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Learn How to Prepare Educators for CCSS in Mathematics in a Free Webinar

Join AACTE for a free webinar featuring recent work to prepare educators to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics. “Preparing Teacher Candidates for Common Core State Standards in Mathematics: The Sequel” will be held Tuesday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

With support from the Learning First Alliance’s Get It Right campaign, AACTE is offering a two-part webinar series highlighting the work of educator preparation programs to develop teachers ready to prepare PK-12 students for CCSS . The first webinar, held in October, focused on a successful effort to implement the standards in programs throughout Kentucky (view the recorded webinar here).

The December webinar is the second in the series and also serves as a sequel to a major forum held at AACTE’s 66th Annual Meeting in 2014. Learn about successful methods, models, and technology tools used in preparing preservice teachers to implement CCSS mathematics standards in their classrooms.

Many programs have struggled to gather necessary information to make changes aligned with the CCSS . Challenges include meeting the standards’ call for significant, deep mathematics focus in the early grades, eliminating a vast majority of the topics covered in current state standards, and completely redesigning secondary math courses. This webinar will examine the last challenge in particular, sharing programs’ latest efforts to redesign secondary math teachers’ preparation to correspond to the pedagogical and content shifts of the CCSS.

Linda McKee, AACTE senior director for performance measurement and assessment policy, will serve as moderator for the webinar, which will feature the following presenters:

Fran Arbaugh is associate professor of mathematics education and curriculum at Penn State University, having begun her career as a university mathematics teacher educator at the University of Missouri in 2001. She is a former high school mathematics teacher, received a M.Ed. in secondary mathematics education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996, and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (mathematics education) from Indiana University –Bloomington in 2000. She is immediate past president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators . She has served as coeditor of the Journal of Teacher Education for the past 5 years and has published work in mathematics teacher education for research and practitioner audiences.

Reuben Asempapa is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics education, a Holmes Scholar, and graduate research associate for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Ohio University. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education in Ghana and a master’s degree in mathematics from Youngstown State University. Asempapa has taught mathematics in K–16 settings and for the past 10 years has presented at local, state, and national conferences. In 2012, Asempapa received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Excellence Award for STEM Education. His research interests include improving teachers’ mathematical modeling content and pedagogical knowledge and developing mathematical modeling tasks and rubrics for use in middle school mathematics classrooms

Cynthia Vavasseur is associate professor at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. She specializes in educational technology.  Vavasseur is published in a wide variety of technology and leadership articles and was named one of the Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. Learn more about her work at www.drvtechhelp.com.

Join this free webinar to learn more about and discuss how to prepare teacher candidates for CCSS in math. Registration is free and open to all AACTE members!


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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE

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