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Math for All: Strategies for Inclusive Instruction and Student Success

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All too often we hear the phrase that only certain students are “good at math.” This is a very common misconception and threatens the success of all students, especially those from marginalized demographics.

Addressing this issue is crucial because proficiency in math opens doors to numerous opportunities, including higher education and well-paying careers in STEM fields. Quality math instruction not only builds essential skills but also instills confidence and a sense of belonging in students who may have been discouraged by prevailing stereotypes.

Join the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) as we discuss how to improve all student’s math skills by strengthening the school’s STEM culture.

  • Hear how schools are preparing all students to succeed as they build toward rigorous STEM coursework.
  • Learn how to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that utilize student lived experiences, unique backgrounds, and local funds of knowledge to explore complex math concepts.
  • Explore the ways your school can improve vertical math skill progression across multiple grade levels and how this can affect students’ personal connections to STEM learning.
Speakers
Dr. Aris Winger
Executive Director, National Association of Mathematicians; Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Aris Winger is the Executive Director of the National Association of Mathematicians, and a professor of mathematics at Georgia Gwinnett College. His current work centers around creating spaces where marginalized groups feel a sense of belonging in mathematics and STEM. This mission has led him to co-authoring a book series Advocating for Students of Color in Mathematics and conducting numerous professional learning workshops and consulting around the United States, working with educators and administrators at all levels.
Dave Celotto
Director of Program Design and Innovation, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Dave Celotto currently serves as a Director of Program Design and Innovation at the National Math and Science Initiative. Prior to his four years at NMSI, Dave was the Director of the Bridge to College Office at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut. Here Dave led federal and state level grant funded programs for low-income, first-generation college students. The grant programs focused on providing academic, social, emotional, and college access support for students in local Waterbury middle and high schools. Dave comes from a teaching background at the start of his career having taught High School Integrated Science, Biology, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science as well as serving as an adjunct professor of Biology and Environmental Science. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University.
Moderator
Nichole Austion
Vice President of Public Affairs, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Nichole Austion is the Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Math and Science Initiative where she leads marketing and government relations. With a focus on STEM advancement, she orchestrates strategic initiatives, bridging marketing and government relations to amplify NMSI’s impact nationwide. Austion’s expertise stems from global technology firms like Sabre Holdings and Teradata, where she drove multimillion-dollar revenue through innovative marketing strategies. She is the author of “Miles and the Math Monsters,” a children’s book that transforms math into a friendly presence, encouraging children to see it as a helpful companion intertwined with their everyday environment. She holds an engineering degree from Howard University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
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