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Over 270 High School Students Will Attend TIME 2000 Math Conference at Queens College


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory for Friday, November 18, 2005


-- Recruiting Event Is Planned to Overcome Serious Shortage of Math Teachers --


This year, less than 41% of NYC eighth-graders scored “proficient” or “advanced” in the required statewide math exams.

In 2005, less than 53% of NYC students in grades 3-8 taking both the required NYS and NYC math exams scored “proficient” or “advanced.”

• In 2004, up to 60% of middle school students nationwide were taught mathematics by
teachers who had neither an undergraduate major nor certification in mathematics.

The need for skilled math educators is clear. TIME 2000 was created to solve this problem.

WHAT: The fourth annual TIME 2000 conference, “Celebrating Mathematics Teaching,” will be attended by more than 270 New York City and Long Island high school students who enjoy mathematics and are considering careers as math teachers. Thirty math teachers will also attend. Workshops stress the fun and excitement of teaching math and will focus on such topics as applying the concept of the parabola to the game of tennis and making a clinometer, a surveyor’s measuring tool.
Cathy Seeley, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, will deliver the keynote address.
WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2005
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Conference Opening Remarks
9:45 – 10:50 a.m. Keynote: “Teaching Math in a Flattening World – How Can You Make a Difference?"
11:00 – 12:50 a.m. Workshop Sessions
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Student Panel and Closing Remarks
Details on workshop locations and times will be included in the program and signage at LeFrak Hall.
WHERE: Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall (Music Building)
For directions, go to

About TIME 2000
The TIME 2000 Program is an undergraduate program at Queens College designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. (The TIME acronym stands for Teaching Improvement through Mathematics Education.) Participating students, who are recruited out of high school, are provided with up to four years of free tuition through the program in exchange for pursuing careers as secondary school math teachers.

Students in the program major in mathematics and minor in secondary education. They work closely with professors and peers and engage in course work, seminars and special extracurricular activities. Upon graduation and completion of New York State examinations, the students are qualified to begin teaching mathematics in grades 7 through 12.

For more information, please visit .

Attention, media: We are glad to arrange pre-interviews with Dr. Alice Artzt, the TIME 2000 founder and director.


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