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School of Education's Math Corps Program Recognized with STEM Award

November 18, 2022

AL DÍA, has named Drexel University School of Education’s Math Corps program as a Top Leader in STEM for 2022. Math Corps is a peer-mentoring program hosted at Drexel each summer to help middle school and high school children in Philadelphia improve their math skills and prepare for the upcoming school year. AL DÍA recognized Math Corps and seven other organizations for playing a key role in fostering diversity in underrepresented Black and Latinx communities. According to a 2021 report from PEW Research Center, just 9% of STEM workers are Black, and 8% Hispanic. This year was the first year for the honors.

Math Corps is a national program whose mission is to empower and inspire children in under-served communities through the teaching of mathematics. The Philadelphia program is organized by School of Education Clinical Professor Valerie Klein, PhD, and Professor Jason Silverman, PhD. School of Education students and alumni serve as instructors for the four-week program held each summer in Drexel’s Main Building. Through the program, middle school students learn math concepts from their high school peers, while high school students learn math concepts from their college student instructors. The concepts are learned through games and other activities to make learning fun and students shared that they enjoy learning from their peers in a low-stakes environment.