Maisha Moses is Executive Director of The Young People’s Project, where her work focuses on on broadening the participation of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. She holds a master of science degree in mathematics, and has worked with The Algebra Project and The Young People’s Project in various capacities since 1991.
Math Stories, Prison Stories (Presented with Dr. James Tanton)
Why math and prisons? To explore the ways mathematical thinking and doing has sometimes provided solace, connection, and comfort for individuals and/or family members; how mathematics can effectively portray facts and realities that “wake us up” to concerning issues; and how our school classroom practice in mathematics can support young people contending with difficult scenarios.
We expect that as we begin gathering stories–of all kinds–from young people affected by mass incarceration in the United States, ideas for presenting a moving and powerful experience will emerge. We hope you will share your story, and we hope you will join us for a genuine, deeply human presentation.