Dr. Cathy Liebars, department co-Chair and Mathematics Education Coordinator, gave the keynote address at Beginning the Dialogue: Preparing Pre-service Elementary Teachers for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Her talk was on “The Implications of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers”. The conference, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (NJAMTE) and Monmouth University’s School of Science, was held on August 14, 2013. Its purpose was to “work toward agreement among the two- and four-year colleges in New Jersey on the appropriate mathematical education of pre-service elementary teachers. This is made urgent by the recent adoption of new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M), which expand the mathematics to be taught in elementary school.”