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Registration Now Open for Pathways National Forum

The second Carnegie Pathways National Forum will be held at the Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz, Calif., July 18-21. Beginning this year, the Forum is opened to the public.

It was originally designed for members of Carnegie’s Networked Improvement Communities (NICs). However, as this work has developed, Carnegie wants to engage others who are interested or involved in addressing the alarming failure rate of students in developmental mathematics in colleges and universities. Mathematics faculty members, counselors, and student advisors, researchers, college and university provosts and deans, policy makers, funders of education, would be among those who might benefit from joining Carnegie at this year’s event.

The Carnegie Community Pathways program embarked on a bold initiative, beginning in July 2010, forming a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) of 27 community colleges and three major universities, to tackle the developmental mathematics problem facing higher education.  Since then, mathematics curricula have been re-conceptualized, a new pedagogy has been designed, and effective strategies for student persistence have been tested and implemented — all grounded in cognitive, pedagogical, and psychological research. In addition, improvement science principles are being used to address what works with efficacy and at scale.

The event includes:

  • Information about how the network has evolved and how to join Carnegie’s efforts to reclaim students’ mathematical lives.
  • A Productive Persistence track where you will hear new developments and promising theories about mindfully improving students’ tenacity and good strategies.
  • An Advancing Quality Teaching track where you will learn about improvement tools to test classroom practices, routines, and curricular changes to see whether they are making a positive difference.

Keynote Speakers

Sian Beilock is a leading expert on cognitive science and the author of Choke: What Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To. Dr. Beilock reveals in Choke the astonishing new science of why we often blunder when stakes are high. What happens in our brain and body when we or our students experience the dreaded performance anxiety. And what we are doing differently when everything magically clicks into place and the tricky test problem, large presentation or perfect golf swing becomes easy?

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of a new organization called TeachingWorks.

She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball’s research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction, and on the improvement of teacher training and development. She is an expert on teacher education, with a particular interest in how professional training and experience combine to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for responsible practice. Ball has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (appointed by President George W. Bush) and the National Board for Education Sciences (appointed by President Barack Obama).

Join Us

Visit the Pathways National Forum website for more information and to learn how to register: