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MSU Math Ed at Mi-AMTE/CaC Conference

The annual MI-AMTE 2020 Conversations Among Colleagues conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 21st.

The conference theme is “20/20 A vision for Mathematics Teacher Education”. The goal of the conference is to bring together mathematics teacher educators, mathematicians, facilitators of professional learning, mentors, coaches, and other educational leaders to have rich conversations about making the vision for mathematics preparation into reality. Conference activities will address this from both research and practice perspectives.

The conference will be anchored by plenary talks from John Staley (U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction) and Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan).

Speakers from MSU include Kristen Bieda, AJ Edson, Jon Gregg, Sheila Orr (CITE), and Kevin Voogt.

Conversations among Colleagues was designed in 2003-2004 to facilitate conversations between and among mathematicians, mathematics educators and leaders in mathematics education. 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).

For more information, visit the conference website.

2020 Sessions with MSU presenters

1:00-1:45 p.m.

The University Teaching Experience: Cross-Institutional Partnership to Develop a New Model of Early Field Experience

Kristen Bieda (Michigan State University), Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware), Fran Arbaugh (Pennsylvania State University), Kevin Voogt, Jonathan Gregg, & Sheila Orr (Michigan State University)

This session will highlight a collaborative effort across three university-based teacher preparation programs to incorporate a highly authentic early field experience for prospective teachers – the University Teaching Experience (UTE). We will discuss what we have learned about the essential features of the UTE, as well as ways to vary the implementation of the UTE depending upon program features and context. We will also share how our involvement in this collaborative project has influenced our teacher preparation practices, and engage attendees in reflecting upon the alignment between the structure of their teacher preparation programs and commitments they have pre-service teacher learning.


2:30-3:15 p.m.

Capturing Productive Disciplinary Engagement in Digital Collaborative Environments

AJ Edson & Kristen Bieda (Michigan State University)

As teacher educators, we support teachers to recognize, expand, and deepen their knowledge of students as learners and doers of mathematics. Productive disciplinary engagement (PDE) is a framework that scholars have used to describe and assess the extent to which students’ experiences embody the disciplinary practices of science and mathematics. The focus of the session is on the use of an empirically derived framework for capturing PDE in mathematics classroom environments. We will highlight the framework by examining videos of middle grades classrooms where the Connected Mathematics curriculum is embedded in a digital collaborative environment.