Method to the Mathness Hero

A Math Educators Podcast

Join us on Method to the Mathness, a podcast for math educators by math educators. In this math podcast, which we recorded throughout 2019 and 2020, we explore how to keep students engaged and curious about the world of math. We speak with prominent leaders and thinkers in math education and invite them to share their experiences. As we recorded these episodes, our goal was to empower educators to grow their practices and prepare them to bring out the math greatness within their students.


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Dr. Tonya Clarke

Coordinator of K–12 Mathematics for Clayton County Public Schools

Mathematics and Social Justice with Dr. Tonya Clarke

Air date: May 29th, 2019

This Method to the Mathness podcast episode spotlights educator Dr. Tonya Clarke. As the coordinator of K–12 Mathematics for a large public school system in the greater Atlanta area, Dr. Clarke knows firsthand the challenge of keeping math relevant for the students she serves. In this episode, she shares her incredible experience using current events to spark student interest. Join the discussion on how problem-based learning supports students in connecting mathematics, matters of social justice, and their everyday lives.


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Anthony Colannino

Author and Education Leader

A Learning Mindset with Anthony Colannino

Air date: June 18th, 2019

This podcast episode features educator and champion of learning, Anthony Colannino. Anthony’s contagious passion for learning, growing, asking questions, and finding the most meaningful methods for offering feedback are key components of how he supports teachers and school leaders in operationalizing mindset research. Anthony has taught fifth grade, served as an elementary school principal in the Boston area, and worked alongside Dr. Carol Dweck at Mindset Works Inc.

For more than 20 years, Anthony has dedicated himself to creating atmospheres where adults and children feel happy, healthy, and successful. This work can be challenging at times but rewarding when schools, districts, and businesses create cultures where learning is the focal point. Regardless of the size or socioeconomic status of districts he has led or consulted, Anthony brings a contagious joy and passion to the important task of educating children, who will become our future.


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Nicole Bridge and Le’Vada Gray

Nicole—Instructional Coach, HMH; Le’Vada—Former Director of Professional Learning, HMH

You Belong Here with Nicole Bridge and Le’Vada Gray

Air date: July 24th, 2019

This Method to the Mathness episode features HMH teammates Nicole Bridge and Le’Vada Gray sharing their math stories and practical tips for making the math classroom a space where each and every student belongs. Le’Vada and Nicole discuss how to notice each student through their unique perspectives on what it means to be a person learning mathematics.


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Dr. Adrian Mims, Sr.

Relationships Matter with Dr. Adrian Mims, Sr.

Air date: September 24th, 2019

This podcast episode features The Calculus Project founder, Dr. Adrian Mims, Sr. He shares his personal math learning journey and how The Calculus Project is designed to create equity in math class by increasing the number of students of color and low-income students who complete AP Calculus in high school. Dr. Mims describes the critical role that relationships play in fostering collaborative learning communities and disrupting systemic inequities in education. Tune in to hear how relationships between students, teachers, leaders, and family members impact learning trajectories and make math achievement an attainable reality.


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Dr. Matt Larson

Author of HMH Into Math and former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Find Your 10% with Dr. Matt Larson

Air date: November 4th, 2019

In this Method to the Mathness episode, we feature educator and equity champion, Dr. Matt Larson. Matt shares how incredible teachers along his own learning journey helped him see himself as a learner of mathematics, and he describes our role in impacting the positive learner identities of our students. Tune in to hear how decisions about the tasks we choose and the questions we ask make a critical difference for student learning. Matt offers tips for using video and engaging in both the art and science of teaching mathematics, and challenges each of us to find and focus on our 10%.


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Dr. Tyrone Howard

Author; Professor, School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA

People Over Production: Featured Discussion, COVID-19 with Dr. Tyrone Howard

Air date: March 30th, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Tyrone Howard shares his perspective on the connective role that teachers and schools play within communities, particularly amidst the pandemic emerging at the time of recording. He talks about current challenges, shines a light on the disproportionate impact of school closures to vulnerable members of our communities, and offers practical ways to think globally and act locally. Join us for an honest, encouraging, real conversation.

Dr. Tyrone Howard is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and associate dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UCLA. He established the Black Male Institute, an interdisciplinary group of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to facilitating the difficult conversations and changes that will improve the educational experiences and life chances of males of color. He is the author of All Students Must Thrive.


Exploring the universal truth of math education gave us a deeper understanding of how we can keep students engaged and curious about math. A special thank you to our guests, who offered valuable insight and helped us create a podcast for math educators everywhere.

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