Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

We are happy to announce the return of our conference!

69th Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference

  Common Core Mathematics:  Developing Student Reasoning

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

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

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Trena Wilkerson will be our opening speaker for the conference. TrenaWilkerson

Trena Wilkerson, Immediate Past-President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a mathematics education professor in the School of Education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate mathematics education courses and conducts professional development and research. She taught high school mathematics for 18 years, in Louisiana. She has published in several of NCTM’s journals, Mathematics Teacher:  Learning & Teaching PK-12, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Mathematics Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, and Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, chaired the MTMS Editorial Panel, served on the NCTM Board of Directors and served as President of NCTM. Her research interests include mathematics education, teacher education, algebra teacher efficacy, teaching and learning of mathematics, and professional development. She loves teaching and learning mathematics in support of current and future mathematics teachers and leaders.

Dr. Jim Olsen, in his 29th and final year at WIU, will be our closing speaker for the conference.

Jim Olsen teaches mathematics and teacher education courses for prospective and practicing teachers at Western Illinois University. He taught high school mathematics in Nebraska for 10 years. His research interests JimOlseninclude mental math, student understanding of the function concept, multiplicative reasoning, educational uses of technology, logic for middle school, problem solving, and teaching mathematical and higher-order reasoning while seeing the beauty of mathematics. In 2015, he published "Five Keys for Teaching Mental Math" in the Mathematics Teacher journal. In 2019, he received, from the WIU College of Arts and Sciences, the Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching with Technology, and, from the WIU Provost, the Award for Academic Excellence in Enhancing Learning with Technology. Dr. Olsen came to WIU in 1994. He is retiring in June 2023. He enjoys learning and teaching mathematics and working with current and future teachers.

More details on the presentations will be forthcoming.


The 2023 Conference schedule will be posted here when it is available.


Participants can park in the Horrabin Hall lot (# 19 on the attached map, for faculty/staff). Parking Services know that you will be coming to the conference that day. They said that it's 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; parking map link at the left).

Professional Development Hours

Teachers sign the sign-in sheet at the registration table. Following the conference, go to the following link: to be determined and complete the online form. Detailed instructions. (The link is also in the folder.) You earn 6 PD hours for attending this conference.

Call for Speakers

Do you have ideas for teaching math that you would like to share?
We are looking for breakout session speakers and are accepting proposals for 2023.  Please use the submission form.
Breakout sessions are 35 minutes.

Online Speaker Submission Form   //  Print Speaker Submission: Word form or PDF form .


Online Registration Form   //   Print Registration Form: Google doc form or PDF form

Mail payment to Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Department of Math & Philosophy, Macomb, IL 61455.

If you have questions, call (309)298-1054 or email Dr. Bob Mann ( (We do take walk-ins for this conference, but we prefer that attendees register in advance.)

Poster and Please Share

A poster for this conference will be coming soon.

Please pass along information about this conference to fellow teachers and encourage them to attend.

Past Conferences

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference

2013 Conference

2012 Conference

2011 Conference

2010 Conference

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