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Flagway Game partnership proposes transformative STEM learning effort

AP and YPP folk at ETS sponsored planning meeting, Dec. 14-18, 2012

AP and YPP folk at ETS sponsored planning meeting, Dec. 14-18, 2012

The Algebra Project is partnering with the Young Peoples Project, Herb Clemens of the Ohio State University Mathematics Dept., OSU-Mansfield Campus, the Mansfield (OH) Public Schools, San Francisco Unified School District, the University of Michigan School of Education, the Educational Testing Service, and others to propose to the National Science Foundation’s Transforming STEM Learning (TSL) program a research study into the development of pilots for the sport of “Flagway Games,” games to enhance mathematical understanding, that establish systemic experiential out of school (informal), in school (formal) and computer based (technological) structures.  Such math based experiential activities will serve as platforms to create and sustain “collaborative and non-hierarchical” (1) communities of practice to promote students’ interest in, as well as expectations and mastery of, school math, student youth leadership, peer tutoring, community engagement, instructional materials development, professional development (PD) for elementary and middle grades teachers, PDPD for their professional and administrative support, and formative assessments of student learning, research into important mathematical concepts and documentation/evaluation of this initiative.

The Algebra Project (AP) itself foregrounds classes of High School student “cohorts” in low performing schools as creators and sustainers of four-year student communities of practice to value and pursue mathematics as a subject worthy of their attention (note about NSF grants).  AP also supports networks of parents, teachers, math educators/researchers, and research mathematicians, which have incubated the “Teacher Resource Materials” (TRM) and the “Teacher Curriculum Team” (TCT), communities of practice in their own right, to support and enhance cohort teaching and learning.

The Young People’s Project (YPP), highly influential in an original way, creates and sustains a national youth-led, youth-sustained network to promote, in after-school and Saturday programs, local youth-led, youth-sustained communities of practice to value and pursue mathematics as a subject worthy of their attention.

This TSL project seeks to demonstrate how products that originate from math research (The Mobius function) wedded to the cultures created by AP and YPP “Flagway Games” can create and sustain sports/math grounded communities of practice where young people value and pursue mathematics as a subject worthy of their attention, where schools and the communities that support them can share mathematics learning across generations, and where the expectations of all are raised concerning the reach of the mathematical platform needed for STEM mastery.


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