Friday, October 05, 2012

Upcoming events featuring Rackham Centennial Alumni Lecturers Zalman Usiskin and Laura Perna

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On Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, 2012, the School of Education will host five events as part of the Rackham Centennial Lecture Series. This series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, which partners with us to administer our graduate programs. Three events feature Zalman Usiskin, professor emeritus, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, and director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Two additional events feature Laura Perna, professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Events featuring Zalman Usiskin:
 

On Thursday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. In addition to Dr. Usiskin, the panel will include: Hyman Bass, Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of mathematics and mathematics education; Patricio Herbst, associate professor of mathematics education and mathematics; Amanda Milewski, mathematics consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District; and Valerie Mills, supervisor and mathematics education consultant, Oakland Schools and president elect, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. The panel will be moderated by Vilma Mesa, assistant professor of mathematics education. The panel discussion will take place in the Whitney Room (1309/1315) and is free and open to the public.

Also on Thursday, October 11, Zalman Usiskin will present his Rackham Centennial Alumni Lecture from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Whitney Room (1309/1315). His talk, “Comparison Studies of Textbooks in a Digital Age,” will address what has been learned from comparison studies of mathematics textbooks over almost a half-century and offer some predictions regarding the future of textbooks in an age of electronic delivery systems. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, October 12, PhD students in the Educational Studies program are invited to an informal discussion with Dr. Usiskin about his work, his views on the common core standards, and his lecture on textbook analysis. This conversation will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 2320.

Dr. Usiskin’s research has focused on the teaching and learning of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, with particular attention to applications of mathematics and the use of transformations. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 articles and other papers, and dozens of books and book-length research monographs, including textbooks for each of grades 6 through 12. He has received the two most prestigious national awards in mathematics education, the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in 1994 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2001. Dr. Usiskin received his PhD from the School of Education’s Educational Studies program in 1969.

Events featuring Laura Perna:


On Friday, October 12, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., the Community College Interdisciplinary Research Forum (CCIRF) will host a brown bag discussion with Dr. Perna. She will discuss her research, career path, and trends in higher education. This event will take place in the Whitney Room (1309/1315) and is free and open to the public.

Also on Friday, October 12, Laura Perna will present her Rackham Centennial Alumni Lecture from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Whitney Room (1309/1315). Her talk, "Understanding the role of public policy in improving higher education performance: Insights from a state policy review project,” will highlight lessons learned form a five-state policy review project about the connections between public policy and higher education performance. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Perna's scholarship aims to understand the forces that limit educational attainment, and the ways to promote educational attainment, particularly for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Her current scholarship draws on economic and sociological frameworks and uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand how public policies and institutional practices influence students’ opportunity to enroll and succeed in college, taking into account the contexts in which students are embedded. Dr. Perna received her PhD from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) in 1997.

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