Grants to Transform Algebra 1 into a Gateway to Success
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to use a multimillion-dollar grant program to remove barriers to algebra—a gateway to higher-level mathematics—for English language learners, students from families in poverty, and Latino and Black students. Educators can apply with ideas for redesigned, culturally relevant curricula for either physical or virtual teaching that not only strengthens students’ math identity but also touches on students’ experiences, as well as social justice. Known as “Balance the Equation,” the program will award up to $1 million in grants for up to 10 education technology developers, nonprofits, and other organizations in five focal areas: building out support systems, improving relevance of algebra content, elevating understanding of mathematical language, empowering and strengthening teacher practices, and developing new or better feedback mechanisms.
Deadline: Applications are due by noon (PT) on November 6, 2020; awardees will be announced in early 2021.
To help students think critically about American society, The New York Times has compiled 28 graphs covering topics such as healthcare, education, and income. Among the graphs are examples that show how the coronavirus pandemic complicated the inequalities deeply entrenched in our society, as well as laid bare and widened these disparities.
Whether users want to hone their quantitative skills or improve their knowledge of science and technology, the Brilliant app foriOS andAndroid devices creates inspiring, interactive learning experiences for children and adults alike. With free, curated weekly problems, they can gain timeless knowledge and apply their problem-solving skills.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is holding a freeonline event for middle school and high school students and teachers on September 21, 2021. The interactive session, titled “Mathematics, the Key to a Hidden World,” will explore how mathematics helps us wonder at the world we live in.