Department of Mathematics


Spring 2017 Conference

66th Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference

Common Core Mathematics: Communicating Ideas and Constructing Arguments

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. (Check-In/Registration and Breakfast is 8:00-8:30 a.m.)

Keynote Speakers

Our opening speaker will be Melissa Colonis, who is the Presidential Award Winner from Indiana. Our closing speaker will be Adam Poetzel, who has won the Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award. (More information below.)

Call for Speakers

Do you have a classroom idea that has worked for you that you'd be willing to share - or other ideas that would be useful for fellow teachers? Please consider presenting at our conference. We are currently recruiting presenters for our conference.  Fill out the following form. Bonus: Registration fee is waived for speakers (Hey, there is such a thing as a free lunch!).


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.)

Keynote Speaker Information

Keynote Speaker:  Melissa Colonis

Dr. Melissa Colonis is an Algebra I and AP Calculus Instructor at Lafayette Jefferson High School. She has earned a bachelor’s degree (1989) and PhD in Mathematics Education (2011) from Purdue University. She holds a masters degree (1994) from Santa Clara University. In addition to being a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics, Melissa was awarded the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. As a result she was invited to Washington D.C. where she and other award winning teachers had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.

Since 1989, she has taught in public and private elementary schools in the Silicon Valley area of California; in public middle schools in California and Indiana; and public high school in Lafayette, Indiana. She has also taught mathematics methods courses at Purdue University, Indiana University—Kokomo, and IUPUI.

Melissa Colonis

Closing Speaker:  Adam Poetzel

Adam Poetzel serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in mathematics education at the University of Illinois. He joined the Curriculum and Instruction faculty in the fall of 2007 after teaching mathematics at Champaign Central High School for ten years. Adam’s instructional focus is on the preparation and training of pre-service mathematics teachers to effectively teach diverse K-12 students.  Currently, he teaches a variety of methods courses for both undergraduate and graduate candidates including courses that examine the role of technology in today’s mathematics classrooms.  He has received the ICTM Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award and the University of Illinois campus award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.  During his time as a UIUC faculty member, he has written several publications for NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher magazine, been a featured speaker at NCTM annual and regional conferences, served on the ICTM board of directors, and remains actively involved in several grants focused on the professional development of in-service mathematics teachers.

Adam Poetzel

Past Conferences

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference

2013 Conference

2012 Conference

2011 Conference

2010 Conference