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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Math Development Hero
 March 18-19, 2019
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20418

This two-day public workshop will focus on how to best support students in post-secondary mathematics courses, with particular attention to students who are unsuccessful in developmental mathematics. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including experts who have implemented new initiatives designed to improve the mathematics education experience for students. During sessions at the workshop, participants will: (1) explore promising approaches to bolster student outcomes in mathematics, (2) identify and discuss barriers and opportunities for effectively serving all students, and (3) establish key directions to address the prevailing research and data needs in the field.

The workshop will consider the following questions:

1. Which students are well-served by the current offerings in developmental mathematics? How do we define “well- served” and what are indicators of student success in developmental mathematics? How do we define which   students are included here?
2. What is the size of the total population that is not well-served? Are there subgroups within this group and how do needs or challenges vary across them? How do Adult Basic Education students fit in?
3. What is known about why some students are not well-served? What do we need to know in order to serve them better?
4. Are there examples of successful approaches? What are the components of these programs (considering interventions both within and outside of the classroom)? What is needed in order to implement the more successful approaches?
5. What are the potential challenges and what strategies can be used to address them? What are the next steps?
6. What are the gaps in the research base and what are the key directions for research, both short and long-term?

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct the workshop, and the workshop will be webcast to allow for participation by individuals who cannot travel to the meeting. A recording will be made available on the website after the meeting is held, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will produce a proceedings of the workshop that will be published in book form and as a free, downloadable PDF through the National Academies Press website.

Sponsor: Ascendium Education Group

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Background Information

Commissioned Papers

Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow
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Michelle Hodara
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Committee Members

Howard Gobstein (Chair), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Susan Bickerstaff, Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University
Linda Braddy, Tarrant County College
Tristan Denley, University System of Georgia
James Dorsey, College Success Foundation
Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan
Tatiana Melguizo, University of Southern California
Julie Phelps, Valencia College, East Campus
Philip Uri Treisman, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin

Staff Members

Tiffany Taylor, Study Director
Kerry Brenner, Senior Program Officer
Heidi Schweingruber, Director, Board on Science Education
Michelle Schwalbe, Director, Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics
Jessica Covington, Senior Program Assistant






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