WI-AMTE 4th Annual Conference

Our 4rd Annual WI-AMTE Conference will be held on Wednesday 23 and Thursday October 24, 2024 at UW Oshkosh, with a theme of Re-engaging in Mathematical Practices. We hope you can join us!

To submit a presentation proposal, please register by September 15. The conference program will be published on or around October 1. For more information, visit our Conference page at https://wiamte.org/conference. The conference registration page is at https://wiamte.org/conference/registration/

WI-AMTE 3rd Annual Conference

Our 3rd Annual WI-AMTE Conference will be on February 28 and 29, 2024 at UW Oshkosh, with a new theme of Leaping into the Future! We hope you can join us! For more information, visit our Conference page at https://wiamte.org/conference

To submit a presentation proposal, please register by January 31, 2024. The conference program will be published Feb 5. The conference registration page is at https://wiamte.org/conference/registration/

Annual WI-AMTE Board Election

Congratulations to Maria Franshaw  (UW Parkside) and Kristin Galle  (CESA 3) for being elected to a 3-year term as a WI-AMTE Board Member! 

Thanks so much to Lynn Schaal and to Mike Steele for all of their work and leadership with starting the WI-AMTE and serving as a board members since our inception as an affiliate. 

The new WI-AMTE Board for the 2023-24 year will be

  • Eric Kuennen, UW Oshkosh (President)
  • Erin Edgington, UW Platteville (Treasurer)
  • Kristin Galle, CESA 3 (Secretary)
  • Matt Chedister, UW La Crosse
  • Jen Szydlik, UW Oshkosh
  • Maria Franshaw, UW Parkside

WI Math CNECT Ignite Session

We’d like to announce our 2023-24 academic year kick-off event for WI Math CNECT.  Our focus will be getting to know each other and talk about the upcoming year. 

WI Math CNECT Ignite Session

  • Wednesday August 23, 7-8 pm
  • Virtually over Zoom

We have invited several exemplary and award-winning math teachers from around the state to join us to give us their best advice on starting your career teaching math. We plan to have a mix of elementary and secondary teachers, as well as veteran and early-careers joining us. Each will get just 2-3 minutes to run through their best advice, and then we’ll have some break-out sessions where you can chat with these teachers.

Our “celebrity guest teachers” will include:

  • Melissa Sperle, 5th grade teacher, Lancaster Community Schools
  • Katelyn Winkel-Simmerman, Middle School Math Teacher, Cedar Grove-Belgium MS (and 2023 DPI WI Teacher of the Year!)
  • Mel Jemiola, High School math teacher, Sun Prairie HS
  • Dave Benz, High School Math Teacher, Golda Meir School in Milwaukee

This will be a fun way to build up each other’s energy and connect as we prepare for fall and the creation of a support network within our first few years teaching.

More information will follow on our WI Math CNECT page for more information!

We hope you can join us on August 23 at 7:00 pm!

Resources from the WI-AMTE Partner Sessions at the WMC Annual Conference in Green Lake, May 4, 2023

Bringing Mathematical Practices into Your Classroom, Lynn Schaal, New London Middle School.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice identify eight practices that outline behaviors of mathematically proficient students. This presentation will highlight strategies that are designed to encourage student exploration and discovery, and give students ownership of the mathematics. These strategies not only develop a deeper understanding of the math, but it increases students’ understanding and engagement. Presentation Slides (Movie). Links in the presentation: Achieve the Core, Google Doc with links to Sites with Rich Tasks, and Standards for Mathematical Practices Progression through Grade Levels.

Developing Math Coaching Practices, Erin Edgington, UW Platteville

This session will examine effective math coaching practices through the lens of current research and classroom experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to hone their skills through interactive discussions and to obtain strategies they can use immediately in their work. Presentation Slides

Why Does a High School Math Teacher Candidate Need to Know Elementary School Mathematics Deeply? Matthew Chedister, UW La Crosse

Often our secondary candidates are singularly focused on the math they will encounter in their classrooms but we argue that is not enough. We will discuss why it is critical for them to understand all levels of math deeply as they consider how concepts develop and what are the foundations that a strong mathematical understanding is built on. We will also discuss how we can restructure preservice programs to make this vision possible. Presentations Slides to appear soon. Presentation Slides.

The 2nd WI-AMTE Annual Conference

The Wisconsin Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (WI-AMTE) invites you be part of a renewed effort to strengthen relationships and build partnerships among K-12 schools and institutes of higher education. If you teach pre-service mathematics teachers, work with student teachers, mentor practicing teachers, or have ideas or need ideas for how to better develop and support high-quality mathematics teachers in Wisconsin, then this conference is for you! 

This in-person conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on October 26-27, 2022.  The conference will run from approximately 4:00 pm -8:30 pm on Wednesday October 26 (including a conference dinner) and from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday October 27.

For more information, visit our conference webpage at https://wiamte.org/conference/

Conference Quick Links:

Dynamic Discussions on Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practice, and Beliefs

Are you dedicated to NCTM’s Vision that “each and every student has access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning”? Do you wish that you had a network of colleagues to discuss your work as a math coach, math leader, or math educator, as you partner with other teachers to carry out this vision? 

If this is a topic you are interested in exploring, we invite you to our Dynamic Discussion Series on Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practice, and Beliefs. 

We will be revisiting and continuing the discussion we had at the WMC Conference on the 8 shifts that support learning opportunities. The discussions will explore mathematics coaching from three angles: coaching to strengthen mathematics content knowledge, coaching to change instructional practice, and coaching to develop beliefs and a common vision that supports student success. While coaching is a model for these goals, we welcome all mathematics educators who are interested in exploring this topic.

Erin Edgington (UW-Platteville)
Matt Chedister (UW La Crosse)
Lynn Schaal (New London Schools)

To sign up: https://forms.gle/d6BeGSUDm3bycAu26

Format: Online (We will send you a Zoom Link after you sign up on theGoogle Form)

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm CST on the following Tuesdays:

September 20 Shift 1:From stating-a-standard toward communicating expectations for learning)

October 18 Shift 2: From routine tasks toward reasoning tasks, and Shift 3: From teaching about representations toward teaching through representations

November 15 Shift 4: From show-and-tell toward share-and-compare

January 17 Shift 5: From questions that seek expected answers toward questions that illuminate and deepen student understanding, and Shift 6: From teaching so that students replicate procedures toward teaching so that students select efficient strategies.

February 21 Shift 7: From mathematics-made-easy toward mathematic-takes-time, and Shift 8: From looking at correct answers toward looking for students’ thinking.

March 21: Jigsaw Activities and Goals Moving Forward

You needn’t be a WI-AMTE member to join these dynamic discussions. You also needn’t attend all of the discussions in the series. Join us when you can. All are welcome!

Call for Nominations

It is once again time for nominations for the WI-AMTE Board of Directors! Please nominate someone else or yourself by completing this online nomination form by September 6, 2022.

The board is entertaining nominations this year for two positions with a 3-year term (running October 2022 to October 2025).

Serving on the WI-AMTE board involves a three-year commitment to participate in monthly electronic meetings and the business meeting at the annual WI-AMTE conference. The main role of the board is to provide guidance for decisions related to direction for the organization.

This past year was an exciting one for WI-AMTE. We held our very first WI-AMTE Annual Conference with the theme of reigniting math teacher education in Wisconsin, a Dynamic Discussion of Mathematics on the topic of mentoring, a statewide Book Study on invigorating high school mathematics, and a series of special sessions at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council conference in Green Lake.

This year we plan to build on this momentum with a goal of fostering strong partnerships between higher education and K-12 schools. We’d love to have your voice as a part of the process! We are particularly seeking nominees who are enthusiastic about WI-AMTE and interested in seeing the organization grow, and those that contribute a K-12 perspective to the board, such as K-12 math teachers, coaches and coordinators. 

Please nominate someone else or yourself by completing the following formhttps://forms.office.com/r/jc1rY9W5AP

All nominees will be contacted to confirm their nomination, asked to provide a picture of themselves, and submit a short description (max 200 word) of their interests and qualifications.

Information about nominees will be posted on our website and publicized to the membership by Sept 26.

The elections will be held electronically starting Sept 26 with the results announced at the business meeting at the WI-AMTE Annual Conference on Oct 26.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Resources from WI-AMTE Sessions at the 2022 WMC Green Lake Conference

“Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practices, and Beliefs”, led by Erin Edgington, UW Platteville: Slides (pdf file).

“Building A Robust Pipeline – Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Candidates”, led by Eric Kuennen, UW Oshkosh: Slides (pdf file).

“From Quick Fixes to Learning Together: Mentoring New Teachers”, led by Lynn School, New London Middle School: Slides (pdf file).