The two organizations will work with youth and afterschool leaders in partnership with Riverside County Office of Education and Merced City School District in California, to co-design afterschool projects that draw on students’ desire to help others while growing positive identities as mathematics learners — with the ultimate goal of reaching 100,000 students across the Southwestern U.S.
The Cesar Chavez Foundation and TERC will develop community-improvement projects that also help middle school youth learn mathematics as well as traditional and high-tech crafts. In one project, youth will design and build a system to collect rainwater for the gardening and harvesting of fresh vegetables in “food desert” areas. Makers from the community, such as welders or carpenters, will be recruited to build water tanks using students’ 3D-printed innovative irrigation system designs.
The Cesar Chavez Foundation will infuse this program with Cesar Chavez’s core values in connection with students’ experiences and their communities while TERC will provide support for the students to learn the mathematics skills they need to succeed in their future education and careers.
“I am thrilled that TERC and the Cesar Chavez Foundation can collaborate on this project to reach Latinx youth. For us, understanding and using mathematics is a matter of civil rights. Success in math opens doors to understanding and enacting change in the world and opens pathways to higher education opportunities for those who understand it,” shared Teresa Lara-Meloy, TERC Principal Investigator. “We believe that designing AMPD4Math alongside youth and their afterschool leaders is the way to ensure the programs’ relevance to youth and their communities. TERC brings to the program 50 years of experience in designing and researching innovative math and science programs with a focus on educational equity and justice.”
After its development and effectiveness tests, the Cesar Chavez Foundation will bring the program to 100,000 students across the Southwestern U.S.
Dr. Celia Garcia Alvarado, Executive Vice President of Education & Co-Principal Investigator shared, “The aim of this program directly aligns to our Education Fund’s mission to build a just society by educating the hearts and minds of children through culturally responsive, diverse products and services in under-resourced communities. We are happy to work side-by-side with TERC on this innovative program that will authentically connect mathematics, community, and student voice.”
To learn more about AMPD4Math and get updates on their progress, visit www.terc.edu/projects/AMPD4Math.
The AMPD4Math project is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advancing Informal Science Learning program under award number 2215382.
About The Cesar Chavez Foundation
The Cesar Chavez Foundation’s mission is to carry on Cesar Chavez’s life’s work of uplifting the lives of Latinos and working families by inspiring and transforming communities through social enterprises that address essential human, cultural, and community needs. For more information visit www.chavezfoundation.org. Follow the Chavez Foundation on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
TERC is a nonprofit made up of teams of math and science education and research experts. For more than 50 years, TERC has taken a learner-centered approach to education in both formal and informal settings. TERC’s work encompasses research, content and curriculum development, technology innovation, professional development, and program evaluation. With a passion for social justice, TERC strives to create level playing fields for all learners, reaching more than three million students each year. Learn more at terc.edu and follow @TERCTweets on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.