Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD)

16th Annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Announcing the 2020 keynote speaker: Dr. Michael Flynn, Director of Math Programs at Mount Holyoke College and author of Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematics Practices with Young Children

Mike has established himself as a teacher leader at the state and national level by developing and providing professional development seminars in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology. He has been a contributing author for many publications for teachers and videos of his teaching are used throughout the country for professional development.

Please help spread the word by sharing the conference flyer.

Register for MEAD 2020

Use this link to submit your registration form, including your session preferences. You will need to cross reference session information (below) with the registration form to make your session selections.

Note that FREE registration is now closed. Any new registrations as of January 8, 2020 will incur a $125 fee, regardless of school district.


Below is an overview of all sessions being offered at MEAD 2020, along with session time, grade level, and presenter(s). Scroll down for Session Descriptions and the Registration link.

We have invited presenters to work together to create strands (color coded), where participants are able to dive deeper into certain topics!


Session Descriptions

Use this link to see detailed descriptions of sessions. This may help you select your preferences for each session block.

Conference details will be emailed to participants in January.

Final session assignments will be provided in conference folders at registration the morning of the conference, Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Registration for Beyond Answer

Payment Information

Registration is FREE for teachers from CRR partner schools and districts (see partner list below), as long as registration is received by midnight on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

**Thank your school and district leadership for their continued support.


The registration fee for teachers from NON-PARTNER schools is $125. You may complete your registration by paying your fee by credit card using this Eventbrite link.

Or, write a check, PO, or money order payable to University of Arizona. Write "MEAD Conference 2020" on the memo line. The check should be mailed to: 

Rodrigo Gutierrez

Department of Mathematics, CRR

University of Arizona

617 N. Santa Rita Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85721-0089

(520) 621-6866

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


Schedule and Logistics

Conference sessions will be in the Tucson High Magnet School (THMS) Technology Building, at the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and 6th Street (walking entrance on Euclid Avenue at 7th Street).

Registration folders can be picked up in the THMS cafeteria beginning at 7:00 AM. Your name tag, session schedule, raffle tickets, 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 before 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. 

One fun feature of the MEAD Conference is the "Not Quite Junk Trunk". The idea is to pass along education treasures that are still of use but not by the current owner. Please bring any books, manipulatives, calculators, and other treasures that you are willing to pass along to a colleague. When you arrive at the conference, please take these items to the Not Quite Junk Trunk area, located in the cafeteria near the registration area.  

Continental Breakfast will be served in the lobby of the THMS Technology Building beginning at 7:30 AM. Vendors will have displays in the lobby.

**Thank you to Texas Instruments and a generous donor to the UArizona Mathematics Department for your sponsorship of the MEAD 2020 breakfast!


*Check in, breakfast, and sessions will be held at Tucson High Magnet School*

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am: Check in and Raffle Prizes
  • 7:30 - 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 - 8:50 am: Session A
  • 9:00 - 9:50 am: Session B
  • 10:00 - 10:50 am: Session C
  • 11:00 - 11:50 am: Session D
  • 12:30 - 2:30 pm: Luncheon and Keynote at UA Student Union Grand Ballroom

Parking and Transportation

Conference sessions will be in the Tucson High Magnet School (THMS) Technology Building, at the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and 6th Street (walking entrance on Euclid Avenue at 7th Street).

We highly recommend conference participants park at Tyndall Avenue Garage, which is only a short 6 minute walk from THMS. This garage is located on 4th Street, between Euclid Avenue and Tyndall Avenue, and is free on weekends, except for marked 1 hour parking spots.

Limited parking will be available on the south side of the THMS campus (enter from 8th Street and Euclid Avenue).

**PLEASE NOTE: Any car parking at THMS MUST LEAVE CAMPUS immediately after the morning conference sessions. The parking lot gates will be locked at 12:30pm, and will not reopen until Monday morning. Those who choose to park at THMS in the morning must then drive to the afternoon luncheon. 


This year, the luncheon has moved location, returning to our former location at the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom (1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719) on the 3rd level, beginning at 12:00 PM and ending at 2:30 PM. Paid parking is available in the 2nd Street Garage. For those with disabilities or who need special assistance, you will find parking just west of the garage in Lot 3140).


After the morning conference sessions, we are providing bus transportation from THMS to the Student Union. At the conclusion of the luncheon (approximately 2:30pm), buses will run from the Student Union to the Tyndall Avenue Garage. This is to promote as many conference participants as possible parking at the Tyndall Avenue Garage. 

MEAD 2019

Thank you to all who attended MEAD 2019. With over 600 participants attending more than 100 sessions, it was the largest MEAD ever!

Thanks to TUSD for sharing a short slideshow of MEAD 2019, including the keynote luncheon:

Special thanks to Dr. Dan Meyer for his energetic and engaging keynote address.

And to our other luncheon speakers: Mayor Rothschild, TUSD Superintendent Trujillo, and AZ Superintendent Hoffman.

Many thanks to the MEAD Steering Committee, volunteers, local businesses that donated prizes, and the following sponsors for making MEAD possible: