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Mathematics Institute

img alt="Math Updates" src="" vspace="5" hspace="15" align="right" />Mathematics, along with English, is a core content area that transcends disciplines.  Math is used in biology, chemistry, engineering, statistics, and many other subject areas.  It is also an area in which students tend to struggle.  Educators on all levels and in many disciplines have come together in the math transitions meetings to discuss how to better align lessons, learning expectations, and scores between the K-12 and post-secondary levels.  These events are coordinated by the Wyoming School-University Partnership, the University of Wyoming Department of Mathematics, and Wyoming community colleges.  Some events were funded by support from the Qwest Foundation.

2017 Spring Mathematics Institute

April 6-7, 2017
Casper, WY

Registration is free, but required. Dinner Thursday night and breakfast Friday morning will be provided. All travel and lodging expenses are participants’ responsibility. PTSB renewal credit will be available for Wyoming certified teachers. 

The Partnership's Mathematics Institute is connected to this year's Mathematics Articulation, as the Articulation meeting will begin after the Institute on Friday afternoon (April 7), and go until Saturday afternoon (April 8).  Like in past years, the Partnership plans to pay the registration fee for all K12 educators who go to the Mathematics Articulation meeting ($55). To learn more, scroll down.

2017 Spring Mathematics Institute


  1. Foster conversation and collaboration about mathematics, calculus in particular.
  2. Examine and discuss expectations, strategies, and learning culture for college/university readiness.
  3. Revise and update Partnership Trifold Disciplinary mathematics document (e.g., bookmark, brochure, poster), and brainstorm components of online, interactive, digital presence such as infographics and website.
  4. Learn updates about and participate in the review process of the Wyoming state mathematics standards.
  5. Examine resources to improve collaboration and communication, as established by standards of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships ( and the Higher Learning Commission (

Working agenda

Thursday Evening

5:30-5:45 pm  Registration

5:45-6:00        Welcomes, introductions, and an overview of the evening. Audrey Kleinsasser

6:00-7:00        Dinner and table conversations, time with the mathematics chart revision materials

7:00-8:30        Working Title: The State of Calculus in Wyoming and Beyond Panel discussion moderated by Jess Ellis, Colorado State University.
8:30-9:00        Wrap up for evening

Friday Morning

7:30-8:00    Registration and morning refreshments

8:00-8:15    Welcomes, overview of the morning, and introduction of Mary Pilgrim, Jess Ellis, and Jessica Gerhtz, Colorado State University

8:15-10:30  Increasing Student Engagement in Calculus, CSU Colloquium

Evidence-based research in education supports the use of classroom methods that encourage student engagement in learning. Providing an environment that prompts students to analyze their own learning promotes the development of metacognitive skills, and has been shown to enhance learning. This is particularly important in mathematics courses, since a robust understanding of mathematics underpins success in other STEM disciplines, and is therefore essential for supporting increased persistence in STEM fields.

To address this problem, we have designed a model that incorporates a variety of active teaching and learning strategies in the calculus classroom. Participants will engage in sample activities, read sample student responses, and discuss strategies for implementing in their own classrooms. Join us for more information about calculus during the Friday afternoon and Friday evening WYMATC articulation following the Partnership Institute.

 10:30-10:45   Stretching break

10:45-11:45    Small and large group feedback:  Partnership Trifold revision

11:45 – 12:00  Evaluation, adjournment, join the annual WYMATC articulation lunch

Mathematics Articulation Meeting, April 7-8, Casper

The Wyoming Mathematics Articulation Meeting will begin Friday afternoon (April 7) after the end of the Partnership's Mathematics Institute meeting, The Institute and Articulation meetings are two separate, but connected meetings, and if you plan to attend the Mathematics Articulation meeting, you will need to register for it separately after completing this registration.

Like past years, the Partnership plans to pay for all K12 educator's registration fees ($55). Please indicate your a K12 educator and the Partnership will pay for your fee when you register.

To learn more about the Articulation meeting, and to register, go to:

Past Events

2015 Mathematics Lost in Transition Institute (combined with Math/Stats/Physics Articulation)

April 23-25
Laramie, Wyoming

Number of participants: 32
8 K-12 educators
9 Community college educators
17 University of Wyoming educators
0 other

Conference materials:


Mathematics institute participants, 20142014 Mathematics Lost in Transition Institute (combined with Math/Stats/Physics Articulation)

April 4
Powell, Wyoming

Number of participants: 41
8 K-12 educators
20 Community college educators
11 University of Wyoming educators
2 other

Conference materials:


Participants at the 2013 Mathemathics Lost in Transition Institute2013 Mathematics Lost in Transition Institute

April 4-5
Gillette, Wyoming

Number of participants: 35
7 K-12 educators
17 Community college educators
9 University of Wyoming educators
2 other

Conference focus: Common Core State Standards

Conference materials:


2012 Mathematics Transitions Meeting

Held March 29-30, 2012 in Rock Springs, Wyoming

Number of participants: 25

3 K-12 educators
13 Community college educators
5 University of Wyoming educators
1 State education organization representative
3 other

Conference focus: "Student Engagement, Motivation, and Persistence"

Conference materials:

Conference agenda

Common Core Mathematics Practices

Conference evaluation responses

2011 Mathematics Transitions Meeting

Held February 17-18, 2011 in Riverton, Wyoming

Number of participants: 59

29 K-12 educators
13 Community college educators
16 University of Wyoming educators
1 State education organization representative

Conference focus: "Overviewing the Mathematics Common Core, and Examining College Algebra Principles: Going Beyond Memorization"

Conference materials:

Conference agenda

8 Mathematics Common Core Practices

Conference evaluation responses


Department of Mathematics, University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming Summer Mathematics Institute
Science and Mathematics Teaching Center
Qwest Foundation

Math Transitions 2010

2010 Mathematics Transitions Workshop

Held February 19, 2010 in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Number of participants: 53

20 K-12 educators

6 Community college educators
17 University of Wyoming educators
5 State education organization representatives

Conference focus: "Designing Mathematical Experiences that Matter"

Conference materials:

Conference agenda.

Conference flyer.

Conference evaluation responses.

Co-sponsors: ACT, Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

2009 Mathematics Articulation Meeting

Held February 6, 2009 in Casper, Wyoming

Number of participants: 73

12 K-12 educators

43 Community college educators
14 University of Wyoming educators
2 State education organization representatives

Conference focus: Bodies of evidence and "Understanding by Design"

Conference materials:

Conference agenda.

Reading assignment, excerpt from Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe (2005), pp, 35-55.

Wyoming Department of Education's Body of Evidence peer review scoring guide (Spring 2009).

Conference evaluation responses.

Co-sponsors: Wyoming State Scholars Initiative, Wyoming P-16 Education Council, Wyoming Department of Education

2008 Mathematics Articulation Meeting

Math Transitions 2009

Held February 8-9, 2008 in Torrington, Wyoming

Number of participants: 12


Conference Focus: Making Transitions: Ways to Help Students Succeed in College and University Mathematics Settings

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