University of Rochester

EVENT: Expert in Mathematics Education to Speak on the Challenges of Increasing the Mathematical Attainment of All Students

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, Hawkins-Carlson Room in the Rush Rhees Library, on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

February 20, 2009

Edward Silver, a researcher who has extensively studied and written about the reform of mathematics education in the United States, will speak at the University of Rochester on Monday, March 16 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library. Sponsored by the Warner School of Education, the talk, "Solving the 'Algebra for All' Problem: Constants, Variables, Inequalities, and Unknowns" is free and open to the public.

At this time in U.S. mathematics education, no issue receives more attention than increasing the mathematical attainment of all students. Increasingly central to this issue is the challenge of teaching Algebra to all students at or before grade 9.

As many teachers and school districts scramble across the nation to design or purchase and put into place a variety of implementation structures and resources to deal with the formidable challenge of offering Algebra to all students, Silver will discuss some of the challenges these educators face in moving forward on this ambitious agenda. He also will uncover the origins of this urgent push for 'Algebra for All.'

Edward Silver, Ed.D., the William A. Brownwell Collegiate Professor of Education Mathematics at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Educational Studies Program, has directed a number of mathematics assessment programs and research projects. He has taught at the middle school and high school levels in New York State and at universities in Illinois, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

His scholarly interests include designing and analyzing rigorous and equitable mathematics instruction as well as teacher professional development. He has published widely on these topics, authoring more than 100 articles, chapters, and books.

Silver, who received his master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics education from Teachers College at Columbia University, was the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions of Educational Research to Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association and the 2007 recipient of the Iris Carl Memorial Leadership and Equity Award from TODOS, a national organization of mathematics educators.

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About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.