Wisconsin Mathematics Council
Annual Conference 2018

Building A Mathematics Community: 
50 Years & Counting
May 2-4, 2018 | Green Lake Conference Center

On-Site Registration Only

Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Pre-Conference Information

Each Pre-Conference Session runs from 8:30-3:30.

Teaching and Leading with HEART!

Grade Band: General Interest, K-16

Dr. Tim Kanold

In this reflective and inspirational workshop, Dr. Kanold draws from the wisdom of his newest book HEART! to offer research, insights and tools from thought leaders inside and outside our profession such as Emma Seppala, Tom Rath, Angela Duckworth and Adam Grant. He provides insight supported by research about ideas for pursuing a deeply mindful teaching and leading school life and professional career as an educator. He examines how to live a more high-energy, happy, well-balanced and relationally intelligent professional life and how to develop the necessary risk taking PLC culture in your team, school and district.  Dr. Kanold states, “It is both our burden and our joy to teach with a fully formed heart—every day, every week, every month, every school season.”

Third Annual Computer Science Educators Summit

Grade Band: General Interest


Dan Garcia  |  Ruthe Farmer

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) WI-Dairyland presents our third annual all-day Computer Science Educators Summit.  This day-long series of workshops is highlighted by keynote presentations from Ruthe Farmer, CSforAll Consortium, and Dan Garcia, UC-Berkeley.  The focus will be on improving and expanding computer science opportunities for K-12 students in Wisconsin. For more information, please view the CS Summit Flyer.  

Ruthe Farmer’s keynote address is titled: CSforALL - A Collective Impact Model for Sustainable CS Education

Dan Garcia’s keynote address is titled: Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)

Sponsored by the NSF PUMP-CS Project and CSTA-Wisconsin Dairyland.

Using Intelligent Integration of STEM (I^2 STEM) to Help Build a Mathematics Community

Grade Band: General Interest, PK-12


Dr. Tim Deis | Dr. Jodean Grunow

Through the course of several Title IIA and Title IIB grants, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has focused on “Making STEM Come Alive.” A major objective of the effort has been development of STEM investigations that ask for rigor in each of the STEM disciplines, as well as, motivational components that engage and enlighten all participants. In developing these efforts, many community resources have been identified and used. This session will give you an overview of the multiple facets of the project and will have you work with some of the most exciting investigations.

We’re All Mathematicians! Strategies for Building the 5 Strands of Mathematical Proficiency

Registration is Closed for this Conference Strand

Grade Band: K-6

Dr. Sandy Atkins

Why do so many children feel that they are not good at mathematics? Why do they give up so easily or quit before trying? Join this interactive session as we examine specific strategies for helping elementary students feel and act like mathematicians.  We will use the 5 strands of mathematical proficiency (Adding It Up!) as a framework and the 8 Mathematical Practices (CCSSM) and the Mathematical Teaching Practices to engage in doing mathematics. Particular attention will be given to the use of oral and written language in learning and doing mathematics.

Learning Trajectories: Understanding and Using Young Children’s Mathematical Pathways to Guide Intentional Teaching

Grade Band: PK-2

Registration is Closed for this Conference Strand


Current research in early childhood mathematics education reveals natural progressions that children follow as they develop mathematical ideas (Clements & Sarama, 2009). When teachers understand these learning trajectories, they can provide richer and more developmentally appropriate environments in which students can thrive mathematically. Come learn with other early childhood professionals as we work to understand children’s mathematical pathways and their usefulness in the daily work of teaching mathematics to young children. 

Leave with an understanding of three learning trajectories, related state standards, and instructional activities for Counting, Subitizing, and Comparing. Classroom teachers will also share how they are using learning trajectories to guide their instructional decisions, provide valuable assessment information, and to teach with greater intentionality.

This work is based on the Strong Start Math Project, a three-year collaboration between Milwaukee Public Schools and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for early childhood teachers to deepen their content knowledge for teaching mathematics and strengthen their classroom practice. 

This session is geared toward PreK – grade 2 teachers, coaches, and interventionists.

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