Kathleen Cotter Lawler

Kathleen Cotter Lawler


Kathleen is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. She was one of the first children to grow up under their Activities for Learning principles. Kathleen has a degree in home economics from the University of Minnesota and has two masters degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kathleen is the mother of four children, ages 20 to 25. Three of the Lawler children have graduated from North Dakota State University and the youngest is attending college at the University of Minnesota. Kathleen is currently responsible for program development support, marketing, sales, and management of RightStart™. She travels all across the U.S. and Canada, sharing her mission of helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and sews quilts and is relearning how to unicycle.


Mom, Don’t Make Me Think—Just Tell Me the Answer!
Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.

As a teacher, it’s so easy to give the answer, isn’t it? Oh, that’s right … you don’t do that. How long do you allow a child to think before you start helping them? Sometimes we need to be quiet and let the child wrestle with the problem to find the answer. Do you know that children will learn better and remember things longer when they discover or think it through? The goal is to provide a way for them to learn how to problem solve. How might you go about doing this? Come to this session and find out how to help your child.

Taking the Fear Out of Fractions
Saturday, Session 3, 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Do you remember the groans in math class when the word “fraction” was uttered? Well, there is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are, dare I say, fun, when they are taught the right way. Come and find the beauty and simplicity of fractions.