OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2008 - Marriott Wardman Park, WASHINGTON, DC



A hearty thanks to all of you (80 teams and over 300 participants) who came to Washington for the first National Math Panel Forum on October 6 and 7.  The written action plans you developed are available below.


Action Plans


Each of the teams participating in the National Math Panel Forum developed an action plan directed at one or more of the recommendations and findings of the National Math Panel Report.  These action plans were developed in discussions with other teams having similar interests during the breakout sessions.  The team action plans are posted in groups according to the breakout session groupings.

Team Action Plans


As an additional reference to help locate a particular team and its action plan, here is a list of the teams who participated, organized according to the constituency the team represents. 

Team listing according to constituency represented



Working group pictures are here. More pictures here.


Speakers' Presentations


The power point versions of the speakers' presentations are available for viewing or downloading. 

Larry Faulkner - Overview of the Report of the National Math Panel Report

Deborah Ball - Teachers and Teacher Education (Updated version with message from Deborah)

Joan Ferrini-Mundy - Research

Robert Siegler - Instructional Materials


Also available is a general Department of Education presentation about the report.  Portions of this were used by Robert Siegler in his pinch hit presentation on Learning Processes when the original speaker was unable to come at the last minute.


Secretary Margaret Spellings' lunch remarks are posted on the Department of Education website.



The National Mathematics Advisory Panel (National Math Panel) was charged with reviewing the best available scientific evidence and making recommendations on improving mathematics education with a focus on readiness for and success in algebra and mathematics education in grades K–8. The Panel's final report, Foundations for Success, was issued on March 13, 2008. The report contains 45 findings and recommendations on numerous topics, including curricular content, learning processes, instructional practices and materials, teachers, assessments, and future research priorities. In response to a National Math Panel recommendation, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences, hosted this Forum to bring together various organizations and other interested parties to discuss ways to use the findings as a platform to improve mathematics education in the United States.

This Forum, planned to be the first in a series, focused on four of the seven areas in which the National Math Panel makes recommendations:

bulletTeachers and Teacher Education
bulletLearning Processes
bulletInstructional Materials
bulletStandards of Evidence—Research Policies and Mechanisms

Information for Participants

The documents below were in the registration packets at the meeting.


The meeting was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.  It began at 6:00pm on Monday, October 6, and concluded by 4:00pm on Tuesday, October 7.  The on-line agenda contains the full schedule.
Agenda web version.
Agenda MSWord version.

List of Participants

A complete list of participants is available, grouped by team and by the various constituent groups the teams represent---math professional societies, other national professional societies, state and local school systems and coalitions, academic institutions, non-profit educational organizations, publishers and commercial services, and National Science Foundation and Department of Education representatives. 
Participant List web version.
Participant List MSWord version.

Team Information

All teams were asked to identify which of the four recommendation areas listed above and which specific recommendations they would be working on.   They also were asked briefly to discuss their plans and resources.  All the responses are now available on line.

Team Information web version.
Team Information MSWord version.

Breakout Groups

The 80 teams have been grouped into 15 breakout groups organized primarily according to area and recommendations of interest to the teams.  A listing of these groupings is also available on-line
Breakout Groups web version.
Breakout Groups MSWord Version.

There is also a one page listing of all the room assignments and the facilitators for the working groups.
Room Assignments web version.
Room Assignments MSWord version.

Participant Contact Information

A complete alphabetical listing of all participants and their email addresses was in the registration packet, but will not be published on the web.


CBMS gratefully acknowledges the additional support provided for this event by the National Science Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation.