UCAC 2016: Program details, bios & materials

Morning Sessions: Setting the Context

Keynote Presentation: The Need for K-12 / Higher Education Collaborations

  • Kyndall Brown, Executive Director, CA Math Project, UCLA
    Kyndall currently serves as Executive Director for the California Mathematics Project, a statewide network of providers of professional development for K-12 teachers of mathematics. Prior to this, Kyndall taught math to middle and high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 13 years.

Intersegmental Panel: Transitions in Math Education

Topics:

  • Key math content & skills all high school graduates need to be prepared for college
  • Student academic preparation & competitiveness in college admissions
  • Changes in policy & practice to support students’ math learning
Facilitator

Monica Lin, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, UC Office of the President
With over 16 years of UC leadership, management and research under her belt, Monica oversees curriculum alignment and academic preparation initiatives to support student access to UC. She earned an M.S. in Social Psychology from University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. in Education at UCLA.

Presenters
  • Ilene Straus, Vice President, CA State Board of Education
    Ilene earned her doctorate at the USC in educational leadership. She currently teaches in the doctoral program at UCLA. Ilene has taught graduate courses on pre K-16 reform, policy, college access and success, equity, teaching, standards and assessment, and educational leadership at various universities.
  • Bruce Yoshiwara, Professor Emeritus of Math, Los Angeles Pierce College
    Bruce has taught at Los Angeles Pierce College for fifteen years. During his career, he authored several math textbooks and received teaching awards from the Southern CA-NV section of the Math Association of America. Bruce earned his Ph.D. in Math at UCLA.
  • Katherine Stevenson, Professor of Math & Director of Developmental Math, CSU, Northridge (UC Irvine conference only)
    Katherine earned her Ph.D. in math at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught math at CSUN since 2002. She won the Sigma Xi award for undergraduate research for “Learning the Taxonomies of the Visual World.” Katherine researches algebraic geometry, ring theory and group theory.
  • David Bao, Professor & Chair of the Dept. of Math, SFSU (UC Davis conference only)
    David has taught courses in statistics, calculus and math of bonds. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. David has researched Riemann-Finsler geometry and global differential geometry, and has written in several math textbooks.
  • George Johnson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director of Cal Teach & Math for America-Berkeley, UCB
    George currently teaches at UC Berkeley where he researches materials at the intersection of mechanical engineering and materials science. He is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), a systemwide committee of the Academic Senate for UC.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions: Three Deep Dives into Math Challenges

Session A: Math Instructional Challenges

Goals:

  • Identify challenges of math instruction at the high school & four-year college levels
  • Specify curriculum adjustment/alignment needs in light of California’s new K-12 math standards
  • Understand ways to decrease the number of college freshmen needing developmental math
  • Recommend course patterns of study that prepare high school students well for math in college
Facilitator

Monica Lin, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, UC Office of the President
With over  16 years of UC leadership, management and research under her belt, Monica oversees curriculum alignment and academic preparation initiatives to support student access to UC. She earned an M.S. in Social Psychology from University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. in Education at UCLA.

Presenters at UC Irvine conference
  • Olga Radko, Academic Administrator, Dept. of Math & Director of the LA Math Circle, UCLA
    Olga founded the Math Circle in LA. Prior to her administrative role, she served as Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA from 2005-2010. Olga earned a Ph.D. in Math from UCB in 2002, and an M.S. (Highest Distinction) from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia.
  • Ann Watkins, Professor of Math, CSU, Northridge
    Ann taught secondary math for the LAUSD and is a former professor of math at Pierce College. She chaired the College Board's Development Committee for AP Statistics and served as president of the Math Association of America from 2001 to 2003. Ann is the 2015 recipient of the US Conference on Teaching Statistics Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Julie Spykerman, Math Curriculum Specialist, Anaheim USD
    Julie recently completed her four year term on the CA Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), an advisory group to the State Board of Education. While on the IQC she was the Co-chair of the Math Subject Matter Committee which oversaw the writing of the CA Math Framework (2013) and CA Math Materials Adoption (2013). Julie earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Math from CSU Fullerton.
Presenters at UC Davis conference
  • Tim Lewis, Professor & Vice-Chair of Math, UCD
    In addition to teaching and serving as the Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Matters, Tim serves as Principal Investigator for the UC Davis Math Project. He is involved with several projects in Math Education, and recently joined the board of advisors for the Cal Teach/MAST program. Tim earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
  • Coskun “Josh” Cetin, Associate Professor of Math & Statistics, CSU, Sacramento
    Josh also serves as the CSUS coordinator of introductory statistics courses and the Statway project. He was the past president of Sacramento Statistical Association. Prior to his time as CSUS, he taught at USC and Whittier College. Josh has a Ph.D. in Applied Math from USC.
  • James Town, Math Specialist, Alameda COE
    James was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow after teaching secondary math and engineering for seven years. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont, and was National Board Certified in AYA Math in 2012.

Session B: Math Placement Challenges

Goals:

  • Enhance transparency about placement priorities & practices across CCC, CSU & UC
  • Consider the equity implications of math assessments & means to address them
  • Consider approaches to math placement that go beyond “business as usual”
  • Identify ways to improve student progress (degree completion) while upholding academic standards
Facilitator

Pamela Burdman, Independent Policy Analyst, LearningWorks
Pamela is a Berkeley-based higher education policy analyst and former program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She works for various foundations and think tanks with an analytical focus on college readiness, college completion and math competency requirements.

Presenters at UC Irvine conference
  • Kimberly Samaniego, Director of Math Testing & Placement, UCSD & CSU/UC Math Diagnostic Testing Project
    Kim is the current Director of MDTP at UCSD, drawing on her prior 20 years of experience as a high school/middle school math teacher, department chair and teacher trainer across California. Kim earned her Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from UCSD with an emphasis on teacher learning, educational reforms and equitable teaching practices in math classrooms.
  • Bruce Arnold, Math Testing & Placement, UCSD & CSU/UC Math Diagnostic Testing Project
    Bruce holds degrees in Math and Educational Administration from UCLA and National University, respectively. He has taught at Torrey Pines High School and at UCSD, and directed the UCSD High School Honors Math and Statistics Contests. Prior to his current role, Bruce served as president of the Greater San Diego Math Council.
  • David Pagni, Professor of Math, CSU, Fullerton
    David’s teaching fields include math, math learning, teaching and technology. He has received numerous accolades for his contributions to K-16 math education. David was the Principal Investigator for five National Science Foundation projects and co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Math, Science Partnership.
  • MaryAnne Anthony, Professor of Math (retired), Santa Ana College
    MaryAnne was the first woman hired by the Santa Ana College math department and taught there for 39 years, serving as chair, acting dean, and coordinator of several grants and projects. She is the community college coordinator for the Math Diagnostic Testing Project and is a member of the math workgroup of the Common Assessment Initiative.
  • Susan Yonezawa, Associate Director, Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UCSD
    Susan’s work straddles the worlds of policy, practice and research, as she embeds design-based research into the lived practices and policies of urban public schooling. Her research on equity-minded educational policies, personalization and student voice have been tapped by national networks.
  • Carlos de la Lama, Professor & Chair of Math, San Diego City College
    Carlos has been department chair at SDCC since 1996. His work includes spearheading transfer ready initiatives and Mecomtronics, an ambitious transferable degree program for engineering technology technicians. He also developed SDCC’s Statway curriculum in conjunction with the Dana Center. Carlos earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Applied Math from UCSD.
  • Misael Camarena, Professor of Math, San Diego City College
    Misael has taught at San Diego City College for fourteen years. He has created several workbooks to help motivate the accelerated and learning community models used in his developmental courses and continues to work on proving the twin prime conjecture. Misael earned an M.A. in Math at SDSU and an M.A. in Education from United States University.
  • Tracey Kiser, Education Studies Doctoral Candidate, UCSD & Math Teacher, Hilltop High School
    Tracey is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning (Ed.D). Her dissertation is titled, “Students and Faculty Voices: Plugging Leaks in the Developmental Mathematics Pipeline.” Next month, she will represent UCSD at the seventh annual UC Graduate Research Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Tracey was recently selected as “Teacher of the Year” at Hilltop High School.
Presenters at UC Davis conference
  • Kimberly Samaniego, Director of Math Testing & Placement, UCSD & CSU/UC Math Diagnostic Testing Project
    Kim is the current Director of MDTP at UCSD, drawing on her prior 20 years of experience as a high school/middle school math teacher, department chair and teacher trainer across California. Kim earned her Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from UCSD with an emphasis on teacher learning, educational reforms and equitable teaching practices in math classrooms.
  • Harold Asturias, Director of the Center for Math Excellence & Equity (CeMEE), Lawrence Hall of Science, UCB
    Harold has extensive experience leading professional development in the areas of standards and assessment in math. He has worked with teachers in small, rural districts to large urban ones (i.e. Chicago, NYC, LA, Oakland, SF). Harold’s recent work focuses on designing and implementing professional development for K-12 math teachers who teach English Language Learners.
  • Michael O'Sullivan, Chair, Department of Math & Statistics, San Diego State University
    Mike has been at SDSU for 16 years. He teaches courses in discrete math, algebra, coding theory and cryptography. He performs research in algebraic geometry and coding theory. Mike earned his Ph.D. in 1996 from UC Berkeley.
  • John Hetts, Senior Director of Data Science, Educational Results Partnership & CalPASS Plus
    John has 20 years of experience in instruction and research in higher education. His work on predictive modeling of student placement into and performance in foundational courses won the 2012 RP Group Best College Research and the 2014 ACCCA Mertes awards. He earned a Ph.D. from UCLA in Social Psychology and holds a B.A. with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University.
  • Phil Daro, Consultant, Math Teaching & Common Core
    Phil was a lead author on the Common Core State Standards for Math. He is Co-Director of the Math Assessment Project. Previously, Phil was a Senior Fellow for Math for America's Choice, the executive director of the Public Forum on School Accountability, directed the New Standards Project, and managed research and development for the National Center on Education and the Economy.

Session C: Math Transfer Challenges

Goals:

  • Clarify the expectations of college-level math learning
  • Explore recent initiatives to rethink college math requirements
  • Assess the benefits & challenges of implementing new math pathways in college
  • Identify intersegmental disconnects that need to be addressed by transfer articulation policy
Facilitator

Nancy Purcille, Transfer Articulation Coordinator, UC Office of the President
Nancy has been the Transfer Articulation Coordinator at UCOP for four years. She was the Articulation Officer at UC Berkeley for 7 years, and also worked as a senior evaluator at Diablo Valley College. Nancy was a first generation, transfer and re-entry student at UC Berkeley.

Presenters at UC Irvine conference
  • Stacey Hancock, Assistant Teaching Professor of Statistics, UCI
    Stacey has taught in the Department of Statistics at UC Irvine for four years. Her primary research interests are in statistics education and she is actively involved in the statistics education research community. Stacey earned a Ph.D. in Statistics at Colorado State University.
  • Roxy Peck, Professor Emerita of Statistics, CA Polytechnic State University
    Roxy was a faculty member of the Statistics Department at Cal Poly for 30 years, serving for six years as Chair of the Statistics Department and 13 years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Math. Nationally known in the area of statistics education, Roxy is the author of several introductory statistics textbooks.
  • Scott Guth, Professor of Math & Computer Science, Mt. San Antonio College
    Scott has been a math professor at Mt. San Antonio College for 26 years. He has been teaching Statway since its inception, and working as a writer and planner of Statway lessons. He is the author of two math textbooks.
  • Myra Snell, Professor of Math & Co-Founder of the CA Acceleration Project, Los Medanos College
    Myra leads the statistics pathway work for the CA Acceleration Project, a faculty-led community college initiative that works to improve college math completion rates for students placed into remediation. Myra earned a B.A. with honors in Liberal Arts from University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Pure Math from UCB.
Presenters at UC Davis conference
  • Jessica Utts, Professor & Chair of Statistics, UCI
    In addition to her role as Chair at UCI, Jessica is the 2016 President of the American Statistical Association. Before moving to Irvine in 2008, she spent many years on the faculty in the Department of Statistics at UC Davis. Jessica specializes in statistics education and is the author of two textbooks that focus on statistical literacy.
  • Deborah Damon, Lecturer of Math, SFSU
    At SFSU, Deborah has taught all lower division math courses (except one!), all math education courses and pilot-taught the StatWay statistics curriculum. She has also taught five of SFSU’s seven General Education Quantitative Reasoning courses. Deborah earned B.A.’s in Applied Math and Economics from UC Berkeley, and an M.A in Math from SFSU.
  • Michelle Brock, Professor of Math, American River College
    Michelle has taught at American River college for 11 years and 9 years at public middle schools and high schools in the Sacramento area. She has worked on many different aspects of the development of Statway and has taught it since Fall 2011.
  • Myra Snell, Professor of Math & Co-Founder of the CA Acceleration Project, Los Medanos College
    Myra leads the statistics pathway work for the CA Acceleration Project, a faculty-led community college initiative that works to improve college math completion rates for students placed into remediation. Myra earned a B.A. with honors in Liberal Arts from University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Pure Math from UCB.