AMTE Community Circles

Community Circles are a benefit of being a member of AMTE. The purpose of Community Circles is to do exactly what their title implies -- to build community among AMTE members while also having informal conversations centered around a topic or group of interest. Circles meet a minimum of four times across the academic year, but some Circles meet more frequently. An e-mail announcement is sent at the beginning of each month to members announcing the Circle schedule for that month.

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Name of Community Circle

Description

Anti-racist Teaching Practices in Mathematics Education

The AMTE antiracist community circle aims at addressing race and racism in K-12 schools and math methods courses by engaging MTE’s with (re)thinking their practices and research to advance an antiracist mathematics curriculum.

Early Career MTEs (including Graduate Students)

Welcome early career MTEs and graduate students.  Our discussions will address topics and questions of interest such as finishing a dissertation, looking for a job, and responsibilities in different types of higher education institutions and departments. We will also share strategies for balancing life and the professional work of mathematics teacher educators.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Mathematics Education

This Community Circle focuses on LGBTQ+ inclusion in mathematics education. We discuss various stresses that our community deals with in educational settings including issues like the Florida, "don't say gay" law and trans athlete bans. We also work to educate our colleagues on the importance of explicit LGBTQ+ inclusion in mathematics teacher preparation programs.

MTEs Rethinking Grades

This Community Circle focuses on practices related to grades and grading. We discuss alternatives to traditional grading (e.g., labor-based grading contracts, ungrading approaches) and provide space for participants to share methods, experiences, and ideas. Participants learn how other MTEs are humanizing grading within their context and ideas for implementing within coursework. We aim to build a community for MTEs seeking to change their grading practice that is encouraging, reflective, and supportive. 

MTEs who are Sole MTE at Institution

This Community Circle brings together individuals who are the Sole MTEs at their University, College, or Institution. We focus on creating a shared space to collectively discuss and engage with ‘problems of practice’ that Sole MTEs face in their work. In doing so we have (1) shared specific strategies and challenges when working with students through (and beyond) a global pandemic, (2) gained expertise and support from colleagues across institutions who are Sole MTEs, and (3) created professional connections for mentorship, research collaborations, and teaching supports/tools. At the end of last academic year, our Community Circle focused on how to connect with and use AMTE as a resource. Led by Tim Hendrix, we learned the specifics about the structure of our organization and ideas/suggestions for how to serve AMTE across years and promotions in a career. This academic year, 2022-2023, we plan to increase our professional connections and focus on specific topics raised by Community Circle members, such as collaborations with intersecting departments (e.g., how individuals in math departments connect with ed departments), and research collaborations within our group.

Simulations to Support Pre-service Teachers develop Mathematics Teaching Practices

Simulations, such as rehearsals, are commonly used in mathematics methods courses to support pre-service teachers in developing effective teaching practices. This Community Circle focuses on discussing the various ways we utilize simulations. Our aim is to help build our capacity as MTEs to use simulations to develop pre-service teachers' mathematics teaching practices. Some of the topics we plan to discuss are: how to help pre-service teachers draw connections between the experiences from the university classroom and the K-12 classroom; how to help pre-service teachers consider issues of access and equity in meaningful ways when engaged in a simulation of practice; and how to provide thoughtful and comprehensive feedback during simulations with large numbers of pre-service teachers.

Statistics and Data Science Teacher Education

This community circle focuses on issues related to preparing teachers of mathematics to teach concepts and practices of statistics and data science. We are an open and welcoming circle for anyone interested in learning more related to our focus. We share resources and ideas as well as build community. 

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