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.

2021-2022 Colloquium Schedule

October 21, 2021

Speaker: Maria Hernández, The NC School of Science and Mathematics

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom (registration required; registration link will be posted)

Title: Building Functions as Models for Covid-19 Pooled Testing

Abstract: This relevant, real-world problem can foster students’ curiosity and actively engage them in the math modeling process. The problem connects mathematical topics that range from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. As the world tackles the problem of testing large numbers of people for Covid-19, we can expect the cost of testing to be large. We will explore mathematical models that can help us find ways to reduce the number of tests needed and thereby reduce the costs.

November 18, 2021

Speaker: Dr. John Staley, Baltimore County Public Schools

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom. Registration (required)

Title: The Mentorship Journey: Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors

Abstract: How might we support the teaching and learning of mathematics, so all learners have an opportunity to thrive in an engaging environment? During our time together we will discuss key topics to keep in mind as you support others and continue to grow as a leader.

January 13, 2022

Speaker: Alan Schoenfeld, Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom (registration required; registration link will be posted)

Title: Teaching for Robust Understanding

Abstract: The Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) framework captures what matters in classrooms. It describes what really counts in instruction, and what can we do to provide all students with meaningful opportunities to become flexible and resourceful mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. These five aspects of classroom practice –

  1. engaging students with rich content;
  2. supporting “productive struggle” by
  3. using formative assessment effectively;
  4. providing equitable access to the core content
  5. in ways that support students’ development of a sense of mathematical agency, their ownership over the content, and positive mathematical identities  – are essential to help students become powerful mathematical thinkers.

The TRU framework provides a language and a perspective for thinking about instruction – for planning, teaching, and reflecting on what happened. I will describe the framework and tools and techniques we have developed to help learning communities use TRU as a reflective tool for ongoing growth.


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