Deborah Ball
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It is our pleasure to introduce Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of mathematics education and teacher education at the University of Michigan. Deborah Ball has written extensively on education reform, and especially the reform of mathematics teaching. Much of her insight builds on a careful investigation of the mathematical thinking that children and their teachers need to do for deep learning to take place. From this engagement with math learning, Deborah Ball has developed her understanding of what math teacher education should be like -- and the implications of this for real math education reform. Her keynote is entitled, "Using Content Knowledge in Teaching: What Do Teachers Have to Do, and Therefore Have to Learn?"

The keynote address serves to give all participants a common orientation to the conference, and a point of departure. It will also lead to the plenary keynote discussion which will be moderated by Deborah Ball. Please note that the keynote is in two segments this year: Part I begins on the first day of the conference, and Part II will begin on Friday, May 16th. Each part has a discussion associated with it. The classroom video will be discussed as part of Part II.

We urge all registrants to take an active role in the discussion. You may be reading this while sitting in the quiet of your office, but you should imagine a room full of colleagues listening to the keynote with you, and eager to join the discussion.

Teaching well depends on more than "knowing subject matter," understanding learning, and being able to present material clearly. Teaching is itself a specialized form of work that entails substantial content-based problem solving and reasoning. This keynote will probe examples of such work, examine what it requires of teachers, and engage participants in considering the implications of this perspective for the content preparation and continuing education of teachers.

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