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Raising the floor: Progress and setbacks in the struggle for quality mathematics education for all May 07, 2006 - May 10, 2006
Registration Deadline: May 01, 2006 over 10 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: March 13, 2006 almost 11 years ago
Series: Critical Issues
Organizers Deborah Ball, Herb Clemens, Carlos Cabana, Ruth Cossey, Bob Megginson, Bob Moses

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This conference will be held in the new Simon's Auditorium at MSRI in Berkeley, California. Knowledge of mathematics in the technology and information age has been likened to reading literacy in the industrial age. In each case knowledge is the enabler, the ticket to full participation in society and to some measure of economic well-being. This conference will explore the historical and current challenges to quality and equity in the teaching and learning of mathematics, both in the U.S. and internationally. The exploration will feature case studies of successful and not-so-successful efforts, with the goal of learning together how to improve and refine that which works and correct that which doesn't. The intended audience is broadly inclusive: policy-makers, mathematics educators, mathematicians and teachers. There is no registration fee for this workshop. The only costs to attend are the lodging and travel expenses. Please note, this workshop requires each participant to apply to participate, as space is limited. All applicantions will be reviewed, and invitations will be sent as space allows. The following articles have been made available for workshop participants to review. Clicking on the links below will open a PDF version of each article.

  • Education, Equality, and National Citizenship, by Goodwin Liu
  • "Opening Our Ideas": How a detracked mathematics approach promoted respect, responsibility and high achievement, by Jo Boaler, Stanford University

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Sunday evening, May 7: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Registration and Reception 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner 7:30 - 8:15 PM Keynote Address: Robert Moses (Algebra Project) 8:15 - 9:00 PM Discussion/open microphone Monday morning, May 8: 8:45 - 9:45 AM “Equity: History and the Law,” Goodwin Liu, University of California, Berkeley School of Law 9:45 – 10:00 AM Q&A 10:00 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break 10:30 – 11:15 AM Nicholas Lemann (Columbia University) 11:15 - 11:30 AM Q&A 11:30 – 11:50 AM Deborah Ball: Charge to the Workshop 12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch Monday afternoon, May 8: 1:30 - 3:00 PM Equity: Unarticulated assumptions - 5 perspectives - Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University) - Helen Moore (American Institute of Mathematics) - Frieda Jacques (Onondaga Nation School) 3:00 - 3:30 PM Tea Break 3:30 - 4:30 PM Equity: Unarticulated assumptions - 5 perspectives Staffas Broussard (University of New Orleans) Ernesto Cortes Jr. (Interfaith Education Fund, Inc.) 4:30 - 5:00 PM Unarticulated assumptions: Q&A with the 5 presenters 5:00 - 6:30 PM Breakout sessions and discussion on equity and quality in mathematics education: - 5 things we do understand - 5 things we don't understand - 5 things we have done right - 5 things we have done wrong 6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner Break Monday evening, May 8: 8:00 – 9:00 PM Conference Poster Session Tuesday morning, May 9: What do issues of quality and equity in mathematics instruction look like in the classroom? A math lesson and class conversation, featuring Carlos Cabana and his San Lorenzo High School class 8:45 - 9:15 AM Lesson plan and pre-briefing (Carlos Cabana and Deborah Ball) 9:15 - 10:15 AM A math lesson 10:15 - 10:45 AM Carlos Cabana and his class: A conversation 10:45 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break 11:15 – 11:55 AM Debriefing (Carlos Cabana and Deborah Ball) 12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break Tuesday afternoon, May 9: Four perspectives on equity in mathematics 1:30 - 2:15 PM Putting the morning's class in a national and international context: Na'ilah Nasir (Stanford University) 2:15 – 3:00 PM Equity issues at the university: Phil Kutzko (University of Iowa) 3:00 – 3:30 PM Tea Break 3:30 - 4:45 PM Equity in practice at the school level: Youth literacy workers in Chicago activity with math teachers (Bob Moses and The Young People¹s Project) 4:45 - 5:30 PM AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society): Cathy Abeita (Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute) 5:30 - 6:30 PM Breakout: What did we learn today? How has it modified our understanding of what needs to be done? 6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner Break Tuesday evening, May 9: National policy 8:00 - 9:00 PM "Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future" ­ a report of the National Academy of Sciences. Phillip Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Study) Wednesday morning, May 10: National policy 8:30 ­ 9:30 Charles Hokanson (US Dept. of Education) 9:30 - 10:30 Vinetta Jones (Howard University) 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break 11:00 ­ 11:55 AM Seeking a workshop consensus 12:00 ­ 1:00 PM Closing lunch

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May 07, 2006
07:30 PM - 08:15 PM
  The Algebra Project
Robert Moses (The Algebra Project)
08:15 PM - 08:40 PM
  Discussion/Open Mic
Robert Moses (The Algebra Project)
May 08, 2006
08:45 AM - 09:45 AM
  Education, Equality and National Citizenship
Goodwin Liu
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Nicholas Lemann
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
  Charge to the Workshop
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  A look at the research
Helen Moore
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University)
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Frieda Jacques
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Staffas Broussard
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Ernesto Cortes
May 09, 2006
12:00 AM - 01:30 PM
  Comments on the National Academies’ Report, ‘Rising Above the Gathering Storm’
Phillip Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Study)
01:30 PM - 02:15 PM
  Race and Identity in Math Class: The complexity of students’ positionings of self in math
Na'ilah Nasir
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
  Equity and inclusion in graduate education: a model from the heartland
Phil Kutzko (University of Iowa)
03:30 PM - 04:15 PM
  The Young Peoples' Project, the Algebra Project, and the Flagway Game Campaign
Robert Moses (The Algebra Project)
04:45 PM - 05:30 PM
  AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society)
Cathy Abeita
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  Comments on the National Academies’ Report, ‘Rising Above the Gathering Storm’
Phillip Griffiths (Institute for Advanced Study)
May 10, 2006
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  National policy – perspective of government and business
Charles Hokanson
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Response to national policy
Vinetta Jones
11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
  Seeking a Workshop Consensus
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)