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Engle, Danforth-Clayson Win Rosenthal Prize

Bay Area MTC members win national math curriculum writing contest


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Matt Engle, member of the AIM MTC and a teacher at Monterey Bay Academy in La Selva Beach, Calif. is the winner of the 2017 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching. Engle was awarded a $25,000 cash prize for his lesson “Bringing Similarity Into Light: Experiencing Similarity and Dilations Using Shadows.” In Engle’s lesson, students examine the shadows of shapes to explore concepts such as ratio, dilation, and proportionality in triangles.

The 2017 second-place winner of the Rosenthal Prize is Heather Danforth-Clayson, also an AIM MTC member and a teacher at Helios School in Sunnyvale, Calif. Danforth-Clayson developed her lesson, “Derangements and Random Rearrangements: An Exploration of Probability,” during an AIM MTC teacher leaders’ workshop in 2016. The lesson explores rearrangements of number sets by conducting hands-on experiments in probability.


This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 MTCircular.


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