Why a Center for Family Math?
NAFSCE’s Center for Family Math provides the resources, collaboration, and communications necessary to help educators, advocates, researchers, and families advance family math practices that work for families from all walks of life.
Together, we help build better lives by instilling the love of math in students through the love of their families.
The Center is a national home for the growing family math movement with special attention to systems and equity. It has audacious goals, including:
- Convening existing organizations to set the table for greater collaboration with a focus on a common policy agenda & shared research agenda
- Expanding interest & developing new partnerships to support STEM educators for family engagement & vice versa
- Elevating the field by promoting best practices & support innovation, as well as curating, “translating,” and disseminating research & evidence that moves the practice forward
- Providing a go-to, one-stop shop for practitioners, communities, and families
The Center’s success will have an impact today, tomorrow, and for years to come:
Practitioners, researchers, and school and community educators will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to enhance family math and support families, children, and youth.
The field of family math will be sustainable and evidence-informed with a national research agenda that provides understandable and usable knowledge for improving outreach, policy, school instruction, and family math engagement.
Families will have understanding, confidence, and agency to embrace and build their family math confidence and ability.
Children and Youth will develop positive math identity and experience academic, economic, and civic success.
Advancing research, policies, practices, partnerships, and systems that inspire, harness, and amplify the power and love of math through family and community engagement.
A world where Family Math advances learning and equity for each and every child.
- Understanding Foster partners/stakeholders’ realization that math is a vital equity issue and their willingness to make family math a priority in early education and beyond.
- Evidence Promote the research and evidence base for high-quality program and practice design, use, and analysis of impact
- Capacity Support the policies and practices in schools, communities, and families necessary for family math
- Access Ensure equitable opportunity for young people to develop math identity, experience, and ability
- Respect Respect youth, families, communities, and practitioners as the leaders and beneficiaries of the work
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