A Unifying Approach to Exploring Functions in Secondary Mathematics

Grades 8-12
November 14, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Ben Bazak and Suzanne Bazak
  • Registration Fee:
    $119 ( $169 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Important Notice

This conference has been CANCELLED due to insufficient enrollment by the registration deadline.

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Event Details

In this workshop participants will explore linear, quadratic, exponential and trigonometric functions with the goal of developing a fluency of functions that helps to make sense of real world problems. Functions will be explored through three different "Big Ideas”: multiple representations of functions, real world modeling of functions, and transformational graphing of functions. Participants will first take on the role of learner while engaging with other colleagues through multiple tasks, allowing an opportunity to explore and think more deeply about the content they teach. The exploration of these tasks will build a strong foundation for discussion related to the five mathematical process goals: problem solving, communication, reasoning, connections and representations. An innovative approach to transformational graphing that emphasizes connectivity will also be explored. Hands-on activities and small group discussion will guide the format of this workshop and encourage active involvement of all participants.


Grades 8-12

Algebra I & II & High School Mathematics Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, and Instructional Coaches


ben bazakBen Bazak (Roanoke City Schools)

Ben Bazak has been teaching high school mathematics for 40 years and was a mathematics department chair for 25 years. He taught in Loudon County, Virginia; Athens, Greece; Vienna, Austria; and Roanoke, Virginia. He currently teachers AP Calculus in Roanoke City Public Schools at Patrick Henry High School.

Ben was a 2002 recipient of the McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence. He, his family, and a colleague used the grant to travel throughout the Mediterranean world recreating famous mathematical feats including measuring the height of the Great Pyramid as Thales had done and reenacting Archimedes’ famous weighing of the Kings Crown. Ben has actively spent his career promoting problem-based learning and curriculum reform.


Suzanne Bazak (Roanoke City Schools)

Suzanne Bazak is a Math Specialist with Roanoke City Public Schools in Roanoke, Virginia.  She has taught all levels of mathematics K-12, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses in Elementary Math Methods, Middle and High School Topics in Mathematics, and a variety of instructional technology courses.   Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech.

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $119 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $169 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is October 20, 2017.

In the registration form (below), required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Mistakes made in completing the form will be highlighted in red.

Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

After the conference has been held, an invoice will be emailed to the person identified in Billing Information on the Conference Registration Form for each participant.

Notification of cancellation must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VSUP/VaSCL Coordinator, at least FIVE BUSINESS DAYS before the event is held . . . or the registration fees will be billed in full.

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Registration Fee

$119   ( $169 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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November 14, 2017
A Unifying Approach to Exploring Functions in Secondary Mathematics
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
October 20, 2017