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Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2019: Mathematical Modeling in K-16: Community and Cultural Contexts March 06, 2019 - March 08, 2019
Registration Deadline: March 08, 2019 over 5 years ago
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Series: Critical Issues
Location: SLMath: Eisenbud Auditorium, Baker Board Room, Atrium
Organizers Julia Aguirre (University of Washington - Tacoma), LEAD Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Staffas Broussard (The Algebra Project), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Michael Driskill (Math for America ), Sol Garfunkel (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP)), Genetha Gray (Salesforce), Maria Hernandez (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics), LEAD Rachel Levy (American Mathematical Society), Javier Rojo (Oregon State)

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Mathematical Modeling (MM) now has increased visibility in the education system and in the public domain. It appears as a content standard for high school mathematics and a mathematical practice standard across the K-12 curriculum (Common Core Standards; and other states’ standards in mathematics education).  Job opportunities are increasing in business, industry and government for those trained in the mathematical sciences. Quantitative reasoning is foundational for civic engagement and decision-making for addressing complex social, economic, and technological issues. Therefore, we must take action to support and sustain a significant increase in the teaching and learning of mathematical modeling from Kindergarten through Graduate School. Mathematical modeling is an iterative process by which mathematical concepts and structures are used to analyze or gain qualitative and quantitative understanding of real world situations. Through modeling students can make genuine mathematical choices and decisions that take into consideration relevant contexts and experiences. Mathematical modeling can be a vehicle to accomplish multiple pedagogical and mathematical goals. Modeling can be used to introduce new material, solidify student understanding of previously learned concepts, connect the world to the classroom, make concrete the usefulness (maybe even the advantages) of being mathematically proficient, and provide a rich context to promote awareness of issues of equity, socio-political injustices, and cultural relevance in mathematics. A critical issue in math education is that although mathematical modeling is part of the K-12 curriculum, the great majority of teachers have little experience with mathematical modeling as learners of mathematics or in their teacher preparation.  In some cases, mathematics teacher educators have limited experience with mathematical modeling while being largely responsible for preparing future teachers. Currently, the knowledge in teaching and learning MM is underdeveloped and underexplored.  Very few MM resources seem to reach the K-16 classrooms.  Collective efforts to build a cohesive curriculum in MM and exploration of effective teaching practices based on research are necessary to make mathematical modeling accessible to teacher educators, teachers and students. At the undergraduate level, mathematical modeling has traditionally been reserved for university courses for students in STEM majors beyond their sophomore year.  Many of these courses introduce models but limit the students’ experience to using models that were developed by others rather than giving students the opportunity to generate their own models as is common in everyday life, in modeling competitions and in industry. The CIME workshop on MM will bring together mathematicians, teacher educators, K-12 teachers, faculty and people in STEM disciplines.  As partners we can address ways to realize mathematical modeling in the K-12 classrooms, teacher preparation, and lower and upper division coursework at universities.  The content and pedagogy associated with teaching mathematical modeling needs special attention due to the nature of modeling as a process and as a body of content knowledge. AUGUST 2022 UPDATE: A free PDF compendium of Vol. 15 in the CIME Workshop series, Mathematical Modeling in K-16: Cultural and Community Contexts has been released in August 2022. Download here. Overarching critical issue of the 2019 CIME Workshop:   How can we individually and collectively advance the teaching and learning of mathematical modeling in K-16? The following questions will frame the structure of the CIME 2019 Workshop: 1.  CRITICALLY EXAMINE CURRENT MM EDUCATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES: What is the current state of mathematical modeling (MM) education and why isn’t it a central part of mathematics education from K-16? What policies bring MM into the curriculum and which have presented obstacles?  What has been the impact of Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 4: Model with mathematics?  What is the role of MM with respect to quantitative literacy? What curricular resources exist?  How do teachers access them?  How are they understood by teachers?  How are they enacted in classrooms?  What is needed? Which professional development approaches are effective for teachers?   How does MM appear in current assessments?  How have current assessment development processes and test items supported or created barriers for MM education? What current MM teaching practices support equitable classroom environments in which student thinking is valued and respectfully considered? How does the way we teach mathematics connect with the workplace?  2.  DEVELOP A VISION FOR MATHEMATICAL MODELING EDUCATION: How can we coordinate and increase efforts to infuse K-16 classrooms with equitable teaching practices through mathematical modeling (MM) education? Student Learning in Equitable and Collaborative Environments How can research inform learning trajectories for math modeling elementary, secondary and undergraduate education? What are key competencies to develop for students to be successful modelers?  What are the relationships between mathematical modeling and statistical modeling? How do teachers assess their students’ modeling proficiency? What are the affordances and challenges of MM with respect to providing a more equitable, just, and humanizing mathematics education? How can MM be taught through effective, equitable and collaborative group work?   Experiential Learning and Community Engagement How can modeling tasks be tied to community/cultural contexts?  How can students use their lived experiences and cultural knowledge along with their mathematical tools and reasoning, to engage in MM?  How might MM engage students, especially those who may be marginalized from mathematics?  Policy How do we convince policymakers and stakeholders of the need for MM in K-16?  What are the benefits and challenges of including MM in standards, textbooks and assessments?  How might MM be included in state/national teacher certification as a competency/domain?  What kind of policy changes would need to happen in order to make MM central in K-16? Professional Preparation and Development: Teachers, teacher educators, mathematicians What MM experiences/competencies/support do teachers and teacher educators need to in MM teaching practices and pedagogy?  As they teach MM, how can teachers get ongoing support to meet the challenges associated with acquiring mathematical and computational content knowledge as well as contextual information?  Career Preparation and Readiness How do we position MM as a critical element of workforce preparation in similar ways to computing and engineering?  How might we use public awareness of data science (including the positive and negative associations) to help people see the value of MM education?  How do we educate policy makers, admissions officers, recruiters, and career counselors about the value of MM in businesses, industry and government agencies? 3.  TAKE ACTION BEYOND CIME: What will you do after the CIME Workshop to contribute to MM in K-16? What can mathematicians, mathematics teacher educators, teachers, and professionals in industry do to bring more mathematical modeling into the K-16 classrooms? What is the role of each of the constituencies in realizing the vision for mathematical modeling in education? How can the mathematics and mathematics education research communities come together to offer solutions?   What innovative ideas are there to provide professional development to teachers at a global scale? How can we use the new Math Modeling Hub platform to create professional communities and resources and sustain these efforts so that they continue to be accessible and useful?   Link to more photos HERE.
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Mar 06, 2019
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
  MSRI Workshop Overview and Logistics
David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley), Christine Marshall (MSRI / Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath))
04:15 PM - 04:20 PM
  Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (MM) in CIME Workshop Context
Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Rachel Levy (American Mathematical Society)
04:20 PM - 05:15 PM
  Panel 1: Critical Issues in MM Education
Jo Boaler (Stanford University), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Maria Hernandez (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics), Patrick Honner (Brooklyn Technical High School)
05:15 PM - 05:30 PM
  Framing and Introducing a MM Task
Julia Aguirre (University of Washington - Tacoma)
05:30 PM - 06:15 PM
  MM Task - Shared Common Activity
06:15 PM - 07:30 PM
  Reception and Gallery Walk of Posters
Mar 07, 2019
08:30 AM - 08:55 AM
  Reflection on the Shared Mathematical Modeling Task
Julia Aguirre (University of Washington - Tacoma)
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Panel 2: Current State of MM in K-16 Education
Sol Garfunkel (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP)), Dan Meyer (Desmos), Nina Miller (Tucson Unified School District), Annalee Salcedo (Cate School), Erin Turner (University of Arizona)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Moderated Discussion
Rachel Levy (American Mathematical Society)
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  Panel 3: Equity and Social Justice Theoretical Frameworks to Move us Forward in Developing a vision for MM Education
Filiberto Barajas-López (University of Washington), Laurie Rubel (The University of Haifa; Brooklyn College, CUNY), Ksenija Simic-Muller (Pacific Lutheran University)
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
  Moderated Discussion
Julia Aguirre (University of Washington - Tacoma)
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
  Historic Perspective of CIME
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Parallel Breakout Sessions: A Vision for MM in Education
Mary Alice Carlson (Montana State University), Jen-Mei Chang (California State University, Long Beach), Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware), Benjamin Galluzzo (Clarkson University), Brynja Kohler (Utah State University), Greta Mills (Oxbridge Academy), Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (George Mason University), Robyn Stankiewicz-Van Der Zanden (Pomona Unified School District), Jennifer Suh (George Mason University), Robin Wilson (Loyola Marymount University), Rose Zbiek (Pennsylvania State University)
02:30 PM - 02:45 PM
02:45 PM - 03:30 PM
  Report out from Breakout Sessions
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Panel 4: Mathematical Perspectives and Vision for Preparation and Pathways in MM
Linda Cummings (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Genetha Gray (Salesforce), Joceline Lega (University of Arizona)
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  Moderated Discussion
Jennifer Suh (George Mason University)
05:00 PM - 05:10 PM
  Preview of Next Day Activities Pose questions for reflection on Taking Action
Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona)
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
  2018 Mathical Book Prize Reading and Award Ceremony
David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley)
Mar 08, 2019
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  Individual Reflection: Preparing to Take Action
Megan Wickstrom (Montana State University)
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Panel 5: Research Perspectives in MM Education
Ted Coe (Northwest Evaluation Association), Jennifer Czocher (Texas State University), Lyn English (Queensland University of Technology)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Moderated Discussion
Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona)
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  Breakout Sessions Organization
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  Breakout Sessions: Practical Issues
12:15 PM - 01:10 PM
  Working Lunch - Discussions on Practical Issues
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
  Panel 6: The role of MM in Industry/Government
Sonya Berg (Stitch Fix), Geoff Davis (Google, Inc.), Reza Malek-Madani (U.S. Naval Academy), Dina Sinclair (Google, Inc.)
02:00 PM - 02:20 PM
  Moderated Discussion
Genetha Gray (Salesforce)
02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
  Panel 7: How can organizations and CIME participants work together?
Diane Briars (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences), Aurora Graf (Educational Testing Service), Shandy Hauk (San Francisco State University), Leslie Nabors Olah (Educational Testing Service), Mike Steele (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
03:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  Individual or Group Reflections/Actions
Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University)
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM
  Closing Summary
Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Rachel Levy (American Mathematical Society)