Authentic Math Problems and Solutions’ platform will offer culturally relevant math problems that encourage students to collaborate with peers, iterate on their answers, and use multiple approaches to find one of many potential solutions. This is different from many existing platforms, which emphasize students independently and quickly finding a single solution to a contextless problem, like finding the hypotenuse of a triangle. With this shift in approach, this platform can better engage students from marginalized groups, starting with middle school students.
Software EngineerJeff taught high school chemistry and Chinese for five years in an urban school district that primarily served low income students from Camden, NJ. During that time, he learned to create engaging digital activities for students and is now a software engineer at Curriculum Associates where he builds products that help teachers differentiate their instruction. Outside of work, Jeff writes about edtech and is president of the Boston EdTech Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to help build a diverse edtech workforce.