The Adult Numeracy Network is the professional organization for math educators who work in adult education in the United States and a partner affiliate with the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM). 

We are a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, we encourage collaboration and leadership, and we influence policy and practice in adult math instruction. Our members include teachers, tutors, researchers, administrators, and professional developers working in adult basic education (ABE), adult numeracy, high school equivalency, community colleges, developmental mathematics, and family numeracy. 

Our network is a place to share the joys, challenges, resources, and insights for teaching and learning math and numeracy skills to adult learners.

The Adult Numeracy Network welcomes Graciano Petersen as our new Equity Officer!

"I am interested in serving on the board because I greatly appreciate what ANN does by promoting numeracy at all ages and emphasizes the continued need to learn about numbers, calculations, and math for adult learners. I am passionate about this role because I lead my organization's DEI Team and I work on equity issues in DC as well. I have led my organization's staff, our board, and our volunteers on several DEI trainings, and in several DEI conversations. I am deeply committed to equity for all learners regardless of their seen or unseen disability, ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age."

We stand with our Black students, Black teachers, and the Black community and all students and teachers working to build a just world.

    • As an NCTM affiliate, we stand in solidarity with their statement released June 1, 2020

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All times are EST unless otherwise noted. 

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Upcoming events

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM

    In this workshop hosted by Desmos, participants will learn how to create dynamic and concrete visualizations of abstract mathematical ideas. You’ll explore ways students can use the graphing calculator’s tools—including points, tables, functions, and lists —to experience and develop their own power as mathematical problem solvers.

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 PM

    About This Webinar: Think of games you loved to play as a kid: Tic-Tac-Toe, Crazy Eights, Connect Four, Tetris. Many of these involve strategic thinking and problem-solving. When we give students opportunities to play and be creative, they’ll ask genuine questions, try new things, fail, and try again! Let’s bring more math games and activities into the classroom to foster these same qualities, while at the same time practicing basic skills. In this session we’ll explore a collection of games, crafts, magic tricks, optical illusions, and more that can be used to supplement math instruction in the elementary and middle school classrooms.

    This webinar is hosted by The Global Math Department. 

    For more information and to register:

    • 16 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM

    Are you an intermediate Desmos user and excited to start learning how to build activities? At this session, hosted and put on by the Desmos team, you’ll begin to learn how to use the Activity Builder to build dynamic activities that engage and delight your students. 

    Designed for intermediate Desmos users, this session will demonstrate how to use the Activity Builder to create dynamic activities that engage and delight your students. Based on the Desmos activity design principles, we’ll explore how small design changes can make huge differences in student learning. Please note that this session will not discuss computation layer.

    • 17 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    This will be a whole planning team meeting. In addition to sub-committee reports, we'll finalize any updates to the presentation(s) and collect the names of all presenters to submit to COABE by Jan 15th.

    Please register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This event with Maria del Rosario Zavala is being offered by Mathigon as part of their guest speaker series. 

    Dr. Zavala is a mathematics educator teaching in the multiple-subjects credential program, *Bilingual Education for Social Transformation* (BEST) Spanish bilingual program, and special education program as well as graduate courses in the masters program for Mathematics Education.

    Dr. Zavala joined the faculty at SFSU after completing her PhD in Mathematics Education with a focus on the Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Seattle. Her dissertation focused on the mathematics identity development of Latino/a students and is titled *Race, Language, and Opportunities to Learn: The Mathematics Identity Negotiation of Latino/a Youth.*  Many years prior she earned a BA in Mathematics from University of California Santa Cruz.

    Dr. Zavala brings a variety of teaching experiences in mathematics and literacy from across the K-college pipeline to her work. She has been working in teacher education as an instructor and leader of professional development for a number of years.  Her research focuses on equity issues in the mathematics education of Latino/as and other historically marginalized populations by focusing on identity develop and culturally responsive practices. Her newest research project is *Culturally Responsive Practices of Bilingual Pre-service Teachers: Lessons from a Teacher Education Program focused on Education for Social Transformations*, and is in collaboration with other BEST faculty. Follow Dr. Zavala on Twitter.

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    • 9 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This event with Dan Finkel is being offered by Mathigon as part of their guest speaker series. 

    Dan Finkel is the Founder of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. Dan develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education nationally and internationally. His TEDx Talk, 5 Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, has been viewed nearly a million times. His puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Hindu, and as TED-Ed riddles.

    Dan’s curriculum has been used by thousands of students, and is known for its combination of rigor and play. The math games he co-created with his wife, Katherine Cook, have won over 20 awards. They include Prime Climb, the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game, and Tiny Polka Dot, the colorful math game for children. He also developed Multiplication by Heart, a visual flash card set, and collaborated with Mathigon to make a digital version freely available. Follow Dan on Twitter.

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    • 9 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    This event with Catriona Agg is being offered by Mathigon as part of their guest speaker series

    Catriona teaches maths to 11-18 year olds in North Essex in the United Kingdom, as well as working with other teachers through her local maths hub. In her spare time, she enjoys creating (and colouring in) geometry puzzles to post on Twitter. Follow Catriona on Twitter.

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    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This event with Desiree Harrison is being offered by Mathigon as part of their guest speaker series. 

    Desiree Harrison is an elementary mathematics coach for Farmington Public Schools in Michigan where she works with individual teachers and teams of teachers on increasing student engagement and learning, and implementing math routines. Currently, she serves as a board member for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Desiree is co-author of the book Classroom-Ready Rich Math Tasks: Engaging Students in Doing Math, Grades 2-3 (2021). She is super passionate about and involved in the field of elementary mathematics education and hosts The Kids Math Talk podcast which is for educators and parents of elementary students and is devoted to keeping the conversation about mathematics active and positive. Follow Desiree on Twitter.

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    • 25 May 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This event with Jennifer Suh is being offered by Mathigon as part of their guest speaker series

    Jennifer Suh is a mathematics educator in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Dr. Suh teaches mathematics methods courses in the Elementary Education Program and mathematics leadership courses for the Mathematics Specialist Masters and Ph.D Programs. She directs the Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology, COMPLETE and provides professional development focused on mathematics content and teaching practices. Her research focuses on using Lesson Study with school based teams to develop high leverage mathematics teaching practices and deepen teachers’ content knowledge through an understanding of children's development of mathematics learning trajectories; develop k-8 problem-based modeling tasks to promote equitable access to 21st century skills for diverse student populations in STEM disciplines. Currently, her project called EQSTEMM, Advancing Equity and Strengthening Teaching with Elementary Mathematical Modeling, focuses on promoting equitable participation of all students engaging in rigorous mathematics through modeling. Follow Jennifer on Twitter.

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Past events

1 Dec 2021 DESMOS: Introduction to Computation Layer for Intermediate/Advanced Users
30 Nov 2021 My STEM Education Journey, Featuring SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in STEM)
30 Nov 2021 Intro to Desmos Activities for New Users
19 Nov 2021 November Teaching & Learning Institute Planning Meeting
17 Nov 2021 Exploring Algebra on the Mathigon Polypad
15 Nov 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
11 Nov 2021 Shades of Blackness: Rehumanizing Mathematics Education Through an Understanding of Sub-Saharan African Immigrants
8 Nov 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
1 Nov 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
27 Oct 2021 Sunil Singh: Mathigon Guest Speaker Series
25 Oct 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
18 Oct 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
15 Oct 2021 Deadline for COABE 2022 Call for Proposals
14 Oct 2021 Teaching & Learning Institute Proposal Planning #4
13 Oct 2021 Exploring Data Science with the Mathigon Polypad
12 Oct 2021 Teaching & Learning Institute Proposal Planning #3
11 Oct 2021 Math for Identity and Belonging: Measuring a Meaningful Place
5 Oct 2021 Teaching & Learning Institute Proposal Planning #2
27 Sep 2021 Math Practitioner Committee Meeting
17 Sep 2021 Presenting in the Math and Numeracy Strand at COABE
26 Aug 2021 TODOS Live! Back to School Special - A Conversation with the TODOS Antiracist Position Statement Authors
25 Aug 2021 Back to School! Mathigon for Secondary Math
23 Aug 2021 Back to School! Mathigon for Elementary Math
22 Mar 2021 Register for the Math & Numeracy Strand at the COABE Virtual Conference
19 Mar 2021 ANN's 27th Annual Teaching and Learning Institute: Experiencing Harmony and Beauty in Mathematical Patterns
17 Feb 2021 The Best Stuff in Math Is Free: Desmos Support for a CUNY Math Packet
19 Nov 2020 The Use of Statistics: what can a numerate citizen learn from the Covid-19 pandemic? (Adults Learning Mathematics)
12 Aug 2020 Rehumanizing Schools: Rights of the Learner (a TODOS webinar)
11 Aug 2020 Race, Equity, and Mathematics Education
4 Aug 2020 TODOS Webinar - Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Parents as Intellectual Resources: From Optional to Imperative
11 Jun 2020 2020 ANN Annual Membership Meeting



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