Mathematical Proficiency for Every Student Conference


Two Dates, Two Locations, Same Information

This conference is being offered at two convenient locations to best serve educators across the state. Choose the date and location that works best for you – you'll receive the same valuable content and engaging activities at both sessions!

Thursday, November 7 at the Metropolis Resort and Conference Center in Eau Claire 


Tuesday, November 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center in Milwaukee


Lodging Information

Metropolis in Eau Claire Reservation Link (Reserve Lodging by 09/23 for discounted rate of $111.23)

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Reservation Link (Reserve Lodging by 10/19 for discounted rate of $135)

Join WMC for the Fall Mathematics Proficiency for Every Student (MPES) Conference

Implementing K-12 Mathematical Modeling

According to the Wisconsin Standards for Mathematics (2021), “providing students with regular mathematical modeling experiences from kindergarten through grade 12 is one important way that educators can support students as flexible users of mathematics who see how mathematics can be used to understand their world and the world around them” (p. 221).  Mathematical modeling is a process, which allows students to translate real-world situations into mathematics, solve them using their knowledge, and interpret the results in the context of the problem – making math relevant and preparing students for success beyond the classroom.

Join us for an action-packed day of professional development focused on bringing math to life through modeling. Dive deep with local experts, explore engaging mathematical modeling experiences, and discover how to transform your classroom into a hub of real-world problem-solving!

We are excited to learn with you!

Tina Lemmens, Lisa Hennessey, Tammy Moynihan, MPES Co-Chairs


7:30 - 8:00 am Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 am Welcome

8:15.- 9:15 am Keynote with Dr. Erick Hofacker

9:15 - 9:30 am DPI Perspective with Mary Mooney

9:45 - 11:15 am Breakout Grade Band Session #1

11:15 - 12:15 pm Networking Lunch

12:15 - 1:15 pm  Keynote with Dr. Maggie McHugh

1:30 - 3:00 pm  Breakout Grade Band Session #2


Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Erick Hofacker

UW River Falls

Erick is a professor in the mathematics department at UW-River Falls and is currently in his 27th year of teaching. He directs both the undergraduate and graduate mathematics education programs. He trains and prepares math teachers to work in the middle and high school classrooms. Erick teaches courses in mathematical modeling at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2009 he has conducted thousands of hours of professional development projects for K-16 math teachers across the country and in this region on the topic of mathematical modeling, as well as many other areas in mathematics education. In 2021 he chaired the 6-12 committee for the revision of the WI state math standards; and co-lead the work on including math modeling in the standards. Erick was awarded the Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council in 2019.

Dr. Maggie McHugh

UW La Crosse

Maggie has been an educator since 2006 as a classroom teacher and Innovation Specialist for the School District of La Crosse, WI, a National Faculty member for PBLWorks, and a Mathematics Education faculty member for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For Maggie, Project-Based Learning lays the foundation for every learner to find success, which she expressively shares in her book Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, K-12 (2023). Maggie is the 2021 Midwest Regional winner of the National University Teacher Award and the Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2019. Maggie is actively involved in the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, having served as a Board Member and chairing the Annual Conference, as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), participating in the Classroom Resources committee. Maggie earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education and Social Justice from New Mexico State University in 2015. 


Featured Speakers 

Mary Mooney
Math Consultant

Julie Bormett
Math Consultant

Mark Bussian
4K-12 Instructional Coach
Columbus School District

Jennifer Kosiak
UW La Crosse

RunningHorse Livingston
Instructional Coach
Mathematize, Inc.

Samantha Falkner
Senior Product Manager
Mathematics Great Minds

Jill Rauwerdink
Middle School Math Teacher
Verona Area School District

Emily Amundson
High School Math Teacher
School District of Amery

Kevin Reese
High School Math Teacher
Clintonville Public School District