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Jerry P. Becker

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Posted: Jun 12, 1998 11:35 PM
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Note: Please note that responses to the announcement below should go to
Doug Sprunger, Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Research


National Convocation on Mathematics Education in the Middle Grades

25-27 September 1998 (Friday through Sunday)

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

Middle schools and middle school mathematics education have been a recent
focus of national interest. The middle school mathematics landscape is
evolving rapidly, influenced by the Third International Mathematics and
Science Study (TIMSS); national, state, and local standards; and greater
expectations for all students. The convocation will invlove the nation's
mathematics and mathematics education leaders, middle grades educators, and
education policy makers in presentations and small-group discussions about
mathematics education to focus on these critical issues in the shifting
educational landscape. This convocation is being hosted by the
Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB) at the National Research
Council (NRC) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The
convocation in being co-hosted by American Educational Research Association
(AERA), National Middle Schools Association (NMSA), National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Learning First Alliance.

The convocation will focus on three themes:

* Schools: What is the philosophy and structure of the middle school?
How do these support students' learning of mathematics? What are the
relationships among interdisciplinary teams, whole-child education, and
other aspects of middle school philosophy, and the need for students to
develop a solid foundation in mathematics?

* Subject Matter: What mathematics is appropriate for middle school
students? How formally should these topics be treated? What methodologies
are appropriate for reaching middle grades mathematics students?

* Teachers: What is the professional life of the middle school teacher?
What background do they typically have in mathematics? What professional
development will enable them to teach the mathematics important for
students in middle grades? What is it like to teach middle grades

To allow for proper representation from the target audiences at the
convocation, we request that individuals interested in possible selection
to the convocation complete the 'interest' form and submit it by Monday,
July 6th. At that point, selection for invitation will be made and
participants will be notified. (Please, note that this is a two-stage
process: first, express an interest in attendance by returning the
attached form, and second, wait for a letter of invitation as confirmation
for attending the convocation.) Conference materials and food will be
complimentary for participants, but travel and lodging are the
responsibility of each participant.



National Convocation on Mathematics Education in the Middle Grades

25-27 September 1998

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

______ Yes! please consider me for selection to the 25-27 September
convocation being held at the National Academy of Sciences
in Washington, DC.

______ No, I can not be considered for participation at this time, but
please keep my name and contact information on file for
reports produced as a result of the convocation.

Name __________________________________________________

Title ________________________________________________

Organization ___________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________


City _____________________________ State & Zip ____________

Phone ______________________ Fax ________________________

Email ____________________________________________

If you have questions, please feel free to contact:

Doug Sprunger
Mathematical Sciences Education Board
National Research Council
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW / HA 450
Washington, DC 20418
Phone: (202) 334-3207
Fax: (202) 334-1453

* This does not mean that you have been selected for participation in
Convocation. You must receive a follow-up invitation from the project
no later than Friday, 24 July 1998.

Registration confirmation & details will be sent to you prior to
the conference.

RESPOND VIA FAX TO 202-334-1453 (Attn.: Doug Sprunger)

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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