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ECU math conference benefits from LCPS presentations

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A recent gathering of math teachers at East Carolina University got plenty of input from Lenoir County Public Schools.

Seven LCPS elementary teachers were presenters at the Eastern Regional Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics held at ECU on March 19.

Megan Lawson of Pink Hill Elementary, Melissa Manning of Contentnea-Savannah, Shatia Simmons of Southwest and Rachel Braswell of Moss Hill presented a session on development of number concepts in grades K-2.

Robin Beaman and Kimberly Smith of Banks Elementary did a presentation on the value of using Number Talks for learning and assessing student understanding of mathematical concepts.

Amy White, a fifth-grade math teacher at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 and LCPS teacher of the year, presented information on a math literacy library that she titled "Reading Our Way to the Meaning of Math."

LCPS has forged a special relationship with ECU through math. For the past two summers, ECU professors have led professional development sessions for the district's elementary and middle school math teachers and helped establish a math leadership team for the district, comprised of teachers who've come through the summer program. So far, 60 teachers have completed the program and another 30 are scheduled to begin this summer.