Symposium: Challenges in Mathematics Education for the 21st Century

Dr. Alan Schoenfeld
University of California, Berkeley


Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as President of AERA and vice President of the National Academy of Education. Alan has written, edited, or co-edited more than two hundred pieces on thinking and learning, including twenty-two books. His most recent book, How We Think, provides detailed models of human decision making in complex situations such as teaching. Alan was one of the authors of NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and he was lead author of the assessment specs for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (which assesses the Common Core). His current research explores the dimensions of effective teaching, and he is working with a number of school districts to prepare for the Common Core State Standards.


Overview of the symposium

The symposium is organized into two main sessions. The first is a Workshop where Professor Schoenfeld will discuss with PhD students and Faculty his more recent research in the field of Mathematics Education focused on "capturing" teacher growth and change. Approaches to the question "what does it take to do this kind of research well?" will be addressed. The second session is a Plenary Talk where Professor Schoenfeld will present his meaning of teaching for the Common Core Standards and the issues and obstacles of its implementation. It will include tools and strategies to help teachers to create powerful learning environments, such as the Formative Assessment Lessons.

Workshop Video Clips


Opening/Discussion Post Breakout Group Dsicussion/Closing


Click here to watch video from the second session of the symposium, the Plenary talk