Annual Conference

MMP_-_red_and_black.jpg47th Annual Conference  |  May 6-8, 2015

Submit a 2015 Speaker Proposal!

Be part of the WMC Annual Conference, an outstanding professional development opportunity, by presenting your own experiences that have transformed your classroom and engaged students. We are looking for presentations that are aligned with the conference theme, Measuring Mathematical Proficiency.  Please submit your 2015 speaker proposal online; the submission deadline is October 1, 2014.

2015 Keynote Speakers

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Karim Ani is the Founder of Mathalicious.  A former middle school math teacher, he thought there should be a better way to teach and learn math.  Mathalicious is transforming the way math is taught by providing middle and high school teachers with the most relevant, engaging, and effective math lessons anywhere. Mathalicious designs lessons around real-world topics that students care about, from sports to technology to health & wellness.  This contextual approach helps students make sense of the math, and develop both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Karim taught eighth grade math in Virginia and New York City before becoming a middle school math coach. Karim has degrees from Stanford University & UVA, and thinks that Socrates will always be a better teacher than C3P0.      

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Sandy Atkins, Ph. D., is the Executive Director of Creating AHAs, LLC.   An inspiring speaker, Dr. Atkins is committed to finding those ‘aha moments’ when mathematical connections are made by teachers and students.  Her sessions are thought provoking and practical. 
An educator for over 25 years, Dr. Atkins has extensive experience at the elementary to university levels. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1992 and has since focused on turning research into practice. With particular interest in effective mathematical intervention, she currently works with school districts across the United States in developing conceptual understandings, or creating ahas, for mathematics teachers and students in grades K-8.

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Jennifer Bay-Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). Jennifer has published many articles on teaching and learning in NCTM journals. She has also co-authored the following books: Math and Literature: Grades 6-8, Math and Nonfiction: Grades 6-8, Navigating through Connections in Grades 6-8. Jennifer taught elementary, middle, and high school in Missouri and in Peru, and continues to work in classrooms at all levels with students and with teachers. She serves as the editor of the upcoming NCTM Yearbook (2012) and is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

JBoaler_pix.jpg Jo Boaler, PhD, is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University.  She is also the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the 'Outstanding Book of the Year' award for education in Britain. She is the author of seven books and numerous research articles. Her latest books What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) published by Penguin, USA and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010)  published by Souvenir Press, UK, both aim to increase public understanding of the importance of good mathematics teaching. She recently formed www.youcubed.org to give teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.

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Rosemary Irons, BA, MSEd, is a consultant and curriculum developer for mathematics education specializing in early childhood. She has advised teachers on mathematics curricula in Australia, United States of America and Singapore. Rosemary was a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the Queensland University of Technology for over 35 years and has written a wide range of innovative and practical classroom resources to help young children build their mathematical understanding. Rosemary conducts seminars for teachers and presents at mathematics education conferences around the world.

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Eli Luberoff, CEO, Desmos,  began his programming life on his TI-83 graphing calculator in elementary school, culminating with a working version of Monopoly which was destroyed when he removed the backup battery by accident. He began working on the software that would become Desmos.com during a year-long hiatus from Yale University in 2007, returning to graduate summa cum laude with degrees in Math and Physics in 2009. Eli was also selected by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 in 2011.

2014 Annual Conference Memories

Thanks to all who helped to make the 46th WMC Annual Conference a success!  Please make sure to check out the conference presentations and handouts that are now posted.

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