Join us for a day of math and sharing about teaching in NYC! Connect with other passionate math educators in this small gathering. You’ll have the chance to do and think deeply about math and learning through meaningful sessions and thoughtful discussions. Plus, we still have space for presenters. Read below if you’re interested!

The gathering will be in the spirit of our summer gathering, which has been meeting every summer since 2016. This will be our first time also coming together to meet in the spring.

**When: **Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9 to 4. (You can join us in the AM, PM, or all day.)

**Where: **City-As-School, 16 Clarkson St New York, NY 10014. Contact us if you are interested in babysitting (only for kids 5 and up).

**Registration: **To register — or to express interest without registering — just complete this form.

**What will it look like?: **In the AM, there will be sessions about teaching, and we will be studying personally meaningful map-making with Professor Jasmine Y. Ma (see below).

In the PM we will be doing math, hosting sessions about teaching, and drawing math outside on the sidewalk (weather permitting).

Here the is draft schedule for the one-day event:

9 – 9:30: Welcome

9:30 – 10:45: Personally Meaningful Mapping with Jasmine Y. Ma

11 – 12: Sessions

12 – 1: Lunch

1 – 2:15: Doing math

2:30 – 3:30: Sessions

3:30 – 4: Sidewalk math

Register now to join us for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day of mathematics and sharing about teaching in May!

**What is “Personally Meaningful Mapping”?: **Great question! Here is a description of the morning session.

**Personally Meaningful Mapping: Place-making as representational practice**

In popular imagination, values play no role in math or math education. From this point of view, the only questions in mathematics are ones that can be answered with certainty; likewise, values have no role to play in questions about mathematics teaching or curriculum.

Making and interpreting maps is an activity that puts pressure on this popular view. While the most familiar maps have the aura of timeless objectivity to them, every map is a representation of what the map-maker values. This can be seen, for example, in maps of the United States which attempt to scale a state’s area in accordance with its ability to influence an election:

But electoral influence is just one way we might scale maps. What would it look like to make a map that represents what is meaningful to you? A neighborhood map that shows places you love? Places you fear? What rules would you use to design your map? How will you make it comprehensible to others?

In this session, Professor Jasmine Y. Ma will lead us in thinking about the ways maps can represent the meaning made by their makers. In this way, she will raise questions about the relationship of personal meaning and mathematics, challenging the popular view that mathematics is divorced from human emotions and values.

We’re excited to share more information as we nail down details over the next few weeks. Register to keep getting info!