Debbie Leslie and Katie Flores, UChicago STEM Education
One of the things we love about working with MathTalk is... Thinking about the many fun math opportunities that exist in lots of different spaces and places; Working with artists, designers, families, and educators to bring math to life; Seeing math excitement and genius in kids and parents; Doing math in public. For fun!; Exploring so many new and wonderful neighborhoods, guided by the people who live and work there.
Julie Roach, Manager of Youth Services, Cambridge Public Library
What a treat this morning was! Thank you so much for sharing your time, your neighborhood, your stories, your iPads, and your math passion with us--(and Izzy's empanadas! AHHH!!!)!!! We had SO much fun. I knew this would be a treat for the youth librarians, but I had no idea how much of a treat. Our regular monthly meeting will always be a disappointment after this! Everyone was bubbling over with enthusiasm all the way back to their libraries after, and we are all so very enthusiastic about this work that you are doing. We truly can't wait to share with the families we see in our libraries.
Joan Soble, Professional Development Teacher Coach, Cambridge Public Schools; Faculty Member, Project Zero
Just to say I had a great time on Friday morning walking around with the crew, and I think the whole project is a winner. Love that it works with and without technology--there’s something for everyone here—school groups and neighborhood families, very little kids and bigger little kids, people who love and have technology, and people who could care less about it and/or don’t have it, people who like to have a plan and people who like to stumble upon cool things to do in the neighborhood. Love how the math talk is embedded so naturally. Congrats to everyone who’s been working on this! And my empanada was delicious.
Linda Ruiz Davenport, BPS Director of K-12 Mathematics
As a district Math Department, we recognize the importance of early childhood math, particularly given the research showing that early math learning is the leading predictor of later success in both math as well as in school overall. Our district is committed to addressing the early opportunity gap by strengthening our early childhood math programs and we strongly believe that Math Talk/MathScapes is an important tool for strengthening math learning for young students by using a design-thinking approach that engages all constituents- teachers, administrators, parents, and children.
Math Talk/MathScapes broadens early math learning opportunities to include communal school spaces and neighborhoods so that students have opportunitiesto engage informally with important math ideas in ways that excite and strengthen their mathematical thinking. Equally important, Math Talk/MathScapes engages students, teachers, and families collaboratively in seeing mathematics as a creative subject that requires sense making, generates conversation and wondering, and engages all the senses.
We strongly believe Math Talk/MathScapes is an innovative and highly engaging opportunity to benefit teachers, schools, community-based organizations and most importantly, our younger students and their families. We strongly support the expansion of the Math Talk/MathScapes project in Boston.
Marc C. McGovern, Former Mayor of Cambridge
Dear Omo Moses,
As Mayor, I am committed to furthering policies and practices that create equitable opportunities for each resident to thrive. Through my years of public service--both as a School Committee Member and City Councilor--as well as in my role as a social worker, I have observed marked and disparate outcomes for youth across our city. I am dedicated to combat those injustices, to support and empower at-risk children and families, and to work to ensure that those facing challenges have an equal chance at success. Education, in particular access to high quality early childhood education, plays a key role in kindergarten readiness and impacts long-term success and wellness. For these reasons, I am pleased to offer my enthusiastic commendation for Math Talk/MathScapes and its mission to engage and enliven a community, and an appreciation for your work improving outcomes for Cambridge youth.
I am confident in the transformative vision and the community design approach that Math Talk/MathScapes offers. Indeed, conversations around expanding equity and access to early childhood math education have already fostered collaboration across City and School departments. I stand in support of Math Talk/MathScapes and in the shared belief that the development of a positive math identity will support Cambridge youth to succeed in school and achieve larger success in life In partnership.
Astra Titus, Owner and CEO, The Curious George Store
My team and I would to thank MathTalk for the numerous ways you’ve allowed The Curious George Store to learn from, take part in, and benefit from your work. Having done the MathTalk tour prior to the rest of my team, I cannot tell you how much joy I felt watching their faces light up more and more with each step of their tour. That day, my team could feel and see our vision for The Curious George Store unfolding in front of us. And, with each subsequent collaboration, realizing our vision seems that much closer. The amazing learning and A/R engagement your team provided when co-hosting Curiosity Day along with the excitement of planning future Curious George Store/MathTalk partnership opportunities have made my team and I realize just how lucky we are to call ourselves friends of MathTalk.
Project Exploration has had the pleasure of working with Javier and the MathTalk team this past year on installations and the app rollout. The work MathTalk is doing is amazing! Their app and installations create interactive opportunities for young students; through engagement they build their numeracy skills and appreciation for math in the "real world". At PE, we understand that the learning process is enriched with the participation of families and the community. MathTalk creates a public space where all members can participate in their students' learning--a real impact. We look forward to more partnership opportunities in the future!
Sharlene Yang, Neighborhood Resident, The Port, Cambridge, MA
I have been meaning to share with you how much my son, (who is 5) and I have been enjoying the Math Talk number line at Sennott Park. He goes to the Nurtury Preschool (at Moses YC) so we have been walking on the number line every morning for the past year and half. It has been so fun to see him progress from just noticing it on the pavement, to asking questions about it, to now making the connection to the patterns of the different colored lines to counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. (We've been running and jumping on the yellow lines and counting by 10s A LOT. 🙂)