3rd Annual National Flagway Tournament at the National Math Festival in Washington D.C.

May 4, 2019

The Young People’s Project 3rd Annual National Flagway Tournament was held in Washington D.C. as part of the 2019 National Math Festival. The festival was held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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March 30, 2019

In this event, teams from Alton, Illinois competed to win the 2019 Alton Math Games League Championship. The winning team, the Hoop Loops, will go on to compete at the 2019 National Math Festival in Washington DC. Due to funding from the Young People’s Project, the second place team, the Green Denominators, will also compete in Washington DC.

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Young People’s Project and New England College have partnered to offer a Spring 2019 course. Maisha Moses and Samuel Freeman are leading the course along with Professor of Education, Bill Preble.

Course Number and Title: ED 3990– Is Math Literacy a Civil Right? Everyone Can Learn Math if it’s FUN!–Field Experience

Course Description:

You don’t need to be good at math or enjoy math to do well in this course. You just need to want to change the world!

In this course, we will explore these questions:

1. What happens to people’s hopes and dreams in the 21 st Century, and their chances for living ahappy, successful life, when they hate math, fear math, or are horrible at math?

2. Are the future life chances and opportunities for success of students from low income or racially and ethnically diverse families, even more profoundly affected when they fail to learn math?

3. Should quality math instruction and math learning for all be a civil right?

4. What are the most effective strategies we can use to help all students understand and successfully learn math?

The course is for students who want to make a positive difference in young people’s lives by helping 4th and 5th grade students get more comfortable with math and learn math by playing math games that make learning math engaging and fun! Join us as we learn how to stand up for mathematics literacy for ALL students as a civil right. Learn how you can help students from one of the most diverse, low-income elementary schools in NH ensure that all of their students are able to learn math, when they are provided with the right kinds of learning opportunities. Become part of the solution to this important problem by becoming a FLAGWAY Coach! Everyone can learn math when it is fun!

Professional Training from The Young People’s Project (YPP):
NEC has provided us with funding to bring a team of world-class trainers to prepare you for your roles as FLAGWAY coaches and math literacy mentors. You will be required to participate in approximately 40 hours of training to prepare you to successfully assume your role as a FLAGWAY coach.

Dear Friends of the Algebra Project – it is with great sadness that we share news of the unexpected passing of Dr. David W. Henderson yesterday, following being struck by a car in a pedestrian crosswalk on Wednesday, December 19.  David’s transformative work with the Algebra Project and the Alliance since 2005 infused experiential approaches to Geometry curriculum materials and professional development strategies. David was a world-renowned researcher of mathematics and mathematics education and loving family man.  His loss is incalculable; he will be sorely missed.  We will share updates as we learn more from the family.

Update: Read more about David Henderson’s life in this article published by Cornell Chronicle.

A memorial service is scheduled for February 23 at 11 a.m. in Anabel Taylor Hall at Cornell.

Do you want to empower diverse teens to learn math concepts and skills? Do you believe in education that supports high school students’ gifts and passions? Would you like to work at an intentionally-diverse, tuition-free boarding school based on relationships and respect?

At Eagle Rock, our teachers work together to develop empowering, relevant learning experiences for our students. We care about each other’s success, our students’ experience, and work hard to constantly innovate. We are committed to our students and contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts across the country. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our website (www.eaglerockschool.org) to get a better feel for the School and Professional Development Center.

We’ll be honest; Eagle Rock isn’t for everybody. If you believe students need to be “taught lessons,” that instructors should follow a pre-set curriculum, or that learning is limited to the traditional school day; then this school is not for you. If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here. However, if you have boundless energy, an inherent trust in students, a desire to collaborate with peers, and an ambition to impact secondary education nationally, then we want to hear from you.

For more, see the job listing at this link.

The Young People’s Project will conduct training in Alton, Illinois on November 8 – 10, 2018.

The Young People’s Project is conducting training in the flagway game at the following dates and locations:

October 25-27: Washington Teachers Union in Washington D.C.
October 25-27: Mathematics Literacy Initiative at Ohio State University in Mansfield
October 30-Nov 1: Heinz Fellows in Pittsburgh

The Southern Initiative Algebra Project (SIAP) held a Saturday youth leadership workshop on September 8, 2018 at Dillard University for Dillard and Xavier University youth leaders. The purpose of this workshop was to prepare youth for their roles as mathematics tutors in the schools in which SIAP is working with teachers. Participants made fraction kits and explored how to use these models to help students develop conceptual understanding of fractions and alleviate their issues with fractions. A discussion on last year’s tutoring experiences preceded the assignment of youth tutoring placements based on the classroom teachers’ needs, youths’ availability and the grade levels and schools youth preferred based on access. Then, youth participants worked on tape diagram models for problems; tape diagrams are a mainstay of the Eureka Curriculum used in the local schools. Finally, these participants shared their Community Action Plans that they developed at the 2-week intensive Youth Leadership Development Institute in May 2018 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Next steps were discussed for implementing their plans.

Twenty-four (24) youth participants from Dillard University and Xavier University Louisiana attended the workshop. Workshop trainers included Jessie Cooper-Gibbs and Staffas Broussard. Dr. Nia Haydel, Director, Academic Center for Excellence & Honors Program at Dillard University attended the workshop as well.

The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Mathematical Field of Dreams Conference. This is the second year the conference will be held at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

The Conference will bring together faculty in the mathematical sciences with students from backgrounds underrepresented in those fields. This will be an exciting weekend that will provide something for everyone.

For more information, visit the conference website.

On June 26 and 27, Eagle Rock facilitated a two day STEAM Retreat for Fannie Lou Hamer High School.

The outcomes of that event were to
1 – MAP the current reality of the four year math curriculum
2- CONNECT the current flow of activities to the mathematical thinking addressed
3- REFLECT on flow from mathematical thinking perspective
Is this what we want – adjustments to make?
Gaps we are seeing or things to eliminate?
New experiences?
DECIDE the Division 1/2 flow we will go with in 2018-19
4- ANALYZE an already strong exhibition in light of work we have done.
5- DRAFT next steps for doing similar work with other exhibitions