California Mathematics Council Community Colleges    
2015 Fall Conference

Friday's Ignite PowerPoint:  Click Here

Tim Melvin's Talk on the Limit of Humanly Knowable Mathematical Truth: Click Here

Larry Green's PowerPoint on Mathematics in Non-Mathematics Courses:  Click Here

Cliff Nelson's PowerPoint on Students and Shortages:  Click Here

Martin Flashman's Talk on Mapping Diagrams:  Click Here

Marc Frodyma's PowerPoint on Symmetry Operations for Physics:  Click Here

Lalu Simcik's PowerPoint on Responding to Disruptive Student Behavior: Click Here

Martin Flashman's Talk on Mapping Diagrams:  Click Here

Lynn Marecek's PowerPoint on Creating an iPad Classroom:  Click Here

George Woodbury's PowerPoint and pdf on
Discovery and Reflection in Developmental Math

Phil Smith's PowerPoint on Flipping the Gradebook:  Click Here

Howard Blumenfeld's PowerPoint on Social Media in the Classroom:  Click Here

John Thoo's PowerPoint on Diff EQ's the SIMIODE Way:  Click Here

Geoff Hagopian's Talk on Stroustrap's Programming:  Click Here

Wade Ellis' PowerPoint and pdf on Learning to Learn in Dev. Math Classes

Kevin McCandless' PowerPoint on Instructional Practices in Dev. Math:  Click Here

Chuck Barnett's Talk on Sampling the Relevant Population:  Click Here

Barbara Illowsky's PowerPoint on Building an Online Community

Robin Donatello's PowerPoint on What's the Big Deal about BIG DATA?

The 43rd Annual Fall Conference Took Place on December 11-12, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

Click Here to see the program outline.

Click Here to see the full program.

Preconference Day on Math Accessibility

The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges will be giving a workshop on math accessibility from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, December 11.  They have funding to provide a stipend for attendees.  Click Here for more information about this workshop

Hotel Reservations and Information for the 2015 Conference: 

For a standard room, the CMC3 group rate is $139 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.  The $22.32 per day resort fee will be WAIVED upon completion of the reservation and should be ignored in the estimate.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Erica Flapan, Pomona College

How I Developed My Teaching Style

I spent much of my early career trying to find the algorithm for how to be a good teacher.  I read articles about pedagogical techniques and talked to successful teachers about their methods.  But nothing seemed to work quite as well for me as it did for the person describing it.  Then I began to compare being a good teacher with being a good parent.  I had never sought an algorithm for good parenting, so why should I expect there to be one for good teaching.  In fact, there is no teaching technique that will work at all institutions, for all teachers, all classes, and all students.  Rather, each person's teaching methods should fit their personality and their mathematical preferences as well as the needs and goals of their courses and their students.  In this talk I will describe some pedagogical techniques that have worked for me and others that have not.

Erica Flapan joined the faculty at Pomona College in 1986.  Since 2006, she has been the Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College.  In addition to teaching at Pomona College, Flapan has been teaching regularly at the Summer Mathematics Program for Freshmen and Sophomore Women at Carleton College.  In 2011, Flapan won the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.  Then in 2012, she was selected as an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.  She is currently a Polya Lecturer for the MAA.  Erica Flapan has published extensively in topology and its applications to chemistry and molecular biology. In addition to her research papers, she has published an article in the College Mathematics Journal entitled “How to be a good teacher is an undecidable problem,” as well as three books.  Her first book, entitled ``When Topology Meets Chemistry" was published jointly by the Mathematical Association of America and Cambridge University Press. Her second book entitled ``Applications of Knot Theory," is a collection of articles that Flapan co-edited with Professor Dorothy Buck of Imperial College London.  Most recently, Flapan co-authored a textbook entitled ``Number Theory: A Lively Introduction with Proofs, Applications, and Stories" with James Pommersheim and Tim Marks, published by John Wiley and Sons.  She is currently at work on a new book intended for first-year college students that will be entitled “Knots, Molecules, and the Universe: An Introduction to Topology.”

Ignite Speakers:  This year we are bringing the Friday evening ignite speakers back.  Each ignite speaker presents a captivating five minutes of twenty PowerPoint slides.  The ignite speakers generate a fast paced exciting hour of mathematics.  There are still a few openings for the ignite speakers.  If you are interested in being one of the ignite speakers, please contact Larry Green at:

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 and conference talks click here and to access the poster session proposal form, click here.

We now have a full program of speakers for Monterey.  If you are interested in speaking at next year's conference on December 9 and 10, 2016, please fill out the form at:  Call For Proposals.

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

Saturday Concurrent Speakers

9:00 - 10:00

Cliff Nelson, College of Marin
Students and Shortages

Helen Burn, Highline College
The MAA-CSPCC Study:  Two Year College's Finding

Martin Flashman, Humboldt State University
Making Sense of Solving Linear and Quadratic Equations with Mapping Diagrams

Tim Melvin, Santa Rosa Junior College
The Chaos of the Real Numbers

Linda Hoang, Cosumnes River College
Yes, You Can Make the Whole Math Class Tweet

Robin Donatello California State University Chico
What's the Big Deal With Big Data?  The Rising Importance of Training New Data Scientists

10:30 - 11:30

Lalu Simcik, Cabrillo College
Responding to Disruptive Student Behavior: Experiences Common to Math Classes

Larry Green, Lake Tahoe Community College
Mathematics in Non-Mathematics Classes

Ken Rand and Johnny Perez, Hartnell College
Innovation + Inspiration = Math Academy = Student Success

Kevin McCandless, San Jose City College
Investigating the Effects of Instructional Practices on Student Outcomes in Developmental Mathematics 

Geoff Hagopian, College of the Desert
Reclaiming Comp Sci with Stroustrup's Programming Principles and Practices

Gene Sellers, Sacramento City College
Using Student's Stats to Verify Meanings of a Confidence Coeff. and Level of Significance

2:30 - 3:30

Barbara Illowsky, DeAnza College
Teaching Math or Stat Online?  Building a Community for Faculty

Phil Smith, American River College
Flipping the Gradebook:  Concept Based Grading

Wade Ellis, West Valley College
Learning to Learn in Developmental Mathematics Courses

John Thoo, Yuba College
Teaching Differential Equations the SIMIODE Way

Howard Blumenfield, Las Positas College
Best Practices in Using Social Media in the Mathematics Classroom

Charles S. Barnett, Las Positas College
Title:  Did You Sample the Relevant Population?  Subtitle:  Why Are Handsome Men Such Jerks?

4:00 - 5:00

Leslie Banta, Mendocino College
Get All Your ACCCESS Pass!

George Woodbury, College of the Sequoias
The Importance of Discovery and Reflection in Developmental Mathematics

Marc Frodyma and Sandy Rosas, San Jose City College
Using Math Symmetry Operations to Solve a Problem in Elementary Physics

Lynn Marecek, Santa Ana College
Creating an iPad Classroom for Redesign and Innovation

Pre-Conference Workshop


Join Us for an Educational Reception

Date: December 11th, 2015

Time: 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Where: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa 

Room: Big Sur Room 

Registration:  Free.  Registration Required 

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Join Carnegie Foundation's Pathways community of educational innovators for an afternoon reception where you will  learn more about Quantway and Statway, the Pathways pedagogy and the key to achieving such remarkable success rates. Please help to spread the word!



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