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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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What’s the Big Idea?
by Connie Rivera You may have seen one version or another of Did You Know?, a video that went viral in 2007. I’ve seen it more than once during presentations since WIOA regulations came out. The key take away for me was the idea presented in the video that “We are currently preparing students for … Continue reading What’s the Big Idea?
The Misbegotten Trifle: What Cooking Fails Have in Common with Math Learning
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew In a Thanksgiving episode of the popular nineties sitcom Friends, the character Rachel attempts to make a traditional English trifle. The layers include: ladyfingers, jam, custard, raspberries, beef sautéed with peas and onions, bananas, and whipped cream. As she lists them, the other characters’ reactions go from appreciative to incredulous to disgusted, … Continue reading The Misbegotten Trifle: What Cooking Fails Have in Common with Math Learning

Martha Merson

Martha Merson has worked in adult basic education since 1988. She is currently the project director of the NSF-funded iSWOOP project, among others. She was also the PI and project director of the Statistics for Action project. With Marlene Kliman, she contributed to the development of Mixing in Math activities and training resources for afterschool leaders and librarians serving elementary school aged children. Prior to her time at TERC, Merson taught all levels of adult basic education learners and trained volunteers for the Center for Literacy in Philadelphia and then provided staff development on math, social studies, science and writing through the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, Boston Regional System for Adult Basic Education Support Center. Martha holds an MS in organizational leadership and curriculum instruction from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Donna Curry

Donna Curry is an educator, curriculum developer and professional development specialist with over 25 years of experience in adult education. For the past 15 years, she has focused on math standards development at the national level (Equipped for the Future National Standards and Standards-in-Action projects) and at the state level (including states such as Rhode Island, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Ohio).  She has also worked on the National Science Foundation EMPower project and served as co-director for the NSF Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy (TIAN) project. Most recently she co-developed and implemented the Adult Numeracy Initiative (ANI) project and Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)2. Donna currently directs the SABES Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy professional development initiative for Massachusetts.

 

 

Myriam Steinback

Myriam Steinback, Ph.D., has taught mathematics at the community college and college levels and worked with teachers and prospective teachers on mathematics content and pedagogy. At TERC, she was codirector of the EMPower Project. She directs the Investigations Workshops for Transforming Mathematics, a professional development project for K-5 teachers, leaders, math specialists, and administrators implementing the Investigations in Number, Data and Space curriculum developed at TERC. Her work with schools includes parents who want and need to know the math their children are learning so they can support them at home. She sees the same issues and challenges that other out-of-school youth and adult learners of math face: lack of confidence in their ability to do math, reluctance about being able to understand enough to help their children, and ideas about 'not having a math brain'. She believes that learning is a lifelong process.

 

Sherry Soares

Sherry is the Project Manager of the Adult Numeracy Center. She has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, with a concentration in ESOL education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teaching from Boston University. She has also been teaching adult ESOL students for 17 years at various community-based programs in Massachusetts, and currently teaches at the Bridge Program at Harvard University. She enjoys traveling, and hanging out with her nephews.

Heidi Schuler-Jones

Heidi Schuler-Jones has worked in adult education for over 10 years. In 2010, she participated in the pilot program of the Adult Numeracy Instruction – Professional Development (ANI-PD) in Georgia and immediately found its techniques, methodologies, and research-based resources to be of tremendous value to her teaching and to the variety of students she saw daily. Heidi currently is an educational consultant and professional development specialist. She works as a LINCS National Trainer for numeracy workshops, ANI-PD, and TEAL and OER STEM online courses. She also facilitates the Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)2 institutes for TERC.

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