Culture in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom Conference

Presented by:
University of Northern Colorado

June 16 - 19, 2014
Starts 4:00 PM June 16th
Ends 5:00 PM June 19th

 

Join us for in-depth discussions about how we have been exploring with in-service teachers the role of culture in the secondary mathematics classroom.

Conference participants will engage in professional development around the instructional modules from our Culture in the Math Classroom course, which was designed to support secondary mathematics teachers in developing the dispositions and skills for culturally responsive teaching. During the conference, we will share research results related to our use of these modules and facilitate discussions that critically examine and reflect on the modules.

Conference Information

 

General Information

The Culture in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom Conference is designed to provide attendees with professional development around the instructional modules from our Culture in the Math Classroom (CIMC) course, which supports secondary mathematics teachers in developing the dispositions and skills for culturally responsive teaching.

The conference is intended for university mathematics teacher educators with an interest in the role of culture in the secondary mathematics classroom and university science teacher educators who are interested in exploring how this course might be adapted for working with secondary science teachers.

During the conference, we will share research results related to our use of these modules and facilitate discussions that critically examine and reflect on the modules. Conference participants will:
    • Receive course materials. We will distribute the course materials we created for the CIMC course to conference participants. The materials consist of modules, which include lesson plans and readings, and four course projects. For each project, we provide samples of teacher work and information for the instructor.
    • Learn about course research. We will share research about how teachers engaged in the course, what they learned from course projects, and teachers’ perceptions of what they learned and the value of the course activities. In addition, we will discuss the implications of the research for teaching the course.
    • Collaborate on course implementation. Conference participants will have opportunities to consider course implementation issues for their setting with the course instructors and other conference participants.
    • Explore the role of culture across math and science education. We will facilitate a forum for conference participants to consider the ways in which cultural issues span mathematics and science education and how this might influence how mathematics and science educators consider the role of culture in their individual disciplines.

 

Facilitators

Jodie NovakJodie Novak, holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. As a mathematician and mathematics teacher educator, she had been developing and delivering professional development for secondary mathematics teachers face-to-face since 2000 and online since 2010. Professional development areas include deepening teachers’ understanding of the math content they teach; supporting teachers to adopt reform style mathematics curriculum; supporting teachers to engage in action research; developing teacher leaders; and, focusing on equity and diversity issues in mathematics education. Her current work focuses on engaging secondary mathematics teachers in exploring the interactions between culture and mathematics teaching and learning.

 

 

Tonya Bartell Tonya Gau Bartell holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Michigan State University. Tonya has experience working with pre- and in-service elementary and secondary mathematics teachers in methods and content courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has six years of experience teaching high school mathematics across grades 9-12 in traditional and alternative school settings. Her research focuses on issues of culture, race, and power in mathematics teaching and learning with particular attention to teachers' development of mathematics pedagogy for social justice and pedagogy integrating a focus on mathematics, students' mathematical thinking, and students' community and cultural knowledge.

 

 

Frieda ParkerFrieda Parker holds a Ph.D. in Educational Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado. Frieda has experience working with pre- and in-service secondary mathematics teachers in methods and content courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and has three-years of experience teaching all middle-school grade levels, including Algebra. Parker’s work with in-service teachers includes advising teachers in doing action research and teaching in a teacher leadership program, which she has been instrumental in developing. Her current research focuses on the professional development of secondary mathematics teachers, including supporting teachers in incorporating equity in their practice.

 

 

Application & Costs

The conference is application based with no registration fee.
Who should apply - University math and science teacher educators with an interest in the role of culture in the secondary classroom.

Covered Costs

The conference will cover 4 nights of lodging in the UNC dorms, airfare or driving mileage up to $500, meals during the conference, and travel between UNC and the Denver International Airport. Covered costs will be reimbersed after the conference.

Selection Criteria

The budget limits attendance for the conference to 35-40. We hope to include everyone who applies, but if we have more applicants than we have budget, we will select participants based on the following criteria:
  • Liklihood of using conference materials in teaching or research with an eye towards diverse representation amongst the conference participants.
  • Sufficient representation of science educators is paramount to discuss the transferability of our materials to science education.

How to Apply

To apply, download and fill out the application below and email your application to mathtlc@unco.edu by February 17th, 2014
All applications received by March 3 will receive full consideration. Any applications received after March 3 will be considered until the conference is full.

You will be notified of acceptance by March 17, 2014.

 

Housing

Housing for conference participants will be provided in UNC’s North Hall dorm, which is a spacious, air-conditioned facility featuring suites that house up to four persons. Each suite has two to three bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room. Participants will be provided single rooms containing one twin bed.

The dorm is a non-smoking facility with a 24-hour front desk. TV’s are provided in lounge areas and free WiFi is provided throughout the building. Community kitchens will be stocked with drinks and snacks. Free laundry facilities are available on each floor. Each room will have extra toiletries.

The dorm is a very short walk (less than a block) from the conference building.

If the dorm lodging does not meet your needs please contact us and we will assist you in making alternative accommodations.

All conference participants will have access to the university recreation center.

NorthHall   Suite
North Hall Suite Area

Bedroom   StudentLounge
  BedroomStudent Lounge

More Information

For more information please contact Brianne Smith at mathtlc@unco.edu