Stephenie Tidwell, a doctoral student in the Teacher Education and Teacher Development Department, will be co-moderating the event, The Educational Legacies of Bob Moses: The Algebra Project, The Young People’s Project, and The Baltimore Algebra Project, on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 7:00 pm.
Bob Moses (1935-2021) was a legendary civil rights organizer in the Deep South and a leader in the struggle for the right to vote in Mississippi. By the 1980s he had started to focus on the way some groups were still being excluded from full participation in society by the “sharecropper education” made available to them.
In the information age, he argued, quantitative literacy, in particular, was a prerequisite to being a real citizen. he developed the Algebra Project to focus on dramatically raising math achievement for children scoring in the nation’s bottom quartile. This work led to the Young People’s Project which develops young people as Math Literacy Workers, teaching math to elementary students in their neighborhoods and eventually becoming engaged citizens “prepared to make a difference in their own lives, in the lives of others in their communities, and ultimately in this country.”
This work also led to the Baltimore Algebra Project, a youth-led organization working in the spirit of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, using mathematics as an organizing tool to empower young people to address injustice and exclusion. Like Bob, all of these organizations are devoted to developing leadership and all of them are committed to the principle that people should have a say in the decisions that affect their lives.
In addition to being a TETD student, Stephenie is an adjunct in the Teaching and Learning Department.
The event is co-moderated by Arthur Powell of Rutgers University-Newark.