We are the Navajo Nation Math Circles (NNMC) for students and teachers of the Navajo Nation. Our goal is to share fun and rewarding mathematics with everyone. We partner with over 40 mathematicians across the United States to develop amazing mathematics and amazing mathematicians.
Who are you? We want “I do mathematics” to be a part of everyone’s answer to “Who are you?” That’s why the NNMC is different from any other Math Circle we know of–we honor the language, culture, and history of the Diné as part of the important work we do. We want to hear our participant’s pride in saying, “I am Diné and I love mathematics.” Both together is truly baa hózhó mathematics.
Who are we? The NNMC is many many people. We are a community of students, teachers, facilitators, professors, consultants… The NNMC is co-directed by:
- Dr. Henry Fowler, Center for Diné Teacher Education, Diné College, Tsaile, AZ.
- Dr. Tatiana Shubin, Mathematics, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
- Dr. David Auckly, Mathematics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
- Dr. Bob Klein, Mathematics, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
- Dr. Amanda Serenevy, Riverbend Community Mathematics Center, South Bend, IN.
and our associate director
- Dawnlei Ben, Center for Diné Teacher Education, Diné College, Tsaile, AZ.
To contact the NNMC, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will forward to the appropriate person.
How do we do it? Sharing great mathematics means that we:
- Bring mathematicians to schools in the Navajo Nation to facilitate awesome mathematics with students during the school day.
- Bring mathematicians to facilitate high-quality content-based professional development with K-12 teachers from Navajo schools.
- Operate the Baa Hózhó Summer Camp–a two-week non-residential camp for kids in grades 6-12.
- Hold an annual Math Festival for any kid (and the many kids-at-heart who bring them).
- Provide mentorship to students and teachers trying to do the work of engaging students in good mathematics.
- Provide “scripts” for teacher use so that they can share some of this same inspiring mathematics whenever they choose. This is NOT textbook math! Scripts are the cool kinds of problems that get under your skin and ask for playfulness and persistence.
Who supports our work? We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the National Science Foundation, and the National Security Administration for our major funding, as well as Diné College, American Institute of Mathematics, Mathematics Science Research Institute, Ohio University, San Jose State University, Kansas State University, Mathematical Association of America, Educational Advancement Foundation, Desjardins/Blachman Foundation and many others who have supported this work financially or otherwise.