Math Learning Abroad

In order to travel to a professional development this summer, we need to raise funds to cover travel expenses, including airfare, food, and local transportation. 

This GoFundMe campaign has been created by three San Francisco educators from John Muir Elementary School: Sara Liebert, Joe Mannarino, and Rashida Carter.  We deeply believe that our student sucess is directly related to the depth of knowledge of our teaching practices, which is why we are traveling to Japan for an intensive immersion program on teaching Mathematics through observing math courses in Japanese Elementary Schools.  

Last summer, Sara wrote a grant to take a group of educators from her school to a program called Project IMPULS in Japan this summer, where we will engage in professional development around teaching mathematics through a method called "Teaching Math through Problem Solving".

The good news is we were awarded the grant, and the grant will cover the cost of tuition for several educators from her school to attend the program! However, this year our school budget does not have the ability  to  offset teachers' travel expenses needed for program participation.

We are are trying to raise money to help offset some of our travel costs. Please know that we are doing this work on own because we do not have a PTA or any other governing body at our school site that works to raise outside donations.

Our students come from various parts of San Francisco, and attend a Title I school ,where 100% of students receive free breakfast and lunch, and many families are in transition with housing. They are excited about learning new math concepts and skills, from fractions to graphing on a coordinate plane.  Students at our school engage in an innovative method for learning math called, "Teaching Math through Problem Solving".  This is the method that we will be observing throughout our immersion program.  

Through this exciting opportunity we will travel to Japan and attend Project IMPULS at Tokyo Gakugei University to learn a new way of teaching and learn mathematics through the process of lesson study. Lesson study is a process used at our school, that was developed and still used across all schools in Japan. In lesson study, teachers improve their teaching through a process in which teachers jointly plan, observe, analyze, and refine actual classroom lessons called "research lessons".  If you are interesteding in learning more about Project IMPULS, visit: .

We anticipate the travel costs for the program will be:
Airfare: $1,500 per person
Food: $500 per person over 10 days
Local Transportation: $150 per person

We are asking for $6,000 to cover most of our expenses by March 15. We truly appreciate your consideration in helping us to further our professional learning and development, so that we can better serve the needs of our students.

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Joseph Tydings Mannarino
San Francisco, CA

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