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The Joyful Conspiracy: Systemic Reform of Developmental and Gateway Mathematics Programs

NECC Spring Roundtable Meeting and Conference
Greenfield Community College
Greenfield Massachusetts
April 26, 2013
9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

mathbook2-300x164NECC member colleges are invited to send teams to learn about the leading edge of math reform efforts and to consider how they can support local goals to increase student learning, retention and success. This program is designed for teams of Presidents, math faculty and academic leaders.

“The accident of where students live should not limit their access to an excellent education or their ability to pursue their dreams.”
—Uri Treisman, Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, 2012

Community and four-year colleges across the country are grappling with the challenge of increasing student success and completion. Reforming developmental and gateway mathematics programs is a primary focus in this work. Based on decades of experience as a mathematics educator and leader in educational reform, Uri Treisman advocates for systemic approach to this work, which he calls the “Joyful Conspiracy.”

In this session, Dr. Treisman and Amy Getz of the Charles A. Dana Center will provide an overview of the major reform efforts in the country including the Dana Center’s work on the New Mathways Project. They will provide examples of materials that the Dana Center is developing to support colleges to implement meaningful change and work with college teams to plan initial steps in their own reform efforts.

For more information about the Dana Center’s work in Higher Education and the Joyful Conspiracy, visit the website at http://www.utdanacenter.org/higher-education/.

To register please follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Z9PKXP

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn & Suites (184 Shelburne Rd., Greenfield, MA) has agreed to hold a block of rooms for the evening of Thursday, April 25, at the discounted rate of $119/night. (The usual rates are $159/$169/night.). The block is called “New England College Council Conference”. Reservations must be made by 03/26/2013 by calling 413-773-0057.

Presenter Biographies

Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D.Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin

Philip Uri Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and executive director of the University’s Charles A. Dana Center, an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. His research and professional interests span mathematics and science education, education policy, social and developmental psychology, and community service and volunteerism. He recently served on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and was also a member of AACC’s 21st Century Commission Implementation Team. He is also a member of the advisory committee for National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and on the K-12 working group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Uri has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts to improve American education. For his research at the University of California at Berkeley on the factors that support high achievement among minority students in mathematics, he received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In December 1999, the magazine Black Issues in Higher Education named him one of the outstanding leaders in higher education in the 20th century. The Harvard Foundation of Harvard University named him “2006 Scientist of the Year” for his outstanding contributions to mathematics.

Amy GetzAmy Getz, Manager of Community College Services, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin

Amy Getz’s work at the Dana Center focuses on the reform of developmental and gateway mathematics programs at community colleges through working with state and regional systems and implementation of the New Mathways Project. She led the development of the Quantway curriculum in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Prior to coming to the Dana Center, Getz taught mathematics for 20 years in high school and college. As the founding Director of the Freshman Mathematics Program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Getz taught developmental and freshman-level math and led a significant effort to reform the courses and support services in the program. During Getz’s tenure as Director, the program achieved significant improvements in student success in both developmental and college-level math courses and was credited with having a significant positive impact on freshman retention rates. Getz was also the Principle Investigator on two state Math-Science Partnerships that provided professional learning services to K-12 math educators in 14 school districts.