Active Learning with an Equity Focus

3-Day Workshop, August 2023

This workshop series will provide opportunities for participants to develop plans for developing and/or refining active learning instructional approaches. Generative discussion and collaboration around the development of classroom activities and instructional plans will be a central aspect of the workshop. We will engage with strategies and potential challenges for cultivating a strong and inclusive mathematics learning community.

Dates: August 8-10 , 2023

Time: 1pm - 4pm ET

Modality: Virtual

Registration is capped at 30 participants. Priority is given to practitioners in the state of Michigan, instructors from two-year colleges, and instructors working at MSIs; additionally, 15 of the 30 spots are reserved for University of Michigan participants.

Funding provided by University of Michigan, Department of Mathematics, Center for Inquiry-Based Learning.


Nancy Kress (she/her) is a Research Associate at University of Colorado Boulder. She is a former high school teacher and an emerging expert on equitable and inclusive mathematics instruction. She has extensive experience co-designing and co-facilitating professional development focused on equity and inclusion in the early undergraduate mathematics context.

Matthew Voigt (he/him) is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University. He is a proud first-generation college student and Queer researcher. His research centers around issues of equity, access, and power structures occurring in undergraduate STEM programs with a particular focus on gender and sexuality issues.

Rebecca Machen (she/her) is a doctoral candidate. She has been an educator for the last 15 years in K-12, community college, and university settings. Her research focuses on inclusive pedagogical practices and faculty training in undergraduate classes.

Antonio Martinez (he/him) is an Assistant Professor with developing interests in the role of programming in introductory undergraduate mathematics courses as well as how to equitably support students in active learning classrooms.

Wendy Smith (she/they) is a research professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education who engages in equity-focused research related to institutional change and PK-20 STEM education. 


What if I can only attend part of this workshop?

We strongly encourage participants to attend all three days. The days and ideas build on each other, and the community of practitioners is also built over the three days.

Will this be the same material as in 3-day UM workshops from years past?

UM Department of Mathematics has been running 3-day IBL workshops since 2015. Since 2020, these have also be coordinated with AMiIBL. Each year the workshop is NEW. That means, instructors are welcomed and encouraged to attend many years in a row. This will be the first year with two guest facilitators, so there is even more newness than usual!

Can I attend this workshop if I don't live in Michigan?

Since one aim of this workshop is to build community among practitioners in Michigan, we are giving priority to instructors in Michigan. However, if spots are available, we welcome instructors from out of state! If you are out of state you can register and we will let you know by August 2nd if you have a workshop spot.