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The Third Annual Columbus Day Symposium

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Devoted to the teaching of the mathematically gifted, the Third Annual Columbus Day Symposium took place on Monday, October 12, 2015. The symposium invited world-renowned mathematicians and mathematics educators to engage with historical, psychological, social, and political issues in the field. Looking at gifted mathematics education through the perspective of a continuum, the scholars and panelists encouraged attendees to think about the larger focus around identification, mathematical identity, and opportunities for development to spark mathematical interests and talents in classrooms and in spaces that go beyond schools.

The symposium included a presentation—via Skype—by Dr. Geoffrey Howson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, who was awarded the “Teachers College Columbia University International Achievement Award in Mathematics Education.” The morning and afternoon keynote addresses were offered by Dr. Roza Leikin (University of Haifa) and Dr. Igor Krichever (Columbia University) respectively.

Other panelists included Teachers College scholars and educators, like Dr. Erica Walker, Dr. Alexander Karp, Dr. Stuart Weinberg, and Dr. Henry Pollak. Also speaking was Dr. Mark Saul from The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. A new reference book, titledInternational Panorama of Special Secondary Schools for the Mathematically Talented (IPSSSMT), which was edited by Professor Bruce R. Vogeli, was also presented and made available for sale. For more information about this book, please go to:


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