Tag Archives: Mathematics

EPC report: Reviewing research on teacher preparation

Policymakers hoping to improve teacher preparation in the U.S. have been stymied by a dearth of nationally representative data, as was pointed out in a 2010 report from the National Academy of Science, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The Educational Policy Center at Michigan State University took an important step toward more informed… Read More »

Schmidt in Education Week: Are U.S. math teachers measuring up?

Schmidt in Education Week: Are U.S. math teachers measuring up?

Last month, Education Week raised an important issue in its special publication, Quality Counts: Are U.S. math teachers receiving enough teacher training? For insight, Education Week consulted William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education and statistics at Michigan State University. Schmidt said that U.S. middle school mathematics teachers and students perform significantly lower on math examinations than those in several… Read More »

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

A recent opinion piece from the Orlando Sentinel addressed one of Florida education’s most troubling statistics: that only 28 percent of Floridian eighth-graders are considered “proficient” in mathematics. The solution? Attract top math teachers to middle schools, said guest columnist Paul Cottle. Cottle referenced the research of MSU professor William Schmidt, which said that U.S. math instruction is weak because the teachers themselves often have… Read More »

MSU names director of research institute on mathematics, science education

MSU names director of research institute on mathematics, science education

Joseph Krajcik, a well-known science education expert, has been named director of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education (IRMSE) at Michigan State University. The interdisciplinary center, launched during a Washington, D.C. conference last fall, is designed to address some of the most pressing challenges related to teaching science and mathematics by bringing… Read More »

Professor co-chairs national conference on learning progressions in science, mathematics

Professor co-chairs national conference on learning progressions in science, mathematics

Michigan State University Professor Charles (Andy) Anderson will help bring together more than 50 leading researchers, educators and policymakers next week in an effort to reach consensus about learning progressions – an emerging approach for reforming science and mathematics education. Research on learning progressions (or trajectories), which focus on improving how students develop scientific or… Read More »

MSU announces first group of fellows preparing to teach math, science in urban schools

MSU announces first group of fellows preparing to teach math, science in urban schools

Twelve aspiring science and mathematics teachers will begin their professional preparation at Michigan State University this summer as part of a new statewide fellowship program focused on preparing future educators for jobs in high-need classrooms. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the inaugural cohort of fellows selected to complete the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan… Read More »

Teacher education student wins science teaching fellowship

Teacher education student wins science teaching fellowship

Sheila Frederixon, a secondary teacher candidate majoring in mathematics, has been selected to complete a prestigious five-year teaching fellowship with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF). KSTF Fellows receive significant financial support for expenses such as tuition and classroom materials, rigorous ongoing professional development opportunities and exposure to a valuable network of fellow educators in… Read More »

Faculty honored for research article in math education

Faculty honored for research article in math education

Associate professor of teacher education Beth Herbel-Eisenmann will be honored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) for a recent article published in Mathematics Teacher. She will receive the council’s inaugural Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award with her co-authors at the NCTM meeting in Indianapolis this April. The article, “Curriculum Vision and Coherence: Adapting Curriculum… Read More »

Ferrini-Mundy appointed to leadership role at NSF

Ferrini-Mundy appointed to leadership role at NSF

The National Science Foundation has selected a College of Education faculty member to be its assistant director for education and human resources. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who has worked in the position on an acting basis during the past year, will assume her full-time duties March 1 and take a one-year unpaid leave of absence from MSU.… Read More »