Formats

The AMTE Annual Conference provides participants with opportunities to examine and discuss current issues in mathematics teacher education. With the exception of Brief Reports and Posters, sessions must actively engage participants, and the ways in which a presentation will involve participants must be described in the proposal. The following are potential formats for presentations arranged in order of duration. Individual Sessions and Symposia have options for session duration. The program committee reserves the right to adjust session lengths to fit the confines of the program.

Brief Reports

Brief Reports allow for presentations that can be shared in a concise manner. Final project reports, teaching or research ideas in progress, proposals, or prospectuses may be particularly appropriate. The program committee will group two to four submissions on similar topics in the same session, and a member of the committee will moderate the session. Each brief report will have 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes to field questions/comments. During the last 15 minutes of the session, presenters and attendees will engage in a group discussion sharing feedback, providing suggestions, considering related ideas, and exploring possible collaborations. Although a Brief Report will typically be submitted by 1-3 people, each group should carefully consider how to make best use of their time to provide the maximum information within the 10-minute presentation. Successful Brief Reports typically have only one person present and utilize a minimum number of slides with only the pertinent information.

Individual Sessions

Individual Sessions allow for project overviews and updates, descriptions of local, state or national initiatives, and short research or practice reports. Such sessions are 45 or 60 minutes and typically have 1-3 presenters. At least 1/3 of the time must be allocated for participant interaction.

Poster Session

The Poster Session is intended to facilitate sharing information and research through a visual display of material rather than a formal oral presentation. This session allows an opportunity for informal discussions and interaction between the presenter(s) and the audience. Each poster must fit on a 36” x 48” foam display board that will be provided and mounted on an easel. The Poster Session will run 60 minutes. Presenters may be listed on one poster only, and at least one presenter must be with each poster during the session. 

Discussion Sessions

Discussion Sessions allow AMTE attendees to hold rich, focused discussions around issues of shared interest and are 60 minutes. Discussion Sessions should begin with a brief presentation by the organizers (no more than 15 minutes) to provide a framing idea followed by discussion.

Symposia

Symposia allow presenters to choose one of several different formats for a 60- or 75-minute session. Regardless of format, at least 1/3 of the time must be allocated for participant interaction. Symposia formats include:

  • Thematic Presentation: One substantive presentation regarding a specific relevant theme or issue for the AMTE audience with two prepared critiques or responses.
  • Panel Discussion: Panelists address salient points related to an issue of current concern to mathematics teacher educators with a moderator to foster and facilitate interaction.
  • Multi-Faceted Presentation: Several presentations focusing on the same issue from different perspectives or addressing related aspects of the issue.

Extended Sessions

Extended Sessions are 120 minutes and allow presenters to choose one of several different formats. Regardless of format, at least 1/2 of the time must be allocated for participant interaction. Extended Session formats include:

  • Interactive Panel Discussion: Panelists address salient points related to an issue of current concern to mathematics teacher educators with a moderator to foster significant participant interaction.
  • Working Group: Participants engage in collaborative work towards a common goal or consider a particular issue relevant to mathematics teacher educators.
  • Workshop: Participants engage with course, technology, and/or assessment materials relevant to mathematics teacher education.