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  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers

    Organizers: Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Solomon Friedberg (Boston College), LEAD Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Despina Stylianou (City College, CUNY), Peter Trapa (University of Utah), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley), Darryl Yong (Harvey Mudd College)

    The 2014 CIME workshop will focus on the role played by mathematics departments in preparing future teachers.  As part of this focus, the workshop will consider two broad questions: What mathematics should teachers know, and how should they come to know this mathematics?

    The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences publication, The Mathematical Education of Teachers II, recommends that, at institutions that prepare teachers, teacher education should be “an important part of a mathematics department’s mission” (p.19). Certainly, at some universities, mathematicians are significantly involved in the mathematical experiences of students who are planning become teachers. But there are many other departments where this is not true. Future mathematics teachers are enrolled in the department’s mathematics classes, but no one is attending to the fact that this is where they are developing mathematical knowledge and (from watching their instructors) ideas about how teach mathematics.  This role – whether deliberate or latent –– is vitally important for the mathematical preparation of beginning teachers.  

    The CIME workshop has three core aims: (A) to acquaint mathematicians with basic facts about teacher education and how teacher education intersects with the math department even when no one is taking special note of the department’s role; (B) to explore a set of key questions and best practices central to taking advantage of the role that mathematics departments do – or could – play in the mathematical preparation of teachers:

    1. What is known about effective mathematical preparation of teachers, including curriculum, instructional approaches, and assessments?  
    2. What supports do mathematicians and mathematics departments need to carry out this important role effectively?  What are examples of successful models and what evidence exists about their effects?  
    3. What are some of the persistent problems or challenges and what are promising examples of addressing these? 

    and (C) to identify possible action steps to provide more collective capacity for math departments to contribute to teachers’ mathematical education.

     

    Updated on Apr 04, 2014 09:25 AM PDT
  2. Summer Graduate School Mathematical General Relativity in Cortona, Italy

    Organizers: Justin Corvino (Lafayette College), Pengzi Miao (University of Miami), Giorgio Patrizio (Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica "Francesco Severi" (INdAM))

    In cooperation with INdAM (Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica) and the CMI (Clay Mathematical Institute), MSRI will sponsor a summer graduate workshop on Mathematical General Relativity in Cortona during the summer of 2013; the school will reprise the very successful school of Mathematical General Relativity held at MSRI in 2012.

    Mathematical general relativity is the study of mathematical problems related to Einstein's theory of gravitation. There are interesting connections between the physical theory and problems in differential geometry and partial differential equations.

    The purpose of the summer school is to introduce graduate students to some fundamental aspects of mathematical general relativity, with particular emphasis on the geometry of the Einstein constraint equations and the Positive Mass Theorem. These topics will comprise a component of the upcoming semester program at MSRI in Fall 2013.

    There will be mini-courses, as well as several research lectures.

    Updated on Aug 01, 2013 10:02 AM PDT
  3. Mathematics Professional Development Institute Mathematics Professional Development Institute 2013

    This is a three-week institute on the mathematics of grades 6-8 in direct response to the recent adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCMS) by California.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:29 PM PDT
  4. MSRI-UP MSRI-UP 2013: Algebraic Combinatorics

    Organizers: Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Herbert Medina (Loyola Marymount University), LEAD Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

    The MSRI-UP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2013 program will be led by Dr. Rosa Orellana from Dartmouth College.

    Updated on Aug 15, 2013 08:52 AM PDT
  5. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2013: Assessment of Mathematical Proficiencies in the Age of the Common Core

    Organizers: Mark Thames* (University of Michigan), Kristin Umland* (University of New Mexico), Noah Heller (Math for America) and Alan Schoenfeld (University of California, Berkeley)

    This workshop will explore the fundamental problems of trying to assess students' mathematical proficiency, seeking to take a more comprehensive perspective on what it is to learn, know, and use mathematics. The advent of the Common Core State Standards both increases the demand and broadens the conception of what it is to be mathematically skillful, and opens new opportunities and challenges to improving our ability to assess what students understand and can do.

    Updated on Sep 09, 2013 09:31 PM PDT
  6. Workshop Circle on the Road Spring 2013

    Organizers: Amanda Serenevy (Riverbend Community Math Center), Dave Auckly (Kansas State University), Jonathan Farley (Research Institute for Mathematics), Hector Rosario (University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez), Mark Saul (John Templeton Foundation), Diana White (University of Colorado Denver)

    This workshop will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles for students and teachers. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about math circles, especially teachers. Workshop activities will include discussions, presentations, and a mathematics festival.
    Participants will begin collaborating before the workshop to develop sample math circle sessions that they will present during the festival. These activities will be collaboratively evaluated and refined during the workshop.

     

    Updated on Jun 06, 2013 05:54 PM PDT
  7. Mathematics Professional Development Institute Mathematics Professional Development Institute 2012

    This is a three-week institute on the mathematics of grades 6-8 in direct response to the recent adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCMS) by California.

    Updated on May 07, 2013 11:15 AM PDT
  8. MSRI-UP MSRI-UP 2012: Enumerative Combinatorics

    Organizers: Dr. Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Dr. Ricardo Cortez* (Tulane University), Dr. Herbert Medina (Loyola Marymount University), Dr. Ivelisse Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), and Dr. Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

    The MSRI-UP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2012 program will be led by Dr. Matthias Beck.

    Updated on May 09, 2013 01:11 PM PDT
  9. Workshop Circle on the Road Spring 2012

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Robert Sachs, Amanda Serenevy, Dan Ullman

    This workshop will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles for students and teachers.

    Workshop activities will include discussions, presentations, and a mathematics festival to be held outside of the MathAlive! exhibit that will be in the Smithsonian Institution.

    Participants will begin collaborating before the workshop to develop sample math circle sessions that they will present during the festival. These activities will be collaboratively evaluated and refined during the workshop.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:01 PM PDT
  10. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2012: Teacher education in view of the Common Core

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Hyman Bass, Amy Cohen-Corwin, and William McCallum

    The wide adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) offers a helpful curricular coherence to the environment of teacher education. And so the CCSSM present both an opportunity and a challenge to teacher education. An opportunity because of the greater focus made possible. A challenge because not only of the ambitious level of the CCSSM, but also of the prominent role in them of Mathematical Practices. While most mathematicians will find these congenial, much needs to be done to make them meaningfully understood by teachers and teacher educators, and, still more, how to enact them as an organic aspect of instruction. The CIME workshop aims to gather and stimulate ideas for how to meet this opportunity and challenge.

    Updated on Sep 09, 2013 09:32 PM PDT
  11. Workshop Spring Opportunities

    Organizers: David Auckly, Philip Kutzko, Trachette Jackson, and Robert Megginson

    This first workshop in a series addresses the professional advancement of underrepresented minorities in the mathematical sciences. It will include an introduction to mathematics represented in the MSRI research programs aimed at faculty in minority serving and primarily undergraduate institutions. Anyone who will be seeking employment in mathematics within the next couple of years would benefit from attending this workshop.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:01 PM PDT
  12. MSRI-UP MSRI-UP 2011: Mathematical Finance

    Organizers: Dr. Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Dr. Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Dr. Herbert Medina (Loyola Marymount University), Dr. Ivelisse Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), and Dr. Suzanne Weekes*(Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

    The MSRI-UP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding.

    Updated on Mar 07, 2012 08:55 AM PST
  13. Workshop Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop

    Organizers: David Auckly*

    The BACT Summer Workshop supports teachers in their development of problem solving skills as well as supporting the incorporation of problem solving into their teaching curriculum. During the earlier part of the week teachers will gain experience with a variety of problem solving techniques such as symmetry, mathematical patterns, and parity. Subsequent sessions will focus on particular topics such as geometry, sequences, counting, and number theory.

    Note: for 2011 Workshop there will be two parallel sessions: one for elementary teachers and one for secondary teachers.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:28 PM PDT
  14. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2011: Mathematical Education of Teachers

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Sybilla Beckmann (chair), Jim Lewis and William McCallum

    This workshop will showcase materials and successful teacher education programs, examine the Common Core State Standards and its implications, and explore how mathematics education research can improve practice.

    Updated on Sep 09, 2013 09:32 PM PDT
  15. Workshop Circle on the Road Spring 2011

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Matthias Kawski, Jeff Morgan, Mark Saul, and Sam Vandervelde

    This workshop will bring together people who have experience running math circles and teams of people who wish to start a math circle. The workshop will begin on Friday, with discussions and presentations related to math circles. On Saturday several sample math circle sessions will be offered, and the workshop will conclude on Sunday with more discussions and presentations.









     

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:28 PM PDT
  16. Summer Graduate School Algebraic, Geometric, and Combinatorial Methods for Optimization

    Organizers: Matthias Köppe (University of California, Davis) and Jiawang Nie (University of California, San Diego)

    This workshop is intended to introduce to graduate students the main ideas of algebraic, geometric and combinatorial methods in global optimization. We emphasize the major developments in the past few years from two viewpoints. The first one is that of the interaction of semidefinite programming and real algebraic geometry and includes topics such as linear matrix inequalities, positive polynomials, and sums of squares. The second viewpoint is that of primal methods and generating function methods in integer linear and nonlinear optimization.

    Updated on Feb 25, 2014 01:47 AM PST
  17. Mathematics Professional Development Institute Summer Institute for the Professional Development of Middle School Teachers on Algebra 2010 (Wu Summer Institute)

    Organizers: Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)

    This is a fourteen-day institute (July 6 to July 23, 2010) on algebra together with five Saturday sessions spread over the 2010-2011 school year. The main target is middle school teachers; preference will be given to teachers who attended the 2009 Pre-Algebra Institute and teams from the same school or same district. However, high school teachers and upper elementary school teachers will also be considered. There is a limited number of seats, so get your application in as soon as possible.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:30 PM PDT
  18. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2010: Reasoning and Sense-Making in the Math Curriculum

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Scott Baldridge, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Aaron Bertram, Wade Ellis, Deborah Hughes Hallett, Gary Martin, and William McCallum (Chair)

    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has just released a new document, Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense-Making. The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governor’s Association have initiated a state led effort to produce Common Core State Standards, which they hope will move states toward national curricular coherence. The national scene is being transformed through stimulus money aimed at having states adopt common standards. This is a significant time for mathematicians to weigh in for coherence and a focus on thinking, understanding and sense-making. For this reason MSRI will host the seventh Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Workshop on this topic. Themes of the workshop will include international comparisons, the role of a coherent national curriculum in the teaching of mathematics, and the ways in which technology can be used to support reasoning and sense-making.

    Updated on Sep 11, 2013 05:30 PM PDT
  19. Workshop Circle on the Road

    Organizers: Dave Auckly, Matthias Kawski, Omayra Ortega, Hugo Rossi and Mark Saul

    This conference will bring together people who have experience running math circles with *teams* of people who wish to start a math circle. The workshop will begin on Saturday with a Math Festival for school children in the Phoenix area. The following two days will have panel discussions and presentations on various topics of interest to people who run or wish to run a math circle.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:30 PM PDT
  20. Workshop Bay Area Circle for Teachers Winter Workshop

    Organizers: Brandy Wiegers*

    The Winter workshop supports teachers in their development of problem solving skills as well as sharing with them information about upcoming mathematical opportunities for students and teachers. This will be a great opportunity for teachers new to the Math Circle program and experienced Math Circle teachers.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:04 AM PDT
  21. Workshop Bay Area Circle For Teachers 2009-2010

    Organizers: Brandy Wiegers

    The aim of the Circle for Teachers is to equip educators with an effective problem-solving approach to teaching mathematics.

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:50 AM PDT
  22. Workshop Bay Area Circle for Teachers

    Organizers: Tatiana Shubin (San Jose State University) and Joshua Zucker (Castilleja School)

    Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:04 AM PDT
  23. Mathematics Professional Development Institute Mathematics Professional Development Institute (Wu Summer Institute)

    Organizers: Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu (UC Berkeley), Kay Kirman and Hana Huang (Miraloma Elementary School, SF), and Dr. Sunil Koswatta (Harper College)

    This three-week course in elementary mathematics directly addresses the mathematics needed for teaching Number Sense in K-7 classrooms. It develops whole numbers and fractions from the beginning, with an excursion into some elementary number theory about divisibility properties of whole numbers and the algorithm that yields the HCF of two numbers. Each day begins with mathematics lectures by a Berkeley mathematician and concludes with small group sessions guided by MPDI graduates.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:31 PM PDT
  24. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2008: Teaching and Learning Algebra

    Organizers: Al Cuoco, chair, (Center for Mathematics Education), Deborah Ball, ex officio (University of Michigan), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Herb Clemens (Ohio State University), James Fey (University of Maryland), Megan Franke (UCLA), Roger Howe (Yale University), Alan Schoenfeld (UC Berkeley), and Ed Silver (University of Michigan).

    For over two decades, the teaching and learning of algebra has been a focus of mathematics education at the precollege level. This workshop will examine issues in algebra education at two critical points in the continuum from elementary school to undergraduate studies: at the transitions from arithmetic to algebra and from high school to university. In addition, the workshop will involve participants in discussions about various ways to structure an algebra curriculum across the entire K-12 curriculum.

    Updated on Sep 11, 2013 05:32 PM PDT