The CSU MTE-P Newsletter serves as a vehicle to keep CSU MTE-Partnership sites informed of CSU and APLU MTE-Partnership events and opportunities, as well as to share our statewide work related to Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation.
Vol. 15, No. 2
October 23, 2015
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The APLU Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership) provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs to promote research and best practices in the field.
The conference highlighted the progress of the national partnership and provided opportunities for local teams to become further engaged in the core work of their Research Action Cluster (RAC). RACs made substantial progress, having time to meet face-to-face and plan for their Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles as well as discuss plans to seek external funding.
Conference evaluations were very positive — 100% agreed that the conference was worthwhile (82% strongly agreed). PowerPoints from the conference are available, including both Deborah Ball’s and Jim Lewis’ keynote as well as the various general sessions.
The conference was an important opportunity for the CSU MTE-P community to come together, share practices, and discuss preparation of our future secondary mathematics teachers.
The CSU MTE-Partnership Measures Group was formed with the initial charge to explicate what a well-prepared new secondary mathematics teacher completing a CSU program should know and be able to do, and to explore measures that support that definition.
The Measures Group had a first meeting on January 30, 2015, to launch its efforts. On this date, the Measures Group developed a list of attributes describing the well-prepared secondary mathematics teacher (SMT). Subgroups were formed to investigate instruments to assess candidate progress/outcomes in five areas. A vision statement was drafted and later refined. This vision statement is available here.
During Spring 2015, the subgroups investigated instruments to assess these outcomes. The CSU Measures Group reconvened at the APLU MTE-Partnership national meeting in Fullerton, CA, on June 21, 2015. Discussion at that meeting included:
The Measures working group plans to have an informal check-in sometime during November 2015. If you¹d like more information about these efforts contact Mark Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Several of our colleagues have begun activity in the Mathematics of Doing, Understanding, Learning and Educating for Secondary Schools (MODULES^2) RAC. This RAC has four subgroups each developing a module that focuses on building candidates’ deep understanding of the mathematics they will be asked to teach while engaging them in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The module topic contents are transformational geometry, mathematical modeling, statistics, and algebra.
CSU Monterey Bay is piloting the Geometry modules this Fall. Lipika Deka is using all the three modules as a full course for the math major with a teaching concentration. She has been working closely with Emina Alibegovic, lead person for this module, and have already created class lectures based on their recommendation. Lipika reports to be super excited about piloting this course and incorporating e-portfolio that will be developed by each student throughout the semester. The inquiry based approach with technology use seems like a good fit for CSUMB. She reports the main challenge is having a larger class of 25 instead of 10-15 that the course was initially designed for. As a part of the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, she is making changes to accommodate her context. She has found that the course material for the modules have been developed well and it is easy to adopt.
CSU Long Beach will be offering a mathematical modeling course for pre-service secondary mathematics teachers during the 2016-2017 academic year. The course will be co-developed and co-instructed by a mathematics educator (TBD) and an applied mathematician, Jen-Mei Chang. They will make use of and contribute to MODULE(S)^2 mathematical modeling materials.
CSU San Marcos also plans to pilot materials of the modeling group. Brian R Lawler will partner with a teacher from his district team (Chris Davis from Vista Unified SD) to run a free workshop for teachers on Saturdays during Spring 2016. We initially hoped to run this workshop during the summer as a component of a Secondary Math Methods class to help practicing teachers add a Secondary Math Certification, however, feedback from our local teachers indicated little interest in one more summer workshop – many are involved in district sponsored work. Brian is also contributing to a grant proposal to evaluate and refine the modules as they are piloted.
CSU Chico plans for similar piloting of the Statistics materials. Mary Elizabeth Matthews teaches a Statistics for pre-service teachers course in the spring. She has recently joined the developmental work of the Statistics group.
At present, the Partnership's membership includes 39 teams across 31 states comprised of 103 universities, university systems, and community colleges; 142 K-12 schools and school districts; and several state departments of education, education consortia and other education-focused organizations. The Partnership endeavors to:
The MTE-Partnership has received more than $1.5 million in foundation support. Currently, leadership continue to explore further support to maintain the support of the community’s hub, including support for RAC gatherings and attendance to the annual conference.
A current project of the hub is to develop an online communications platform for MTE-P and RAC collaborations. This site, Trellis – supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), when fully established, should serve all MTE-P members as a single location for communications and resources.
Work for this fall incudes starting to draft a strategy for institutional transformational; watch for requests for your input. Also, they are working on a “state of the partnership” update to share with our partners, institutional leaders, funding agencies, and the world.
MTE-Ps most significant event in the past months has been the formation of a new RAC, launched at the APLU MTE-Partnership national meeting in Fullerton, CA. The group is named STRIDES: Secondary Teacher Retention & Induction in Diverse Educational Settings.