Dr. Ruth Parker, a National Science Foundation supported researcher and CEO of Mathematics Education Collaborative, will lead a discussion October 16 at Roosevelt High School on critical changes needed in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Dr. Parker specializes in engaging community leadership in support for high quality mathematics in public schools. Her expertise in mathematics will help to both raise the bar and bring consistency and alignment to Seattle Public Schools’ K-12 math curricula.
Some of the topics she will discuss:
• Why numerical reasoning is so important
• How to recognize quality mathematics programs
• How to better prepare children for algebra
• How to help your child reason with numbers
• What mathematics skills are essential to the workplace of today and tomorrow
Parker is offering a second, invitation-only session on October 17 with key local and state decision-makers in which they can respond to the ideas presented the previous evening. "Real progress will only be made when parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and business leaders come together in support of quality mathematics in our schools," says Parker.
"We are extremely fortunate to have a national educator such as Dr. Parker help us in this important and critical work," said Superintendent Raj Manhas. "Seattle’s students have made great progress in reading and we can do the same in math with a strong curriculum adoption, implementing best teaching practices in our classrooms, and the public’s support and involvement."
He also acknowledged the tremendous support from both community and business organizations in making this important event a reality.
"I’m very pleased that Ruth Parker is helping to mobilize the Seattle community behind improving mathematics education," said Dr. Virginia M. Warfield of the University of Washington Department of Mathematics "A past presentation I saw of Ruth Parker’s remains in my mind one of the clearest demonstrations of not only what is meant by teaching mathematics for understanding but how and why doing so benefits our children."
Robin Pasquarella, president and CEO of Alliance for Education, commented that the issue of improving math and science education is the greatest challenge facing our public schools, not only in Seattle but across the state and nation. "High quality math and science education is the gateway to success in today’s global economy," said Pasquarella. "Our students deserve nothing less."