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Futures Affecting Math Education
Widening the Lens on Change

April 29, 2024


  • Make math more relevant and engaging for all students in the context of a dynamic world
  • Examine current drivers of change, possible futures and issues for consideration
  • Get guiding questions to help make sense of possible futures for your context

What does an ideal future of math look like and how we might get there? We’re partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Optimistic Design, a subdivision of Substantial, to suggest ways forward for math education.

In both clear and invisible ways, math is a building block of every structure, innovation and creative pursuit. A strong foundation in math can unlock countless opportunities for young people.

Designed for educators and researchers, Futures Affecting Math Education: Widening the Lens on Change looks ahead 10 years to explore possibilities affecting math education. The forecast focuses on improving math instruction and outcomes for all students, especially Black and Latino students and students from low-income backgrounds. This effort aims to demonstrate that math is for everyone and to highlight math’s power as a tool to prepare all learners for the futures that they envision for themselves.

In examining the future of math, we must acknowledge the uncertainties and complexities that lie ahead. From shifting demographics to emerging technologies, education must remain agile and adaptable, continuously refining approaches to meet the evolving needs of students.

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