Continuing Education
K-8 Math Summit

K-8 Math Summit

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.   Registrants will be contacted via email shortly.  Email, if you have any questions.

The inaugural UW-Whitewater K-8 Math Summit is designed to meet the needs of elementary and middle school educators who teach mathematics, serve as a math interventionist, and/or coach teachers of mathematics. Both teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend. Having a group from your school or district makes it easier to capture the learning of this workshop and be able to bring it back and scale it up in your school or district. Participants will be grouped by grade band: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 throughout the sessions to best facilitate discussions and learning pertinent to the level that you teach and/or support.

This full day of professional development will provide opportunities to learn from UW-Whitewater faculty, both curriculum and instruction and math content specialists, as well as network and learn collaboratively with other K-8 educators. The K-8 Math Summit is being facilitated by Dr. Ozgul Kartal, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Wade Tillett, associate professor of curriculum and instruction; and Rachel Chaphalkar, assistant professor of mathematics. See below for additional information about each presenter.

Each session is designed to meet educators where they are at with their mathematical understanding and current teaching strategies. Whether you are in your first year teaching or you have extensive teaching experience, mathematics educators of all levels will walk away from each session with a deeper understanding of mathematical practices and an enhanced ability to implement research-based teaching practices in your classroom. Every participant will participate in each of the three sessions:

  1. Engaging in, implementing, and assessing Standards for Mathematical Practices
  2. Teaching mathematics for a growth mindset through Low Floor and High Ceiling Tasks
  3. Visual Math: Mathematical problem solving with manipulatives

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020 | 9:00am - 3:30pm

Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants.  

Register Online cancelled

Online registration accepted online until noon on 10/8/20.  We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in.

Participant Cost: $150


Early bird:  Register by 1/20/20 and receive $30 off your registration.

School or District Group:

Receive $30 off each registration when three (3) or more register to attend this event from the same school. Make sure to check "Group Discount" in the registration if you believe you qualify.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charged the disounted amount if less than three (3) do not attend this event from your school or district.  

Discounts cannot be combined.

Fees Include

Fee includes parking pass, instruction, t-shirt* and lunch.

*T-shirt size guaranteed if registered by 10/8/20.


Registrants may transfer attendance to another person. NO REFUNDS will be given. Submit transfer requests to by 3/23/20; provide your name and the name of the person attending in your place. No transfers will be accepted after 10/20/20.

All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Engaging in, implementing, and assessing Standards for Mathematical Practices

The eight CCSSM standards for mathematical practices with a focus on make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, and use appropriate tools strategically will be unpacked and interpreted in ways that are useful for practice through sample instructional activities. The participants will explore the use of standards for mathematical practices in engaging students with mathematical content within the structure of a three-part lesson format (launch-explore-summarize); and analyze assessment items in connection to the standards for mathematical practices.

Teaching mathematics for a growth mindset through Low Floor and High Ceiling Tasks

Moving from fixed mindset math tasks to growth mindset math tasks, with a space within them to learn, will be explored. A variety of strategies that can work to open mathematics tasks and increase students’ potential for learning will be discussed with a focus on Low Floor and High Ceiling Tasks. The participants will be engaged in and analyze Low Floor and High Ceiling Tasks, which are accessible to a wide range of students and extend to high levels while allowing all students an entry point. They will learn and practice strategies for making a task lower floor and higher ceiling for more and deeper student learning opportunities.

Visual Math: Mathematical problem solving with manipulatives

The participants will explore the use of visual representations as a way to deepen their students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures and as tools for problem solving; and they will examine the connections among mathematical representations.


Check-in will take place from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in University Center, room 259.  

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements, parking pass and updates about this event.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times with the acception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays. You will receive a parking permit via email a few days prior to the event. More information on parking is available on the Visitor Center website.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Welcome, introductions and announcements
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Session 1
11:00 - 11:40 a.m. Session 2, part A
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:20 - 1:00 p.m. Session 2, part B
1:10 - 3:30 p.m. Session 3
3:30 p.m. Closing

*All times are subject to change.


If you have questions about the classes please contact Laura Montez at or by calling (262) 379-4171.


Dr. Ozgul Kartal

Dr. Ozgul Kartal

Dr. Ozgul Kartal is assistant professor of mathematics education at UW-Whitewater in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her appointment at UW- Whitewater, Dr. Kartal taught mathematics at K-12 schools for more than seven years. She has been teaching a variety of mathematics and mathematics education courses for pre-service and in-service teachers for seven years. Her research interests include teaching and learning of mathematics for students who are not traditionally successful, problem solving and mathematical modeling, and implementation of effective mathematics teaching practices. She has several national and international presentations/publications on the teaching and learning of mathematics. She also supervises elementary, middle, and high school student teachers.

Dr. Rachel Chaphalkar

Rachel Chaphalkar

Dr. Rachel Chaphalkar is assistant professor of mathematics education at UW-Whitewater in the Department of Mathematics. She has been teaching mathematics and statistics courses for elementary and secondary teachers for the past 8 years. Her research interests include students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics and statistics and the effect of growth mindset interventions for calculus students.

Wade Tillett

Wade Tillett

Wade Tillett is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he instructs Math and STEM teaching methods courses for various levels serving Early Childhood through High School. He also has experience as a middle school math teacher in Chicago Public Schools and as a licensed architect.

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