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Making Math Meaningful: Modelling Activities to Support Engagement, Higher Order Thinking & Real-World Application

  • 06 October 2018
  • 09:00
  • 07 October 2018
  • 15:00
  • American International School of Cape Town


In today's world, colleges and careers are demanding more from students in mathematics. It is no longer sufficient to simply be able to compute and calculate a correct answer. Today's students will also be expected to be able to apply what they know to real-world problems arising in their work, personal life, and community and to analyze and develop new strategies for approaching complex problems. 

The facilitators will share resources and activities to use at both the elementary and the secondary levels that include opportunities for students to engage with mathematics in a meaningful way and prepare them for being successful in the real-world. They will also discuss instructional strategies to support diverse learners and prepare all students for the pathway to college and careers.

KEY AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers, administrators, and curriculum and assessment specialists.

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The aim of the mathematical modelling institute is to enable participants to learn how to include more real-world applications and mathematical modeling opportunities across the grades.

Learners attending this institute can expect to:
  • Understand the shifts in expectations in mathematics from colleges and careers
  • Explore activities that provide students opportunities to engage in real world applications
  • Learn what "mathematical modeling" looks like at both the elementary and secondary levels
  • Learn instructional strategies and assessment tools for supporting applications and modelling


Dr. Patrick Callahan  is a mathematician who has been working to improve mathematics programs at the school, state, and national level in the USA for over 20 years. He has designed and developed professional development programs, assessments, and curriculum at all grade levels.

Jessica Balli is a secondary math specialist and former high school math teacher. She attended Jakarta International School and has been working with schools in both the US and internationally in supporting schools' mathematics programs. 

Solana Ray is an elementary math specialist and former elementary teacher. She has been designing new mathematics activities and assessment tools for lower and upper elementary schools to engage kids in higher order thinking, mathematical modelling, and problem solving.

All three facilitators are a part of Callahan Consulting; a group committed to supporting educators in making mathematics an engaging, accessible, and meaningful subject for all students.

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 Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
 Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
 Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

Early-Bird Date: 7th August 2018

Cancellation Date: 5th September 2018



The American International School of Cape Town (AISCT)

42, Soetvlei Ave, Sweet Valley,

Cape Town, South Africa

Visa and Health

Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.


Hotel Name: Stillness Manor

Physical Address: 16 Debaren Close, Tokai, Cape Town

Phone No: +27 21 713 8822

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 115

Booking Process

To make a booking, send an email to with your arrival/departure details. Be sure to indicate the name of the institute you are attending so as to benefit from the discounted rates. 

Airport Transfers

Contact Citi Shuttle at or +27-861114557. Rates are between R380 - R500

Uber is available in Cape Town and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the Mobile App.

Hotel – School Transport

The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Stillness Manor in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.

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