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Unlocking the Mathematical Gate: Pathways to and Through College Mathematics

Presenter: Andre Freeman
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching launched two Pathway courses for developmental math students in fall 2011: Statway, a statistics course, and Quantway, a quantitative reasoning sequence. The work of the Carnegie Community College Pathways Program is carried out through the establishment of Networked Improvement Communities. In this session, the presenter will describe the collective impact of the Pathways Program and discuss how a network of researchers and practitioners work to identify the causes of barriers to student motivation and learning, and design interventions to address these barriers.

Andre Freeman, Chair, Professor of Mathematics, Capital Community College
Andre Freeman collaborates with researchers and practitioners in Networked Improvement Communities—led by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—to implement and advance new mathematics pathways for community college students. Utilizing research on mathematics pedagogy and mathematical learning, Freeman contributes to the development, design, and implementation of the Carnegie Community College Pathways Program’s instructional systems. He teaches mathematics and statistics and contributes to statewide mathematics redesign initiatives that focus on the development of new models for teaching developmental mathematics in Connecticut community colleges. From 2011 to 2014, Freeman co-developed the Connecticut Common Core Algebra 1 curriculum and mentored teachers on curriculum implementation strategies that foster mathematical engagement and productive mathematical dispositions. Freeman is currently a doctoral candidate in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include mathematical modeling, mathematical reasoning, and mathematical perspectives. Freeman earned an MS in Applied Mathematics and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.