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Mathematics Education Colloquium Series

department of mathematics and department of teacher education

This lecture series in Mathematics Education is supported by Teachers for a New Era (TNE), and is organized by Profs. CK Cheung and Solomon Friedberg (Mathematics) and Prof. Lillie Albert (Teacher Education). It is intended for math educators at all levels, school administrators and support staff, mathematicians interested in K-12 math education, and future math educators. In-service mathematics teachers are especially encouraged to attend, as are all Noyce Teaching Fellows and Master Teaching Fellows who are participating in BC's NSF funded program "Exemplary Mathematics Educators for High-need Schools."

2013-2014 Seminar Schedule

Seminars will meet roughly monthly on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014: Diane J. Briars, Ph.D.
Campion Hall, Room 139, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Diane J. Briars, Ph.D., a mathematics education consultant, is president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and will serve two years (2014 and 2015) as president beginning in April 2014.

Title: Effective Teaching Practices to Ensure All Students Are “Common-Core Ready”

Abstract: What are the most effective teaching practices to ensure that all students build the conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and proficiency in the Standards for Mathematical Practice called for in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? This talk describes eight research-based Mathematical Teaching Practices, along with the conditions, structures and policies needed to support them to turn the opportunity afforded by CCSSM into reality in every classroom, school and district.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014: Professor Marta Civil
Higgins Hall Auditorium, Room 300, 5:00 p.m.

Marta Civil is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Title: Language, Culture and Mathematics: English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom


October 10, 2013: Prof. Jim Lewis (Nebraska). McGuinn 521

Title: Teaching Teachers Mathematics

Abstract: What mathematics should teachers know and how should they come to know that mathematics? The Mathematical Education of Teachers II argues that the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching differs from that of other professions and that teachers need mathematics courses that develop a solid understanding of the mathematics they will teach. The publication also urges greater involvement of mathematicians in teacher education. We will discuss the MET2 recommendations and report on efforts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to create mathematics courses for teachers and to work in partnership with mathematics educators to educate mathematics teachers able to educate K-12 students who graduate college and career ready.

Biography: W. James “Jim” Lewis is Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was the Carnegie Foundation’s 2010 Nebraska Professor of the Year, and received the UNL Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Award for his support of opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences.


December 5, 2013 in Campion 139

Dr. Jason Zimba (Student Achievement Partners).

Title: The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Description: I will speak about the design of the standards, their implications for mathematics education, and the state of implementation efforts—aiming to leave abundant time for questions.