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Math education to be focus of May 12 lecture at MSU

April 25, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Sybilla Beckmann will give a free public lecture at MSU about math teaching.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the mathematical education of teachers and mathematics content for students at all levels will be given at 4:10 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

Sybilla Beckmann, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia, will present "Building a Community of All Math Teachers and Professionalizing Math Teaching at All Levels."

In her presentation, Beckmann will argue that widespread improvement in mathematics teaching and learning requires a community of mathematics teachers, from pre-kindergarten through college.  The teachers would discuss their work, build on each other's ideas and work toward a shared view of excellent mathematics teaching. Beckmann will also argue that opportunities to gain peer recognition and high standing within the community are more likely to be important drivers of excellence in mathematics teaching than external measures of assessment or oversight. To professionalize mathematics teaching, she recommends ways to communicate across all levels of the discipline, and ways to vet and extend each other's work, as in the sciences.

Beckmann’s lecture is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

This lecture is also part of the Department of Mathematical Sciences’ Colloquium Series.

For more information about this and other lectures in the Distinguished Speakers Series, go to or call 994-3601.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or