Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference

Save the Date! 14th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference
Saturday, January 20, 2018


The Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) Conference will be held at Tucson Magnet High School, 400 N. 2nd Ave, Tucson AZ.

Our keynote speaker January 21, 2017 was Ruth Parker.

Click here to see a video of Ruth Parker and Cathy Humphries describing Number Talks.

Registration is now closed.
Use the following two links to choose sessions.

Thank you Texas Instruments for sponsoring the MEAD breakfast.

Educators from our partnership schools and districts (see partners listed below) attend at no additional cost as long as registration is received by midnight Monday, January 8, 2018.
Catering numbers are due then. Thank your school and district leadership for their continued support.

The registration fee on conference day is $125.
Use this link to pay by credit card through Eventbrite.

Or, write a check or money order payable to University of Arizona. Write "MEAD Conference" on the memo line. The check should be mailed to- Ginny Bohme
Department of Mathematics
University of Arizona
617 North Santa Rita
Tucson, AZ 85721-0089
(520) 621-6866
(520) 621-8322 (FAX)

Your session choices will be scheduled once payment is received. Some sessions fill quickly so we urge you to remit payment quickly.

The sessions will be in the Technology Building on the corner of 6th St. and Euclid Ave.
Parking is on the south side of the campus. Enter on 8th St.
Registration folders can be picked up in the Cafeteria beginning at 7:00 AM.
Your name tag, session tickets, raffle tickets, lunch ticket, and Certificate of Attendance will be included in your folder.
Raffle Prizes will be on display in the cafeteria. Tickets must be deposited in chosen cups by the beginning of the 3rd session. Many prize winners will be announced at the end of the 3rd session.
Grand Prize winners will be announced at the luncheon. You must be present to win.
Continental Breakfast will be served in the lobby of the Technology Building beginning at 7:00 AM.
Vendors will have displays in the lobby.

The following districts/schools maintain a partnership with the Center.


Altar Valley School District
Amphitheater Public Schools
Benson Unified School District
Catalina Foothills School District
Flowing Wells Unified School District
Marana Unified School District
Sahuarita Unified School District
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Sierra Vista Unified School District
Sunnyside Unified School District
Tanque Verde Unified School District
Tucson Unified School District
Vail Unified School District


City High School
Paulo Freire Freedom School- Downtown
Paulo Freire Freedom School- University
Salpointe Catholic High School
The Gregory School
Pima Community College- West Campus Faculty

The 12th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference was held Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Our keynote speaker was Ted Coe.
Click here to read about Ted Coe's background. We are grateful to Texas Instruments for co-sponsoring the 2016 MEAD continental breakfast.

If you are a business partner who would like to sponsor some aspect of the conference, click here for information..
If you have questions, please contact Ginny Bohme:

Here are links to the sessions from some past MEAD Conferences:
MEAD Sessions from 2015.
MEAD Sessions from 2014.
MEAD Sessions from 2013.

On site registration will be available for $100.

Checks should be made payable to the University of Arizona .
Mail checks to:
Ginny Bohme
Department of Mathematics
University of Arizona
617 North Santa Rita
Tucson, AZ 85721-0089
(520) 621-6866

The 11th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD)was held January 31, 2015. A record number, 577 teachers pre-registered for the event. Numerous volunteers efficiently accommodated registration, or arranged door prizes and “Not Quite Junk” treasures to be won by lucky participants. 92 people volunteered to present or co-present 85 different sessions of interest to mathematics educators in grades kindergarten though community college. Most sessions were presented by Tucson-area mathematics educators. Twenty of the presenters were folk affiliated with the University of Arizona.

The 8th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference was held Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Tucson High Magnet School.
Sixty-nine different sessions were offered to mathematics educators grades 4 through 14.
433 people attended. This was our largest conference to date.

A delicious catered luncheon at the University Park Marriott followed the last session. The inspiring keynote presentation was given by Phil Daro.
He has graciously provided his PowerPoint to share.

Click here to see the Phil Daro's PowerPoint.

Click here to see a 5-minute version of Phil Daro's Talk from the 2012 Conference.

The Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) was created to fill a void in meaningful professional development for Tucson area mathematics teachers. There is a wealth of teacher talent in the Tucson area, yet teachers tend to be isolated in their classrooms unless specific opportunities are orchestrated for them to share experiences and strategies. This conference has nurtured teacher content and pedagogy expertise and allowed the teachers to grow mathematically. These gatherings foster a community of educators united in the cause of providing quality mathematics instruction for students as well as support for each other.

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Participants created a factoring "foldable" resource at the 2012 Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference. NikiTilicki and her 4th grade students
demonstrated Awesome Algebra.
Geometry is applied artistically.
in this session.
Cody Patterson, Bill McCallum, and Phil Daro at the luncheon 2012.

The January 22, 2011 conference featured 71 different sessions in the morning, followed by a delicious lunch and keynote address by Dr. Deborah Hughes Hallett titled Climate Change: What Does the Data Suggest?

Registration Team CRRTeam lunch group
Alyssa Keri, Linda Dahlsgaard, Denise Ryan, Patty Felix and Lisa Cariboa distributed registration folders for the 2009 Conference. The CRR Team. Participants have a chance to visit
during the catered luncheon.

The 6th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference was held on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The conference was dedicated to Dr. Steve Willoughby, UA mathematics professor emeritus, in recognition for his commitment to mathematics education and the Center for Recruitment & Retention.

Attendance exceeded previous MEAD conferences and included teachers/student teachers from

  • 17 school districts
  • 108 schools, including 13 charter and 6 private schools and
  • UA, NAU and Pima CC.

    Participants had the opportunity to select from 45 sessions. Presenters represented

  • 14 school districts and
  • 3 college/universities, including UA, Pima CC and Chandler-Gilbert CC.

    The conference luncheon was held at the University Park Marriot and was co-sponsored by Pearson Learning and the Center for Recruitment & Retention. Dr. Randy Charles, professor emeritus from San Jose University, gave the keynote address. Dr. Charles focused on the need for problem solving in the curriculum while entertaining the audience with a film clip from Laurel and Hardy.

    Past Conferences
  • 2006 MEAD Conference January 21, 2006

  • 2007 MEAD Conference January 20, 2007

  • 2008 MEAD Conference January 26, 2008

  • 2009 MEAD Conference January 24, 2009

    Department of Mathematics
    University of Arizona
    617 North Santa Rita
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0089
    (520) 621-6866
    (520) 621-8322 (FAX)