Higher Education-MEC Partnerships bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education. This collaboration with faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities and MEC leaders enriches MEC’s mathematics improvement initiatives. MEC offers the Issues and Solutions seminar series for faculties from mathematical sciences and teacher education departments. Seminars are designed to facilitate ongoing discussions in pursuit of solutions to current problems facing K-20 mathematics education.

With information provided on important issues in mathematics education, each seminar includes a presentation, followed by audience response and discourse. The first seminar in the series addresses the problem of widespread numerical illiteracy, and suggests solutions. The second addresses the myth that memorization of basic facts must precede problem solving, and presents an alternative model where reasoning and mathematical connections are central to learning as basic facts are being learned and practiced. These seminars have been held at Western Washington University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Washington. Follow-up K-20 Teacher-Preparation Seminars focus on enhancing K-20 mathematics teacher preparation.

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