Greater UPSTATe New York Regional IBL Conference

October 19, 2019, SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse

We are very excited to invite you to attend the first regional IBL conference in the Greater Upstate New York.

Registration: A registration fee of $20 will include full participation of the conference, lunch, and coffee. Registration has closed.

Location: SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse (Google Map). Please use the S. Clinton Street entrance to enter the building. Free on-site parking is available. There is also a free city lot across W Washington Street. All street parking are also free.

Tentative Program (link):

9:30am-10:00am Registration

10:00am-11:30am Live Classroom, by Ryan Gantner and Sarah Hanusch

11:30am-1:00pm Mingling and Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm Workshop on Equitable Practices in IBL Classrooms, by Brian Katz

2:45pm-3:45pm 10-minute presentations (abstracts)

4:00pm Closing

4:30pm Social hour at Empire Brewing Company


Call for Abstract: Conference attendees are invited to give a 10-minute talk about or demonstration of an aspect of teaching using IBL methods. Rather than sharing formal scholarship on IBL teaching, participants are invited to speak about their IBL course design, or demonstrate and discuss an IBL teaching practice used in a specific course, or another similar topic. The aim of these contributed talks is to share some best practices related to IBL teaching and to be used as a springboard for conversations and networking opportunities during and after the conference. If you would like to give such a presentation, please submit a brief abstract (50-100 words) when you register.

Live Classroom: In this event, you will be asked to take part in an immersive IBL experience. You’ll be students in a “classroom”. The topic won’t be a standard classroom topic because the goal is not about content, but rather to experience an inquiry-based classroom and see the moves an instructor might make within such an environment. The joys and frustrations you experience will only be amplified in your own classrooms, so hopefully this experience will shed light on how we can better interact with our own students to create a positive learning environment. The session will consist of a “classroom” session followed by a “reflection” activity. Live classroom goals:

  1. To experience an inquiry-based activity from a student’s perspective.

  2. To witness, analyze, and challenge the teacher moves made during an inquiry-based activity.

  3. To elucidate some of the student challenges and fears in your own classroom.

Workshop on Equitable Practices in IBL Classroom: Some discussions of equity and justice seem to advocate layering additional practices on to existing course designs, but teaching with inquiry represents an opportunity to make equity and justice core elements of our courses, by leveraging both inquiry moves to promote inclusion in our classroom and the distinctive affordances of mathematics for promoting justice in our classrooms and beyond. In this session, we will engage both theoretical framings and practical strategies for making equitable practice central to our teaching.

Organizing Committee:

  • Ryan Gantner, St. John Fisher College

  • Adam Giambrone, Elmira College

  • Sarah Hanusch, SUNY Oswego

  • Richard Spindler, SUNY Plattsburgh

  • Matt Thomas, Ithaca College

  • Casey Towne, SUNY Oswego

  • Xiao Xiao, Utica College

We would like to thank the following organizations for supporting this conference. If you would like to be added to our listserv for future events, please contact Xiao Xiao at