LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Parents aren’t the only ones who wonder how well their children are prepared for college. Teachers care too, and 35 of them will meet at the University of Louisville next week to work on improving the transition from high school to college in mathematics education.

    The workshop on “Connecting High School and College Mathematics” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-25 in Room 201, Miller Information Technology Center.

    U of L’s mathematics department and the College of Education and Human Development are organizing the Louisville workshop for the first time. Besides U of L faculty and staff members, presenters will include representatives from Northern Kentucky University, Spalding University, Lexington Community College, Jefferson Community College and high schools.

    Round-table discussions will address Kentucky’s high school “core content” and how it relates to college mathematics coursework. The teachers will work on strategies to prepare students for college mathematics, including ways to encourage them to take math as seniors.

    High school teachers from Jefferson County Public Schools and surrounding counties will learn more about the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMTP), which promotes a voluntary online test whereby high school sophomores and juniors can assess their skills and readiness for college math and later can structure their senior years accordingly.

    High school and college educators also will team up to demonstrate how they teach geometry, precalculus, algebra, probability and statistics.

    The workshop is sponsored by the IAS Park City Project, part of the national Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Several U of L faculty members have participated in the research institute’s three-week summer residential sessions in Park City, Utah.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.