We believe we should provide a dynamic mathematics curriculum with a focus on mathematical modeling recognizing that:
Continual evaluation of our program will provide unique, accessible, and relevant course offerings.
Our curriculum and pedagogy will be shaped by the strengths and challenges of the diverse learning environments in which they are offered while reflecting the core values of our department.
Technology, when used appropriately, enhances student learning.
We believe all students, regardless of previous mathematical background, are capable of being successful in challenging mathematics coursework, supported by:
Offering a breadth of courses that speak to a variety of student interests.
Removing barriers that hinder students from access to preferred coursework.
Establishing appropriate placement and prerequisites to respect students’ background while maintaining high standards.
Encouraging students to pursue challenges and interests.
Identifying and addressing inequities in URM student experiences.
We believe in cultivating a respectful and professional environment in which:
Teachers reflect on their practices and seek out opportunities to learn and grow.
Support and encouragement for growth are provided.
Collaboration and diversity are valued and encouraged.
Teachers’ workload and autonomy are respected.
We believe that as our students seek to reach their goals, our academic opportunities should empower and inspire them by:
Providing choice for students at all levels.
Including innovative, relevant problems, courses, and pedagogy.
We believe in fostering a student-centered learning environment in which all student voices are valued. This environment should:
Provide opportunities for students to explore their own ideas, persevere, gain confidence, and build positive math identity.
Invite students to share responsibility for their learning and build independence.
Create opportunities for students to explore math and think creatively.
Encourage students to develop mathematical language and communicate their understanding.
We believe in harnessing the power of community and collaboration by:
Providing opportunities for collaboration among faculty within our department, across departments, and beyond NCSSM.
Creating a welcoming classroom environment that fosters a community of learners.
Providing opportunities for collaboration among students in and out of the classroom.
Serving as leaders in the NCSSM community and the broader math education community.
Demonstrating enthusiasm and passion for mathematics.