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Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Math Podcasts

Math Podcasts


Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast


Monday, November 18th, 2019

2019 PMENA Working Group on Early Math Modeling

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Routines to support math talk

Love how my friends at Howard County share all their wonderful math resources.

Look fors by my friend John San Giovanni gets at the heart of meaningful math teaching!!!



Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Math Modeling Networked Improvement Communities (MMNIC)

Lewis, C. (2015). What is improvement science? Do we need it in education? Educational Researcher, 44(1), 54–61.

process of improving practice through systematic inquiry


Education researchers engage in improving practice, but their findings are seldom shared beyond their school, district, or state (Zeichner, 2001). Thus, promising practices often are not implemented in new contexts or are implemented on a large scale without the necessary capacity to do so and without careful attention to the challenges of implementation (Bryk et al., 2015; Coburn & Stein, 2010)

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Motivated-COMPUTE Equity

As I begin a new semester with excited new pre-service teachers, I am inspired by Ilana Horn’s book @ilana_horn, Motivated- Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In! She identifies five features of a motivational classroom: Students’ sense of belongingness, the meaningfulness of learning, students’ competence, structures for accountability and students’ autonomy. Dr. Horn shared how the mathematics classrooms are socially risky places and how we need to decrease that social risk to increase student participation and math talk. Thank you to stellar teachers like @pegcagle, Rafranz Davis, Sadie Estrella, Chris Luniak, Fawn Ngyuen, Elizabeth Statmore who open up their practices and routines that motivate student participation. I believe all their effort builds each and every student to have math power. M-power “empower” as I like to call it.

This powerful message aligns with 7 best equitable teaching practices that I call COMPUTE to provide equity in the math classroom that I will share with my pre-service teachers and with teachers I work with Lesson Study.

COMPUTE for Equitable Teaching and Learning in the Math Classroom

  • Caring, celebrating and connecting to cultural diversity, cultural contexts and the world we live in to engage in mathematics.
  • Owning the math-  Allow students to share their mathematical thinking and author math ideas that builds on collective knowledge
  • Motivating student to learn by providing experience that taps into learners curiosity and interest where they find challenge and academic success.
  • Problem Posing and Problem Solving as the core math activities to develop metacognition.
  • Understanding with competence and confidence that builds  students’ math identity
  • Targeted feedback to math learning for individual needs and accountable learning
  • Emotionally supportive learning environment where learners feel safe, valued and cared for where mistakes are embraced as steps to learning.

(See blog connecting COMPUTE Equity with Math Modeling Activities that Connect to Students Lived Experiences

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Why reflect on Past, Present and Future Math Classroom Experiences

Research shows that teachers have rich lived experiences that impacts their beliefs about math teaching and learning. Many have had meaningful eureka moments in math when they first discovered the beauty of the pattern in numbers like seeing how all the sums of odd numbers were square numbers or a phenomenal math happening like using math to figure out exactly how much food to prepare for a Thanksgiving! Well, you always overestimate when it comes to food and inviting company 🙂 The fact is that when push comes to shove, we teach the way we were taught. So if we really want to invite our students into learning environments where they feel like they belong, we will have to be sure we keep equitable teaching practices front and center. Van de walle et al (2019) showcases the 8 teaching practices that we hope all our aspiring teachers see in their present field placements and hope to implement in their future classrooms.

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

A call for teachers as designers and researchers

With the open access and availability of instructional resources on the internet, teachers need think more like teachers as designers and researchers and not just consumers of instructional materials. This is an important teaching skill that allows teachers to be more judicious when selecting tasks and materials for instruction, accessing student learning through action research in their respective classrooms.

Many of these resources are vetted by educators but individual teachers still owe it to themselves and their students to collect evidence of effectiveness based on their teaching context, student population and needs.

That is where EQUAL Mathematics comes in! This website is part of my instructional resources that helps teachers take existing units, lessons and tasks and supplement the material with an equitable teaching lens. How does the material attend to diverse learners who may need a connection to real world application? What are ways to engage each and every learner to activity participate in the sense making process as the lesson progresses so that one can build ownership in their math thinking? What are the multiple representations that are used to communicate math understanding in small groups and to build collective knowledge in the classroom? What routines for sense making and reasoning is encouraged to promote critical thinking ?

Here are some open educational resources (curriculum)
Also check these sites that I have archived for rich tasks

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Essential Skills for Success for All 

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Grant for Teachers and Leaders

These are some smaller grants that I have seen success with teachers/leaders:

Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 for the innovative use of technology and other tools to “help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions…”

Grades: PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12
Deadline: May 03, 2019
Classroom teachers receive up to $4,000 for support of in-service programs.
Grades: 9-12
Deadline: May 03, 2019
Classroom teachers receive up to $4,000 for support of in-service programs.
Grades: 6-8
Deadline: May 03, 2019
A program grant of up to $24,000 will be awarded to a classroom grades Pre-K–6 teacher seeking to improve his/her understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school mathematics content and pedagogy working toward an advanced degree…
Grades: PreK-5, 6-8
Deadline: May 03, 2019

A grant with a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, preservice teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) …

Grades: PreK-5, 6-8
Deadline: May 03, 2019
Updated! A scholarship with a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to an individual currently teaching mathematics at the grades 6–12 level to complete credited course work in the history of mathematics…
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Deadline: May 03, 2019

Classroom teachers receive up to $4,000 for support of in-service programs.

Grades: PreK-5

Other Grant & Fellowship Opportunities


Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

MSRI focusing on Math Modeling! 

Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2019: Mathematical Modeling in K-16: Community and Cultural ContextsMarch 06, 2019 – March 08, 2019

OrganizersJulia Aguirre (University of Washington – Tacoma)LEAD Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona)Staffas Broussard (The Algebra Project)Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University)Michael Driskill (Math for America )Sol Garfunkel (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP))Genetha Gray (Salesforce)Maria Hernandez (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics)LEAD Rachel Levy (MAA – Mathematical Association of America)Javier Rojo (Oregon State

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Mathematical Modeling (MM) now has increased visibility in the education system and in the public domain. It appears as a content standard for high school mathematics and a mathematical practice standard across the K-12 curriculum (Common Core Standards; and other states’ standards in mathematics education).  Job opportunities are increasing in business, industry and government for those trained in the mathematical sciences. Quantitative reasoning is foundational for civic engagement and de…   Show more
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