Amid the flurry of activity around implementing the Common Core State Standards, a notable development came this week targeting the math teacher pipeline. A collection of universities, community colleges, and school districts spanning 30 states announced plans to collaborate in redesigning preparation programs for secondary math teachers to align with the new standards.
You can get the full scoop from my colleague Stephen Sawchuk over at Teacher Beat.
As he explains, the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership has already won a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Coordinated by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the effort involves 68 universities, nine community colleges, and 87 school systems.
Key goals for the partnership include building consensus on guiding principles for preparing math teachers, promoting better partnerships between K-12 and higher education, and developing a research agenda.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.