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MI-AMTE CaC Conference

This Saturday, March 17, the 2018 Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MI-AMTE) Conversations among Colleagues Conference will take place at the Student Center at Eastern Michigan University.

The 2018 MI-AMTE Conversations among Colleagues meeting continues a commitment to utilize the full range of experts available in K-16 education within the state of Michigan to share ideas about improving teaching and learning mathematics.

Kristen Bieda PhotoConversations among Colleagues was designed in 2003-2004 to facilitate conversations between and among mathematicians, mathematics educators and leaders in mathematics education in the state of Michigan. The day-long meeting consists of talks and conversations related to mathematics education and the preparation and continuing professional development of teachers of mathematics Pre K-College. In 2015, the Conversations Among Colleagues became the official conference of the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MI-AMTE).

AJ Edson served on the planning committee. This year’s conference theme is The Teacher Development Continuum: Preservice through Early Career.

Kristen Bieda will be presenting a session for the entire group on Supporting Early Career Elementary Teachers’ Enactment of Ambitious Mathematics Instruction. She will share insights from a large-scale study of the mathematics lesson planning and instruction of approximately 150 early career teachers regarding how the guidance they receive from mentors and colleagues supports the quality of their mathematics instruction.

Amy Parks PhotoAmy Parks will be presenting a session along with Mark Hoover from the University of Michigan on the Preparation Standards for Elementary Teaching in Michigan: Looking at Mathematics. The Michigan Department of Education is revising elementary teacher certification — its structure and standards. Two differences from AMTE’s Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics stand out: (i) the organization of certification grade bands; and (ii) the articulation of content standards focused on high-leverage topics expressed in relation to teaching. Each has implications for mathematics teacher preparation in Michigan. This session addresses the second—Michigan’s content standards for mathematics teaching.

There are two pre-conference activities, both of which will occur the day before, on Friday, March 16. The first is a professional development workshop for persons involved in the statistics education of teachers. This will be held at the Pray Harrold Building at EMU. The second is the TeMaCC Workshop, which will focus on lesson study. This workshop is for persons involved in in the mathematical preparation of teachers, especially (but not exclusively) those teaching mathematics content courses, or those interested in implementing a mathematics faculty lesson study in other settings. The event will occur on the Wayne State University campus.

For more details, please visit the conference website.