Facilitating Whole-Class Discussions on Difficult Topics

I am saddened and frightened by the level of rancor in discussions about gender equity, race, and politics in American society today. What can I do as an educator to make things better? My job in the classroom is not just to teach mathematics. I see my job as also helping students become responsible members of society.… Continue reading Facilitating Whole-Class Discussions on Difficult Topics

Creating New Pathways for Students into STEM

Note: My blog = my viewpoints and opinions, not necessarily those of my employer. One key issue preventing broader participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is that our nation’s two-year and four-year institutions are, relative to each other, respectively oversubscribed and underutilized along certain demographic groups. For example, there is a robust system… Continue reading Creating New Pathways for Students into STEM

Designing the Morning Math Course for the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute Teacher Leadership Program

I've had the tremendous honor of attending the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) every summer since 2003. I've gained a "math camp family" that I treasure dearly. I have learned so much from the people that I've met. It's affected my career in major ways*. I can't say enough good things about it. If you're a math person… Continue reading Designing the Morning Math Course for the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute Teacher Leadership Program

Reading list for “Social Justice and Equity: STEM and Beyond”

This past spring, I had the pure joy of co-teaching a course with Sumi Pendakur at Harvey Mudd College entitled "Social Justice and Equity: STEM and Beyond". Even though we create the course one week before the start of the semester, we got over 50 students to sign up to take it! It was so uplifting… Continue reading Reading list for “Social Justice and Equity: STEM and Beyond”

Making Equity an Integral Part of All Instructional Decisions

A few days ago, CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) and the Institute for Policy Studies recently published a report entitled The Ever-Growing Gap: Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won't Match White Wealth for Centuries. It's a worth-while read, both illuminating and depressing at the same time. The authors argue that the growing wealth divide in… Continue reading Making Equity an Integral Part of All Instructional Decisions