Math, your students can
math is not one of your students’ favorite
subjects, let Bill Hanlon change that. Bill will
train teachers to take the magic and mystery out
of math and replace it with understanding, knowledge,
comfort, and humor by directly linking topics to
skills and concepts learned in grades K through
8 and outside experiences.
Bill understands the importance of teachers and
the impact they have on student achievement. He
believes that if classroom teachers can link concepts
to arithmetic and outside experiences, then students
will be more comfortable and successful in their
knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply mathematics.
Bill Hanlon, Director of the Southern Nevada Regional
Professional Development Program, has been an educator
for over thirty years. His educational experiences
include teaching at the junior high, senior high,
and college levels. He was the coordinator
of Clark County School District's Math/Science Institute
and was responsible for K-12 math audits. He served as vice president
of the Nevada State Board of Education, Regional
Director of the National Association of State Boards
of Education (NASBE) and as a member of the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
States Partnership Board. Bill was also a member
of Nevada’s standards writing team in mathematics,
and served on the LearningFirst Alliance Review
Team of the NCTM’s standards. He hosts a television
series, "Algebra, you can do it!” and
taught math at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
to prospective school teachers.
knowledge of mathematics combined with his knowledge
and insight of working with students living in poverty
brings uniqueness to his brand of professional development
Based on the foundation that students should feel
comfortable in their knowledge and understanding
of the mathematics, Bill provides professional development
for teachers that will assist them in helping all
students succeed in mathematics.
Increasing student achievement does not just happen.
Classroom teachers and administrators must work
to achieve that objective. That work should be reflected
in classroom practices.
There are no shortcuts, Bill’s underlying
premise in increasing student achievement is what
works is work.
In all Bill’s sessions, he applies two standards;
the Common Sense Standard and what he refers to
as the My Kid Standard.
While his presentations are based on educational
research, he brings those ideas to the classroom
level and appeals to teachers’ common sense.
The My Kid standard simply states that classroom
teachers should treat their students the same way
they would like other teachers to treat their own
sons or daughters.
What works is