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SUPPORTING
MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
IN THE UNITED STATES
AND FINLAND

PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP

Alexandra Beatty and Ana Ferreras, Rapporteurs

U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction

Board on International Scientific Organizations

Policy and Global Affairs

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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON SUPPORTING MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND FINLAND

KIRSTI HEMMI (Co-Chair), Åbo Akademi University

JANINE T. REMILLARD (Co-Chair), University of Pennsylvania

HYMAN BASS, University of Michigan

HEIDI KRZYWACK, University of Helsinki

ANNA-MAIJA PARTANEN, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi

JOHN STALEY, Baltimore County Public Schools

Staff

ANA M. FERRERAS, Senior Program Officer

PAMELA GAMBLE, Administrative Associate

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Supporting Mathematics Teachers in the United States and Finland: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24904.
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U.S. NATIONAL COMMISSION ON MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION

Leadership

JAMES ROZNOWSKI (Chair), Delta College, Emeritus

JOHN STALEY (Vice Chair), Baltimore County Public Schools

Members

JAMES BARTA, Mercer University

MARTA CIVIL, University of Arizona

SOLOMON FRIEDBERG, Boston College

MARIA HERNANDEZ, North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics

DEBORAH NOLAN, University of California-Berkeley

CHRIS RASMUSSEN, San Diego State University

PADMANABHAN (PADHU) SESHAIYER, George Mason University

Ex Officio Members

GAIL BURRILL (Past Chair), Michigan State University

PATRICK (RICK) SCOTT (BISO Liaison), New Mexico State University, Emeritus

Staff

ANA M. FERRERAS, Senior Program Officer

PAMELA GAMBLE, Administrative Assistant

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BOARD ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS

Leadership

MICHAEL CLEGG (Chair), NAS,1 University of California- Irvine

PATRICK (RICK) SCOTT (Vice Chair), New Mexico State University, Emeritus

Members

ALLAN C. ASHWORTH, North Dakota State University

ASMERET ASEFAW BERHE, University of California-Merced

MELODY BROWN BURKINS, Dartmouth College

RONALD GRAHAM, NAS, University of California-San Diego

MARVIN HACKERT, University of Texas at Austin

KENNETH KELLERMANN, NAS, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

WING KAM LIU, Northwestern University

C. BRADLEY MOORE, NAS, University of California-Berkeley

KENNEDY REED, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

DONALD SAARI, NAS, University of California-Irvine

JEFFREY ZACKS, Washington University-St. Louis

Ex Officio Members

JOHN HILDEBRAND, NAS, University of Arizona-Tucson

Staff

KATHIE BAILEY, Director

ESTER SZTEIN, Assistant Director and Senior Program Officer

ANA M. FERRERAS, Senior Program Officer

LOIS PETERSON KENT, Senior Program Officer

PAMELA GAMBLE, Administrative Associate

CHELSEA BOCK, Program Coordinator

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Preface and Acknowledgments

As part of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction tradition of investigating how mathematics is taught and teachers are trained in other countries, the commission partnered with educators from Finland to learn more about Finland’s uniqueness and benchmark their best practices. While this is not the first time U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators have exchanged best practices, this workshop had a unique focus on teacher development in both nations in the context of new reforms in mathematics education. Taking advantage of the attendance of U.S. educators to the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education in Hamburg, Germany, on July 24–31, 2016, the U.S.-Finland workshop was held on August 1–2, 2016, at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop was live streamed, which gave researchers, educators, policy makers, educational leaders, and school district administrators from around the world the opportunity to learn the latest practices and approaches in training mathematics teachers and educators in the United States and Finland.

This Proceedings of a Workshop was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published proceedings as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity,

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evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this proceedings: Gail Burrill, Michigan State University; Solomon Friedberg, Boston College; Niklas Koppatz, University of Helsinki; Aki Murata, University of Florida; Paivi Portaankorva-Koivisto, University of Helsinki; and Laura Salo, University of Helsinki.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the proceedings nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this proceedings was overseen by James Roznowski, Delta College. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this proceedings was carried out in accordance with standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the National Academies.

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For the past 17 years, the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction (USNC/MI) has held workshops with mathematics educators from countries that typically perform well on international assessments and have a history of strong mathematics education programs, such as Japan, China, and South Korea. Finland is among this group. Even though its mathematics education system has some common characteristics with other top-performing nations, such as a great social respect for the teaching profession, it also has unique characteristics.

The USNC/MI, a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, planned a workshop at which U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators could exchange information and ideas about the preparation of new mathematics teachers and the means of providing them with support and professional development throughout their careers. While this is not the first time U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators have discussed educational practices, this workshop focused primarily on teacher development in both nations in the context of mathematics education. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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