TPSE eNews #3

Meeting report:
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MEETING ON UPPER-DIVISION MATH PATHWAYS

In the last of a series of regional meetings on upper-division math pathways, which took place at Morehouse College in Atlanta in June 2019, participants discussed and strategized about approaches to enhancing mathematical learning in response to regional workforce needs or as preparation for graduate school. They were encouraged to explore multiple aspects of upper-division pathways, including updating curricula and programs, forming partnerships and fostering collaboration, and improving communication.

In the course of the meeting’s presentations and panel discussions, breakout sessions, and large group interaction, several themes central to the vision and mission of TPSE emerged: transformation, communication, mentorship, and workforce connections. Participants suggested ways that TPSE can help in each of these areas. These are detailed in the meeting summary.

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Southeast Regional Meeting on Upper-Division Pathways: How Can TPSE Help?

TPSE's Southeast Regional Meeting on Upper-Division Math Pathways, co-organized with Morehouse College and the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) and held at Morehouse on June 10-11, 2019, gave participants an opportunity to discuss and strategize about approaches to enhancing mathematical learning in response to regional workforce needs or as preparation for graduate school. Participants were encouraged to explore multiple aspects of upper-division pathways, including updating curricula and programs, forming partnerships and fostering collaboration, and improving communication. 

In the course of the meeting’s presentations and panel discussions, breakout sessions, and large group interaction, several themes central to the vision and mission of TPSE emerged. Participant suggestions for how TPSE can help in these areas - transformation, communication, mentorship, and workforce connections - are included in each section below.

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TPSE eNews #2

PARTNERS MEETING, April 1, 2019: As TPSE Math evolves and broadens its reach and influence across the nation, it is continuously developing new strategies to address the consistent implementation of its four priority areas -- lower-division pathways, upper-division pathways, graduate education, and teaching strategies and practices -- in addition to enhancing communication and coordination across multiple stakeholder groups. A TPSE Partners Meeting, held on April 1 at the University of Miami, featured contributions from a wide spectrum of participants representing multiple organizations, institutions, and roles.

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TPSE eNews #1

TPSE math has created a new mailing list to be used sporadically to keep the community updated on activities of interest. To subscribe, please drop an email to tpsemath@ias.edu. Email content will also be shared here, beginning with today's inaugural message.

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"Gone TPSE-Turvy": Matt Salomone on New England Regional Meeting

This week’s New England meeting of the Transforming Postsecondary Education in Math group (TPSE Math) was fascinating – and the most fascinating part of all is the mere fact of this organization’s existence, its illustrious leadership, and its ambition.
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Math Gets a Makeover

by Shannon Najmabadi
Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2017
Full text here. Excerpt reprinted with permission.

TPSE (often pronounced "Tipsy") works with other groups to bring awareness, resources, and legitimacy to math reform, and makes it easier for reform-minded faculty members to learn from one another. The organization is led by a prominent mathematician in the field, Phillip Griffiths, an emeritus professor of mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. His involvement alone, many math reformers say, validates the effort.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Awards Ithaka S+R Multi-year Grant to Develop, Test, and Scale new models for Entry-level Math Instruction

Project team includes TPSE Math.

Each year nearly half of U.S. high school graduates who begin college are forced to take remedial math before they can take college courses for credit. For most, this remediation requirement is unexpected and a substantial barrier to earning a college degree. Only 22% of students who face math remediation are able to finish college. For minority, low-income, and first generation students—who now comprise the majority of college students in the U.S.—math remediation may be even more detrimental to their degree attainment rates.

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Griffiths Addresses CBMS Executive Committee

TPSE board chair Phillip Griffiths addressed the CBMS Executive Committee on December 2, 2016, as a prelude to a discussion about the TPSE-CBMS strategic partnership. Presentation here.

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Change is coming...

Teaching Math in the 21st Century: In an October 14 presentation to the AMS Committee on Education, Tara Holm discusses why change is coming now and what TPSE Math is doing to help.

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Tara Holm on Active Learning

Active Learning: Obstacles to implementation and sustainability. A presentation by Tara Holm in a panel discussion run by the Education Advancement Foundation, August 2, 2016.

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