This year's focus is high school algebra.

- Josh Chesler, UA
- J.P. Cossey, UA
- Melinda Jensen, Empire High
- Alyssa Keri, Catalina Foothills High
- William McCallum, UA

- Becky Creekmur, Correia Middle School
- Evan Fuller, UNCC
- Ifah Grady, The Preuss School
- Lawrence Yee, Mar Vista High

- Fred Coon, Olympic High School
- Jacob Koehler, Vance High School
- Harold Reiter, UNC Charlotte
- Jack Whittemore, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The North Carolina team held a local Making Connections workshop March 6, 2009.

- 9:00–9:30 Introductions and orientation
- 9:30–10:30 Content analysis of problems in professional groups (university faculty, school teachers)
- 10:30–11:00 Break
- 11:00–12:00 Reports on professional meetings
- 12:00–1:00 Lunch at IME
- 1:00–3:00 Teacher presentations of their students' work
- 3:00–3:30 Break
- 3:30–5:00 Continue teacher presentations
- 7:00 Dinner at McCallums (map)

- 9:00–10:30 Meet in regional teams (Arizona, California, North Carolina), choose a particular problem or set of problems and student work to look at, and a particular mathematical or pedagogical point that they illustrate, and plan a student task around these points.
- 10:30–11:00 Break
- 11:00–12:00 Reports on regional meetings
- 12:00–1:00 Lunch
- 1:00–3:00 Regional groups write first drafts of tasks
- 3:00–3:30 Break
- 3:30–5:00 Whole group presentation of tasks
- Homework: critique first drafts of other groups.

- 9:00–10:30 Write second drafts, including surrounding commentary and directions
- 10:30–11:00 Break
- 11:00–12:00 Whole group presentation, critique, and discussion. Discussion of plans for possible regional workshops.

The problems were intended to test strategic competence and conceptual understanding in addition to procedural fluency. For example:

(a) Say whether each equation has a positive solution, a negative solution, a zero solution, or no solution.(b) Could you have predicted the answers for any of the equations without solving it? Which ones, and how?

- 7
x= 5- 3
x+ 5 = 7- 5
x+ 3 = 7- 5 - 3
x= 7- 3 - 5
x= 7x+ 11 = 2x+ 3- 11 - 2
x= 8 - 4x- 8
x+ 3 = 8x+ 11- 8
x+ 3x= 2x+ 11x

Here is a pdf file of the complete set.