Mathematical Thinkers Like Me
August 2020
Mathematical Thinkers Like Me (MLM) seeks to support Black, Latinx, and low income students with an online collaborative problem solving and storytelling context that helps develop their identity and strength as mathematical thinkers. In response to the educational debt inherited by our Black and Brown students, Mathematical Thinkers Like Me will provide a rich, challenging mathematical experience that rehumanizes mathematics, expanding what math is and what is valued in math learning, and that centers and supports the student voice in the math classroom.
The use of online collaborative problem solving and storytelling is an innovative context that integrates a focus on executive functions in practice (EFP) while developing conceptual understanding and fostering equity. Through collaborative practices both executive functions and the mathematical thinking needed for the development of conceptual understanding are made accessible and relevant for students. In this time of Covid19 and the everincreasing use of educational technology, and in this time of action on the injustice that burdens our Black and Brown students in particular, we need to plant a stake in math education that shows ways in which technology can rehumanize, rather than traumatize. We want to expand the access that students of color have to their mathematical selves and to the power and beauty of math.
Project research includes iterative, rapid cycle, as well as shortterm and longterm, quasiexperimental studies. It will make use of quantitative analysis of mathematics knowledge and executive functioning, students’ collaborative practices (EFP), and interest development, as well as qualitative analysis of their development in these areas and of the instructional and cultural elements of the learning environment.
Principal Investigator: Stephen Weimar
Staff:
21PSTEM
Annie Fetter
Alex Zook
Richard Tchen
Rutgers UniversityNewark
Arthur Powell
Miriam RosenbergLee
Luis Rivera
Sophie Kuchynka
Swarthmore College
Ann Renninger
University of Sydney
Michael Jacobson
John Vulic
Desmos
Dan Meyer
Matt Jenny
Collaborators:
Patricia Buenrostro
Jamaal Matthews
Ilana S Horn
Adele Diamond
Partners:
Swarthmore College
Rutgers UniversityNewark
Desmos
University of Sydney
Funding Source: New Schools Venture Funds (EF+Math Program)

Start Date: August 2020

Duration: 5 Years

Award (first 3 years): $2,699,997.00

Location: Regional

Fiscal Agent: 21PSTEM