What, where, and for what purpose is the mathematics in mathematics teacher education?

A conference in honor of W. James Lewis

8:55 am Thursday May 30 - Saturday June 1, 2024 noon

Lincoln, Nebraska

Thursday May 30
Towards a Fully Inclusive Profession

Friday May 31
Reflecting on the Mathematical Education of Teachers

Saturday June 1
Moving Towards Excellence



Register for the Event - Deadline May 15 11:59pm CDT

Registration is capped at 100 participants.

Apply for Funding to Attend - Applications reviewed May 1 - May 10

We have limited funding available for lodging and partial travel to approximately 40 participants. Our priorities include encouraging participation by faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and by teachers/administrators in high-need districts. We also prioritize those who participate in the conference as part of a team who can work together to affect change locally based on outcomes and findings from the conference. Such a team may include, for example, a PK12 teacher and a PK12 administrator from the same district, plus a teacher educator and a mathematician from a partnering university. We encourage participation from MSIs and high-need districts regardless of whether you are applying individually or as a team. Please note that while we can support lodging and travel, there are limitations on what we can use our grant funding for. Therefore we ask all participants to pay the registration fee. Please complete the form linked above to apply for funding.

Review of applications for funding begins May 1. We will accept funding applications through May 10.

Note that to apply for funding, you will need to register for the event. There are different options for payment, including an "invoice". If you select this option, you will not be billed until later. If you select this option, you will be required to confirm or withdraw your registration by 5pm CDT on May 15.

Questions and issues with registration should be directed to Lisa Maupin.

Organizing Committee

Yvonne Lai, Allan Donsig, Elizabeth Lewis, Mark Walker, Judy Walker

Featured Keynote and Panels

Registration begins at 8:30am on Thursday May 30. The first session begins 8:55 am on Thursday May 30 and the conference concludes at noon on Saturday June 1.
Keynote Address

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

University of Michigan

Approaches to Mathematical Sciences in K-16

Ben Ford

Sonoma State University

Ursula Nguyen

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Glenn Stevens

Boston University

Designing Mathematical Experiences and Programs for Teaching

Sybilla Beckmann

University of Georgia

Denise Spangler

University of Georgia

Marilyn E. Strutchens

Auburn University

Framing our Work

Jinfa Cai

University of Delaware

Charles E. Wilkes II

San Diego State University

Grounding our Work: Voices from the Field

Jill Edgren

Wood River Rural Schools (Wood River, Nebraska)

Paula Jakopovic

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Daniel Schaben

Lexington Public Schools (Lexington, Nebraska)

Improvement through Networks and Community

Allan Donsig

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

W. Gary Martin

Auburn University

Talitha Washington

Clark Atlanta University

Leading a Mathematical Education of Teachers

Gail Burrill

Michigan State University

Joan Ferrini-Mundy

University of Maine

Matt Larson

Lincoln Public Schools

Featured Moderators

Elizabeth A. Burroughs

Montana State University

John Ewing

Math for America (retired)

Karen Marrongelle

National Science Foundation

William McCallum

Illustrative Mathematics

Charles "Charlie" Steinhorn

Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences

Lee Zia

National Science Foundation

Getting Here

Getting to Lincoln
For those flying, the nearly airports are Lincoln (LNK) and Omaha (OMA). LNK is serviced only by United. OMA is about 60 miles from Lincoln and may have better flight options. There is a shuttle service OMALiNK (https://www.omalink.com) for getting to Lincoln. Taxi/uber/lyft are also options which are often around the same price as the shuttle (usually around $100 each way). Visitors sometimes split car rentals.

Getting to Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall (CPEH)

  • Location: Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall (CPEH), on 14th street between Vine and W Streets, on the city campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Getting to CPEH from the Graduate Hotel: It is a pleasant one mile walk through campus to get to CPEH from the Graduate Hotel. Another option is to use Uber/Lyft; it should be about a five-minute drive.
  • Parking: For those driving, we recommend using the 14th and Avery Parking Garage, located just south of Salt Creek Parkway on 14th street. CPEH is about two blocks south of this garage. Go to https://parking.unl.edu/maps/VisitorGuestParkingCityCampus.pdf for other options for visitor parking. Warning: This map is a bit out of date. The building labelled Mabel Lee Hall is now where Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall is located.


We have booked a block of hotel rooms at the following hotel.

  • Graduate Lincoln
    141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

The hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk from Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall, where the conference presentations will take place.

Other hotels that we recommend include the following.

  • Courtyard Marriott Lincoln
    808 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    905 O St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Cornhusker Marriott
    333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Hilton Garden Inn Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket
    801 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Kindler Hotel
    216 N 11th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Embassy Suites
    1040 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508

JimFest is supported by the National Science Foundation #DUE-2408993. Additional funding is provided by UNL's Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, and Office of Research and Economic Development. Views expressed are those of participants and not necessarily those of the NSF, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or any unit of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.