"Working with CBMP
is true empowerment!
I feel like a professional because I’m looking at the assessment anchors, I’m helping to adapt the curriculum, I’m drawing on my experience, I’m drawing on my education, and coming together to talk with other professionals. The process really forced me, as the teacher, to look at the concepts and how I could get those concepts through."
Sue Riemann, Teacher
Henry C. Lea Elementary School
Who We Are
We are a group of Philadelphia teachers and University of Pennsylvania faculty and students engaged in developing locally relevant and social justice oriented math curriculum with and for Philadelphia middle school math teachers. We are excited to share our work and invite you to join our professional learning community. We hope to be a resource for teachers currently using any math curriculum in Philadelphia.
Upcoming Meetings: CBMP iTAG, 2014!
In the Spring of 2014, the CBMP team is running an Inquiry to Action group (iTAG) through Philadelphia's Teacher Action Group.
Description This ItAG focuses on making the learning of mathematics relevant and engaging for students in our community. Together we will explore how to use locally relevant contexts to increase students’ access to mathematical knowledge and skills as and to help students develop critical ways of thinking about and interacting with the world around them. We will engage in mathematical inquiry as we examine existing lessons created by the Community Based Math Project of Philadelphia and discuss strategies for engaging youth in local contexts. Participants will be invited to adapt and implement these lessons for the classroom, share their own experiences and questions, and generate new lessons based on local contexts and their students' lived experiences. At the end of the iTAG we will develop ways to share the lessons and ideas that have been created through this process.
Session 1 – Monday, February 24th: What is Locally Relevant Mathematics?
Session 2 – Monday, March 10th: Cultural relevance in mathematics education
Session 3 – Monday, March 24th: Modeling "real world" contexts
Session 4 – Monday, April 7th: Mathematics for social justice
Session 5 – Monday, April 21st: Math and civic agency
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Publications About Our Work
You can find more information about our work by reading the following publications:
Increasing Access to Mathematics through Locally Relevant Curriculum (Coming Soon!)
To be published in K. Karp (Ed.), Annual Perspectives on Mathematics Education (pp. 89-96).
Community Based Mathematics Project: Locally relevant access and educational opportunity Published in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Alumni Magazine, Summer 2011
Community Based Mathematics Project: Conceptualizing access through locally relevant mathematics curricula Published in Perspectives on Urban Education, Spring 2011