January Dinner Meeting

January 24, 2020
Douglas O’Roark
The Future of Math Enrichment
(Elks Club in Des Plaines)

Math contests are unquestionably the most prevalent form of math enrichment. Why? We’ll explore other approaches to helping kids build a passion for mathematics outside of the school classroom. We’ll consider the pros and cons of different approaches, particularly in light of how we can inspire a broader range of children to love our subject. This will be a personal call to action and call for reflection directed specifically at teachers in metropolitan Chicago.

Doug O’Roark is the Executive Director of the Math Circles of Chicago, which serves more than 1,000 students at its eight sites and three summer programs. At DePaul’s STEM center Doug leads a research project concerning teacher professional development and Formative Assessment Lessons in collaboration with Math for America. Previously he led the Secondary Math component of the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program and was the founding teacher at Walter Payton High School. He was given the Radio Shack National Teacher Award, the MAA’s Sliffe Award for Distinguished Math Teaching, and the ICTM Rine Secondary Math Teaching Award. Both the City of Chicago Math League and Payton have awards named in his honor.

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