, MCTM President.


The Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) held its Annual Conference for math educators on October 17, hosted this year at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

MCTM President Andrew Bleichfeld welcomed the over 750 teachers from across Maryland and thanked the BWCC and the BWCC Foundation for its continuing support of the event, which featured two keynote speakers and nearly 90 different teaching sessions for educators to attend. In addition, there were 30 exhibitors offering a variety of resources for math education.

The morning keynote speaker was Alix Guerrier, President and Co-Founder of LearnZillion.

Alix is a former public school teacher who taught middle school and high school math. Before founding LearnZillion, Alix was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice. His previous work experience also includes directing an after-school program in one of Boston’s public housing projects and working on public housing finance in New York. He currently serves on the boards of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC and the non-profit organization GuideStar USA. Alix has a Master’s in Education from the Stanford University School of Education and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud product of New Haven Public Schools, and is grateful to his teacher, Jimmy-Lee Moore, for helping him think outside the box. To see more about Alix’s company,  click here.

The afternoon speaker, Karim Ani, is the founder of Mathalicious, which is rewriting middle- and high-school math around real-world topics. Mathalicious provides classroom teachers with lessons and projects that help them teach the Common Core Standards while challenging their students to think more critically about the world. Previously, Karim taught 8th grade math in Virginia and New York City and was later a middle school math coach. He has degrees from Stanford University and University of Virginia, and was named in Education Week as one of the top young leaders transforming education in America. To view a video segment of a portion of the presentation he makes,  click here.

For a look at the program for the day, to include an overview of the sessions, click here.

Thanks to all the BWCC members who helped support this event, including: Capitol College; Day, Deadrick & Marshall, Inc.; Greenman Pederson; Howard Bank; Howard Community College; Sam’s Club; Wilhelm Commercial Builders; and Council on Economic Education in Maryland. Other sponsors included: GlenCoe McGraw Hill; Pearson; Texas Instruments; Electrico, Inc.; Allen & Shariff, Inc.; Surface Logic, LLC; Williams Asset Mangement; and Walkley Engineering.

The BWCC and the BWCC Foundation have jointly hosted or supported an annual mathematics conference since 1991 and is the only chamber in America to support a statewide mathematics organization.



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