Storytelling Math Symposium Program

The Storytelling Math symposium featured expert educators, authors, and editors discussing the importance of math education
for all children and how story can help children wrap their minds around math concepts.


Click here to watch the recorded symposium.

            Speakers            Sponsors

■       1:00 pm - Opening speakers 

  • Executive editor Alyssa Mito Pusey
  • Liz Simons of the Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Dr. Kim Brenneman of the Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Grace Lin, author

■       1:15 pm - Panel: The Story of Storytelling Math

  • What does the publishing process look like for STM and how did we create partnerships with the Heising-Simons Foundation and TERC to create it?
  • Speakers: Alyssa Mito Pusey, Jon Simeon, Marlene Kliman, Grace Lin
  • Moderated by Hanna Lafferty from Charlesbridge

■       2:05 pm - Panel: Diversity and Representation in Children’s  Literature

  • What does representation in children's literature look like now?
  • Speakers: Art Coulson, JaNay Brown-Wood, Jenny Lacika, Amitha Jagannath Knight
  • Moderated by Dr. Krista Aronson of The Diverse BookFinder

■       2:50 pm - 15 minute break

■       3:05 pm - Panel: Representation in Early Math for Schools and Libraries

  • The importance of representation in classroom and library settings
  • Speakers: Julie Roach of the Cambridge Public Library; Vera Ahiyya, aka The Tutu Teacher
  • Moderated by senior scientist Marlene Kliman of TERC

■       3:50 pm - Panel: #ownvoices in Kid’s Math Stories  

  • The importance of #ownvoices stories and the significance of culture in Storytelling Math
  • Update: Per the We Need Diverse Books statement released on June 6, 2021, Charlesbridge and its imprints will no longer be using the term #ownvoices to refer to authors, illustrators, or their books. Instead, we will refer to specific identities as requested by the individual creators. As stated by the WNDB, “it is important to use the language that authors want to celebrate about themselves and their characters.” When we made these videos, we used the term #ownvoices to help those looking for authentic representation in books, but we now recognize that the term does not adequately meet that need. Math is for everyone, every day, and Charlesbridge’s mission with the Storytelling Math series is to empower children through representation that reflects the world around us. Link to Alaina Lavoie's blogpost:
  • Speakers: Natasha Yim, Ana Crespo, Rajani LaRocca
  • Moderated by Karen Boss of Charlesbridge

■       4:45 pm - Ending remarks

  • Preview of upcoming Storytelling Math titles with executive editor Alyssa Mito Pusey
  • Closing remarks from Dr. Kim Brenneman