Solving the “Algebra for All” Problem: Constants, Variables, Inequalities, and Unknowns

Edward A. Silver
University of Michigan

Monday, March 16, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester’s River Campus

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. Across the nation, many teachers and most school districts are scrambling 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.

Please join Edward Silver, a researcher who has extensively studied and written about the reform of mathematics education in the United States, in a discussion of the origins of this urgent push for ‘Algebra for All’ and some of the challenges educators face in moving forward on this ambitious agenda.

Edward Silver, Ed.D., is the William A. Brownwell Collegiate Professor of Education Mathematics at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Educational Studies Program. 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.

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