California Algebra Forum

The California Algebra Forum was a collaborative effort among the California Department of Education (CDE), the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC), the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, and statewide curriculum groups. The focus of this project was to build a statewide network of technical assistance providers well versed in the best research related to classroom instruction in Algebra.

Archived Work Highlights

Presentation Toolkit (2009)

  • The following documents were developed by the Algebra Forum Leadership team to help facilitate discussions about the issues related to supporting all students to be proficient in algebra. Example documents in the tool kit included.
    • PowerPoint: “Supporting Mathematical Proficiency for ALL Students” (PDF)
    • An Annotated Bibliography: Supporting Mathematical Proficiency for ALL Students contains “works cited” from the slideshow located in the presentation toolkit. Additional resources are provided in section two of the documents. (DOC)

Forums ( 2007 I,2008 II, 2010 III, 2012 IV)

California Algebra Forum hosted a series of four large forums from (2007-2012) to further the research-based dialogue for increasing student achievement in mathematics, and on supporting success in algebra for all students. Regional teams, representing a range of perspectives that included pre-K through higher education educators attended to hear from respected mathematics and education researchers. The forums also provided opportunities for these regional representatives from around the state to interact with each other, and to create a local and statewide network in California.

Algebra Forum IV Program 2012: California Common Core Standards: A New Era for Mathematics Education (Program PDF)

The goals of the Algebra Forum IV were to:

  • Share knowledge of current research that supports success in algebra
  • Provide continuing support and resources for the statewide network of technical assistance providers
  • Support the development of Mathematical Proficiency for all students
  • Support participants in their advocacy for excellence in mathematics education.

Review Algebra Forum Session Video clips to learn more from the presentations given at Algebra Forum IV. The sessions included:

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University (PDF)
  • Assessment Policies and Implications: A National and State Perspective – Deb Sigman, California Department of Education (PPT)
  • What are the Rules? How Students’ Mathematical Beliefs and Practices Trap Them in a Cycle of Low Achievement Jo Boaler and Cathy Humphreys, Stanford University (PDF)
  • Learning and Teaching Fractions for Conceptual Understanding (2012) 
April Cherrington, San Mateo County Office of Education, Joan Easterday, North Bay Math Project, CaMSP, Project LEAD, Susie W. Hakansson, California Mathematics Project
    • Part 1: Teaching and Learning Fractions with Conceptual Understanding (PPT)
    • Part 2: Teaching and Learning Fractions with Conceptual Understanding (PPT)
    • Part 3: Teaching and Learning Fractions with Conceptual Understanding (PPT)
  • CCSS Progressions in Mathematics (2012) 
William G. McCallum , Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona (
PDF)
  • 
9-11 High School Sequence and Illustrative Mathematics Project (2012) 
Patrick Callahan, Co-Director California Mathematics Project (PDF)
  • CCSS Implementation and Connections (2012) 
Phil Lafontaine, California Department of Education (PDF)

Algebra Forum III 2010

Algebra Forum II Program 2008: A Continuing Focus on Algebra Research (Program PDF)

The goals of the Algebra Forum II were to:

  • Share knowledge of current research that supports success in algebra
  • Provide continuing support and resources for the statewide network of technical assistance providers
  • Support the development of Mathematical Proficiency for all students
  • Share final findings of the National Math Panel and set the stage for the 2010 Algebra Forum.

Spotlight Examples

  • The Algebra Crisis (2008)
, Philip Daro and David Foster, America’s Choice and Robert N. Noyce Foundation

  • Applying Research-Based Principles for Effective Teaching to Algebra Classrooms (2008)
, James Hiebert, University of Delaware (Session Slides – PDF)
  • California State Vision (2008), 
Phil Lafontaine, California Department of Education (Session Slides – PDF)
  • Findings and Recommendations of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008), 
Larry R. Faulkner Chair, National Mathematics Advisory Panel and President of Houston Endowment (Session Slides – PDF)

Algebra Forum I 2007: Raising the Professional Dialogue: Examining current research to improve student learning (Program PDF)