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.
|Navajo Math Circles Documentary on PBS
|Fall 2016 Math Visitor
NAVAJO MATH FILMS
Zala Films has made a documentary about our program.
Who are you? We want I do mathematics
to be a part of everyones answer to Who are you?
Thats why the NNMC is different from any other Math Circle
we know ofwe honor the language, culture, and history of the
Diné as part of the important work we do. We want to hear
our participants pride in saying, I am Diné and
I love mathematics. Both together is truly baa hózhó
Who are we? The NNMC is many many people.
We are a community of students, teachers, facilitators, professors,
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,
- 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 Campa 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
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, the University of Washington, Mathematical
Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, Educational
Advancement Foundation, Desjardins/Blachman Foundation, IDEA Math
and many others who have supported this work financially or otherwise.