"As a teacher, participating in the ALANM professional development sessions has shown me how I can maintain an active presence in the classroom as a guide rather than as a math truth-teller. The result is that my students have shown more interest and confidence in math learning. They love it!"
-- Emma Meade, HSE math teacher at Truman College, Chicago
Hinds leads workshops on measurement and ratio representation/reasoning at the March 2018 Conference on Adult Basic Education (COABE) in Phoenix, AZ.
ALANM partners with CUNY Start in NYC to devise and field-test lessons to support Statistics-intending students.
Hinds leads workshop at Math for America on traditional and reform pathways for students arriving at CUNY community colleges "underprepared" in mathematics.
Follow Steve Hinds on Twitter @stevehinds57
Photo: Kevin Rajaram, New York City College of Technology
Why "Numeracy" and "Mathematics"?
ALANM aims to improve math instruction and outcomes for two student populations. We use the terms "adult numeracy" and "adult mathematics" to clarify these different populations.
First, ALANM targets adults who previously left school before earning a high school diploma and who have restarted their education in order to earn a high school equivalency. For the past few decades in the U.S., math teaching for these students has been lumped under the broad heading of "adult literacy" instruction. We will distinguish the math instruction from reading/writing instruction by referring to it as "adult numeracy" teaching.
Second, ALANM targets students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, but who are underprepared for college-level math. In this work, we focus on reforming developmental (remedial) math instruction at community colleges, as well as devising projects and improving instruction to improve gateway (for-credit) course outcomes. We refer to this college teaching as "adult mathematics" instruction.
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Photo: Tonya Crum, KET
Steve leading a workshop with adult numeracy teachers
in the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) studios.