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Co-Integrate Mathematics Seminar, December 7th

You are cordially invited to attend the last Co-Integrate Math Seminar Series talk of the semester on Friday, December 7, 2018. Dr. Corey Drake from MSU and Dr. Kimberly Jansen from the University of Virginia will be presenting Novice Elementary Teachers’ Enactment of Ambitious Instruction in Mathematics: Challenges and Responses, from 12:00-1:00 pm in 133F Erickson Hall.

Friday, December 7, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
133F Erickson Hall
Michigan State University

Water and Coffee will be served. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.


Substantial work in teacher education over the past several years has focused on elaborating and understanding the construct of ambitious instruction. While research on ambitious instruction has included detailed descriptions of ambitious teaching practices and the ways in which teacher education experiences are intended to promote the development of these practices, less research has investigated the conditions under which teachers, particularly novice teachers, are more or less likely to enact ambitious instruction (though Thompson, Windschitl, & Braaten, 2013, provide an exception). In this presentation, we will share the challenges to ambitious instruction identified by a group of 61 novice elementary teachers from four different teacher preparation programs. We will also share four types of responses novices had to these challenges and the implications of these responses for the enactment of ambitious instruction.
-Thompson, J., Windschitl, M., & Braaten, M. (2013). Developing a theory of ambitious early-career teacher practice. American Education Research Journal, 50(3), 574-615.


Corey Drake PhotoCorey Drake is a Professor and Director of the Teacher Preparation at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Her research interests include teacher learning from and about curriculum materials, as well as the roles of policy, curriculum, and teacher preparation in supporting teachers’ capacity to teacher diverse groups of students. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation and published in venues including Educational Researcher, Journal of Teacher Education, and Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.

Kim Jansen PhotoKim Jansen is a postdoctoral research associate with the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on how policy, leadership practices, and organizational contexts influence classroom practice.

Co-Integrate is a speaker series, jointly sponsored by the CREATE for STEM Institute and the Program in Mathematics Education, designed to support internal networking among colleagues in the College of Natural Science, College of Education, and K-12 school partners interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics in K­-16 settings. This monthly series features talks by MSU faculty and graduate students who are working on projects to improve math teaching and learning at MSU and in Michigan more broadly.

The Co-Integrate Seminar Series welcomes local K-12 teachers and administrators to all of its events. Reimbursement for on-campus parking will be provided for K-12 school staff attendees - be sure to ask for an envelope before you leave the event!