University of Arizona
Institute for Mathematics and Education

Mapping the High School Algebra Curriculum

February 19–21, 2009, Tucson, Arizona

About this workshop

The workshop is based on a set of explanatory essays, written by mathematicians, that carefully examine core areas of school algebra. The essays were developed under a grant from the Noyce Foundation through the Charles A. Dana center. A link for the essays will be provided to participants closer to the workshop.

At the workshop, teams of mathematicians, educators, and teachers revise the essays and produce surrounding support materials for them, such as problem sets, case studies, and curriculum guides, which can be used in teacher preparation, teacher professional development, standards development, and task design.


  • Philip Daro, Noyce Foundation
  • Srdjan Divac, Harvard Math for Teaching Program
  • Susanna Epp, DePaul University
  • Scott Farrand, California State University, Sacramento
  • Solomon Friedberg, Boston College
  • Paul Goldenberg, Education Development Center, Inc
  • Emiliano Gomez, University of California, Berkeley
  • Sarah Hicks, University of Missouri
  • Eric Hsu, San Francisco State University
  • Karen King, New York University
  • Michael Oehrtman, Arizona State University
  • Harris Shultz, California State University, Fullerton
  • Dick Stanley, University of California, Berkeley
  • David Webb,University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Matt Webb, University of Missouri


Thursday, February 19

  • 12:00–12:30, Welcome and Introductions, Bill McCallum
  • 12:30–1:00, The Noyce-Dana project, Dick Stanley
  • 1:00–2:30, What is the mathematics of high school algebra? Part I: Variables and Expressions (seminar style discussion based on the essays)
  • 2:30–3:00, Break
  • 3:00–4:30, What is the mathematics of high school algebra? Part II: Equations and Functions
  • 4:30–5:00, Wrapup and orientation for the next day.

Friday, February 20

  • 9:00–10:15, Essay feedback (two sessions in small groups using fine tuning protocol)
  • 10:15–10:30, Break
  • 10:30–11:30, Small group work developing ideas for surrounding materials.
  • 11:30–12:00, Whole group chooses 3–5 ideas to develop.
  • 12:00–1:00, Lunch
  • 1:00–4:00, Work on developing surrounding materials and revising essays.
  • 4:00–5:00, Presentation of and feedback on preliminary drafts
  • 7:00, Dinner at McCallum-Newhall house

Saturday, February 21

  • 9:45, Final drafts due.
  • 10:00–11:00, Reading of final drafts
  • 11:00–12:00, Comments on final drafts, next steps

Organizing committee

The essays

From Arithmetic to Algebra
Problem 1

More essays are on the workshop wiki site. If you have been accepted to the workshop but have not yet received an invitation to the wiki, please contact us.