Annual Conference


46th WMC Annual Conference • April 30-May 2, 2014

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2014 Conference Registration & Program

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2014 Registration Form

Online registration is now closed; you can still register via fax or mail until April 25th or in person starting April 30th at the conference.

2014 Annual Conference Brochure

2014 Pre-Conference Program

2014 Annual Conference Program Booklet

 Administrators attend FREE.  Click here for more information.

Exhibit & Sponsor Information

The 2014 WMC Annual Conference exhibit is sold out, but we still have sponsorship opportunities available.  Please click on the link below for available sponsorships.

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2014 Keynote Speakers


Catherine Fosnot is the Founding Director of Mathematics in the City and Professor of Education at The City College of New York.  She has twice received the "best writing" award from AERA's Constructivist SIG and she was the recipient of the "young scholar" award by Educational Communication and Technology Journal.  Professor Fosnot is the author of several books and numerous articles on Constructivism, Mathematics Education, and general Teacher Education.  She is the lead author of the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series as well as the Young Mathematicians at Work series.  Fosnot and her staff have designed and researched an inservice program for elementary mathematics education in which classrooms are turned into workshops with learners engaged in inquiry, subsequently proving and communicating their thinking to their peers.   Professor Fosnot is also known for her research on the development of young children's understanding of probability, and the development of number sense and operation.   In 2005 she was awarded the CCNY Outstanding Teacher Award.


Jon Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement.  He co-wrote the ASCD book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. Jon believes educators should ask one guiding question:  What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities he has done this in his twenty-four years as a high school science teacher.  He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010.  Jon is a co-founder of the Flipped Learning Network, a nonprofit organization which provides teachers the resources needed to implement flipped learning.  He serves on the advisory board of TED Education, and is currently the Lead Technology Facilitator for the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Illinois.  He is the father of three teenagers and is happily married to the love of his life.


Brian P. Cleary grew up reading the bouncy rhymes of Dr. Seuss.  A frustrated student and reluctant learner, Brian daydreamed from class to class until being introduced to poetry in third grade.  Intrigued, he set on a course to explore the wonder of words.  Brian began his professional creative endeavors early, when as a fifth grader he sold a joke to a radio station in Cleveland.  He earned a degree in communications from John Carroll University, and is now senior editor of the humor staff for American Greetings, one of the five largest creative divisions in the world.  In addition, he has written cartoon gags that have appeared in more than 600 newspapers worldwide, published humor essays for national and local magazines and newspapers, and created many children's books, including the popular titles in his Math Is CATegorical and Words Are CATegoricalTM series, which have sold more than 1 million copies.  As a humorist, writer, and poet, Brian P. Cleary shows kids how to play with words. He believes that humor is not only a fun way to learn, but an effective way to teach.


Laney Sammons is the author of Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction, as well as numerous other books on mathematics education.  Her extensive work with children started when she was the director of a Youth Services Program at Mercer University.  In 1989, she began her career as an educator.  Over the years, she has taught in elementary grades, in middle grades, in a high school in-school suspension program, and in college. She was named Teacher of the Year for her county in 2000.  For the last five years prior to her retirement, she served as an Instructional Coach helping her school system implement Guided Math. During her years in the classroom, Ms. Sammons developed the Guided Math framework as a way of meeting the needs of all of her students - from the struggling learners to those who quickly mastered concepts and needed additional challenges.  When this approach was implemented school-wide at her school, the results were not only increased passage rates on the state tests, but also increases in the percentage of students who exceeded the standards.


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.


Douglas Clements, PhD., Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor at the University of Denver, is widely regarded as "the major scholar" in the field of early childhood mathematics education, one with equal relevance to the academy, to the classroom, and to the educational policy arena.  At the national, level, his contributions have led to the development of new mathematics curricula, teaching approaches, teacher training initiatives, and models of “scaling up” interventions, as well as having a tremendous impact on educational planning and policy, particularly in the area of mathematical literacy and access.  He has served on President's National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the Common Core State Standards committee of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics national curriculum and Principles and Standards committees, and is and co-author each of their reports. He is presently serving on the Common Core committee of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, helping to write national academic standards.


Mike Hall has spent the last 21 years teaching mathematics at the high school and college level. For the past 11 1/2 years he served as a Associate Professor of Mathematics at Arkansas State University, where his primary assignment was the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers.  In addition, Mike has been active in providing professional development opportunities in mathematics curriculum development, assessment, and content for in-service teachers.



Denise McDowell is the Vice-President of Curriculum, Sales and Marketing for Big Ideas Learning, LLC.  In her teaching career, she taught middle school as well as high school mathematics.  In 1987, Denise started her own business, McDowell’s Educational Services, focusing on the writing and delivery of professional development, providing a tutoring service and providing preparation for college entrance exams.  Denise served on several state and local educational committees in various states.   Prior to assuming her current position with Big Ideas Learning, Denise was a National Mathematics Consultant for McDougal Littell, and later, the Director of Marketing for Mathematics, a position she held for 10 years.  



Yvonne Grant is a middle school mathematics teacher from Portland Middle School, Portland, Michigan. She is currently working as a professional development consultant and teacher in residence at the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) office at Michigan State University. She has worked on all aspects of the development, implementation, and professional development of the CMP curriculum from it beginning in 1991.  Yvonne has held many roles in her many years in education from middle school mathematics teacher to classroom coach to professional development consultant to developing aspects of Connected Mathematics.  Her goal in education has always been to find ways to maximize effective learning, teaching, assessing, planning, and reflecting to enhance the learning of mathematics.  Yvonne has assisted school districts and systemic initiatives in many states with the implementation Standards-based curricula.  Yvonne holds a BS and MA from Western Michigan University.  (Sponsored by Pearson Education.)