Mathematicians in Math Education

Expanding Your Horizons

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Mathematicians in Math Ed
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We would like to draw your attention to a way that mathematicians can get involved in the mathematical lives of young women.

For the past 24 years, the Math/Science Network has licensed and coordinated Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science and Mathematics Conferences for young women in grades 6 through 12. Over that period of time, half a million girls and young women have enjoyed a day of hands-on activities with women role models who have math-based careers.

We are the largest grassroots volunteer-based organization of its kind in the United States. Each year, EYH conferences take place at over 100 sites in 30 states. Many female mathematicians may have participated in individual conferences, but we would like to make you aware that these opportunities to encourage girls in mathematics exist across the country.

Of the 35,000 to 40,000 young women who participate in EYH each year, 80% are in grades 6 through 9, and 35% identify themselves as members of minority groups. EYH is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of middle school girls from a variety of backgrounds, including those who have little opportunity for success or encouragement.

This coming academic year, 1999-2000, will mark the 25th anniversary of Expanding Your Horizons. We invite everyone who would like to participate in EYH as workshop leaders, help with the "behind the scenes" work of a conference, or organize a conference in their area, to visit our web site for the location of EYH sites around the country, or contact our office at 510-430-2222, e-mail <msneyh@mills.edu>, for information.

Betty Levitin
Executive Director

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