Session presented at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in Holland, MI.

We presented preliminary findings from the *Preparing to Teach Algebra* (*PTA*) project in the following areas:

- Overview of Findings from
*PTA*national survey - Opportunities to learn (OTL) about Equity and Algebra to support teaching and learning
*CCSSM*and Algebra to support teaching and learning

**Overview of Findings**

**Significant****variation**in preparation programs**Extensive coursework**for OTL algebra in advanced mathematics courses- OTL equity issues in algebra are
**generally not provided** - OTL about (or to teach) the algebra, functions & modeling strands in
*CCSSM*are**less likely** - Many programs
**have made changes**to address some aspects of*CCSSM*

**Equity and Algebra**

**Readings and discussions:**Some instructors used articles to generate awareness and promote discussions about equity.**Secondary Mathematics Methods:**Each one of the 4 universities incorporated at some extent equity aspects in (at least one of) their Methods courses.**Conceptual and cognitive aspects:**Instructors addressed issues such as conceptual understanding and how to make it more accessible to students and high cognitive demand tasks (not necessarily high difficulty) as a means of providing diverse options to solve problems.

*CCSSM* and Algebra

**Content and Practice standards:**Understanding how these two pieces of*CCSSM*interact**Using/Dissecting**Working to unpack the standards in order to understand and implement*CCSSM:***Connecting CCSSM and Teaching:**Personalizing the standards document as applicable to practice

**Discussion**

Throughout the session, we asked teachers to reflect on their own experiences and experiences in their teaching programs.

**Acknowledgements:**

This study comes from the *Preparing to Teach Algebra* project, a collaborative project between groups at Michigan State (PI: Sharon Senk) and Purdue (co-PIs: Yukiko Maeda and Jill Newton) Universities. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation grant DRL-1109256.

Stehr, E.M., Craig, J., & Medel, L. (2014, August) *Preparation of Algebra Teachers.* Paper presented at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, Holland, MI.