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Rethinking the Role of Math: Pamela Burdman and the Launch Years Initiative

July 27, 2020|By

This video is the first in a series of four that highlight the thinking of math education experts in relation to the Launch Years initiative.

Watch the first video, featuring Tia McNair from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, here:
Building Equity in Math Education: Tia McNair and the Launch Years Initiative

There's been a traditional tendency to use math as a gatekeeper, to confer privilege or pedigree as opposed to providing students a foundation to succeed. We have to stop doing that.

Pamela Burdman is a nationally recognized authority in college access, readiness, and success. She is the founder and executive director of the Just Equations project. 

Burdman is also a member of the Launch Years Consensus Panel, a group of education leaders and advocates charged with guiding, developing, and advocating for the far-reaching recommendations published in the 2020 Launch Years initiative report Launch Years: A New Vision for the Transition from High School to Postsecondary Mathematics

In this new video, Burdman suggests a number of issues that must be addressed for mathematics education in the United States to become more equitable.


The Launch Years report is available as a free download. 


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