James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) writes books and video courses, advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes and professional development sessions across the globe. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions and is absolutely committed to promoting effective and joyful mathematics thinking, learning, and doing at all levels of the education spectrum.
Math Stories, Prison Stories (Presented with Maisha Moses)
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.