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MfA Summer Think 2017

Graphic for WebsiteI’m excited to be participating in the inaugural Summer Think, a teacher-led summer conference hosted by Math for America.

The theme of the conference is Big Ideas In and Out of the Classroom.   I’ll be delivering the opening keynote, Connecting Big Ideas In and Out of the Classroom, and will also be running a related workshop later in the conference.  I’m honored to be providing the opening remarks for this event, which is undoubtedly the first of many.

The Summer Think has been organized and orchestrated by teachers from Math for America’s various fellowship programs, and features two dozen sessions proposed and facilitated by teachers.  In addition to the underlying support offered through their fellowship programs, MfA has provided organizational support for the conference.

Teacher-led, teacher-driven professional development lies at the heart of Math for America’s programs, and the fact that over 50 teachers are participating in a conference less than two weeks after the end of the school year speaks to the impact it has on MfA’s teachers.

You can learn more about the conference, including a list of sessions and presenters, here.

World Science Festival 2017

I am excited to be a part of the 2017 World Science Festival!

The World Science Festival is a week-long celebration of science and the arts in New York City.  Now in its tenth year, the WSF has drawn over a million and a half visitors to its science-themed activities, which are designed for the public and hosted all over the city.

I will be participating in the WSF’s Ultimate Science Sunday, a day full of interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and games.  I’ll be constructing a large aperiodic tiling with visitors, as well as sharing some cool 3D-printed mathematics.

The 2017 World Science Festival runs from May 30th to June 4th. You can see the entire Ultimate Science Sunday program here, and find out more about the World Science Festival here.

Making Math with Scratch — Scratch Ed

Scratch Ed, an organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that supports teaching and learning with Scratch, recently profiled some of my work teaching mathematics using Scratch.

The article, Making Math with Scratch, highlights a Math for America workshop I ran for teachers that centered on approaching mathematical concepts through the lens of coding and computer science.  Several projects I use in my classroom are featured, and I also discuss why I like teaching with Scratch and how it’s become a valuable part of my approach to teaching math.

The purpose of the workshop and Patrick’s classroom activities are to demonstrate the power of bringing mathematics and computer science together. “Ultimately the goal is to show how math and computer science are great partners in problem solving. And Scratch provides a terrific platform for that.” 

I’m excited to share the work I’ve been doing with math and Scratch over the past few years–including talks and workshops at conferences like Scratch@MIT, SIAM ED, and the upcoming NCTM Annual meeting–and I really appreciate this nice profile from Scratch Ed.

You can read the full article, Making Math with Scratchat the Scratch Ed website.

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

Donors Choose, with support from the Simons Foundation and the Overdeck Family Foundation, has launched the Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge.

Teachers are invited to design innovative, hands-on math and science projects that will engage and excite students outside of school, and then submit those projects through  Eligible projects will receive matching funds from the Simons and Overdeck Foundations, and the top five entries will win an additional $5,000 in classroom funding.

Winners will be determined by a panel of judges led by astronaut and author Leland Melvin.  I am proud to be one of the teachers on the panel, and I’m excited to see the cool projects submitted by classroom teachers from around the country!

You can read about the Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge here and find all the participation details at the Donors Choose website here.

PAEMST Applicant Webinar

On Wednesday, February 15th, I’ll be participating in a webinar hosted by the National Science Foundation for teachers who are applying for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The purpose of the webinar is to help interested teachers navigate the application process, which involves a lot of planning, recording, reflecting, and writing.  As a PAEMST awardee, I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences applying for, and receiving, the award.

If you are applying for the PAEMST, or considering it, you can register for the free webinar by clicking here and searching for “Applicant Webinar”.  I will be participating in the webinar on 2/15 at 2:00 pm, but NSF is running webinars throughout the nomination period, so there are many dates and times to choose from.

And if you know a deserving teacher, it’s not too late to nominate them for the Presidential Award!  You have until April 1st, 2017.

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