OXFORD, Miss. – Joel Amidon, associate professor of secondary education at UM, will be the opening speaker at the AMTE conference to be held on Feb. 11-13.
Amidon joins Naomi Jessup, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education at Georgia State University and Sandra Crespo, professor of mathematics education at Michigan State University, as a panelist for the opening session of the AMTE conference on Feb. 11.
Amidon, along with Jessup and Crespo, will discuss how the events of 2020 have challenged mathematics teacher educators to rethink their practice and what needs to change in regards to mathematics teacher education.
“The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators conference offers a good mix of research and practice presentations that allow math teacher educators, like myself, to improve my practice and improve the field,” said Amidon. “Also, the conference allows for valuable, informal conversations around the improvement of mathematics teacher education, as well as being both mentored and mentoring others in the field.”
Amidon was selected as a panelist because of his work as co-host of the Teaching Math Teaching podcast, a podcast that discusses topics relevant to mathematics teacher educators in various roles. The podcast offers a perspective on the field of mathematics teacher education through conversations with a wide variety of people involved in math teacher education.
“I am forever grateful for the support of the School of Education in funding travel to such events like the AMTE annual conference,” said Amidon. “Events such as these allow us to share our expertise with the field and allow us to bring back knowledge, resources, and professional relationships that help us to improve teacher education at the University of Mississippi and improve education in Mississippi.”
By Meaghan Flores