Maggie McHugh works at La Crosse Design Institute, a charter middle school focused on personalization and project-based learning (PBL), and is a board member of the WI Mathematics Council. At New Mexico State University, she earned her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction where she investigated Project-Based Social Justice Mathematics. She continues to seek avenues to best integrate mathematics and social justice issues together in meaningful ways for her students.
6 to 8
Session Title and Description
Investigating Critical Issues through Mathematics
Critical, real-world issues are ripe with mathematical opportunities, if we look for them. Learn how students come to understand social justice issues through mathematical tasks and projects. Hear from middle school students themselves about the power of incorporating critical inequities into High Performance Projects, helping all students have access to a rich mathematical world personalized to their interests. Take away ideas on how to navigate difficult conversations with middle schoolers in the mathematics classroom as well as implement open-ended tasks that provide students opportunities to explore and empower themselves.