UMLN February 2017 Retreat

Held at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, February 79, the retreat goals were to:

  • Understand key trends influencing K12 mathematics education and consider how these trends will impact urban district policies and practices.
  • Consider districts’ current state and collaborate with district teams and invited advisors to establish immediate, long-term goals in the face of change in education.
  • Engage in district team action planning that incorporates strategic and systemic thinking.

The retreat sessions are listed below, with links to presentations and other materials.

Tuesday, February 7

Uri at friend at ULMN 2017 Retreat
Retreat Welcome, Introductions, and Updates
Presented by: Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, Charles A. Dana Center, UT
Presented by: Katey Arrington, Manager of K–12 Services, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

On the Road to College Readiness: Where Are We Currently?
District teams considered the pre-reading, Degrees of Freedom, and analysis of the district surveys for identifying 4 key themes (student course-taking patterns; placement, support, and advising policies and practices; engagement with postsecondary partners; and rethinking college and career readiness) in ensuring a college-readiness mathematics pathway for students.
Presented by: Francesca Fraga Leahy, Project Coordinator, Charles A. Dana Center, UT
Presented by: Brian Newsom, District Relations Coordinator, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

Session Materials:
UMLN District Survey Analysis Aggregate [pdf]
UMLN District Survey Analysis Aggregate [word]

National Trends in Collegiate Mathematics
Presented by: Uri Treisman, Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

Wednesday, February 8

Guest Interacting at the UMLN Retreat
Optional Breakfast Focus Group: Considering Multiple Dimensions of College and Career Readiness
Attendees discussed different aspects of student development other than academic preparation that contribute to successful transitions to postsecondary endeavors.
Presented by: Kathi Cook, Manager of Online Course Programs, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

On the Road to College Readiness: Major Trends Influencing K–12 Mathematics Education
Advisors described emerging trends in education focusing on the following topics: research student success in the traditional path to calculus; shifts in standards and accountability and implications for high school mathematics; and multiple pathways, aligned with new normative practices in higher education. District teams submitted questions to be discussed in subsequent sessions.
Presented by: David Bressoud, Director, Conference Board of the Mathematics Sciences; DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College
Presented by: Ted Coe, Director of Mathematics, Achieve
Presented by: Nikki Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Columbia University

Session Materials:
Role of Calculus by David Bressoud [ppt]
Shifts and Influences in K-12 Mathematics by Ted Coe [ppt]
The Shifting Landscape: Mathematics Pathways in Higher Education by Nikki Edgecombe [ppt]

On the Road to College Readiness: Q&A’s with Advisors
In small groups, advisors addressed questions from previous session or additional questions.
David Bressoud, Director, Conference Board of the Mathematics Sciences; DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College
Ted Coe, Director of Mathematics, Achieve
Nikki Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Columbia University

Questions:
UMLN 2017 [pdf]
UMLN 2017 [ppt]

On the Road to College Readiness: Implications for Districts’ Consideration
Advisors highlighted some implications in curriculum, instruction, and assessment for districts to consider, and how these implications could inform district strategies, designs and programs.

Presented by: David Bressoud, Director, Conference Board of the Mathematics Sciences; DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College
Presented by: Ted Coe, Director of Mathematics, Achieve
Nikki Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

On the Road to College Readiness: Team Prep Time
District teams prepared responses to questions developed in the morning session.

On the Road to College Readiness: “Unconference”
District teams were paired up to discuss questions developed from the morning session.

Team Planning
District teams digested and distilled learning from previous sessions and used the Team Planning Template to determine short- and long-term action steps.

Thursday, February 9

Fun at the UMLN Retreat
On the Road to College Readiness: What Will You Do?
Participants engaged in a gallery walk to see other districts’ Team Planning Template posters.
Presented by: Brian Newsom, District Relations Coordinator, Charles A. Dana Center, UT

Gallery Walk:
UMLN Gallery Walk [ppt]

Post-Retreat Session

Participants explored a model course that addresses all three mathematics pathways as well as other dimensions of college readiness.

Presentation:
Transitioning to College Mathematics: [ppt]

Session Materials:
HB 5 College Preparatory Math Content Framework [pdf]
Building Student Momentum From High School Into College [pdf]
Lesson 4 Part C [pdf]
Lesson 4 Part D [pdf]
Lesson 14 Part D [pdf]
You Can Grow Your Brain [pdf]
How We Learn – Synapses and Neural Pathways (video)
Brain Plasticity – the story of Jody (video)
Lesson 25 Part A [pdf]
Lesson 25 Part B [pdf]