Did you miss Juli and Alex Dixon’s “Changing the World for Students with Special Needs” session at NCTM 2015? Well, you're not out of luck yet! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ is pleased to provide you with videos and information about A Stroke of Luck below.


HMH® author Dr. Juli Dixon partners with her daughter Alex to present strategies for helping students with special needs succeed—in school and in life.

Alex Dixon was a normal, bright, healthy girl, when a sudden onset of a mysterious illness took over her life. Doctors across the country were at a loss. A last attempt at treatment – brain surgery – stopped the spasms but caused a massive stroke. At age 12, Alex had to relearn everything. Now 18, Alex provides a personal account of strategies for supporting a student with special needs to learn mathematics with depth.

Juli Dixon, Alex’s mom, is professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. Juli used everything she knew about teaching and learning to “re-teach” Alex. Her perspectives on “what worked” are relevant to current issues in mathematics education in general as well as to teaching students with special needs.

A Stroke of Luck
At a critical juncture during brain surgery, Alex Dixon, age 12, had a stroke . . . Alex was a normal, bright, and healthy little girl, when the sudden onset of a mysterious illness began to take over her life. Months of physical therapy and medication failed to provide relief from acute pain and muscle spasms. Doctors across the country were at a loss for answers. A last ditch attempt at treatment—brain surgery—ended up stopping the spasms but with unexpected consequences.

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Michael Cesarano: Using HMH Math Programs for Blended/Hybrid Learning in an LMS (Common Cartridge)

Juli Dixon: Coaching for Cognitive Dissonance: Using Video to Promote Change

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Patsy Kanter: Every Day Counts

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Meet the Authors

Juli K. Dixon, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics Education
University of Central Florida

Dr. Juli Dixon has taught mathematics in urban schools at the elementary, middle, secondary, and post-­‐secondary levels. She is an active researcher and speaker with numerous publications and conference presentations. Key areas of focus are deepening teachers’ content knowledge and communicating and justifying mathematical ideas. She is a past chair of the NCTM Student Explorations in Mathematics Editorial Panel and member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Karen Fuson, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
School of Education and Social Policy
Department of Psychology
Northwestern University

Dr. Karen Fuson was a member of the National Research Council’s Mathematics Learning Study Committee that wrote Adding It Up and the Committee on Early Childhood Math that wrote Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity. She participated in writing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics , as well as the Learning Progressions. Dr. Fuson is the author of Math Expressions Common Core, a comprehensive NSF research-­‐ funded K–6 mathematics curriculum and over seventy research articles on mathematics teaching and learning.

Matthew R. Larson, Ph.D.
President Elect of NCTM

K–12 Mathematics Curriculum Specialist
Lincoln Public Schools

Dr. Matt Larson served on the Board of Directors for the NCTM from 2010 to 201ti. He is a past chair of NCTM's Research Committee and was a member of NCTM's Task Force on Linking Research and Practice. He is the author of several books on implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. He has taught mathematics at the secondary and college levels and held an appointment as an honorary visiting associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Steven J. Leinwand
Past President of NCSM
Principal Research Analyst
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Washington, D.C.

Steven Leinwand has over ten years in leadership positions in mathematics education, including former Connecticut State Supervisor, He is past president of NCSM and served on the NCTM Board of Directors. He is the author of numerous articles, books, and textbooks with topics including student achievement, reasoning, selective assessment, & successful implementation of standards.

Timothy D. Kanold, Ph.D.
Past President of NCSM and CPAM
Former Superintendent and Director of Math & Science
Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Dr. Timothy Kanold is an award-­‐winning international educator, author, and consultant. He presents motivational professional development seminars with a focus on developing professional learning communities (PLC’s) to improve the teaching, assessing, and learning of students. He has recently authored nationally recognized articles, books, and textbooks for mathematics education and school leadership. He is the lead author of HMH High School Mathematics.

Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky is the consulting author for HMH HS math, has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor. He authored the Performance Tasks at the module and lesson level for HMH High School Mathematics.

Patsy F. Kanter

Patsy F. Kanter is an author, teacher, and international math consultant. She worked as the Lower School Math Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has authored mathematics programs, including AAerschool Achievers: Math Club and Summer Success® : Math, and co-­author of Every Day Counts® : Calendar Math, Partner Games, and Prac0ce Counts. She is a consulting author for Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish

Ron Larson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Pennsylvania State Erie
The Behrend College

Dr. Ron Larson is the lead author of a comprehensive program for mathematics that spans middle school, high school, and college courses. Dr. Larson’s numerous professional activities keep him actively involved in the mathematics education community and allow him to fully understand the needs of students, teachers, supervisors, and administrators.

Laurie Boswell Ed.D.
Head of School and Mathematics
Teacher Riverside School
Lyndonville, Vermont

Dr. Boswell is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and has taught mathematics to students at all levels, from elementary through college. Dr. Boswell was a Tandy Technology Scholar and served on the NCTM Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005. She currently serves on the board of NCSM and is a popular national speaker.

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