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Upcoming Conference Presentations


To be announced


Past Conference Presentations


Staying the Course: Changing Lives for Students, Families, and Teachers – A Free Seminar

Saturday, May 13, 2017 • 9am – 12pm • Oakland

Parents and educators are invited to this dynamic and innovative free seminar presented by David Berg, educational therapist and founder/director of the Making Math Real Institute. The focus of this free seminar will be on the distinction between the current trends and programs in math classrooms and the connections to research and practice that are the basis of MMR that provide life-changing confidence and success for all students.


Making Math Real: The Clinically Prescriptive Methodology for Students with Math LD – A Workshop for Teachers

Saturday, March 4, 2017  •  9am – 5pm  •  Berkeley
Hosted by Parents Education Network
Co-sponsored with the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA)

Research over the last 40 years has repeatedly indicated all students benefit most from direct and explicit instruction, especially those with math LD. Now, more than ever before, with the profusion of discovery methods in public and private school math classrooms, students with math-LD need and deserve direct and explicit simultaneous multisensory structured teaching to provide them with the math development they require now and into their futures.
This 1-day seminar will provide the research basis from neurobiology and cognitive science and the foundational developmental structures, content, and methods that empower educators to be clinically prescriptive for all students with math LD.


Decoding & Encoding: As Important for Success in Math as for Success in Reading

Wednesday, October 19, 2016  •  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  •  San Francisco
Hosted by Parents Education Network

Just as students must learn to decode and encode the alphabetic code to read and spell, so too, must students learn to decode and encode the codes of math to understand and apply the mathematics. Math is a series of interconnected codes – a symbolic shorthand to express what is real. All math content from kindergarten through calculus is comprised of these interconnected codes. If students (and teachers) understand the codes, they will be successful in math. If the codes are not taught or are incorrectly taught, students are likely to be confused and struggle unnecessarily in math.


FREE SEMINAR: Decoding and Encoding: As Important for Success in Math as for Success in Reading

Saturday, May 14, 2016; Black Pine Circle Upper School, Berkeley, CA

  • What is decoding and encoding in math?
  • Why is my child/student so confused?
  • Why is my child/student losing confidence in math?
  • Why is my child/student becoming anxious about math?
  • Why is it so hard for me to help my child/ student in math?

Parents and educators are invited to this dynamic and innovative free seminar presented by David Berg, educational therapist and founder/director of the Making Math Real Institute. The focus of this free seminar will be on the important role of decoding and encoding for math comprehension, one of the most valuable developments to help your child/student be successful in math.


All About Math: A Conference for Parents & Professionals on Dyscalculia

Friday, May 16, 2014; East Windsor, NJ
Parents and educators are invited to this dynamic and innovative conference Sponsored by LDA-NJ and Co-sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia-NJ.  David Berg will present a special 3-hour seminar “Addressing The Common Core: Making Math Real: The Multisensory Structured Solution For All Students” from 12:30-3:30pm.


Everyone Reading: 41st Annual Conference on Dyslexia & Related LD

March 19, 2014; New York, NY
David Berg will present “Making Math Real: Decoding and Encoding: As Important for Math Comprehension as Reading Comprehension” (Two-hour session) at the Everyone Reading’s 41st Annual Conference on Dyslexia and Related Learning Difficulties at NYU’s Kimmel Center.


ORBIDA Keynote by David Berg

March 9-10, 2013; Portland, OR
Parents and educators are invited to ORBIDA’s 2013 Annual Conference to participate in the dynamic and innovative 2-day Making Math Real: Overview, K-12, keynote presentation by David Berg, educational therapist and founder/director of the Making Math Real Institute.


CCPPNS: Keynote by David Berg

March 22, 2013; Oakland, CA
California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, CCPPNS, will hold its 64th Annual Convention on March 22- 23rd, 2013 in Oakland, CA.  Keynote presentation “Making Math Real: The Earliest Development of Number Sense and the Foundation for Future processing in Mathematics” by David Berg on Friday, March 22 at 9:00am.


NCB-IDA 1-Day Seminar on Math LD

Saturday, May 5, 2012; San Francisco, CA
David Berg will present “Making Math Real: Scaffolding Instruction for Students with Math LD” at a specialized 1-day seminar for NCB-IDA at the San Francisco Day School in San Francisco, CA.


CAMT 2011 in Grapevine, Texas

July 19, 2011; Grapevine, Texas
David Berg will be presenting Making Math Real: The Earliest Development of Number Sense at the 2011 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching in Grapevine, Texas.


IDA-Houston’s Annual Conference

March 5, 2011; Houston, TX
David Berg will present “Making Math Real: The Comprehensive, Evidenced-Based Multisensory-Structured Methodology for Pre-K – 12 Math LD and All Processing Styles, Consistent with Research from Cognitive Science and Neurobiology” at IDA-Houston’s Annual Conference.


Spectrum Academy’s Autism Conference

November 11, 2010; Salt Lake City, UT
David Berg will present “Making Math Real for Processing Styles Across the Spectrum: Indications for the Highest Order of Specialized Prescriptive Interventions” at Spectrum Academy’s Autism Conference “Putting The Pieces Together” at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.


61st Annual IDA Conference – Phoenix, AZ

October 27-30, 2010; Phoenix, AZ
David Berg will present “Making Math Real: The Comprehensive Evidenced-Based Multisensory-Structured Methodology in Mathematics Consistent with Research from Cognitive Science and Neurobiology” on Friday, Oct. 29.


Learning & The Brain Conference: San Francisco, CA

February 19, 2010; San Francisco, CA
David Berg will present “Closing the Gap in Achievement by Starting with the Earliest Developments of Numeracy” at the upcoming Learning & The Brain West Coast Conference: Using Brain Research To Increase Student IQ and Achievement


Learning & The Brain Conference: San Francisco, CA

  • February 17: David Berg and Nancy Knop will present a full-day’s PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
  • February 18: David Berg presents Closing the Gap in Achievement by Starting with the Earliest Development of Numeracy

Nueva Gifted Learning Conference

October 16, 2009; Hillsborough, CA
David Berg will present MAKING MATH REAL FOR THE GIFTED & ACCELERATED STUDENT at the 2009 Gifted Learning Conference, a two-day educational summit held in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Nueva School. We invite you to join world-renowned scholars and educational leaders in more than 50 formal presentations, informative panels, and lively discussion groups, highlighting the most compelling issues in gifted education today


Learning & The Brain: Cambridge, MA

April 26, 2008; Cambridge, MA 
David Berg and Nancy Knop will present a full-day’s pre-conference workshop on Saturday, April 26 at the upcoming Learning & The Brain’s East Coast Conference: Rewiring The Brain: Using Brain Plasticity to Enhance Learning and Cure Disorders.


IDA in Dallas, Texas

October 31-November 3, 2007: Dallas, Texas
David Berg will be presenting at the International Dyslexia Association’s 58th Annual Conference on Friday, November 2nd from 10:30am-12pm at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Be sure to drop by and visit Making Math Real in the Exhibit Hall.


M.I.N.D Institute

Friday, August 11, 2006; Sacramento, CA
David Berg will be Guest Faculty at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute’s Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders at California State University, Sacramento.


CAMT in Houston, Texas

July 20-22, 2006; Houston, Texas
David Berg will be a three-time Featured Session presenter at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching in Houston, Texas.