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Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers March 26, 2014 - March 28, 2014
To apply for Funding you must register by: January 31, 2014 3 months ago
Series: Critical Issues
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium, Baker Board Room, Commons Room, Atrium
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)

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PLEASE NOTE:  MSRI will begin to make funding decisions on January 31, 2014.  Any applications received after this date will be considered as funding permits.


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.

The workshop will begin at 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 26th and will end at 5:00pm on Friday, March 28th.

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Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Mar 26, 2014
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
  Plenary Session: Welcome and Workshop Overview
David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
04:15 PM - 04:45 PM
  Plenary Session: Keynote Address - The Signal and the Noise and Changing Teacher Preparations
Howard Gobstein (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities)
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)
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
07:15 PM - 07:15 PM
  Last bus leaves MSRI
Mar 27, 2014
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)
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Plenary Session: What faculty in mathematics should know about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
William McCallum (University of Arizona)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Plenary Session: Listening to our graduates - Panel of math teachers at various levels
Stefanie Hassan (Little Lake School District), Allison Krasnow (Berkeley Unified School District), Andrea LaGala Lamb (Waltham Public Schools), Breedeen Murray (The Bay School of San Francisco)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Plenary Session: Panel of mathematics department chairs
Solomon Friedberg (Boston College), Brigitte Lahme (Sonoma State University), Steven Rosenberg (Boston University), Peter Trapa (University of Utah)
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Mathematical Education of Teachers: Recommendations of the Mathematical Education of Teachers II
Sybilla Beckmann (University of Georgia), William McCallum (University of Arizona)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  Mathematical Education of Teachers: SET - Statistics Education for Teachers
Anna Bargagliotti (Loyola Marymount University)
03:00 PM - 03:20 PM
  Mathematical Education of Teachers: APLU’s Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership
W. Gary Martin (Auburn University)
03:20 PM - 03:50 PM
03:50 PM - 06:00 PM
  Parallel Sessions – Math courses for teachers and examples of math teacher education programs with strong involvement from the institution’s department of mathematics
Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Elizabeth Burroughs (Montana State University), Ole Hald (University of California, Berkeley), Brigitte Lahme (Sonoma State University), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Michael Marder (University of Texas), W. Gary Martin (Auburn University), Michael Mays (West Virginia University), Cody Patterson (University of Arizona), Patrick Thompson (Arizona State University)
Mar 28, 2014
08:30 AM - 09:15 AM
  Plenary Session: National perspectives on mathematical teacher education and preparation
Joan Ferrini-Mundy (National Science Foundation)
09:15 AM - 10:20 AM
  Plenary Session: Attending to diversity and equity in the recruitment and preparation of K-12 teachers of mathematics
Lillie Albert (Boston College), Fabio Milner (Arizona State University)
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 12:15 PM
  Parallel Sessions: Examples of math departments’ engagement in the Mathematical Preparation of Teachers
Emina Alibegovic (University of Utah), Gretchen Andreasen (University of California Santa Cruz), Scott Baldridge (Louisiana State University), Nandini Bhattacharya (University of California, Santa Cruz), Margarita Cummings (University of Utah), Davida Fischman (California State University), Eric Hsu (San Francisco State University), Judith Kysh (San Francisco State University), Debra Lewis (University of California, Santa Cruz), James Madden (Louisiana State University), William McCallum (University of Arizona), Robert Perlis (Louisiana State University), Hugo Rossi (University of Utah)
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
01:15 PM - 02:35 PM
  Plenary Session: Mathematicians engaged in mathematics education
James Epperson (The University of Texas at Arlington), Yvonne Lai (University of Nebraska), Dev Sinha (University of Oregon), Sunita Vatuk (City College of NY)
02:35 PM - 03:05 PM
03:05 PM - 04:30 PM
  Parallel Sessions: Professional Development Opportunities for Mathematics Teachers
Matthias Beck (San Francisco State University), Gail Burrill (Michigan State University), Thomas Clark (University of Nebraska), Brian Conrey (American Institute of Mathematics), Brianna Donaldson (AIM - American Institute of Mathematics), John Ewing (Math for America), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Tom Marley (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Wendy Smith (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Glenn Stevens (Boston University), Diana White (University of Colorado), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley), Darryl Yong (Harvey Mudd College)
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-Lincoln)