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Personal Profile of Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Biography

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for over 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to fifth grade students every summer as the centerpiece of the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory.

Ball’s research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction, the nature, role, and effects of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and on the improvement of teacher training and development.

Ball has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education. She is a Fellow of the American Mathematics Society and of the American Educational Research Association, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Education. Ball serves on the National Science Board and chairs the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors.

Ball earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Mar 05, 2011 Feb 28, 2015
Education Committee Chair Mar 01, 2003 Feb 28, 2015
Educational Advisory Committee Chair, EAC Mar 05, 2011 Mar 01, 2015

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 13, 2003 Mar 01, 2007
Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2007 Mar 01, 2011
Educational Advisory Committee Chair, EAC Mar 01, 2003 Mar 01, 2011
Long Range Planning Committee Apr 01, 2005 Apr 01, 2006
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Wednesday
    04:45 PM - 06:00 PM
      Plenary Session: A conversation about the mathematical preparaton of teachers and the challenges universities face
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Herb Clemens (University of Utah), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)
    Mar 27, 2014
    Thursday
    08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
      Plenary Session: Panel - Understanding mathematics teacher education
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Linda Gojak (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), Diana Suddreth (Utah State Office of Education)
    Mar 28, 2014
    Friday
    04:35 PM - 05:00 PM
      Plenary Session (closing session): Reflections on ideas discussed at the workshop
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
  2. Workshop Using Partnerships to Strengthen Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education

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    Dec 11, 2008
    Thursday
    09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
      Introduction to the Workshop
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), William McCallum (University of Arizona)
    Dec 12, 2008
    Friday
    09:00 AM - 10:05 AM
      Forming Partnerships Across Institutional Boundaries (budgetary, departmental, college)
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), William McCallum (University of Arizona)
    01:30 PM - 03:10 PM
      Learning Mathematics for Elementary Teaching at the University of Michigan
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Tim Boerst, Laurie Sleep
    05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
      Closing Session
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
  3. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2008: Teaching and Learning Algebra

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    May 14, 2008
    Wednesday
    06:45 PM - 07:15 PM
      The National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report: Summing Up and Taking Stock
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
    May 16, 2008
    Friday
    05:15 PM - 05:45 PM
      Connections among the questions
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
  4. Workshop Raising the floor: Progress and setbacks in the struggle for quality mathematics education for all

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    May 08, 2006
    Monday
    11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
      Charge to the Workshop
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
    May 10, 2006
    Wednesday
    11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
      Seeking a Workshop Consensus
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
  5. Workshop The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (K-8): Why, What and How?

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    May 26, 2005
    Thursday
    08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
      Teacher's Knowledge of Mathematics
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      What Mathematical Knowledge, Skill, and Habits Do Teachers Need in Order to Teach Effectively?
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
    03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
      What Mathematical Knowledge, Skill, and Habits Do Teachers Need in Order to Teach Effectively?
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
    05:25 PM - 05:25 PM
      Consolidation in Whole Group--What Mathematical Knowledge or Skill is Required to do this Work?
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Judith Flowers, Thomas Parker, Akihiko Takahashi, Alejandro Uribe, Cheryl Wilson
    May 27, 2005
    Friday
    07:00 PM - 12:00 AM
      What Can Mathematics Departments and Schools of Education Do to Help Teachers Develop Such Knowledge?
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Dan Fallon, Roger Howe (Stanford University), Richard (James) Milgram
    May 28, 2005
    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      What Are the Critical Next Steps with Respect to Policy? What are Directions for Research? Come Back to Evidence.
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Ruth Cossey (Mills College), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Jeremy Kilpatrick
  6. Workshop Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning: Issues, Costs and Benefits

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    Mar 07, 2004
    Sunday
    01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
      Opening Session
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)
    Mar 08, 2004
    Monday
    08:45 AM - 10:00 AM
      Live Interview Session with 6th Grade Student.
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)