Thanks to @centerofmath for some Friday fun!
Thanks to @centerofmath for some Friday fun!
The College of Staten Island is seeking candidates for CUNY Start/Math Start Cooperating Math Teachers. The CUNY Start/Math Start Cooperating Math Teacher position is a paid training opportunity to learn to use a successful, student-centered approach and curriculum with CUNY students who have significant remedial math needs. Training can take place at the College of Staten Island and/or a different CUNY Start campus. Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Cooperating Math Teacher is responsible for learning/supporting the work of a Lead Math Teacher in implementing the CUNY Start/Math Start Mathematics curriculum. Cooperating teachers will be scheduled to work some hours outside of student program hours. Successful Cooperating Math Teachers may be eligible to apply for future Core Math Teacher positions at the College of Staten Island or several CUNY campuses in the following semester.
Key duties include, but will not be limited to the following:
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For questions about CUNY Start at the College of Staten Island, please contact Donna Grant, Director of CUNY Start, College of Staten Island, CUNY at Donna.Grant@csi.cuny.edu.
The CUNY Tutor Corps, which will bring undergraduate and graduate CUNY students into middle and high school classrooms as math and computer science tutors, just launched the application for its inaugural cohort. Tutors will begin with a two-week intensive training program and then work in middle or high school classrooms for approximately 12 hours per week from January to June. They will earn $15 per hour and have consistent, meaningful support from classroom teachers as well as CUNY faculty.
This is the pilot year for the Tutor Corps, which is made possible by a partnership between CUNY, the Office of the Mayor, New York City Department of Education and others. The program is designed to provide individualized help for learners and support for classroom teachers trying to meet the challenge of the Algebra for All and Computer Science for All initiatives.
CUNY students who are interested in the Tutor Corps can apply today! The priority deadline for the application is October 16th, and the final deadline is October 30th. If you have any questions about the program, you can visit our website (www.cuny.edu/tutorcorps) or email email@example.com for clarification.
Inside Higher Ed and the Washington Post are among the media taking note of a CUNY study published in the American Educational Research Association’s Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal this month. Congrats to CUNYMath Blog author Mari Watanabe-Rose, one of the authors of the study. Her team found that a student placed in remedial math has a better chance of succeeding in college by taking college-level statistical courses with additional support instead of developmental math.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Office of Academic Affairs hosted a reception celebrating math education at CUNY and honoring the student winners of the 2016 CUNY Math Challenge. The Math Challenge, now in its seventh year, engages hundreds of undergraduate students from CUNY’s campuses in competitive, increasingly rigorous rounds of math problem solving.
The reception was attended by faculty and administrators, as well as student winners of the Math Challenge and their family and friends. Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz welcomed the audience and noted the university’s rich history of excellence in mathematics. CUNY Math Challenge Committee Chair and Queens College Professor Ted Brown, who is also the executive director of CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development, presented certificates of achievement and cash prizes to this year’s 21 Math Challenges winners, who hail from ten different community and senior colleges. The Grand Prize winner was Zijie Liu, a junior at Baruch College. See the full list of winners and their bios.
The Math Reception highlighted just one of the many ways that CUNY’s students and faculty are engaging with mathematics. Learn more about these and other math initiatives at CUNY.
I blogged in May about Mayor de Blasio’s Computer Science for All initiative, part of his Equity and Excellence agenda with the NYC Department of Education.
This summer the College of Staten Island is offering CSC 711: An Introduction to Computational Thinking, especially for teachers. This fully online 3-credit graduate course starts on June 29. Apply now, and spread the word if you know any math teachers who might be interested in this opportunity!
Congratulations to the thousands of students across CUNY who earn degrees this month, many of them in math. This interview features one graduate, Mayte Rojas.
AT: Mayte, first of all, congratulations on your graduation! You earned a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics from City College. How does it feel to accomplish this?
MR: I feel empowered having been able obtain an MS in Mathematics from City College. At the beginning of my graduate career, I felt both intimidated and excited to be able to start this new journey at City College, but having been able to overcome any fear that I had at the beginning of this journey and fully enjoying my learning experience here at CCNY until the end is amazing.
AT: You were an undergraduate math major at College of Staten Island. What drew you to math in the first place?
MR: I was first drawn to math in middle school when I learned algebra. I felt as if I had just gained a magic power being able to solve for an unknown variable. Compared to other classes, I appreciated the clear structure of math.
AT: What was the best part, academically, of your experience at City College?
MR: The best part has been able to study under very diverse professors. As a minority, one can’t help but to find inspiration in those who have already accomplished so much.
AT: There are a lot of initiatives these days about diversity recruiting into STEM fields. What is your perspective on this as a Latina in the math world?
MR: I think that this recruitment will be very successful because I believe that being Latina helped shape my interest in math. I believe that there is already a lot if interest in STEM fields among diverse populations, and with the right support at the right time this interest will flourish.
AT: Mayte, you mentioned before how your professors inspired you. You also teach undergraduate courses at CUNY, and I’m sure you’re an inspiration to your students. Thanks for sharing your thoughts for this conversation.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
In his September 2015 Equity and Excellence address, Mayor de Blasio presented plans for reform at the New York City Department of Education. Two of them are explicitly math related: Algebra for All and Computer Science for All.
Algebra for All: By fall 2021, all students will have access to algebra in 8th grade, and there will be academic supports in place earlier in middle school to build greater algebra readiness by 8th grade. Every student will complete algebra no later than 9th grade. Research shows that students who successfully pass algebra no later than 9th grade are more likely to graduate from high school and attend and graduate from college.
Computer Science for All: By 2025, every student will receive computer science education in elementary, middle, and high school. In addition to teaching coding, robotics, web design, and more, computer science courses will help foster teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.
CUNY is engaged in partnership with the NYC DOE on both of these initiatives. In addition to other strategies, faculty in Teacher Education, Math and Computer Science will contribute to professional development plans for DOE teachers. Roll out for these innovative initiatives is still being imagined, and CUNY is committed to supporting the teaching and learning of students in these areas from P-12 and on through college.
Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Cornick, whose April 24th blog post was reprinted in The Washington Post this week under the headline “Should all students be proficient in algebra to graduate?” The CUNY Math Blog was hyperlinked in the article, which is great exposure for the good teaching, research and thinking featured here.
On Friday, May 15, the Office of Academic Affairs hosted a reception celebrating math education at CUNY and honoring the student winners of the 2015 CUNY Math Challenge as well as the faculty of the inaugural Calculus Boot Camp.
In her opening remarks, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Julia Wrigley welcomed the audience and noted the importance of math at CUNY. She spoke about Math Matters, a university-wide initiative supporting all levels of math education, from remediation to pre-calculus to the highest levels of scholarship. The Math Challenge and Calculus Boot Camp, she said, are two examples of how Math Matters is promoting excellence and achievement in the teaching and learning of math at CUNY.
CUNY Math Challenge Committee Chair and Queens College Professor Ted Brown, who is also the executive director of CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development, spoke about the sixth annual Math Challenge, which engaged hundreds of undergraduate students from CUNY campuses across the city. He explained how this year’s competition took place in four rounds, featuring questions of increasing degrees of difficulty. The first and third rounds were conducted online, and the second and fourth consisted of in-person exams. Twenty-one winners, hailing from ten different community and senior colleges, received cash prizes and were presented with certificates of achievement during the reception. Grand Prize winner Gabor Horowitz, a senior at Brooklyn College, spoke about his love for math problems and his appreciation for the Math Challenge as an opportunity to be inspired by fellow CUNY students. See the full list of winners and their bios.
Mari Watanabe-Rose, a senior research associate in CUNY’s Central Office, spoke about the inaugural Calculus Boot Camp, which took place in July and August 2014 and provided hundreds of CUNY students with the opportunity to enhance their math skills before enrolling in calculus courses in the fall semester. Watanabe-Rose presented certificates of appreciation to faculty members from Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College and New York City College of Technology, whose hard work and dedication to their students were essential to making this program’s first year successful. Professor Mahdi Majidi-Zolbanin from LaGuardia Community College spoke about his experience with Calculus Boot Camp, particularly how it encouraged him to think differently about his approach to teaching calculus and ways of helping students grasp the concepts in a short time frame.
The Math Reception highlighted just two of the many ways that CUNY’s students and faculty are engaging with mathematics. Learn more about these and other math initiatives at CUNY.