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Major Forum Preview: Preparing Teacher Candidates for the Math Common Core

A major forum at AACTE’s 2014 Annual Meeting will examine current efforts to redesign secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs so that they correspond to the pedagogical shifts demanded by the Common Core State Standards.

As states and districts across the country are transitioning to the Common Core, understanding the distinct pedagogical and content-specific shifts is a critical element to implementation and teaching practices—which holds significant implications for educator preparation programs. The Common Core math standards, for example, call for significant deep focus in the early grades and eliminate the vast majority of topics covered in current state standards. The secondary grades are restructured in grade bands rather than in content-specific subjects, requiring secondary math courses to be completely redesigned.

This major forum, “Preparing Teacher Candidates for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics: Implications for Teacher Education Programs, Pedagogy, and Practice,” will support preparation programs in gathering the necessary information to make changes aligned with the new standards. The forum will be held Sunday, March 2, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

The following panelists will participate:

  • Fran Arbaugh (Penn State University), president, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • Lawrence Clark (University of Maryland College Park)
  • Diana Pounder (University of Central Arkansas), past president, Arkansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Cynthia Vavasseur (Nicholls State University, LA)
  • Moderator: Howard Gobstein, executive vice president, Research, Innovation, and STEM Education, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

You can add this session and others to your personalized schedule using AACTE’s new Event Planner.


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Elizabeth Ross

Manager for State Chapters, AACTE

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