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Science & Mathematics Teacher Imperative
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:: February 2013 Newsletter :: Guiding Principles :: Announcement of MTE-Partnership :: MTE-Partnership Launch Press Release
The U.S. is ranked 25th in mathematics on the most recent international assessment conducted in 2006, and an increasing number of college freshman require remedial courses in mathematics. These statistics indicate a need for mathematics education standards reform and in turn better prepared K-12 teachers. To address the need for reformed standards, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) were developed and subsequently adopted as the K-12 curriculum framework by 45 states and represent a common vision for secondary mathematics across the states.
APLU and our member institutions recognized that we must reexamine our policies and practices to ensure K-12 teachers (new and existing) are ready to teach these new, more rigorous standards for secondary mathematics. We formed the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership), organized as a part of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), to address this challenge and transform preparation programs for mathematics teachers.
Through the MTE-Partnership, our goal is to transform secondary mathematics teacher preparation to ensure teacher candidates can promote mathematical excellence in their future students. Providing the youth of our country with mathematical knowledge as outlined in CCSS-M is essential to sustain the international competitiveness of the U.S. workforce as well as to ensure our youth lead productive and fulfilling lives,” said W. Gary Martin, co-director of the MTE-Partnership and Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor of mathematics education at Auburn University.
The MTE-Partnership is comprised of 38 teams across 30 states -- including 68 universities, 87 school systems, 9 community colleges, and other interested institutions -- working collaboratively to redesign secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. This premier partnership provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs in order to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and to embody research and best practices in the field. The Advisory Board and Planning Committee, comprised of national experts in the fields of education, mathematics and teacher preparation, guide the development and scope of the project.
The Partnership endeavors to:
Diana L. Kasbaum, president, Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics, and mathematics consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, believes collaboration is critical. She said: “In order to prepare our students to be college and career ready as described in CCSS-M, collaboration between PK-12 school districts and higher education is essential. These new standards call for both content and instructional shifts that our current and future educators need to fully understand and implement. It cannot be business as usual.”
Initial planning and organization began in October 2011 with an invitation to potential partners who met a vigorous application process, demonstrating significant commitment to the effort. The 38 partners were chosen in February 2012 and participated in the first Partnership Conference March 25-27, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference focused on identifying Guiding Principles for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs underlying the effort, as well as priorities for action by the partnership.
Following the conference, the MTE-Partnership has formed four working groups that will focus on building collaborative communities of practice designed to address the following challenges facing secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs:
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a grant to the MTE-Partnership to support the completion of our planning process, including the second annual conference. The National Science Foundation supported the initial planning of the Partnership. Substantial long-term funding is being sought to sustain continuing research, development and implementation. The Partnership is also considering how teams might employ the Networked Improvement Community design developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
 The National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), with partners Achieve, Inc., ACT and the College Board, created the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The CCSS-m will be implemented in 2014.
 APLU's Science & Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI) is a national effort to assist public universities to increase the number and improve the quality and diversity of science and mathematics teachers they prepare. SMTI’s 132 APLU institutions and 13 systems in 45 states prepare more than 8,200 students each year as middle and high school science and mathematics teachers.
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