In 2013 I received a three-year award of $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation together with colleagues Dr. Armando Martinez-Cruz, Dr. Natalie Tran, and Dr. Sam Behseta, to work with Anahiem Union High School District, Anaheim Elementary School District, and the Discovery Science Center to create a bilingual mathematics and science pathway for middle school students with an emphasis on culturally/community relevant learning. The goal of Transforming Academic and Cultural Identidad through Bilireracy (TACIB) is to improve students' understanding of and identity toward STEM fields. Visit the TACIB project website to learn more.
In 2017 my colleagues Dr. Marty Bonsangue and Dr. Ruth Yopp-Edwards and I were awarded a $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant for project Advancing Teachers of Mathematics to Advance Learning for All. We will recruit 20 middle and early high school teachers of mathematics from Anaheim Union High School District as well as other high-need school districts in the Orange County, CA region and support their journey toward National Board Certification and in developing expertise with culturally responsive mathematics teaching. These 20 Master Teaching Fellows will then create microcredential modules to help their colleagues become proficient with specific instructional practices related to culturally responsive mathematics teaching.