Corey Drake

Transforming Mathematics Teacher Education in Michigan: Equity and Impact

4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Room 103 (Kiva)

Mathematics teacher education in Michigan – and across the country – faces a number of persistent challenges. In this talk, I will build on what we have learned throughout the day’s presentations and describe two of these challenges – preparing teachers to teach equitably across diverse contexts and understanding the impact of novice teachers’ preparation experiences. While these challenges might at first glance seem quite separate, I will discuss the critical importance of considering them together to bring about transformative change in Michigan’s schools and educational systems. I will conclude with a proposal for teacher educators working in partnership with K-12 schools and districts to address these two challenges in tandem.


Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Preparation
Michigan State University

Corey Drake is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Director of Teacher Preparation at Michigan State University. Her research interests include teachers’ learning from and about elementary mathematics curriculum materials, the design of elementary mathematics methods courses, and the preparation of teachers to teach mathematics to diverse groups of students. She has served as PI or co-PI of three NSF-funded projects related to elementary mathematics teacher preparation. She received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2000.