University of Arizona
Institute for Mathematics and Education

Secondary Teacher Preparation in Mathematics

March 7–8 2008, Institute for Mathematics and Education, Tucson, Arizona

About this workshop

Many courses and experiences have been developed for preservice and practicing secondary teachers. While all different, most have the common feature that they are based on an underlying framework about what is important in a mathematics course for teachers-they move beyond "lists of topics that teachers need to know."

One could look at a syllabus for such courses and say, "This is about . . .'' and make a list of topics. But the developers of these courses have more fundamental organizing principles. These principles are the focus of the workshop.

Attendees will participate in sessions that give a taste of the activities in different courses or programs and then discuss what's beneath the surface features-why these topics and the ways in which they are developed serve their underlying philosophies.

We are especially interested in learning about courses that are either co-designed or co-taught by mathematician-educator-teacher teams. And we'd like each presentation team to include at least one participant from the course or program. If you are interested in presenting, contact


(presentations are linked to titles)

Friday, March 7

  • 8:30 Welcome and description of goals, William McCallum, Al Cuoco
  • 9:15–10:45 Capstone at UA, William McCallum (presenter); Paul Sally, Dick Askey (reactors)
  • 10:45–11:00 Break
  • 11:00–12:30 Math for America
  • Kristin Baranowski (presenter); William McCallum, Mark Saul (reactors)
  • 12:30–2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00–3:25 Mathematics in Chicago (presentation, website), Paul Sally, John Baldwin, Linda Hunt (presenters); Glenn Stevens, Tim Fukawa-Connelly (reactors)
  • 3:25–3:40 Break
  • 3:40–5:00 Teacher preparation and inservice in Nebraska, Michelle Homp, Sandi Snyder (presenters); Holly Hirst, Jim King (reactors)
  • 5:00–5:40 Summary of the day and general discussion
  • 7:00 Group Dinner, Paul Sally (keynote speaker)

Saturday, March 8

Organizing committee


Slides from the presentations:
We are currently editing the presentations into a publication.


We have set up a private wiki for participants. If you want the password, send us an email.