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Renowned Magician to Perform "All About Math" Magic Show at TIME 2000 Conference Nov. 16


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Friday, November 16


--Noted Children’s Author Greg Tang, Who Has Written Grapes of Math, Math Potatoes and Math-erpieces, Will Conduct a Workshop on Math Literacy--

WHAT: Sixth Annual TIME 2000 Conference, Celebrating Mathematics Teaching.
WHY: To expose high school students to the excitement of mathematics and to encourage them to consider a career in the mathematics education profession. There is a shortage of qualified math teachers in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, in 2005, close to 60% of middle school students were taught mathematics by teachers who had neither an undergraduate major nor math certification.
WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2007
8:30 - 9:20 am Breakfast and Registration
9:30 - 9:45 am Opening remarks by TIME 2000 Director Alice Artzt,
Queens College President James Muyskens
and Dean of Education Penny Hamrich
9:45 – 10:50 am Keynote by magician Bradley Fields with his presentation of MatheMagic! ™ “The Exciting Magic Show All About Math!”
11:00 – 11:50 am Session I Workshops (alternate locations)
12:00 – 12:50 pm Session II Workshops (alternate locations)
1:00 – 2:00 pm Closing Remarks and Student Panel
Q & A with TIME 2000 Students

Details on workshop locations and times will be included in the program and on signage at Colden Auditorium. We can provide media with the topics in advance.
WHERE: Queens College, Colden Auditorium
For directions, go to

Internationally celebrated magician Bradley Fields has appeared in hundreds of schools, theatres, and performing arts centers from coast to coast, and recently enjoyed a two-week run on London’s West End. Using a “discovery approach,” his show connects with children of different ages, abilities and learning styles. Comedy, magic and storytelling are used to engage children in math-skills and problem solving, while tie-ins to language, science, philosophy and ancient civilizations provide them with a new outlook on history and the power and the beauty of the language of math. Following the program, Fields will present a workshop for high school teachers on exploring creative approaches to education.

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 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 teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12.

Over 300 high school students, representing 20 high schools from New York City and Long Island—all of whom enjoy the subject and may be considering careers as math teachers—will attend the conference with their teachers. 80 Queens College students and several college administrators and professors will also attend. Workshops will stress the fun and excitement of teaching math, focusing on such diverse topics as How to Avoid Foreclosure!, Bubbles, Candy, Spirals AND MATH, What Flavor is Your Battery?, November Sky – Where will that rocket land? and How high can Superman leap? Popular children’s author Greg Tang will present a workshop on Math Literacy - The Next Frontier, that explores an amazingly simple yet effective way of using poems, art and even art history to think about numbers, arithmetic, and problem-solving.

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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