California Mathematics Council Community Colleges    
2014 Fall Conference

The 42nd Annual Fall Conference will Take Place on December 5-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

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View the Full Conference Program:  Click here

View an Outline of the Program:  Click here

View the List of Presentations and their abstracts in PDF:  Click here

Keynote Speakers

Friday night: Alon Amit,

Randomness in Theory and Practice 

PowerPoint     PDF
We don’t normally think of “do it at random” as a useful approach to performing a task or constructing a complex structure. In this talk we will present some areas where this, surprisingly, has actually been the case: the Probabilistic Method can be used to show the existence of combinatorial objects that are very difficult to build explicitly, and randomized algorithms are used in many places where they seem to perform much better than any approach which is restricted from flipping a coin.

Alon Amit is co-founder of Origami Logic, a marketing analytics company, and has previously worked at Facebook and Google. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and is proud to be a frequent speaker at math circles around the San Francisco Bay Area. When not working, biking or spending time with his family, Alon is often answering mathematical (and other) questions on Quora.

Saturday Lunch:  James Stigler, UCLA

Changing the Culture of Teaching: Mathematics Teaching, and How to Improve It

Cross-cultural and psychological studies are used to ask: what kinds of teaching produce learning with understanding? And, can teaching make a difference in the challenges faced by developmental mathematics students?

James W. Stigler is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. He directed the TIMSS video studies and is co-author of two popular books: The Teaching Gap (with James Hiebert, Free Press, 1999) and The Learning Gap (with Harold Stevenson, Simon & Schuster, 1992). He received his A.B. from Brown University in 1976, a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982.  Dr. Stigler is best known for his observational work in classrooms, and has pioneered the use of multimedia technology for the study of classroom instruction.

Saturday Session Schedule

General Interest:  Room Spyglass 1:

9:00 am  Jay Lehmann:  Teaching a Pre-Stats Course:  Propelling Non-STEM Students Forward 

10:30 am  Tom Greenwood, Tom Moran:  Making the Connection:  Teaching Deaf Students in Math Classrooms

2:30 pm  Barbara Illowsky:  OEI, BSI, SSI, CAI, EPI, My, Oh My!  The CA CC Iniatiatives
PowerPoint  in PDF

4:00 pm  Michael Greenwich:  Mathematics:  The instrument of Science

Developmental:  Cypress

9:00 am  Gary Ling:  If Three Is Enough, Can Five Be Too Few?

10:30 am  Richard Ries:  The Influence of Psychology on a Student's Approach to the Order of Ops
PowerPoint   PDF

2:30 pm  Wade Ellis:  From Memorizing to Understanding:  Changing Dev.  Math Student's Beliefs
PowerPoint  Handout  Chapter 1 Handout

4:00 pm  Larry Green:  All About the Common Core & What it Means to Our Math Programs

Issues and Panel:  Spyglass II

9:00 am  John Burke:  The Flipped Classroom:  An Experiment and Postmortem

10:30 am  M. Anthony and L. Marecek:  Passing the Baton to the Next Generation:  Nurturing New Faculty

2:30 pm  Andreana Grimaldo:  1/2 the Time 4 Student Success!

4:00 pm  Greg Daubenmire:  Adjunct Faculty Panel

PreCalc. and Above:  Big Sur

9:00 am  Lalu Simcik:  To n=3 and Beyond!  While Offline and Solar Powered

10:30 am  Charles Barnett:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4  =  -1/12

2:30 pm  John Thoo:  Making Waves in Multivariable Calculus

Technology:  Windjammer I + II

9:00 am  Rachel Winston and Michelle Tahan:  Demystifying the Production of Dynamic Videos:  5 Easy Steps

10:30 am  Julie Spitzer:  Creating and Implementing the College Algebra Course with Udacity

2:30 pm  Tiffany Hickey:  Easily Store and Share Content Using 3C Media Solutions

Statistics:  Windjammer III + IV

9:00 am  Soma Roy:  Using Simulation/Randomization to Introduce Statistical Inference

10:30 am  Beth Chance and Allan Rossman:  Estimating with Confidence:  Developing Students' Understanding

2:30 pm  Mahtash Esfandiari:  Hard and Soft Skills that Underlie Teaching a Successful Introductory Stats Course

4:00 pm  Kenneth Brown:  The Time has Come to Employ Software More Intensively in CC Intro Stats Teaching
PowerPoint  Handout 1    Handout 2

Full Matrix of the Monterey Talks
Click here for the Excel spreadsheet of Saturday talks

Hotel Reservations and Information: 

For a standard room, the CMC3 group rate is $130 per night, up to double occupancy.

Preferably, use the link

and choose "Select" -> "Attendee".  Or optionally mention "CMC3 Group Rate" when calling Hyatt Passkey Reservations:  888-421-1442.

Among other amenities, Hyatt Regency Monterey guests have free parking and free wireless internet.  Also, CMC3 guests of the Hyatt are provided free shuttle service round-trip between the conference and downtown Monterey

  •  Friday night from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, and Saturday night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Click here for driving directions to the Hyatt Regency.  
Click here for general information about the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa or go directly to the Hyatt website.

Call For Student Posters:  CMC3 welcomes community college mathematics students to participate in the student poster session for our conference.  For more information about the poster session click here and to access the poster session proposal form, click here.

Call For Proposals:  There are no more openings for speakers for this fall's conference.  If you are interested in being a speaker for 2015, please check the website in the spring and submit a proposal.    Also, any speakers who are interested in giving a talk in the 2015 Recreational Math Conference in Tahoe can fill out the Tahoe 2015 call for proposals form by clicking here.

Vendors:  Please contact Dean Gooch about supporting CMC3.  Download the invitation to exhibit here.

Future CMC3 Conferneces

For conference information, contact
Joe Conrad at

For registration information, contact Jenny Freidenreich at Diablo Valley College

Jenny Freidenreich
Mathematics Department
321 Golf Club Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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