Math Place Online collaborators Barbara Dubitsky and Steven Goss
One of the hallmarks of a Bank Street education is a focus on collaborative learning, which recognizes that human interaction is key to reaching all learners where they are. That legacy continues today as the College explores how new technologies can facilitate those connections.
The Math Place Online, a joint project of the Graduate School’s Mathematics Leadership programs and Bank Street Online, exemplifies that effort. The project, a free online community that helps teachers and parents strengthen their math skills and their comfort teaching those skills, has been recognized by the Sloan Consortium for excellence in contributions to online learning at the K-12 level.
Math faculty member Barbara Dubitsky and Steven Goss, Bank Street’s Director of Online Learning, will deliver a presentation on the project at Sloan’s International Conference on Online Learning to be held in Orlando, Florida, October 10 – 12. Their presentation proposal, submitted over the summer, earned Sloan’s “Best in Track” award for K-12 Online Education—an honor that qualified them for a major conference slot to be live-streamed on October 12.
That in itself is exciting. But what’s even more exciting is that this award implies an interest from practitioners in the online education community in Bank Street’s efforts to develop and improve accessible programs that use technologies to support the work of parents and educators.
Dubitsky describes the Math Place Online as a series of online tutoring sessions for teachers and parents who feel like they don’t know the math they’re