Are you interested in engaging with national experts around mathematics education without the travel, hassle, and costs associated with attending a conference? Introducing Virtual Lecture Series, brought to you by Illustrative Mathematics. Virtual Lecture Series bring together top speakers from around the country for a series of talks, as well as time for questions and answers, giving you a chance to learn and interact with experts without leaving your classroom or office. Illustrative Mathematics will be offering a variety of Virtual Lecture Series on different themes.

Our first Virtual Lecture Series will meet around the theme: Preparing and Facilitating Engaging Professional Development for Teachers around the Common Core, on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific from January through May. The intended audience for this series is district and state mathematics specialists as well as teacher leaders. The five hour long sessions will include 40 minutes of presentation from national experts on Adobe Connect, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. The cost to virtually attend the entire series is $150 which includes access to the following presentations:

January 29th: Diane Briars, President Elect of NCTM, Topic: *Effective Instructional Practices to ensure all your students are “Common Core Ready”*

February 26th: Bill McCallum, Lead writer of the CCSSM, Topic: *Preparing K-12 Teachers for the Pathway to Algebra*

March 26th: Mary Knuck, Arizona Department of Education Retired, Topic: *Math Talks*

April 30th: Ashli Black, NBCT and Cal Armstrong, Math Teacher Leader, Topic:* Involving Teacher Leaders in Preparing and Facilitating Professional Development*

May 28th: James Tanton, Mathematician and Author of Thinking Mathematically! Topic: *Instilling a Love of Mathematics*

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