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Louise Hay Minisymposium at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

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The minisymposium consisted of talks by winners of the Association for Women in Mathematics Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education and a panel, “The Mathematical Education of Teachers and the Common Core” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans.

Background. The Common Core Standards Initiative of the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers is an unprecedented cooperative effort of 49 states to work collectively to develop and adopt a strong set of common core standards for K–12 mathematics. This initiative was a focus of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences Forum in October 2009 and October 2010 (more information, including slides is here). Over 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

These standards will require a sustained effort to implement, and a key component in the implementation will be the mathematical education of teachers. The purpose of the minisymposium was to bring together a group of distinguished mathematics education researchers and mathematicians involved in teacher education to discuss the education of teachers in light of the CCSS.

The talks:

Mathematics, Educational Research, and STEM Education Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Intersection. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation and Michigan State University: abstract

Addressing Challenges in the Common Core: Mathematics Specialists in Elementary and Middle Schools. Patricia F Campbell, University of Maryland: abstract, slides

The Role of Logic in the K–12 Mathematics Curriculum. Susanna S Epp, DePaul University: abstract, slides

The Power of Interdisciplinary Bridges: Throwing the Net Widely. Deborah Hughes Hallett, University of Arizona/Harvard Kennedy School: abstract, slides

The panel: The Mathematical Education of Teachers and the Common Core.

Martha K. Smith, University of Texas, Austin, slides

Annie Selden, New Mexico State University, slides

Phyllis Chinn, Humboldt State University, slides

Related or relevant reports and projects:

Aspen Institute analysis of assessment proposals discussing similarities and differences of the two assessment consortia.

Kober and Rentner reportStates’ Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core State Standards, Center on Education Policy, January 2011.

Reports from Achieve, including Comparing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and Japan’s Mathematics Curriculum in the Course of Study and Comparing the Common Core State Standards and Singapore’s Mathematics Syllabus.

Tools for the Common Core Standards, a blog with news about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

At the Institute for Mathematics and Education:

The Illustrative Mathematics Project: Problems and Tasks for the Common Core Standards

Progressions Documents for the Common Core Math Standards

Intel Math, an 80-hour professional development course in mathematics content for K-8 teachers.


Written by CK

February 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

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