Media Featuring Dr. Valerie Camille Jones
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein
Math Model Teaching with Teach for America
In 2013, Dr. Jones had the opportunity of working on restoring meaning to mathematics teaching through becoming a Math Model Teacher with Teach for America (TFA). She spent six months working with TFA and taught as a Math Model Teacher during which her lessons were recorded to provide resources for future TFA instructors. During TFA training, teachers learned how to incorporate culturally responsive teaching into lessons while focusing on five core components: learning that builds on what students know; real and meaningful discourse; flexible engagement with problems; support for all learners with grade-level content; and mathematical agency. Dr. Jones, along with three other Math Model Teachers, worked with a classroom of 15 students each and provided instruction using these innovative strategies.