Plenary Speaker Profile (2006)
Alice Artzt
Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the Secondary Mathematics Education Program
Queens College of the City University of New York
Reforming the Preparation of Secondary Mathematics Teachers: An Innovative Four-Year Undergraduate Program

We will describe an innovative model for preservice secondary mathematics teacher education, called TIME 2000 (i.e., Teaching Improvements through Mathematics Education). This four-year undergraduate program was initially funded by the National Science Foundation in 1997, and has since become institutionalized at Queens College of the City University of New York. Students are recruited directly from high school, are block scheduled into a coherent sequence of courses in mathematics and secondary education, and taught by a select group of professors. Unlike traditional programs, students begin their involvement in schools and their study of educational psychology in the first semester of their freshman year. Among the many innovative components of this program that will be described are monthly seminars, regular field trips, annual conferences, a student-run tutoring club, a monthly newsletter, and summer internships. As well, excerpts from the monthly journals and annual portfolios that the students write documenting their experiences and their evolving knowledge and beliefs with regard to mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning will be shared. We will also discuss the trials and tribulations associated with the collaboration between a mathematician with a content-driven perspective and a mathematics educator with a pedagogical perspective as they planned and implemented the calculus course for the TIME 2000 freshmen.

---Alice Artzt and Alan Sultan

Alice Artzt taught secondary school mathematics for fifteen years before receiving her Ph.D. in mathematics education from New York University. Since 1983, she has been the director of the Secondary Mathematics Education Program at Queens College and has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and corporate foundations. She is presently the project director of TIME 2000: A Math Teaching Program. Her research interests and most recent publications focus on the recruitment, preparation, and retention of secondary school mathematics teachers. She has authored or co-authored over 50 publications and recently co-authored the book, Becoming a Reflective Mathematics Teacher, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Her awards include the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Golden Key Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Goudreau Mathematics Museum Award for Educational Leadership, and the 2005 Q Award that honors individuals whose lives serve as models for Queens College students.