Smith co-edits AMTE book on improvement science

The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators released the fourth volume of its AMTE Professional Book Series this year, which was co-edited by Dr. Wendy Smith of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This book provides an overview of a body of work conducted over the past seven years related to the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers by the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership), a national consortium of more than 90 universities and 100 school systems. The MTE-Partnership is organized as a Networked Improvement Community (NIC), which combines the disciplined inquiry of improvement science with the power of networking to accelerate improvement by engaging a broad set of participants. The MTE-Partnership is addressing key challenges in secondary mathematics teacher preparation, including:

● Supporting the development of content knowledge relevant to teaching secondary mathematics;
● Providing effective clinical experiences to teacher candidates;
● Recruiting secondary mathematics teacher candidates, ensuring program completion and their subsequent retention in the field as early career teachers;
● Supporting overall transformation of secondary mathematics teacher preparation in alignment with these challenges; and
● Ensuring a focus on equity and social justice in secondary mathematics teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction.

This book outlines existing knowledge related to each of these key challenges, as well as the work of Research Action Clusters (RACs) formed to address the challenges.

Smith, CSMCE associate director and former middle school math teacher, works to provide more equitable student outcomes in mathematics and science. She leads the Active Learning Mathematics RAC and serves on the overall planning committee within the MTE-Partnership.

CSMCE Assistant Director Lindsay Augustyn also contributed to the work as a copy editor and designer.

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