Couple Notes: Spring 2015 (?) and IAI

A couple notes:

  • There is a possibility of having another Summit in spring 2015.  We are looking for someone, especially from a 4-year institution, to help organize it. Roberta Christie, of Shawnee CC, is interested in helping organize it, but she needs some assistance. (For myself, I will be able to update this website and help contact ISMAA membership about the summit, but my spring semester is extra busy, so I will not have time to put the program together.) If you are willing, or know of someone, please contact Roberta Christie at Shawnee CC.
  • Eventually we’ll want to edit the Illinois Mathematics and Computer Science Articulation Guide and IAI will need to act.  It was good that we had IAI representation at the summit last spring and many of us are very familiar with the articulation guide.  A couple things to be aware of: To my understanding there is no Elementary Education Major panel (list of panels) and no Elementary Education recommendations at the recommendations page.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jim Olsen


Jackie’s Google doc is now viewable by all – without permission

Jackie’s Google doc is now viewable by all, without permission, by clicking

If you want permission to edit the document, email me (Jim Olsen) with your gmail address.


Question about texts or other resources

Astrida Cirulis has the following question:

I would like to find out what other schools are thinking for texts or other resources. I need to submit book orders soon for our 2 math for teachers courses. We have used Billstein and now use Musser, but I am not sure if they are going to fit. Another big question is what to use for stats.

[Please comment.]

(from) Astrida Cirulis, D.A.
Professor of Mathematics
Concordia University Chicago

Jackie’s Chart is now a Google Doc

TO: Mathematics Teacher Educators in Illinois
FROM: Jim Olsen, W.I.U.
Date: 3-13-14
RE: Google doc for us to collectively edit (I hope 😉

Jackie Murawska of North Central College compiled a table showing results (from various colleges/universities) answering the question:

How will your redesigned program ensure that elementary education majors will obtain the mathematics content as prescribed by ISBE’s Part 20 Rules which include College Algebra and Statistics topics?

Jackie compiled the document in preparation for our March 1 Mathematics Teacher Education Summit and edited it (thanks Jackie) after the summit.

I have turned this into a Google Doc.  The goal is to be able to add too and edit this document.

This is a new step for myself and many of us, but should be a good step to improve collaboration.  Please help.

To join in and help add to, and edit, this document:

  1. You need a Google account and be able to navigate to Google Drive.  You may already have a Google account.  One Google account works for Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive (which is Google docs), and more.  Your Google account can be linked to more than one email (including your .edu email).
  2. You need to have me (Jim Olsen) share the Google document with you.  Send me (to JR‑ a request asking to be able to edit the document.  I’ll ‘tickle’ the keys to share the document with you.
  3. Go to Google Drive to the Shared with Me folder.  The filename is
    Compiled Summit Chart -toUpdateAndShare
  4. Open the file and edit.  Google Drive should save changes every few seconds.

I hope it works!  Report difficulties and successes to me (JR‑

Call for Questions

We will begin the Mathematics Teacher Education Summit (after the Welcome) with a Question & Answer Session with Jason Helfer (from ISBE).

Between now and Tuesday, Feb. 25 we will be collecting questions.

Please submit your questions on any of the following:

  • Part 20.120 Standards (Math Standards for Elementary Teachers) – clarification, implementation, etc.
  • Part 21.150 Standards (Math Standards for Math Teachers in the Middle Grades) – clarification, implementation, etc.
  • edTPA
  • Educator Licensure and endorsements
  • Teacher candidate preparation and assessment
  • Common Core and PARCC

Please submit your questions via

Please be fairly brief.  If you wish to express a concern, do so succinctly and state your question.

At the Question & Answer Session with Jason Helfer we will read the questions and Dr. Helfer will respond.  At the session we also plan to have time for attendees to ask follow-up questions and additional questions.

We plan to share the list of questions, in advance, with Jason Helfer, so that he can better prepare answers.

Please submit your questions now.  Thank you.