Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Spring 2018 Conference

67th Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference

Common Core Mathematics:  Recognizing and Utilizing Structure

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

(Check-In/Registration and Breakfast is 8:00-8:30 a.m.)

Keynote Speakers

Robert Berry.Dr. Robert Berry, NTCM President-Elect - Robert Berry is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and is the current NCTM President-Elect.  A former public middle school mathematics teacher in both Virginia and North Carolina, he teaches mathematics methods courses for pre-service teachers as well as for in-service teachers seeking a mathematics specialist endorsement.  He has expertise in equity issues in mathematics education, as well as classroom observation and incorporating engineering principles into mathematics education. Dr. Berry will make a special presentation for the campus community on April 12 and be our opening speaker at the conference. Full bio herePresentation descriptions here.

  • On Thursday, 4/12/18, at 3:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall 109, Dr. Berry will make a special presentation on the WIU campus, titled, #blackkidsdomath:  Discussing Black Boys who are Successful with School Mathematics. POSTER.
  • Dr. Berry will give the opening address at our conference Friday morning titled,  Catalyzing Change: Identity, Agency, Positionality and Equitable Instructional Practices

Reggie Duncan.Reggie Duncan, ICTM Excellence Award Winner  - Reggie Duncan is a 5th grade mathematics and science teacher at Wingate Elementary School in Shiloh, Illinois. He is the 2016 ICTM Excellence in Elementary Mathematics award winner, as well as a member of the ICTM Board of Directors; he was also a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching finalist in 2016.  He has worked on the Math Model Resource Project Team to facilitate educators’ transition to the New Illinois Learning Standards, as well as serving as an Area Teacher Leader for the I-STEM project. Reggie Duncan will have two presentations at our conference.

  • Breakout session: Unraveling Problem Solving Structure (targeted for K-8 teachers)
  • Closing address: Structure is All Around Us: Composing and Decomposing Fractions and Hip-Hop!?!

Schedule Speaker Schedule

Click Here for the 2018 Conference Speaker Schedule.


Participants can park in the Horrabin Hall lot (# 19 on the attached map, for faculty/staff); we've let Parking Services know that you will be coming to the conference that day, and they said that is fine, they won't be ticketing.  If you arrive and the Horrabin Hall lot is full, you can try the Currens Hall lot (# 20 on the map).

 Links to Speaker Resources (2018)

Self-paced Math: Concept Mastery and More by Sean Foster

Effective Differentiation in Mathematics by Heather Brown and Jeanine Sheppard

Lesson Study by Heather Brown and Jeanine Sheppard

Illinois StatewideTransitional Math Update (.ppt) by Amy Jo Clemens

Professional Development Hours

Teachers please sign the sign-in sheet at the registration table. Following the conference, go to the following link:

and complete the online form. (The link is also in the folder.) You earn 6 PD hours for attending this conference.

Call for Speakers

Our program is now complete.  Do consider presenting at our conference next year. Breakout sessions are 35 minutes. Do you have ideas for teaching math that you would like to share?  Please fill out the Speaker Submission Form .


Registration form (Word doc) (.pdf form) If you have questions, call (309)298-1054. (We do take walk-ins for this conference, but we prefer that attendees register in advance.)

Poster and Printable Flier

Click to download the Conference Poster.

Click to download a printable flier.


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