The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership: The Power of a Networked Improvement Community to Transform Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation

AMTE Professional Book Series, Vol. 4 (2020)


W. Gary Martin, Auburn University
Brian R. Lawler, Kennesaw State University
Alyson E. Lischka, Middle Tennessee State University
Wendy M. Smith, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Series Editor

Babette M. Benken, California State University Long Beach


This book provides an overview of a body of work conducted over the past seven years related to the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers by the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership), a national consortium of more than 90 universities and 100 school systems. The MTE-Partnership is organized as a Networked Improvement Community (NIC), which combines the disciplined inquiry of improvement science with the power of networking to accelerate improvement by engaging a broad set of participants. The MTE-Partnership is addressing key challenges in secondary mathematics teacher preparation, including:

  • Supporting the development of content knowledge relevant to teaching secondary mathematics;
  • Providing effective clinical experiences to teacher candidates;
  • Recruiting secondary mathematics teacher candidates, ensuring program completion and their subsequent retention in the field as early career teachers;
  • Supporting overall transformation of secondary mathematics teacher preparation in alignment with these challenges;
  • Ensuring a focus on equity and social justice in secondary mathematics teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction.

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