Over 6 million students, teachers, and math enthusiasts from over 150 countries have experienced our transformative approach to mathematics.
Who We Are
We are a community of people who want all learners and teachers across the globe to experience joy and wonder in school-relevant mathematics.
The Project was founded by a team of seven people who had the bold and audacious vision to bring the world together through common mathematics experiences, opening the doors for all.
- Mathematics is for everyone!
- Teachers are the greatest advocates for mathematics.
- Everyone is part of the global mathematics community.
Our Core Practices
- Ensure inclusivity and free access for all.
- Remain curriculum relevant but curriculum agnostic.
- Let mathematics shine for itself.
The Global Math Project is a worldwide movement committed to inspiring educators everywhere to ignite and sustain in their students a love for learning mathematics.
To cultivate a world united through the joyful learning of mathematics.
The story of the Global Math Project began when James, one of its cofounders, asked “What are the joyous human stories behind school mathematics?”
James came to the United States in 1988 to pursue his PhD in mathematics from Princeton. He always had a strong passion for teaching and sharing the joy of math, and decided to commit to that passion by becoming a high-school teacher. He was challenged, however, when he was required to teach students polynomial division. “Why?” he thought, “To what meaningful end?” But he realized that exploring “base x” provides the profound opportunity to deeply understand one of humankind’s greatest intellectual achievements: the invention of place-value. Thus, the story of Exploding Dots was born. Under the instigation of his colleagues, the Global Math Project was founded in 2016 with the aim of providing remarkably accessible, powerful, and genuinely joyful entry points into mathematics.
American Institute of Mathematics
As Director of Special Projects at the American Institute of Mathematics, Brianna Donaldson works to broaden participation in mathematics and encourage collaboration. She holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from Indiana University.
National Museum of Mathematics
Cindy Lawrence is a lifelong mathematics enthusiast who currently serves as Executive Director of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), America’s only museum of mathematics. She works to change public perceptions of mathematics and to improve the way youth are educated in mathematics.
NYU Abu Dhabi
Derarca Lynch has taught mathematics in International Baccalaureate programs around the world for the last 10 years. She holds a MSc in mathematics and is passionate about teaching and her research on effective strategies in the mathematics classroom.
Mathematical Association of America
Believing that mathematics really is accessible to all, James Tanton (PhD, Mathematics, Princeton 1994) is committed to sharing the delight and the beauty of the subject. James currently serves as the Mathematician-at-Large for the Mathematical Association of America. He is in demand all over the world for his teacher and student workshops.
Jill Diniz is an ardent advocate of human progress. She currently serves as Director of Mathematics Curriculum at Great Minds. She enjoys working with students of all ages to connect them with the joy and relevance of math.
Math Plus Academy
After earning his PhD in physics, Raj Shah worked at Intel for 9 years. He left the corporate world to found Math Plus Academy, a center that spreads the love of mathematics by encouraging kids to engage in creative problem solving and constructive play.
Travis Sperry earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Otterbein University in 2012. He is a Software Developer at CoverMyMeds. In a past life, he worked to create innovative ways to help teachers deliver amazing mathematics content and inspire students.
Support The Global Math Project
The work of the Global Math Project is global! Teachers from over 150 countries use our materials and your support has impact.
We are hosted by the American Institute of Mathematics.
The American Institute of Mathematics is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 94-3205114) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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