Mathematics Education Colloquium Series

This lecture series in Mathematics Education is supported by Teachers for a New Era (TNE), and is organized by Profs. Juliana Belding, CK Cheung and Solomon Friedberg (Mathematics) and Prof. Lillie Albert (Teaching, Curriculum, and Society). 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 Master Teaching Fellows who are participating in BC's NSF funded program "Developing Exemplary Mathematics Teacher Leaders for High-Need Schools: Content, Equity and Leadership."

Until further notice the series will be on-line; please e-mail Prof. Albert at to get the link.

2020-2021 Colloquium Schedule

March 11, 2021

Speaker: Prof. Peter Liljedah, Department of Mathematics Education, Simon Fraser University

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom.  Please register at:

Title: Building Thinking Classrooms

Abstract: Much of how classrooms look and much of what happens in them today is guided by institutional norms laid down at the inception of an industrial-age model of public education. These norms have enabled a culture of teaching and learning that is often devoid of student thinking. In this session, Liljedahl presents some of the results of over 15 years of research into how teachers can transform their classrooms from a space where students mimic to where students think. The practiced discussed will intertwine with, and make extensive references to, the recently published book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Grades K-12): 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning

January 14, 2021

Speaker: Prof. Marta Civil, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Title: Who gets to Participate in the Mathematics Classroom?

Abstract: A framework for participation in the mathematics classroom informed by a focus on equity is presented. Drawing on both her own experience as an instructor and a researcher, as well as a broader view of research into practice, Civil will illustrate the different components of the framework. The plan is to engage the audience through a mathematics task to promote an interactive discussion of principles to consider to support the participation of students, in particular students whose mathematical voices and ideas often go unnoticed.

November 12, 2020

Speaker: Prof. Aris Winger, Department of Mathematics, Georgia Gwinnett College

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Via Zoom

Title: Acknowledgement as a Requirement for Equity Work within the Mathematics Classroom

Abstract: This talk centers around Acknowledgement as a precursor to any form of equity work within the mathematics classroom. How can we foster equity, visibility, and validity within our classrooms if we, as teachers, have not done the work required to critically examine how our identities, privileges, and comfort continue to render some of our students invisible. In this talk, we will discuss what acknowledgment looks like, why it is necessary, why comfort is the enemy of progress, and why if we don't start consistently and critically questioning our work that those students who are invisible to us will remain so.

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