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Nebraska Summit on Mathematics Education

Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education

Nebraska Summit on Mathematics Education

December 14, 2009
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Summit offered Nebraska education and policy leaders the opportunity to take stock of the state's strengths in the area of mathematics education and to identify and begin working together on the major challenges we continue to face.

These are exciting times for people interested in mathematics education in our K-12 schools. Currently, mathematics teachers and their administrators face challenges resulting from the need to make "adequate yearly progress" and they are involved in discussions surrounding assessment and the revision of Nebraska's math standards. Education leaders at both the K-12 and collegiate level are working with government and business leaders as part of Nebraska's P-16 Initiative, while keeping their eye on the very prominent and fast moving initiative by the National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a set of Common Core State Standards. College and university faculty are increasingly becoming involved in efforts to provide professional development opportunities for mathematics teachers and are working to strengthen the initial certification of new mathematics teachers.

The audience for the Nebraska Summit included business, education and policy leaders, university faculty including mathematicians and mathematics educators, K-12 mathematics teachers and others who are concerned with improving mathematics teaching and learning in Nebraska. The summit showcased successful courses and programs and challenged participants to think broadly about an ambitious but achievable vision for K-12 mathematics education in Nebraska.

Major funding for the Nebraska Summit on Mathematics Education is provided by the National Science Foundation through the Math in the Middle and NebraskaMATH grants to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Organizing Committee

  • Steve Dunbar, Chair
  • Lindsay Augustyn
  • Matt Blomstedt
  • Ruth Heaton
  • Michelle Homp
  • Matt Larson
  • Marty Mahler
  • Tom McGowan
  • Shannon Parry
  • Deb Romanek
  • RuthAnn Royer
  • Wendy Smith

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